Saturday, 11 June 2011

Abbey National

I have posted about EMI mixing consoles before and before on this blog, so I was highly excited to see that there is arguably their best and most prestigious desk for sale at the moment. Unfortunately I don't think I can afford it right now, and for that reason I have become very sad. Because I know that this caliber of desk will NEVER become available again. This is the main console at the heart of Abbey Road between 1971 and 1984, so just think of all the amazing records that have its sonic imprint. It truly is a part of our national heritage, and I think it is as important to our cultural history as just about anything. So if there are any readers out there who want to help keep this important artifact here in the UK (in my studio) just let me know, I have shipped large consoles before from america

I have posted more on this over on my other blog if you are interested

The Arp

Yesterday I was playing around on the amazing Arp 2500 modular. Its a totally unique synthesiser experience! I had to get the manual out to look up the workings of the very strange 1005 Modamp. Its a Balanced Modulator, similar to a Ring Modulator, and you can do things like switch it on an off automatically. Actually you can do pretty much everything automatically on this thing, as the matrix switching is really good at routing things to multiple places, a bit like on the VCS3 but more so

The video I took is a bit rubbish, so below that are some mp3s recorded through the desk. I also sent the Arp through the Roland 201 Space Echo, which was made in the same era (early 70s)

Track one is the audio from the video, basically an FM'ed square wave being randomly played by the sequencer and S+H. The envelopes are amazing, probably the snappiest I have ever heard

Track two is the sequencer playing tones and the 1005 Modamp

Track three is similar to track one but adds a second oscillator tone

Track four uses the wonderful 1047 Filter / Resonator module, which has a great function where you can 'play' the resonating filter without needing an envelope. It gives a really beautiful percussive sound which you can play melodies on

Arp2500 sketchy1-mg by zackdagoba

Arp2500 sketchy2-mg by zackdagoba

Arp2500 sketchy3-mg by zackdagoba

Arp2500 sketchy4-mg by zackdagoba

Moulding New Sounds

I saw these two films over on matrixsynth, for more see here and here

Friday, 10 June 2011

Night Lights

MCI 416 console at night:

ARP 2500 modular synth at night:

Messing on the Moog

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Map of Memorials

My friend Paul sent me this link about these incredible Yugoslav war memorials built in the 60s and 70s. The photographer, Kempenaers, toured round the ex-Yugoslav region with a 1975 map of the memorials. That would make a cool holiday trip