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Manuel Göttsching Has Died

German musician Manuel Göttsching has died. The guitarist spearheaded influential German group Ash Ra Tempel, helping to blend progressive strands with the emerging Kosmische sounds in West Germany. A continual innovator, he worked with musicians from the Berlin School of Electronic Music, with his minimalist approach merging new technology, almost Reich-ian phrasing,…

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„Vater von Midi“ mit 72 Jahren verstorben

Dave Smith hat den ersten mikroprozessorgesteuerten Synthesizer sowie das Midi-Protokoll geschaffen.

Midi-Erfinder Dave Smith

Der Erfinder des Midi-Protokolls Dave Smith ist mit 72 Jahren verstorben. Das hat das von ihm gegründete Unternehmen Sequential mitgeteilt. Smith war maßgeblich an der Schaffung von Midi beteiligt – dem Industriestandard für die Kommunikation zwischen elektronischen Instrumenten.

1982 hatte Smith das zusammen mit Takahashi Ikutaro entwickelte Midi-Protokoll vorgestellt. Mit Hilfe von Midi können elektronische Instrumente miteinander kommunizieren; der Standard schließt sowohl die Konfiguration der beteiligten Hardware als auch das Kommunikationsprotokoll an sich ein.

Midi war ursprünglich für die Kommunikation zwischen elektronischen Instrumenten vorgesehen. So konnten beispielsweise Tastaturen mehrere Synthesizer ansteuern. Die Technik bekam durch die wachsende Verbreitung von Computern innerhalb der 1980er und 1990er Jahre zudem eine neue Bedeutung. Dank des Midi-Protokolls können Musiker beispielsweise Notenmaterial direkt über Computerprogramme einspielen – ein physischer Synthesizer ist nicht mehr nötig. Die eingespielten Noten können zudem im Nachhinein verändert werden. Dabei werden alle Steuerdaten gespeichert.

Quelle: https://www.golem.de/news/dave-smith-vater-von-midi-mit-72-jahren-verstorben-2206-165846.html

Vangelis, composer of Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner soundtracks, dies aged 79

Vangelis pictured in 1976.

Vangelis, the Greek composer and musician whose synth-driven work brought huge drama to film soundtracks including Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire, has died aged 79. His representatives said he died in hospital in France where he was being treated.

Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou in 1943, Vangelis won an Oscar for his 1981 Chariots of Fire soundtrack. Its uplifting piano motif became world-renowned, and reached No 1 in the US charts, as did the accompanying soundtrack album.

Mostly self-taught in music, Vangelis grew up in Athens and formed his first band in 1963, called the Forminx, playing the pop music of the time: uptempo rock’n’roll, sweeping ballads and Beatles cover versions, with Vangelis supplying organ lines.

They split in 1966, and Vangelis became a writer and producer for hire, working for other musicians and contributing scores for Greek films. Two years later, he struck out for Paris to further his career, where he formed the prog rock quartet Aphrodite’s Child with Greek expats, including Demis Roussos. Their single Rain and Tears was a hit across Europe, topping the French, Belgian and Italian charts and reaching the UK Top 30

Vangelis at his home in London, 1982.

After they split – Vangelis deeming the world of commercial pop “very boring” – he returned to scoring film and TV. Turning down an invitation to replace Rick Wakeman on keyboards in Yes, he moved to London and signed a solo deal with RCA Records: his LPs Heaven and Hell (1975) and Albedo 0.39 (1976) each reached the UK Top 40, and the former was used to soundtrack Carl Sagan’s popular TV series Cosmos. The connection with Yes was finally completed later in the decade, when he teamed with the band’s Jon Anderson for the duo Jon and Vangelis, whose debut album went Top 5.

Vangelis had continued his film score work throughout the 1970s, but it was in the 80s that this reached its commercial heights. Chariots of Fire became inextricable from Vangelis’s timeless theme, and the music became synonymous with slow-motion sporting montages. “My music does not try to evoke emotions like joy, love, or pain from the audience. It just goes with the image, because I work in the moment,” he later explained.

His score to Blade Runner is equally celebrated for its evocation of a sinister future version of Los Angeles, where “replicants” and humans live awkwardly alongside one another, through the use of long, malevolent synth notes; saxophones and lush ambient passages enhance the film’s romantic and poignant moments. “It has turned out to be a very prophetic film – we’re living in a kind of Blade Runner world now,” he said in 2005.

Later in the decade he scored the Palme d’Or-winning Costa-Gavras political drama Missing, starring Jack Lemmon; the Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins drama The Bounty, and the Mickey Rourke-starring Francesco. He worked again with the Blade Runner director, Ridley Scott, on 1992 film 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and elsewhere during the 90s, soundtracked Roman Polanski’s Bitter Moon and documentaries by Jacques Cousteau.


Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer who propelled the band’s sound for nearly 60 years, has died aged 80. A statement from his London publicist, Bernard Doherty, to the PA Media news agency said: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. “He…

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ODeus ASIO Link Pro – Patcher now free

In the beginning there was a man… This man developed a piece of software that was truly incredible. All the little boys and girls, mainly audiophiles thrived on this mans work. Everyone was happy. UNTIL ONE DAY. The software that everyone knew and loved STOPPED WORKING, nobody could buy it,…

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