Category Archives: Synthesis

Is there an instrument more synonymous with a mood than the theremin? I’d hazard a guess no. Probably the kazoo, didgeridoo or other more novelty instruments might be in with a shout, but the theremin holds the prize of being considered a serious instrument and being totally bonkers at the same time.  Continue reading...

Nothing is more synonymous with Hip Hop than the sampler – a cornerstone on which Hip Hop is built. Without Kool Herc’s beat juggling of “breaks” from Soul, Disco, Jazz and Funk records there would be no Hip Hop and none of the countless breakbeat inspired genres that spawned off the back off its legacy.  Continue reading...

There’s a whole variety of synthesis types available ranging from things you’ve probably come across like subtractive, wavetable and granular to lesser known techniques like additive, phase distortion, Karplus-Strong and vector.  Continue reading...

The Jan Hammer Group’s track Don’t You Know is a groovy synth-jazz funk number taken from their 1977 album Melodies. It has seeped into the collective conscious through Erol Alkan’s inclusion of it on Another Bugged Out Mix and through being sampled numerous times.  Continue reading...