THE SWEET SOUNDS OF THE SYNTHESIZER
Synthesizers are going through a revival, with sophisticated systems now available for low prices, providing a rich range of sounds to explore, often relaxing and sometimes ethereal with natural sounds blended in with new creations.
A group of synthesizer players in the north has been meeting online to play together through the pandemic and inspire each other, and this evening they’d like you to join them to listen to a mixture of pieces and find out more about the workings of synthesizers and their sounds. Music comes from Maarten de Vries in the Black Isle, Mark Dammer in Forres and Nick Scroggie in Inverness, and you can sit in on the session and ask questions afterwards through this Zoom link.
“I wanted to play something that has a relationship with Orkney. The inspiration came when I watched Katharina knitting and I had a look at the knitting patterns she is using. Elizabeth Lovick, who lives on Flotta wrote a book Variations on a Theme of Orkney Lace that we have in our little knitting library. These Orkney Lace patterns contain beautiful repetitive structures that I am going to translate into melodic sequences and rhythms. My wish is to catch the Orkney atmosphere and to link the traditional art of knitting with modern electronic music.”