Thursday, 15 November 2018

Synthesizer stars are clocking on at the Hexagon

FANS of synthesizer music can see some of the artform’s leading exponents in action this Sunday

FANS of synthesizer music can see some of the artform’s leading exponents in action this Sunday evening.

Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory will be joined by composer Graham Fitkin and Adrian Utley of Portishead among others for the 8pm concert at the Hexagon in Reading.

Having first played together at the 2005 Bath Festival, the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble perform specially composed music, transcriptions of classical works, and their own versions of music from popular culture and film scores.

Part of the point of the exercise is to explore the full potential of a range of vintage instruments.

But Sunday’s programme also features a new clocking device specially built for the ensemble — enabling all the synths to be synced to produce music previously deemed impossible to perform live. The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble is the first to revisit what Wendy Carlos achieved in the late Sixties through her iconic Moog recordings, and explore what happens if delivered as a live performance in the 21st century.



The Ensemble does this by bringing together 10 of the finest synths from the Sixtiess to the Eighties — Moogs but also synthesizers by Korg, Roland, Macbeth and Doepfer — to produce new sounds from repertoire across the musical spectrum.

Work set to be performed include compositions by JS Bach, John Carpenter, Burt Bacharach and Oliver Messiaen — plus a new commission by Will Gregory.

Stage time at the Hexagon on Sunday is 8pm. Tickets are priced £17, inclusive of booking fee, available from www.readingarts.com

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