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October 12, 2018
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When the Moog synthesizer appeared in the late 60s, musicians didn't know what to do with it.

But the Moog was a revelation for what synthesized sound could do, of a new technology that had unlimited possibilities.

In 1968, it entered the homes of millions of listeners through a classical album  "Switched on Bach," by electronic composer and pianist Wendy Carlos.

Carlos met Moog in 1964 at a conference for the Audio Engineering Society and had the chance to investigate one of his early modular synths.

When Carlos released Switched on Bach, her first studio album, it was an immediate success. Moog himself said. "We witnessed the birth of a new genre of music"- fully synthesized keyboard music, without any acoustic instruments involved whatsoever.

A recording of Switched on Bach premiered at Carnegie Hall when Leonard Bernstein presented an arrangement of Bach's "Little" Fugue in G minor arranged for Moog, organ, and orchestra at one of his Young People's Concerts.

Glenn Gould praised the album, noting that it had "made electronic music mainstream" even as it introduced entire new audiences to Bach.

Carlos has since preserved her mystique through intense personal privacy and strict control of her copyright. You'll find very little of her music on the internet - no Switched on Bach streaming online.

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There's a scarcity of information about the luthier Mariano Fernandez, who was active in Mexico City in the late 19th century. Only three or so guitars made by him are known to exist. This magnificent example of his workmanship resides in the collection at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota.
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Listen to Maestro Andrés Segovia play "Hommage au Tombeau de Debussy" by Manuel de Falla and speak his timeless wisdom in this rare 1955 Encyclopedia Britannica Film.  
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This 1992 interview with 82-year-old Seth Lover was for Tony Bacon's "The Les Paul Book." Their conversation focused on the humbucking pickup which Seth devised the "Patent Applied For" humbucker at Gibson in the mid-'50s. Seth's achievements were many and not only at Gibson, but also later at Fender.
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In celebration of the company's 50th anniversary, Orange Amplification is issuing a limited edition White Crush 20. The compact White Crush 20 offers a host of Orange's usual distinctive British tones with tube-like sound quality and simple controls. Now, for a limited time only, the White Crush 20 will be available finished in a white basket weave vinyl topped with a commemorative 50th Anniversary plate.
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For nearly fifty years Verdine White has been influencing generations of bass players. As Earth, Wind & Fire's bassist since the band's inception, White has won six Grammy Awards, has been Grammy nominated seventeen times and has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. EWF has more than 50 gold and platinum albums and have sold over 90 million albums worldwide. White was presented with Bass Player magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdine_White

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