Saturday, 30 November 2013

Horny Two

Here is another self-playing horn patch thing on the Buchla 100. This ones got a bit more space in it... Its a tweak of the same patch as this one

Friday, 29 November 2013

One Man Band

My Fairlight is currently being fixed... I will report back to you on this as and when, so in the mean time here is the original CMI IIx Demo Cassette (side a):

I found the mp3 here

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Friday, 22 November 2013

Invisible Moments

Look at this amazing video made for us by Macoto Tezka. ILOVEIT!!

UPDATE: Here is his second video for us, Talk:

Here is the story:
November 7, 2013 Macoto Tezka. One day, I came across a very old, classic western-style building in a corner of Ginza-town in central Tokyo. A building stood at the location well over 80 years. It's one of a Tokyo's relics of the past that survived war-fire and many earthquakes. In the building, there are a couple of stairs around an old mechanical elevator. It used be an apartment but no one lives there anymore. Now galleries and antique stores occupy the building. Walking through a narrow passage, I thought about the past and imagined how people lived here. Imagery of old silent films flashed into my imagination. A few months later, I visited there again with my actor friends and a cinematographer. Because I couldn't think of a better location for John Foxx And The Maths videos. John's music has a feeling of "déjà vu". It's always fresh but somehow nostalgic. Silhouette of a figure that walks through an old avenue; vague, indistinctive face . . That is the image created by his music. But some images of my own memories also came up. Our cinematographer shot this film with a Canon camera. Before editing, it had sharply-defined shapes and vivid color, so I removed it all. Next, I adjusted the speed to express an eternal moment. Then I synchronized the music to the image and I found something was still missing. By watching the film for many weeks I kept asking myself, 'whats' missing'? Then an idea came up to my mind to bring the film to perfection. The gaps of 'scattered memories and missing time' need to be added. So I decided to attach these 'invisible moments' to fill the gap. The film was finished by these invisible moments

Thursday, 21 November 2013


Buchla 100 patch, utilising proto-horn type sounds, about 4 layers of them. HORNY!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Simple Instrumental

Finally our (JF&TM) Simple Minds remix is out and I am posting about it - check out the full version here. And also there is a thing about it on the Quietus here. It was great fun doing this remix - we started from scratch on the modular synths (Roland 100M and Serge Modular - see this post I did a while ago about creating the percussion sounds on the Serge) and Foxxy added some vocals too. However, below is a video I just made for the instrumental version of the track - EXCLUSIVE!! I filmed the song being played through an old oscilloscope (green lights) and a modular synth (red lights) by pointing the camera through a cut-glass diamond shaped thing and a glass vase!

Lowland Three

And then yesterday the Lowland Hundred (hi Paul and Tim) came round to listen to their 3rd album on my big speakers. They brought Jony Mugwump along too as he is releasing it on his label Exotic Pylon. I really like their mixture of abstract noises and melodic vocals, a very unique combination indeed

Sweet Lord

I'm doing a bit of mastering at the mo, for example I'm working on Simon Lord's new album, which is a pleasure. He came round to have a look round the studio because as it turns out he's a bit of a synth-head - in fact his dad designed the mythical english analog synth the Skywave. He bought in cool vintage flyer he found in the loft:

Here is a video of him demoing it from a while ago:

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Being John Carpenter

Sometimes I get the urge to pretend I am in the studio in 1980 making a horror movie soundtrack. Luckily I have a studio full of old equipment so this is not a problem. Here I am on the Moog Modular, Linn LM1, Oberheim 4-Voice (via Moog Phaser), all going through the MCI 416b console, with a bit of EMT plate reverb for good measure

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Dukes of Analog

I've been mixing the Duke St Workshop's new single - giving it the fully analog treatment on the MCI

Word of the Week #53

Friday, 8 November 2013

Friday, 1 November 2013

Prog Volume

Phil came round the other day and noticed the 'Prog Volume' knob on the Prophet T8 polysynth. Heres what happens when you turn it up to max: