The roots of our past and the seeds of our future grow into one hybrid blossom. This unique sound translates into any style, or
genre. From classical, to jazz and new age, to dance, television and film music..., Orchestronics represents a truly
modern orchestra for our time, making use of all available instruments: synthesizers, strings,
piano, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and less traditional sounds.
Ever since Switched On Bach, (Wendy Carlos' landmark recording of Bach classics
performed on an early Moog synthesizer), electronic instruments have proven themselves
capable of handling orchestral challenges. For many years since, synthesizers and samplers have taken their place alongside
guitars and drums, becoming staples of rock, pop, jazz, new age, and dance. Electronic music is coming of age.
"Breathing expression" into electronic musical instruments is extremely challenging. Instead of muscle control with a bow
or breath, the musician uses very subtle moves of the instrument's controls, which is also physically challenging. The results
can be just as emotional.
More recently, non-acoustic instruments have threaded their way through film scores, television and video productions.
Now, as computers compete with TVs for the family's attention, electronic sounds are much more familiar, especially to
younger people who have always been exposed to them.
Electronic classical music is still a mystery to many ears. Classical music has been "uncool" in many households since the
days of Elvis. But, electronic instruments add life and timeliness to some very clever styles. What may be less familiar to
younger ears, are some acoustic sounds that have been hiding from the spotlight since the dawn of rock. Many baby-boomers
have never heard a full concerto or symphony. Thought to be "long and boring," they are really full of variety, with less
repetition. For some, their only exposure to the classics are the bits and pieces Carl Stalling used in Warner Bros. cartoons.
Television and film composer Joe Wiedemann has more than 25-years broadcast experience
behind the camera and the keyboard. The award-winning composer scores music for
television, film, and video. He was awarded two emmies as a broadcast journalist, and
understands how important music can be to telling a compelling story. With "an eye for music," he has composed scores for
many broadcast productions. *(See list, next page)
A lifelong musical background merged with a broadcast television career in 1978 for Joe Wiedemann. After completing a B.S.
degree in Radio, Television and Film Production, he
began experimenting with electronic music, and tape-to-tape overdubbing. "A PolyMoog and two tape decks made it sound like
I had my own band," he says. "I love creating new sounds, especially in a classical style."
Check out the artist's website:
1. An American Day
2. Public Transit
3. Distant Melody
4. Crunch the Numbers
7. Repeat After Me
8. Send Me To London
9. Synth Concerto #1: 1st Mov't
10. Synth Concerto #1: 2nd Mov't
11. Synth Concerto #1: 3rd Mov't