From Parliament to Devo to Dr. Dre, the synth sounds of the Minimoog are as famous as the musicians that have used the analog wonder to such great effect. Your faithful captain, William Kurk, is back in the studio today to explore the #SynthSoundsOf…the Minimoog!

William Kurk unpacks the sounds of the Minimoog associated with a range of artists. More than just modelling these sounds, Kurk walks through the construction of these sounds. This is what is missing in videos such as Moog’s Sound Lab series.

Watched Moby's Drum Machine & Synth Collection โ€” Videos โ€” Moby,Mobyโ€™s Drum Machine & Synth Collection from Moby
viceโ€™s motherboard channel heads deep into the bowels of mobyโ€™s manhattan apartment-studio, where he unveils his prized assemblage of rarified gadgets, bizarre synthesizers, and outrรฉ drum devices.
Moby discusses his collection of drum machines. He touches on the different characteristics associated with each. I came upon this via Reverb’s History of the Drum Machine


What I like about drum machines is that they are awkward


Kimbra gained international fame when “Somebody That I Used To Know,” her duet with Gotye, hit the airwaves back in 2011. But prior to/since that single, Kimbra has crafted her solo career as meticulously and beautifully as her tracks, using a deft hand for live sampling, looping, and synthesis to build fascinating soundscapes.

Kimbra demonstrates the way in which she uses sampling within her music. In particular, she uses the Kaoss Pad 3 to sample and add effects.


Leon Theremin. Sly & The Family Stone. Prince. Drum machines have influenced our music and the way we perceive rhythm since the Rhythmicon popped onto the scene.

William Kurk takes a walk through the development of the drum machine to the use of applications, such as Ableton and Fruity Loops, today. Along with the discussion of the fault that produced the 808, this video provides a useful overview of the way technology has evolved over time. It is also interesting to think of this alongside Brian Eno’s discussion of technology and music.

Listened A History of Electronic Music by an author
Hereโ€™s a podcast on the history of electronic music, suitably called A History Of Electronic Music.
I remember first listening to this podcast from Paul Sheeky years ago. In a series of episodes he charts some of the technology and movements. I returned to it recently spurred on by the work of Chris Beckstrom and the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (not that I have been). Along with the compilation OHM: Early Gurus of Electronic Music and the documentary Synth Britannia, this podcast is a great resource for appreciating the history associated with electronic music.