Sunday, July 15, 2007


Summer 2007:
Peter Gabriel is 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.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


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...

Sunday, July 1, 2007


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.