Monday, 20 February 2017

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017

Quietus Beeps




Theres a new feature up on The Quietus - Benge's Bakers Dozen - it's my current favourite 13 electronic albums and why. They are not necessarily my favourite albums, just ones I think are very interesting and important. Check them out here

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Brass Thing


Here I am playing the VCS3 from the Polyfusion sequencer. I clocked the sequencer from the EMS random generator. Its kind of like a silly brass band instrument from Mars

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Machinations




There are a whole lot of new releases being prepared here at Meme Central. First up is the new John Foxx & The Maths long player The Machine, an album of mostly instrumental music based upon the stage play we created the score for last summer. See this post for more on that. The play itself The Machine Stops was a real success and even won some awards for being so good and the music was a big part of the show, it being set in a futuristic electronic dystopian nightmarish subterrestrial world. And its been recommissioned for a run in London which is awesome. Book your tickets NOW! (Here). And here is a link to our shop so you can pre-order the album

Word of the Week #71


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Emu & Serge for Xmas




A Christmas patch on the Emu and Serge modulars. This was not an easy sequence to set up due to the extremely quirky nature of the early Emu digital logic implementation, but I wanted to test the step sequencer which is capable of generating 32 control voltages if you set it up correctly. There is very little info out there on these modules, and what I could find (the 1978 Emu Systems Catalog, and a more detailed manual called the Emu Modular Synthesiser Operation Manual Retrospective) only had some fairly oblique references to the patch required. Suffice it to say that it took me about 3 days to work it out and plenty of phone calls to Big Al (who knows a lot about early digital logic). It goes something like this: take a clock source and patch it out to the 8 Position Address Generator taking the 'Carry' output trigger (which happens at the end of the 8th step) and mult it out to the 3 clock inputs of a Triple Latch which needs to act as a ring counter. So use the 3 'Q' outputs to feed into the next Data input of each latch with Q3 feeding back into Data 1 to make it cycle. That gives you 3 steps. The clever bit is making the 4th step which means taking the 3 '-Q' outputs and multing them together to generate a clock on every 4th cycle (whenever an "all zero" state occurs). Patch the 4 outputs of the Voltage Source Unit into the 4 ins of the Analog Switch and use the newly created 4 stage ring counter to step through them. PHEW! The rest of this patch uses the Serge to generate some percussive sounds including the Wilson Analog Delay and Spring Reverbs. Its a live single-take jam-up

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Automatron


Here is a completely automated patch on 2 Buchla systems - a 200 series Easel (clone) and an original 100 series modular. The famous Low Pass Gates weren't introduced until the 200 series in the early 1970s, and there are two of them in the Easel. They are doing the percussive noises here. The rest is sustained tones from the 100 but it is all connected together using one randomised clock and the 8 step sequencer from the 100 and the 5 step sequencer from the 200. I added a very long delay from the Bel AD80 (around 3 seconds) and some EMT Plate reverb for good measure

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Barbican Birthday Bashes


We had a marvellous time on Saturday playing at the Barbican in London as part of the Rough Trade 40th Birthday bash. It was a year ago that I played on that great stage for the Brian Eno Discrete Music Birthday bash! See this post

However, this time we (Wrangler) teamed up with John Grant and performed a brand new set of music for our headline show - which was pretty scary for us but A LOT OF FUN. Thanks to John, Ben Eyes, Dancon, Gary and the whole team it was an epic adventure!


Photo: Antonio Pagano