Saturday, 30 June 2012

Quadra Pong

Hello Richard

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Polysynthi Manual

Don't you just hate it when you're sitting in front of your favourite EMS poly synth trying to work out why all the knobs have been put on backwards and you can't find the user manual because it has slipped down behind a radiator about six months ago? Well this might help

Polysynthi Manual PDF


Do you remember when the guys from G-Force came to my studio to sample some of my synths? Here is the post. Well the top secret project that they were working on was a collaboration with the very clever people at iZotope who have made some software synth that uses an FFT interface. It is really incredible and well worth checking out here. So what they did was sampled tons of pure notes from the Moog, VCS3, Serge, ARP 2500 etc, and they form the basis of some of the Iris sounds - pretty cool!!!!

Ebay Fiesta

Hey - thinking of setting up a cool electronic studio? Just won the lottery / latest album gone platinum? Well here are a few things I have seen on eBay recently that you should buy:

1) You need a modular synth. They are all the rage. How about an original Moog 3P to get started - $36,200

2) You are going to need a large Polysynth. This is one of the best ever made - 1976 Yamaha CS80, $12,900

3) And you need a drum machine. This will be the one then - Linn LM1 from 1982 - $7,800

4) OK, so now you need an effects unit to make them all sound awesome, why not use one of these - EMT stereo valve plate model 140, $3,900

5) All thats left now is a mixing desk, so my recommendation would be one of these - Neve 5300 series vintage 70s console, just $47,000


Theres a really good article about one of my musical heroes Conny Plank HERE. There are some interesting contributions from Foxxy in there, and Eno tells of Plank's inventiveness - check out his solution to mixing desk Total Recall:
Plank also rigged a special system to take a photograph of the entire mixing console, to ‘save’ his work in the days before digital. ‘He was an inventor,’ says Eno. ‘When I was working there he’d developed an early automation system which consisted of a specially developed camera lens mounted above the console, so that you could take a picture at the end of the session of the state of the console. Then if you wanted to set the desk up in the same way at some point in the future, you’d project the picture you’d taken down through the same lens so that the image perfectly lined up with the desk. Thus you could move every knob back to its original position. It was an insane idea that probably only a German would have a) thought of and b) made work

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


Theres a nice new in-depth interview with me and Foxxy HERE

Sample text: The studio is clearly a one-off, with Edwards somehow in command of the array of equipment. "In here we've got everything connected, so you can put extra things in, and you get a signal change you'd never get if you did it on a computer. If you ever tried to reconstruct a sound here you wouldn't be able to, and that's one of the penalties! That's nice though because you have to commit to things, you spend the time getting it right and then committing, so it's a different way of working."

Free Modular

Check out this online modular synth. Its really cool. Its just like owning your own vintage modular synthesiser system except you don't have to sell your car before you can use it. The best thing is that you can enter your own sequencer data in the MML format (in the text field under the synth) and it plays it, then you can change the sounds as it plays. Its VERY powerful actually

What you need to do is change the MML sequence code straight away because their one is horrible, so use something like this to get an idea:

t250 dfgfdcde

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Big Midi Machine

Heres a vid of me testing out the iPad app Little Midi Machine with the Buchla. Its triggering the internal buss of the 200e modules via a Line6 Midi Mobilizer, and I'm using the Emu Emulator to transpose the sequence as it goes along. The FX are all Korg PM40s

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Douglas Fir

I have just seen this amazing booklet made in 1960 showing you how to make your life better using wood.
Its from here, which is a good place to dig around in for a while
Second Homes for Leisure Living

Rainy Weekend

Friday, 1 June 2012

Home Taping

These lovely scans caught my eye over on found0bjects. Do you remember the slogan 'HOME TAPING IS KILLING MUSIC'? Well it seems to have worked because music is still with us but tapes have dropped off a bit recently. Having said that, I released my first cassette tape a few months ago

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Into The 80s!

Via Matrixsynth