Thursday, 20 October 2011

Bend Your Ear Radio Programme No.2

I've just realised this isn't a monthly radio show. Its bi-monthly. Hope you like this selection of music, found on a laptop left on a metro train in 1989, near the museum of arts and crafts in Paris. I managed to track down every song on the playlist!

01] Brian Bennett - Darkside [1977]
02] Steve Gray - Pendulum 3 [1978]
03] Francis Monkman - At The Pool [1980]
04] John Carpenter - Starker and Marge [1982]
05] John Foxx - Glimmer [1980]
06] Brian Eno - Prophecy Theme [1984]
07] Steve Gray - Standing Idle [1975]
08] Barry DeVorzon - Cylo Lab [1986]
09] John Saunders - Mystery Cycle [1979]
10] Harold Budd - Dark Eyed Sister [1984]
11] Benge - Belbo's Theme [2011]

Monday, 17 October 2011

C&C Live

Chris and Cosey played before us at the Unsound festival on saturday. I managed to get this clip of them before I went backstage and got nervous. C&C are really nice. They were in Throbbing Gristle in the 1970s and Chris played the electronics, and made some of the very first synth-pop which you must check out if you don't know it already. Start off with 20 Jazz Funk Greats. In the pic they are on the left

The venue was a tram shed. The trams had been rolled out, and a MASSIVE sound system rolled in, and the C&C set got louder and louder with each track. Not sure how loud we were!

Word of the Week #24


Here is a realtime video of a self playing patch on the buchla. I'm using the EHX 2880 looper as a simple delay unit. Click through to the youtube page if you want to watch it in hi-res

Sunday, 16 October 2011


I / we (The Maths) have just got back from our trip to Krakow where we played at the Unsound festival. It was great! Its a beautiful inspiring city, and a really good festival, although as usual on short and busy trips we didn't get to see very much

One thing we did see was Morton Subotnick's astonishing performance in a huge cinema, with an additional multichannel mega-sound-system. It really was a stunning performance, actually based around Silver Apples of the Moon, one of my all time favourite albums. HE HELPED INVENT THE VOLTAGE CONTROLLED SYNTHESISER by commissioning Don Buchla to make his very first modular system. I GOT TO MEET HIM AFTER THE SHOW. He was outside talking to his visual artist colleague who made the beautiful visuals. THEN I BUMPED INTO HIM AGAIN the next day, because he was giving a talk in the art gallery right after me and John gave our talk! (Sadly we couldn't see it because we had to go and soundcheck)

Anyway, here are some iPhone clips of his performance, they really don't do it much justice, but you get the idea. Below the vids is a picture of his Buchla system (low-fi - sorry!), a 12 panel 200e with millions of wires and connections and everything he needed to make his incredible music