A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The cover (detail) of Sy Mann's "Switched on Santa"

Plug in the Christmas cheer! David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers. You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it's full of genuine joy and warmth. Hear highlights from albums released in the late '60s and early '70s, including Douglas Leedy's "A Very Merry Electric Christmas to You," The Moog Machine's "Christmas Becomes Electric," and Sy Mann's "Switched on Santa." And as a bonus, a Christmas visit with The Beatles!

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Comments [5]

Molly cutpurse from UK

Thank you! I hadn't heard these before. Wonderful. So clear. Which is why I was attracted to modular synths since listening to Wendy Carlos in 1968. I wish Wendy (or somebody) would do Rachmaninoff's piano concertos.

Dec. 27 2013 12:35 AM

Thanks for posting this!!!

Dec. 26 2013 12:04 PM
PRSchwartz from Los Angeles

Fantastic program, thank you for sharing this music! It reminded me of how much I miss vinyl. Happy Holidays to you.

Dec. 25 2013 09:50 PM
lightrimed from New Jersey

My late husband was an avid modular analog synth nerd. I lost him two and one half years ago. While driving to pick up soup for Christmas dinner today, I tuned in and heard a few beautiful songs from this broadcast. I was so reminded of him that I wept all the way to the soupery, but it was a good weep. Thank you for enabling him to "visit" me in this way. :)

Dec. 22 2013 11:47 PM
David from Brooklyn

This is amazing. So good. Thank you so much!

Dec. 22 2013 08:42 PM

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