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Exploring the Language That Speaks the Inexpressible

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Listening to the pianist Jeremy Denk play, you never doubt that he is someone who thinks about music deeply and rather a lot. It’s not that you sense that he fusses overmuch about tempos and dynamics, or that he’s out to demonstrate his awesome cleverness through programming juxtapositions. Rather,...

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Nord Lead 2X Features

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

The rebirth of a classic Virtual analog synthesizer.

Nord Lead 2X Sound Demos

 

 

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Billy Joel Considers Retiring From Concerts

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Billy Joel is considering retiring from performing if concerts in Australia and the U.S. later this year fail to inspire him.

The Piano Man retired from making pop music many years ago, opting to concentrate on classical endeavours instead – but he has continued to play live, touring...

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Yamaha MOX6/MOX9 Music Production Synthesizer Features

Friday, March 29th, 2013

MOXSeries

Be Moved-Inspiration meets Integration. Get Moving-Connectivity meets Mobility. MOX, the Mobile MOTIF

The new MOX series combines a MOTIF XS sound engine, a MIDI keyboard controller with extensive DAW and VST control, multi-channel USB audio interfacing, onboard sequencing,...

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Depeche Mode Get Darkly Sensual

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Depeche Mode get darkly sensual in their new video for “Soothe My Soul,” combining the aggressive chants of the chorus with some smooth caresses and seductive imagery.

Black, white and gray hues dominate, while Dave Gahan’s vocals inject a menacing, sexual energy. Lovers clasp,...

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James Blake Shares “Our Love Comes Back” Download

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

‘Overgrown’ is due on April 8 via Republic

James Blake’s submersion into quiet-storm quivering continues. The U.K. post-dubstep singer-songwriter’s sophomore album Overgrown is due out on April 8 via Republic, and the snapping “Retrograde” and busily whirring...

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Jazz Pianist Bebo Valdes Dies

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Cuban jazz musician Bebo Valdes has died at the age of 94. He died in Sweden, where he had lived since the 1960s.

Bebo Valdes, who started his career in the nightclubs of the Cuban capital, Havana, in the 1940s, was a central figure in the golden era of Cuban big band music. A pianist, he...

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Rob Papen Introduces Two Soft Synth Bundles

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Virtual instrument and plug-in developer Rob Papen is proud to announce availability of two limited-edition synth plug-in bundles, EDM Synth Bundle and Urban Synth Bundle, each comprising three carefully-chosen Rob Papen virtual instruments with combined savings of around 45%.

The aptly-named...

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Howard Jones To Play Two Anniversary Shows

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Howard Jones has announced two special shows to mark the anniversary of his debut single ‘New Song’. The shows will be split in three parts: an unplugged acoustic set including some rarely performed tracks; an electric set celebrating his best known songs and highlights from his career;...

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Marc Almond To Perform ‘Ten Plagues’ In London

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Marc Almond will bring his award-winning song cycle ‘Ten Plagues’ to Wilton’s Music Hall in London for a 3 week run from 24th April, following it’s hugely successful premiere at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe in August 2011.

The show is a one-man solo performance by Marc...

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Keyboard Player Federico Solazzo talks to My Keyboard Lessons

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Federico Solazzo is a sophisticated and eclectic pianist of funk-soul origins. His tones are warm and captivating. At the moment, he’s playing along (as keyboardist, musical director and programmer) with Italian pop-star Alexia, whom he supported during her Italian tour and in various gigs in China,...

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Simple Minds And Ultravox Announce Four Shows Together

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Simple Minds have announced four UK arena shows for November, all of which will feature Ultravox as special guests. The shows will take place in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham and tickets are on sale now.

Details of the shows are:

November 27th – Glasgow Hydro

November...

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Roland interview Gary Newman

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Gary Numan shot to fame in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with synth classics, including Are Friends Electric and Cars. Bringing an aggressive punk feel to a traditionally ice cool genre made him a genuine trailblazer and one of the most exciting artists of the period. In more recent years, as well...

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Elton John Biopic Gets Director

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

The forthcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman has found a director whose work has been widely seen, though he’s not a marquee name. Michael Gracey, whose resumé includes commercials for T-Mobile and the Gap, will steer the project, Deadline Hollywood reports.

The film, written by Billy...

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Roland introduces F-120R Digital Piano.. In three colours

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Roland’s  F-120R Digital Piano, an entry-level, fun piano with authentic grand piano sound and touch. The F-120R also features simple rhythm accompaniments designed for pianists, combined with an attractive polished cabinet. Powered by Roland’s award-winning SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine,...

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