The public has spoken and selected the three finalists who will fight for the title of Canada’s top synthesizer composer in the Finals of the Roland Synthesizer Contest held in Montreal on November 13.
The top six compositions entered into the contest were put to a public vote in the last two weeks of October. A combination of the public vote and previous judges’ scores determined the top three finalists.
The following three chosen compositions will be judged at the live Finals of the competition on November 13 in Montreal at the Society for Arts and Technology:
The Riding Child by Alessio Mazzone, a 34 year-old Toronto-based composer and arranger who began his musical career studying accordion. On top of his success in the Roland Synthesizer Contest, Alessio also came in second-place in the 2007 Roland V-Accordion Festival Competition.
See You Later Oscillator by FM Radio Gods, a trio of Montreal natives whose unique take on modern electronica has earned them a reputation as a dynamic live act. With a sound that blends minimal house, glitchy electro, trance and techno, FM Radio Gods are proving themselves masters of their craft.
In and Out the Door by Francis Hooper19 year-old from Burnaby, BC who is currently studying music at the Art Institute of Vancouver and who has had his music appear in films such as “Winter”, a Gimli International Film Festival entry. His Roland Synthesizer Contest entry was created entirely using only the sound of a squeaky door.
The three winning composers come from different parts of the country but their compositions all demonstrate a talent for musical arrangement and expressiveness. The three tracks will be played to a live audience and a celebrity judging panel during the contest finals, where the judges’ scores will determine first-, second- and third-place. Held at the la société des arts technologiques in Montreal on November 13, the Finals will be a free public event and an exciting night of music and competition.
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