Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Its Full Of People


Had a great time last night Han!

Kiss Kiss

New Machines


This is how you do it. Via matrixsynth. Check out the Roland CMU800 at 9.55. WANT!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Fake Plastic Plants


Word of the Week #57


Servants




Heres some footage from our gig last tuesday. Its shot by dsoaudio and Robin Rimbaud (who also took the pic above), then I edited it together. I think youtube has messed up the sync because it worked perfectly on my computer before I uploaded it. Grrr




And heres a review of the gig from the Electricity Club

(click below for the full review)

Friday, 21 February 2014

Big Reverbz




Here is a comparison of four of my favourite big and old digital reverbs: Yamaha Rev1, Lexicon 224, Roland R880 and Eventide H3000, recorded in that order. I tried to get similar settings on them, so they all have decay times of around 10 seconds. You really need to listen on headphones to hear the subtle differences between them. I thought the mighty Oberheim Four Voice would be a good way of testing them. Which is your favourite?

Monday, 17 February 2014

Dream Ticket




Don't forget we are playing tomorrow night, if you are in East london. Get your dream ticket in advance via the Facebook link on the flyer to avoid disappointment... Picture courtesy of the Zeitgeist Girl

Phone Home


If you call me on my home number I will answer on this beautiful Audioline Tel-37 telephone that I bought at Kingsland Road car boot sale for one pound:

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Wicked Man




Check this cool film about the music to the Wicker Man. Theres some good friends in it!!! (and my studio)

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Flying Visit


Tara and Maf popped round the other day, and brought along Beth Jeans Haughton (I mixed her first EP here a while ago) and her friend Dick O'Dell who were both on very good form. What a lovely evening. Pics by Maf

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Loop Series One


Heres a new Benge album I just did. Its some quite simple / minimal Buchla 100 sounds going through looper pedals / tape loops





BENGE
LOOP SERIES
ONE: BUCHLA 100

A series of albums recorded on a single electronic music synthesiser (or group of related instruments incorporated into a system) utilising a method of composing and recording called Looping

Looping is achieved using a technique whereby sounds are recorded either digitally or to tape which is set to loop around upon itself at various fixed lengths of time, ranging from a few seconds up to several minutes depending on the compositional effect required for each individual piece of music

There are many variables within this framework which determine the nature of the composition such as: LOOP DURATION; NUMBER OF CHANNELS; STEREO POSITIONING; LOOP FEEDBACK, etc. Thus, the ‘rules’ of each musical piece can be set up in advance allowing the composition to flow naturally from any given starting point

On this first record the sound source is a Buchla 100 modular analog synthesiser dating from the 1960s. This instrument in itself allows for extremely complex multi-dimentional events to be set up, including elements relating to pitch, timbre, time, duration, rhythm, harmony, reverberation, stereo location and the like. Furthermore it can be manipulated very easily in real time, using the various potentiometers and touch plates. The looping techniques used here included multitrack digital recording (Electro Harmonix 2880), monophonic tape loops (Roland RE501) and various combinations of the two


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Lather


Cutting the Wrangler album, YAY! lather photo lathe-01.gif

LoneLady


This is cool

Saturday, 1 February 2014

A Dog, Mixing


We are REALLY nearing completing the debut Wrangler album, with a little help from Biba on the mix (she's got very good ears)

Wrangler on the Wradio


Here is an archive of our BBC Six Music session from the 21st Jan. The footage was shot by Phil Jones - thankyouverymuch