There are a few inaccuracies, mind you, and a few missing points in their discussion of Hawkwind the authors fail to note that not only did Del Dettmar and Dik-Mik use the EMS VCS3, but they also built their own synthesizer gear; likewise they don't mention that Kraftwek built much of their own equipment. Also absent is the connection between EMS and the BBC Rad A bit more lightweight than might be expected, given its origins, but still an interesting look at the history of modern synthesizers. It's an easy read that does suggest some avenues for additional exploration, although it may also leave the reader wanting more -- they tell you little about Moog after Norlin bought the company infor instance.
Timothy 'Tim' Blake born 6 Februaryin Shepherd's BushLondon is a keyboardistsynthesistvocalistand composer working with both Gong and Hawkwind.
They were sometimes joined on keyboards by the young prodigy Jean-Philippe Rykiel. Working as a sound engineer in the summer ofBlake gave a group of musicians their first chance to play together during a concert at All Saints Hall in London, and so Hawkwind was born.
It was Del dettmar synthesist an engineer, too, that Blake met Daevid Allen at Marquee Studios, where the latter was recording his first solo album Banana Moon in At the end of the sessions Allen had invited Blake to come back to France to be Gong's sound mixer, but Blake rapidly moved on to work on his own music, using synthesisers.
He eventually joined Gong full-time in September as the band's synthesizer player, being among the first to bring the synthesizer out of the studio and on to the stage. He left Gong in earlyprompting the eventual departures of almost all of the other members of the 'classic era'.
Blake began a solo career under the name of Crystal Machine, which is noted for being the first live act to introduce the use of laser lighting in the entertainment world.
At this time, Blake produced 2 solo albums 's Crystal Machine and 's Blake's New Jerusalemand a large number of stage performances, in Europe and Japan, culminating in the closing spot at the Glastonbury Festival.
Later inBlake joined up with another noted "space rock" outfit, Hawkwind, the group he had helped to form 10 years before, for a short stint between andand has sporadically rejoined them on several occasions. Since NovemberBlake has been collaborating with Hawkwind full-time, performing on theremin and what he chooses to call " Virtual Lead Guitar".
He has reunited with the 'classic-era' line-up of Gong minus Pierre Moerlen, who died in May for one-off concerts, in May, and in November at the 3rd Gong Family Unconvention Uncon at the Melkweg in Amsterdam. Blake's discography contains more than 25 titles, including eight solo albums as Tim Blake - Crystal Machine.
SinceBlake removed all his solo albums from the record market, preferring to make them available for download as mp3s from his own web site. SinceBlake has made all his solo discography available from Cherry Red Records.
Blake currently lives in the Poitou region of France. He previously lived in Questembert, in Brittany, in the s.Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. It's where your interests connect you with your people. "Welcome to our Internet store.
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Our label, Cuneiform Records, was founded in Originally on Energy Discs as a cassette only release, Synthesis features ex-Hawkwind synthesist/electronics wizard Del Dettmar and Canadian guitarist/synthesist Gerald Toon. All . At this point, Tommy Grenas and Len del Rio are joined by Paul Fox and Dorian Shelley (both from Pressurehed), with the inclusion of saxophonist Nik Turner, synthesist Del Dettmar and violinist Simon House (each ex-Hawkwind personnel).
View credits, reviews, track listings and more about the Canada Cassette release of Synthesis by D.A. Dettmar* - Gerald Toon. Timothy 'Tim' Blake (born 6 February , in Shepherd's Bush, London) is a keyboardist, synthesist, vocalist, and composer working with both Gong and Hawkwind.
Blake is also known for his Synthesizer and Light performances as Crystal Machine, with the French Light Artist Patrice Warrener.