Saturday, 27 August 2011


I had a great day today. I duetted with a parakeet and a Buchla (me on Buchla). I also got to meet Rash who graciously showed me round his Buchla 200e / Eardrill / Verbos / Cynthia synthesiser. By the way the parakeet has picked up some very cool phrases. He bleeps

This patch was: 258v into 292 LPG [using 2 channels in series, the vactrols being set off by the eardrill ratchet set to semi-random pulses] and a 281 function generator in LFO mode modulating the LPG cutoff. I had to use the 266 source of uncertainty to send pitch choices to the 258v oscillator as triggered by the same ratchet sending out the timing pulses to the LPG [envelope]. The interesting thing was how easy it was to set up this kind of patch. it just WANTS to make exciting sounds for you...

Cigar Disco

Mac Attack

I was quite sad to hear that Steve Jobs has had to step down due to ill health. I've had pretty much every apple they ever made and enjoyed each one. I hope they continue to bear fruit. Via matrix

Friday, 26 August 2011

Close But No Cigar

Earlier this year me and John Foxx spent weeks creating and meticulously honing our cover version of Pink Floyd's Have a Cigar, which is featured on the cover cd of this month's Mojo mag. You can read an interview with us about the process here

Well, guess what? Mojo didn't use the finished version we gave them on the CD. Nope, by mistake they used a very early demo we sent them. An mp3, very rough demo version. Considering the song is all about the total lack of respect between the corporate music machine and the musical artist, its quite a fitting tribute don't you think?

Anyway, theres an official apology here, and you can download the finished version if you like

Cowboy Decorators

Walking home from the studio this evening I saw some more bonkers graffiti. What's it all about?

Busch Moog

Tara has donated her new EP to the Bob Moog Foundation! Thats so cool of her. Use the link and enter the remix competition!

Thursday, 25 August 2011


Saw this over on Yimmy's

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Home Music

Natalie (Lone Taxidermist) came in today to try out a tune here. Phil is working with her on some new songs. I really like her work. We did a tune she wrote called Home. Below is a video tour of her studio and office complex

Monday, 22 August 2011

Buchla Mayhem Again

I was asking John Potter [ether^ra] what the difference is in tone between the new Buchla digital oscillators and the [new] vintage-designed analog oscillators currently being made by Mark Verbos. They are clones [approved by Don, natch] of the supremely rare and wonderful Buchla 258. He sent me this demo

Here are some pics of the 258. The last pic is the clone: