June 17th, 2014


Bassnecrtar - Reading Rainbow blog

As a little kid, I had two favorite TV shows. One was called “321-Contact” and it was a science & discovery experience. The other was “Reading Rainbow” and it was a spellbinding show which taught me a love for reading, and which captivated me for countless hours…

I haven’t thought about the show in a very very long time, but last week my little brother sent me this link. Listen to the synth at the very beginning and the very end – that spiraling, hypnotic sound… I was blown away, how much it sounds like Bassnectar to my earsโ€ฆ

Or now I see itโ€™s the other way around – I was obviously very influenced by this music as a kid in the 80s, but I never noticed those synths then. While the song itself is obviously dated & kind of schmaltzy (charmingly old school) that one little sample just GRABBED me… I was literally hyperventilating with excitement when I heard it last week, because it was not only so beautiful, but it definitely triggered some major childhood creativity.

Would love to get that synth and do a remixโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

So to the point: LeVar Burton (the host of the show, and a star of Star Trek) is trying to bring back Reading Rainbow to help promote literacy, and has raised $3 million so far!!

Check out their Kickstarter here.

Pretty touching to see how much he cares about the cause.

Hope you enjoy this blast from my past!

  • Griffin Mulvey-Hudson

    you have a brother?

  • Derek

    Remix that shizzzz with that heavy wimp wimp we all love you so much for

  • Guanzo

    So glad this is coming back. Some are criticizing because it is a for-profit, but I’m not complaining. As long as this reaches kids, betters their education, and gets them interested in reading, I would love to see this company grow.

  • Bassfreak2

    hooked on phonics is gonna be so pissed

    • Troy Mihalcheon

      cooked on phonics

      • bassic.

        Phucked on chronics

  • TOM


  • Jesse

    I can’t even imagine the visuals you would have to go along to the remix of this track!!!

  • Smurp

    Levar Burton has always been one of my heroes, such a kind dude and super nice in person. Cant wait to hear the remix if it gets done. LOVE.

  • Joel

    If you remix this I might cry from from sheer nostalgia overload…

  • spaceylacey

    wow some little 4 year old inside of me knew all the words to this song!! thanks for the blast into our past . looks like the butterfly has been following you always <3

  • Alex Gross

    Remixxx incoming =) you should make a remix for the rerelease of the show!

  • Marnie Murguia

    Cant wait to hear it Lorin!!!!!!!

  • Brandon Bailie

    please remix this… EDC LV is in a few days ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Callie Bass Princess

    I love when you sugar coat every day things

  • Wil Ledbetter

    This was my jam!!! Favorite show in Elementary school! Thanks for sharing Lorin!

  • I always wanted a calculator gun they had on MathNet on 321 Contact

  • Birdie

    That last high note was a sensory tickler ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Dan Morse

    This has been my ringtone for years. The nostalgia is palpable.

  • Garrett b

    Make a remix of that intro. Such a classic.

  • Dan

    Oh man PLEASE find a stem for that synth and get a remix going! Id love to hear that. Its awesome to hear and see firsthand where your influences are (even if they were subconsciously your inspirations ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • manilo

    I will show this to my little princesa : Hugs and Breaks! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Papabass55

    That was awesome how similar that sound is. I seriously got the chills at first just like indo whenever I’m at a bassnectar concert

  • Marco

    You must have been influenced by that arpeggio at the beginning ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Richie Gentile

    The synth kinda reminds me of Dubuasca

  • Jay Brigleb

    Lorin, I am friends with the woman who created Reading Rainbow and hired LeVar Burton. If someone can get me an email to send it to I can try to get it from her.

    • Chris Basscrew

      Email christopher(at) – thanks Jay!

      • Jay Brigleb

        Cool, let me see what I can get my hands on.

    • Nick

      Please make this happen. I’d love to see what Lorin could do with that synth

  • cha ching
  • I created that spiraling pattern using a Buchla Series 200 Multiple Arbitrary Function Generator (The MARF). It’s a sequencer on steroids. I hacked it to randomly trigger 2 sets of pre-tuned stages to capture the random flight patterns of a “butterfly”. It worked and, along with the my theme song, has become an integral part of the Reading Rainbow magic…. and now it’s coming back strong thanks to Levar’s dedication and vision. Who knew?!

    I can only imagine what a Bassnectar remix would sound like! How cool for you to bring it full circle! I’m game. Let’s talk!

    • Matthew

      This is blowing my mind right now; How, in just under a day, someone with a thought is possibly paired up with the right people to make something wonderful happen. Especially awesome in this scenario is the fact that the gaps of distance and time have been overcome by technology, communication, and word of mouth for a good cause.

      <3s to all the bassheads out there. Keep the positive vibes going and I'm looking forward to jamming to some amped up Steve H – Bassnectar Remixed sythns!

  • Ben Newell

    pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee do a remix of this. If I hear a reading rainbow mix at hudson I’m gonna go ape shit! Can’t wait to see you there!