Thursday, 30 August 2012

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Benge - Minertua

Theres another new Benge album up on bandcamp. Heres the info:

Minertua - Deep Listening Gallery
A further study in sustained electronic tonalities complimenting Benge's previous two recordings, Abstraxa and Harmuna

1 - Ento (10.08)
2 - Urba (9.04)
3 - Osto (3.14)
4 - Kapt (8.09)
Tuta Dauro (30.34)

Track one - Elka X705 electronic organ, Buchla modular synthesiser, Roland R880 Digital Reverberation System, Ibanez AD150 analog delay, MXR 126 Flanger/Doubler
Track two - Buchla modular synthesiser, Roland R880, Ibanez AD150, MXR 126
Track three - Yamaha YC45D electronic organ, Roland 201 Space Echo
Track four - Buchla modular synthesiser, Roland R880

Recorded at Benge Studios, London, August 2012
All Music and Design by Benge (c)2012 Ben Edwards
All Rights Reserved
Cover photo of video feedback by Benge
Video content by Benge using Hameg oscilloscope, Philips V100 analog video camera
Released 22nd August 2012

Here is a video to accompany the release:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Karin and Kjetil

Also Karen Park and her friend Kjetil came in yesterday to play on some synths. I had set the big moog up to play a sequence, triggered by the DR55. Heres a test sketch I did:

String Thing

Had a great session last night for Hannah. She was recording a string quartet for some of her new songs. Lovely

Golf Punk

Great gig the other night Nat!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Wayne's World

This perfectly sums up my feeling about the spectacularly bad Olympic closing event (thanks Paul!) From the Daily Mash

WAYNE Hayes, a middle-aged sales executive from Carlisle, has expressed regrets about the Olympics closing ceremony beamed directly from his brain. Hayes, who organisers deemed to be the most typical man in Britain, curated the ceremony via special electrodes attached to his head which fed details of everything he likes into a giant computer. This information was then transmitted into the Olympic Park in the form of incredibly lifelike holograms. Hayes said: “I thought that everyone loves a bit of Annie Lennox and Oasis to get themselves in the party mood but judging by the four hundred thousand death threats on my Twitter feed this morning, apparently not. All I wanted was to recreate the brilliant spectacle of an early 1990s Brit Awards show and I tried to do that by free associating acts with the first words that came into my head, hence Fatboy Slim/octopus, and Annie Lennox/Viking boat.” Many of the performances last night were clipped versions of well known songs, mainly because Hayes could not remember all of the words, and the only modern acts were the ones he last heard blasting out of his daughter’s bedroom. Hayes’ wife has asked him to explain why he is so obsessed with Jessie J, a constant feature of the concert who remained in the corner of the viewers’ screen like somebody signing the program for the deaf had decided to abandon waving their hands about and start shouting along instead. Other baffling performances included Kaiser Chiefs singing The Who, because Hayes remembered liking the group but couldn’t remember how any of their songs went, and a recreation of an Only Fools & Horse scene because he had their DVD on in the background at the time. Hayes said: “This is just what music concerts look like in my mind, although admittedly the last one I actually went to was Travis at the Birmingham NEC in 1999. Oh, why didn’t I have Travis on instead of the Spice Girls? That’s a shame.”

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Targa Bush

Sometimes a Targa can be quite useful

Monday, 13 August 2012

Hammer Synth

I bought the the complete Hammer House of Horror first series on DVD today. The first episode I watched was about a film music composer who falls in love with a real live witch. The cool thing is that he has a studio set up at home with a giant Roland system 700 modular synth in it. Heaven

Sunday, 12 August 2012


Heres a vid I just shot of the Buchla. I used a 1970s Phillips V100 video cam, so its meant to be all wobbly and lo-fi - OK? I am in love with the light traces this thing produces. The Buchla system has changed again - this time I replaced the little 251e sequencer with the larger 250e, which is much more user friendly having lots of knobs on it. This patch is totally self playing including the drum sounds. There is a P/R module clocking everything, with the 250e being strobed by it, selecting the stages at random. Its a very deep module and I'm having fun diving in

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Word of the Week #39

Logans Couch

Hugo passed this on to me. Its the De Sede sofa from Logans Run. WANT!

Bonus Skor

It was really nice having Mike back in the studio. He's been working with Laura J Martin on a new EP, and I helped mix it on the big console. It sounds awesome!

External Clock

I love Stoke Newington car boot sale

Holy Ground

I bought a little 8 channel mixer on ebay exactly a year ago and I've got it set up at home just in case I need to suddenly mix something. It sounds really cool this mixer, it's got a big edgy character and I like working with it's quirks and limitations. It came from the Holyground studio, one of england's seminal 1970s recording labels. I mixed all the new tracks on the Evidence album (see previous post) on it last week

Here is a picture of it in 1975 from it's previous owner:

New Evidence

We're releasing our new album soon. Here's the track listing:

Out on 10 September, 2012

01. Personal Magnetism
02. Evidence (Featuring The Soft Moon)
03. That Sudden Switch (Featuring Xeno & Oaklander)
04. Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) (Featuring Matthew Dear)
05. Neon Vertigo
06. Changelings (Featuring Gazelle Twin)
07. My Town
08. Have A Cigar
09. A Falling Star (Featuring Gazelle Twin)
10. Cloud Choreography
11. Shadow Memory
12. Walk
13. Myriads
14. Only Lovers Left Alive
15. Talk (I Speak Machine Mix) (Featuring Tara Busch)

Cover design by Jonathan Barnbrook