Thursday, 12 December 2013

Cupboard Love

Something amazing just happened that normally only happens in daydreams you know where you walk past a charity shop and imagine seeing a Moog modular in the window for £20

Well I got an email from a friend (thanks Phil J!!!) who has a friend who works at a London university in the music department one day a week. This chap was clearing out a cupboard and found a load of old gear that hadn't been used for years and wanted it to go to a good home, rather than it just being neglected or even worse chucked out. So I got passed this email saying there was a load of EMS gear from the 1970s and did I know of anyone who might want it!?!? So rather excitedly I replied that yes I am someone who is an avid fan of EMS equipment and that I own the rest of the matching series!! I had to pay a nominal fee to keep the bursar happy, but the amazing thing is I have now got the full set of EMS modules and keyboards and they are an exact match of my EMS VCS3 and DK1 (one of the first synths I bought 20+ years ago)

Here is a picture, my existing Putney and Cricklewood, and the new TKS touch keyboard and sequencer, 8 octave filter bank, pitch to voltage converter and random voltage generator. This is a very powerful system! Lucky me!!!!

I am working on getting them all up and running - the rack modules need the Bulgin power connectors and the TKS needs a power supply (my VCS3 Mk1 won't power it) but luckily Robin from EMS is helping out with supplying the manuals and info I need to get it all working nicely together. Watch this space!

Urth Mutha

I did the sound design and music to this short film with Sefa, do you remember this post? it was all done on the Moog. Yesterday it was on Channel Four as part of the Random Acts series. Hello Sam Steer!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Pet Sounds

A studio dog is sometimes a very good thing to have around. I often have Biba down in the basement with me, helping with a patch or perhaps a mix. Dogs can hear things we can't hear you know. Anyway, it was nice to hear from Joe McGinty who I met in Brooklyn a while ago (see this post) who also has a studio dog. Here is Mitzi with a Casio, and below is Biba trying to copy:

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Omega, Man

If anyone knows what the music is staring at 1.43 I would be most grateful. Thats all for now