Friday, 31 October 2014

Demo for Jono

Here is a demo of the ARP2500 for Jono who just bought an ARP2500. I'm using the 1050 Mix Sequencer to create a drum pattern:

UPDATE: And here's one straight back at me from Jono in Australia!

UPDATE 2: Ok, so here is another patch I made in return. Its quite a complicated one which involves some other synthesiser modules so here goes: The Arp sequencer is sending 3 CVs out to the Arp mix sequencer which is being clocked by step 1 of the sequencer. This provides a pitch array of 32 notes which controls an Arp VCO. The VCO is going into the Filtamp module which is being controlled by an Arp envelope. Now here is the complicated part: the triggers from the Arp sequencer are not firing the envelope on every step but are being subdivided into shorter patterns and bursts by the Serge Modular clock divider and bi-directional router. So each step of the sequencer is first sent to the clock divider and the 1/3rd output is going to ch-1 of the router, and 1/5ths is going to ch-2. Then the 1/7th output is being used to switch the router and the result is pseudo-random triggering of the envelope, but always rhythmically related to the sequence clock. The Serge sequencer is then being triggered slowly from step 1 of the Arp sequencer and this also controls the frequency of the VCO to add to the complexity of the melody. The audio signal is then being split in two, half going to the Buchla 100 reverb and the other going to a Bel BD80 digital delay for stereo tastiness

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Friday, 24 October 2014

Benge - Loop Series Two

Here is a brand new album. Hope you like it

Loop Series2 Booklet by Zack Dagoba

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Red Gallery Gig

Here is our recent gig at the Red Gallery in Old Street, London:


And hot off the press here is The Quietus review of our first festival! and here from The Electricity Club

Word of the Week #64

Monday, 13 October 2014


Big Al came down this weekend and we ended up playing on the Serge Modular because it was looking at us in a weird way. He showed me how you could use the clock divider module to split an oscillator into 7 harmonically related tones and this got me thinking. I put the 7 outputs into 7 VCAs and used 7 LFOs to modulate them and 3 steps of the sequencer to slowly change the pitch of the master oscillator. Then I put it through an Ibanez digital delay and layered up 3 passes - here is the result:

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


And here is us performing Sensoria at the Sensoria Festival in Sheffield the other night:

Phantom Power

Heres an interview with Mal that he did just before we went on stage in Birmingham:

Phantom Circuit #148 (6th Oct. 2014) by Phantom Circuit on Mixcloud

Sonic Static

Just got back from our whistle-stop tour of UK which was great fun. We met lots of friends on the way - thanks everyone for making the effort to see us! Heres a pic by Gary Sonic of me in action: