Friday, 23 July 2010

My Hand Hurts

I just spent hours creating 'labels' for all my posts. Now I've got RSI. Scroll down and look on the right for them

Cycling '10

studio journey from zack dagoba on Vimeo.

[UPDATE: I wanted to put this on vimeo as well as youtube to see which player I prefer]

I found a cool new way of getting to the studio today by cycling through beautiful Epping Forest to the nearest overground railway station at Chingford and getting the East London line to Liverpool Street. It takes about an hour

The music is something I made on the Korg PS3100, layering up sustained chords. Here it is in front of the Moog

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Early Seventies Synths

I'm doing a bit of research into pre-1975 synthesisers for a project. These are all on the bay today:

ARP Pro Soloist, preset monosynth from 1972, up for £450, uk

EML Electrocomp 101, semi-modular system from 1972, up for £2K-ish, uk / usa

EML 400 / 401 dual vco synth and sequencer, 1972? £1600 greece

EML Electrocomp 500 monosynth, 1973, currently $1200, us

Korg 700s preset monosynth from 1974, £525, us

Korg 900ps preset monosynth, 1975, £500, poland

Roland SH3, their first non-preset monoynth, from 1974, £1000, germany

Roland SH1000 preset mono from 1973, they go for around £200

Roland System 100, part of a semi-modular system, 1975, around £1000

Yamaha SY1 preset monosynth, 1974, around £200-300

I got all the dates from Peter Forrest' A-Z of Analog Synthesisers

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Life in 1979

UPDATE: It's no wonder Edward Williams is pictured with all that EMS equipment, according to the book Vintage Synthesizers he actually OWNED the EMS company for a while....


I have just discovered this little gem on the wonderful Trunk Records. It's the music from the 1979 BBC series Life On Earth by Edward Williams [pictured below with EMS gear including in the background the uber-rare Synthi Sequencer 256]. You can read at the link above the fascinating story of how Jonny Trunk discovered this lost recording, which was only pressed up by the composer to give out to members of his orchestra - rare!

The album is mostly lovely english pastoral fare, with occasional sprinklings of studio effects and minor electronics

I was interviewed in 2008 by Jonny for his excellent Resonance FM radio show where we discussed Twenty Systems and electronics in film and tv music in general. I am trying to find an archive of it to post here. Here is his review of my album he wrote for Record Collector

'Eusthenopteron and the Primeval Swamp' by Edward Williams. Buy the album here in any format