Sunday, 7 October 2012

LINK: Interview: Erik Norlander on Moog Synths, ASIA and the BMF Synthesis Tutorials

Erik Norlander, keyboardist, producer, composer and engineer is keyboardist for ASIA featuring John Payne, the owner of a massive modular Moog synthesizer and a Moog enthusiast. You'll also recognize him from the Foundation of Synthesis video course series by MPV & the Bob Moog Foundation. A man with many strings to his bow, MPVHub caught up with Erik to find out more about him, his involvement with BMF, the infamous Wall of Doom modular synth and his personal studio and live workflows.

Interview: Erik Norlander on Moog Synths, ASIA and the BMF Synthesis TutorialsMPVHub: Tell us about your background and how you began your musical journey.

Erik: I started playing piano when I was 8 years old, and then I studied guitar and wind instruments in school, eventually moving back to a pure concentration on the piano at the university. I really connected with rock music when I was a kid, particularly British progressive rock and the lush, studio productions of the 1970s. Synthesizers always enchanted me, and I really got into their sound through the albums of Emerson Lake and Palmer and Electric Light Orchestra (who of course sound nothing alike except that they are both synth heavy!). I worked some after-school jobs in high school and was able to buy my first synthesizer, a terrible little Roland organ-strings synth. But it was a start! There was no turning back from there. 

MPVHub: How did you first come into contact with Moog synths? Was it love at first listen?

Read on...
And check out the dedicated Gonzo artist page for Asia featuring John Payne, and for Erik solo

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