Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Big Buchla Box

I'm going to build one of these for my Buchla, except its going to be 6 panels wide not 7


While looking for pics of the big Buchla cases I dug out my copy of Hubert S Howe's Electronic Music Synthesis (the first serious book I ever got on the subject) and found these great photos. This big Buchla is 10 panels wide

Monday, 9 April 2012

Work In Progress

Here is a video of us playing on the synths. We used a centralised trigger to control the sequencers of the Moog Modular and ARP 2500. James was on the Korg Trident and Stephen the Korg Lambda

Birth and Death

I went to see Damien Hirst's show at Tate Modern yesterday. I did my fine art degree at Goldsmiths and he was in the year above me. At the end of each year you have to help one of the final year students put up their degree show, and I helped Damien. His work was always really good, and he was a very funny and charismatic young man, but nobody could have guessed at the incredible success he has found

I wrote my degree thesis on the subject of Alchemy, the art and science of changing base materials into precious ones. It seems to me that Damien has epitomised this concept and the retrospective show at Tate Modern is literally a walk-through demonstration of it

The exhibition begins with a charming and totally innocent piece he made in 1987 (while I was at college with him) called 8 Pans (pictured above). It then proceeds through all his iconic work like spot paintings and sharks and through to his work with gold and diamonds and all the excesses he now represents and enjoys

It's a horrible journey and the curators of this show have managed to present his work in a way that, for me, deteriorates both aesthetically and conceptually with each room you walk through. Eventually you reach a shop at the end where you can buy Hirst-branded things like deck chairs and T-Shirts and suddenly you realise the appalling commercialisation of the art world today, and his place in it. I actually really like a lot of his work and was hoping for a much more inspiring show. Instead I felt like one of his doomed butterflies

So it was very relieving to take a look at Yayoi Kusama's strange and beguiling world, especially her magical infinity room:

Busy Week

Its been another really busy week at Bengestudios, with lots of interesting sessions and amazing people. Here is a gallery of pictures taken during the week, staring off with Sam Genders (Diagrams, who was in doing a cover version of Airbag by Radiohead (featuring another Sam on flugelhorn, 1st pic by Sammy G)

Second up was another day with John Foxx and Diana Yukawa, and we are nearing completion of that project

Then there are some pics of our mega two day synth-o-jam session with James Murphy (LCD Sound system) and the Dewaele brothers (Soulwax / 2manydjs). I love this job

Acton, Baby!

Me and Big Al drove over to Acton to pick up a Dolby noise reduction unit I bought cheap on eBay. The unit is going to be connected to my Soundcraft 16 track tape machine, and will hopefully impart a certain 70s flavour to the sound, something strangely overlooked by most vintage-heads I think

It was in a really nice studio called Heart of Gold which has the same console as me (Studer 900) - the only other one I've ever seen

The Dolby rack actually came from Sarm West studio, and this means it was used on some amazing albums, I'm guessing everything from Grace Jones to Frankie Goes To Hollywood...