Ironic...at the fall 2007 Audio Engineering Society convention in New York, my wife Phyllis and I were waiting to visit with my old collegue Peter Gabriel outside the shed demo. Peter's personal studio concept grew from my experience with one at home in 1975 which itself was somewhat copied from Wendy Carlo's 1966-67 Switched on Bach studio. The reporter saw Phyllis, one of the few women at the AES convention, spoke to her and took our names. I don't think he had any idea about my 30 year connection with Peter. And I didn't know he was from Wired.
Summer 2007:Peter Gabrielis back on the road this summer. Thank you to those of you who have emailed about the tour. Yes, Peter's new tour set is predominantly the same material we recorded and toured with Peter in the 1970s and 1980s when Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta and I were the core of Peter's band. Peter has chosen to have only Tony rejoin him for this return to his past. I was emailed by the production people at Real World who had a lot of questions about what instruments I had used and how I created the synthesizer patches and parts. Any of you who have seen the Tony Levin Band on the road since 2000 know that I have recreated many of my signature Moog sounds in newer digital instruments
The last I heard from Real World they were attempting to sample my parts to use in the show from the Peter Gabriel albums studio tapes done all those years ago. If that's the case, I guess in some remote sense, I will be on the road for this tour. Seems like way too much work, though.
XM Satellite Radio News: I've received a lot of questions about the proposed XM and Sirius Satellite Radio merger. The short answer is that I don't have any additional information. There are a lot of legal and regulatory hurdles, not to mention the technical ones, in combining two separate satellite services. For the moment, my sound logos (or "sounders") -- the over 100 that I created and recorded at the Synergy Studio, and the many more that famous and talented artists have recorded of my little 7-note theme for XM's on-air use continue to be the sonic identifier of the XM programming channels. Read more in Lee Abram's blog.
For those of you who are Sirius subscribers, or those who haven't subscribed to XM yet, here are some mp3 examples for you listen to.click here...
Email: And speaking of email, the incoming spam and spam filtering for this Synergy site have become almost unworkable. I manage to rescue some of the email trapped in the filters when I discover them, but sometimes they're auto-purged before I find them. With a dozen or two legit emails overwhelmed by several hundred pieces of spam every day, it's becoming difficult to manage. My apologies for any emails that have become irretrievably lost. Eventually we're going to set up a forms based way of communicating. It's a little more restrictive, but it means that you can send messages to a controlled mailbox that will recognize them as valid, and in a place that the spammers can't find. Thanks for your patience.
UPDATEJANUARY 2007: Still no contact from the band or management. I'm starting to think that it's unlikely that I'll be involved after all. The Nektar tour has been rescheduled for February through April 2007, but I have Tony Levin and other commitments so I won't be doing that either. Thanks to all of you who have asked.
UPDATEMID-FEBRUARY 2007: The Nektar winter tour is off (again). I'm so far out of the loop that I find out most information from the band website and by reading the fan forums. However, recent emails and phone calls from present and former band members indicate that the Book of Days album recording is moving toward completion and future touring plans are being put in place. Once again, the Nektar website is where official announcements can be found. I have a soft spot for the first major band that I toured with 31 years ago. I want everything to work out for them.
UPDATEMID-JUNE 2007: Uh Oh. The official Nektar seems to be gone. Try www.royealbrighton.com. I hear Roye's trying to finish the new album, but I don't have any information about how that's going. Look's like there might be some touring, though.
TheTony Levin Bandplayed at theBaja Progfestival in Baja California, Mexico in March. That finished up our touring for a while. There might be some more shows later in 2007, but nothing has been scheduled yet.
Prior to Mexico and one appearance at NAMM, the band had been off the road since our West Coast US tour leg in October, 2006 which followed a busy spring and summer of touring the eastern US, Europe (Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Germany), eastern Canada and one show in Mexico City. All this followed our late 2005 dates in Italy, Switzerland, Hungary and Russia. Click on the "Resonator" CD cover to visit pages on Tony's site about the latest album.
I've been swamped with other projects including construction of new studio space at home so I'm leaving it to Tony and the other guys in the band to publish our pictures form the last tour leg online. Click here for a link to Tony's site; andherefor Pete Levin's pictures.