NEWS

03/27/17

Proud Dad -

http://bbook.com/culture-2/blackbook-premiere-new-violet-sands-single-drive/

 

03/20/17

Only 14 LPs left – get them while they’re red.

http://flannelgraphrecords.com/album/synthesizer-pop-for-a-new-age-1974-1978

 

03/06/17

http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2017/03/06/don-muro-synthesizer-pop-for-a-new-age/

From the new album – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5lH4gdYMg

 

03/03/17

New album out today!

http://flannelgraphrecords.com/album/synthesizer-pop-for-a-new-age-1974-1978

 

02/23/17

https://vimeo.com/204535309

Soon and very soon.

01/24/17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4xhG1LtYnE

 

01/11/17

Synthesizer Pop For A New Age (1974-1978)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/16/17

Back to the cosmos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5sEA0cAwxg

 

12/15/16

Presenting a session with Herb Deutsch – “The Early Days of Music Technology in Performance and Education.”

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12/10/16

Download the free Flannelgraph Winter Sampler here.

 

11/16/16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHdV67K1n2U

The rise and fall of a Swedish immigrant church in North Dakota.

 

11/13/16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdEGiELy7h0

100,000 hits – cheers for J.S. Bach.

 

02/23/17

https://vimeo.com/204535309

Soon and very soon.

 

08/19/16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-px_EKU_Qg

 

07/27/16

Starting another album project with Flannelgraph records. Stay tuned.

 

07/01/16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFjj3KcgC34

 

04/19/16

Joseph Muro (1918-2016). Requiescat In Pace.

http://www.local802afm.org/2016/06/requiem-163/

JM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01/13/16

Many projects underway for this year.

Just uploaded – very 90s.

https://youtu.be/dZZQqcihATQ

 

11/12/15

A taste of things to come.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7e8TRKHTaw

 

11/04/15

Hoping to get to Boston this weekend for Berklee’s tribute to Alan Pearlman. Here’s a very early recording from 1971 using the ARP 2600 Blue Marvin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4vBGGTsp60

Unfortunately, this 44-year-old tape was not in very good shape – lots of dropouts. And hearing this makes me miss my Ampeg AEB 1 Scroll Bass – nothing else sounds like it.

(More information on my ARP journey here.)

 

10/23/15

In the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS1xxoe8LY4

 

10/13/15

Finally added an 80s photo page.

 

09/29/15

Forgot to announce some recently posted videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWPbacMek8U

 

This one is a little tangential, but it was part of the journey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5OyODu7w7c

 

07/16/15

FGR058_Don_Muro_Album_Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available for pre-ordering now on tape + digital at

Downloads: https://flannelgraphrecords.bandcamp.com/album/we-all-need-each-other-the-1968-1969-recordings

 

07/16/15

Some early 80s synth/pop from the archives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSoQrdL7p9Y

 

06/12/15

Only four copies left of the It’s Time reissue LP – thank you Flannelgraph Records!

https://twitter.com/FlannelgraphUSA/status/608626604776947712

http://www.flannelgraphrecords.com/product/don-muro-it-s-time-lp-w-download

 

05/28/15

Fun with synthesizers -  a lot of noise trying to make a Korg sound like an OB-X.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DuO7In9990

 

05/20/15

How’s your German?

http://megasynth.de/features/frankenstein-und-der-arp-2600

 

04/30/15

Demo mode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4asd4w3E_Mk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAxxu-T-8r0

 

04/24/15

Another clip from the early Moog days -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZixSC869Uo

 

03/31/15

It’s Spring, and a perfect time for some early 70s unreleased synth-pop!

http://flannelgraphrecords.bandcamp.com/album/as-long-as-ive-got-you-ep

Available April 14th from Flannelgraph Records.

 

03/31/15

Two more clips featuring music from 1987 -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkVCUO1YyDI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMGdiOFGXFs

 

02/27/15

Play like you don’t know how to play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjlMAGJBOmc

 

02/20/15

Another upcoming release thanks to Flannelgraph Records!

https://vimeo.com/119796536

 

01/23/15

http://spectrumculture.com/music/don-muro-souffrances-et-extases-du-jeune-amour/

Thank you Pat Padua!

 

01/18/15

Recent uploads from the archives -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0t34YbidsM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIWdvijS5Ok

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0RDkHNaH3g

 

12/23/14

More roots -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ePm_J_mcsE

 

12/04/14

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Apollo Quad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/29/14

(Si, Si) Je suis un retardataire -

http://www.brain-magazine.fr/article/news/21709-Trésor-caché—Don-Muro

Merci beaucoup Maxime Delcourt!

 

11/26/14

The Souffrances Et Extases Du Jeune Amour LP is finally out.

Vinyl available here.

Download available here.

I find it remarkable that this early music has been released. Thank you Jared Cheek and Flannelgraph Records!

 

11/12/14

Fun with synthesizers 30 years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huwd7UXH9QU

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“After a morning on the golf course, Chuck Leavell and Don Muro stop by the Anaheim Convention Center to entertain businessmen in the music trade. Inspired by the enthusiastic response after their real-time fantasie impromptu based on Subotnick’s “The Wild Bull,” the gents proceed to serenade the crowd with a variety of licks and riffs showcasing the delicate sounds of the new Korg Poly-800 – the world’s first programmable/polyphonic/battery-operated MIDI synthesizer. Recorded in high-deaf VHS at the January 1984 NAMM show during those early, heady days of MIDI, when men wore strap-on keyboards with vigour.”

 

11/11/14

Music from the early Moog days (1970)  – probably my first piece using a sequencer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoSPTvqzJbA

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10/14/14

Don Muro “Souffrances Et Extases Du Jeune Amour” LP Announcment from Flannelgraph Records on Vimeo.

Additional information here:

http://www.flannelgraphrecords.com/product/don-muro-souffrances-et-extases-du-jeune-amour-lp-preorder

 

10/14/14

The Reflections album (1995) is now available on iTunes and Spotify.

 

10/04/14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uVYN3mqA2o

 

09/26/14

And now for something different from the archives – performed 42 years ago this month.

O Be Joyful front cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09/19/14

A new release will be announced within the next few weeks. In the meantime, here’s a song from the Anthology LP (1981). The album will finally be re-released in early 2015.

Bouncer5a

 

 

 

 

 

 

08/26/14

Summer begins to fritter away. Here’s some summer music from 1974. Hot sun, cool evenings, and (usually) big waves at Robert Moses State Park.

Contemporary influences -

Guitar: Larry Coryell meets Randy Bachman

ARP Odyssey: Mike Mandel

ARP Odyssey c1 low res

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08/06/14

Get your art here.

SynthScreenPrint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06/21/14

Some good things coming up in the next few months.

Today is the summer solstice – enjoy some vintage summer music from the vault.

 

03/17/14

Mark Vail’s new book, The Synthesizer, is finally available. This massive book is a great read, especially for those interested in synth history and the renaissance of analog modular synthesis. The book includes lots of technical information as well as personal stories and anecdotes from designers and performers. Check it out here.

 

01/27/14

It’s Time selected as Best Reissue of 2013 by Rob Peoni at We Listen For You. Thank you!

 

12/11/13

An amazing “Squash” remix by the inimitable Mighty Five!

 

12/06/13

Honored to be included in Fact Magazine’s 50 Best Reissues of 2013.

 

11/19/13

Squash remixes

 

11/14/13

“renegade New Age blissitude”

 

11/11/13

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive...

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Ussachevsky’s first experiments began in 1951 when the Columbia Music Department acquired an Ampex 400 tape recorder, which together with a microphone, a pair of earphones, and a borrowed Magnecord recorder, constituted the entire equipment of the first American electronic music studio.”

http://www.dramonline.org/albums/vladimir-ussachevsky-electronic-and-acoustic-works-1957-1972/notes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E47Zk8riCO4

 

11/04/13

http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2013/11/04/who-is-don-muro-the-aquarium-drunkard-interview/

Thank you Jason Woodbury!

 

10/30/13

The It’s Time re-issue is now available in three formats: vinyl, CD, and digital download. Click here for information.

 

10/10/13

Composed for those times when clever lyrics, vogue beats, tired harmonies, equal temperament, tonality, and the overtone series just don’t work  -

https://soundcloud.com/jdwall/les-mondes-musiques-des-jeunes

 

10/05/13

  • Thanks to Andrew Gospe for his kind review of It’s Time in Seattle Weekly.
  • There will be a limited number of It’s Time CDs available on October 14. Details coming.
  • VERY excited about the possible album release of music from 1969 – 1976. Stay tuned.

 

09/29/13

for those of you without turntables – coming soon.

 

09/26/13

http://flannelgraphrecords.bandcamp.com/track/its-time-album-sampler-track

 

09/15/13

My first synthesizer.

 

08/27/13

For your summer listening pleasure:

https://soundcloud.com/flannelgraphrecords/don-muro-squash-1977

https://soundcloud.com/flannelgraphrecords/don-muro-lay-low-day-1977

 

08/22/13

http://flannelgraphrecords.bigcartel.com/product/don-muro-it-s-time-lp-w-download

 

08/06/13

Very sad news.

A versatile musician and a great synthesizer player – you only needed about five notes to know it was Georege Duke on Minimoog or Odyssey.

One of my favorite tunes from the early 70s.

 

08/04/13

Finally, a video on my first love (the Blue Marvin, not Enrico). Here’s another one, and one more.

I knew there had to be one out there. (For information on the Blue Marvin, click here and here.)

 

08/01/13

From Flannelgraph Records -

As Geddy Lee sang a few decades ago, “catch the spirit.”

 

07/28/13

The Ampeg story is up.

 

06/12/13

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Alex DeTurk practicing his most potent art of vinyl mastering.

 

06/04/13

Another chapter added. More coming.

 

05/08/13

  • It’s Time was mastered for vinyl and CD At Masterdisk in NYC by the talented Alex DeTurk, Masterdisk’s ace lacquer cutter. The tracks have never sounded better, and it’s always fun to hear one’s music on a six-figure sound system. We decided to reject the loudness war games and to preserve the dynamic range of the original tracks. Alex asked me to bring in a copy of the original LP. When I gave it to him, he felt it, he studied it under the light, he even sniffed it. This man is serious about vinyl.
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with Alex DeTurk (center) and producer extraordinaire David Perlick-Molinari


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Alex performing his magic

 

04/24/13

  • It’s official – It’s Time (1977) is going to be re-released on vinyl. The album will be re-mastered for vinyl, CD, and MP3 downloads. More details coming.
  • Still recovering from Gotterdammerung at the Met last night. Balancing it with Hubert Howe’s Inharmonic Fantasy No.2 – perfect.

04/15/13

  • Finally getting facts and photos together. Here’s the first entry.

03/02/13

  • The new site is up and running. Lots of content to to be added, so stay tuned.
  • Some interesting developments concerning a re-issue. Will update asap.