Saturday, 18 August 2018

Polysynthi Thingi


Playing around on the EMS Polysynthi. No other effects were used in this video. It really is a clever little polysynth. The aftertouch is surprisingly expressive. And the voltage controllable analogue delay is shattering

Synths Are Magic


Speaking of JG here are some very recent pics. First off, in the studio:



And secondly, us on the beach (with Pete Sene, his new live show tech)

(photos by Zan, Benge and Lyn)




Dog Show


Here is John Grant's new single - the title track from his new album which was mostly done here at Memetune central. DAMN COOL VIDEO JOHN!!

Sounds Of Synths




Theres a really cool new website called Synthsounds.net which is endeavouring to get sound examples of every classic vintage synth. Its a great idea by the people behind this very cool poster which features nice simple line drawings of lots of synths, which are coincidently very similar to the ones I commissioned for our Wrangler Remix album (see this post)

Anyway I have donated some of the tracks from Twenty Systems for their Synthsounds website, so if you go to the page and click on a synth with a red star next to it you can hear audio examples - neat, eh?? Of course if there are synth drawings without sounds and you have the real thing sitting there, go ahead and make a demo and send it in to them. Hopefully soon there will be a full-house of pics and sounds

Wanderful


Oh look the new Blancmange album (recorded here) is available to pre-order - so go on then!

Summer Of Love


Been having a mega-good summer, the suns been out most of the time and the garden is joyous. We went to USA on holiday for a week on a road-trip and that was awesome. Flew in to NJ and drove to Bald Eagle - a tiny village with floods. Then we met up with Mr Grant for his birthday bash at Cedar Point in Sandusky, then on to Fallingwater Pennsylvania and back to stay in Brooklyn and Manhattan, where Hugo looked after us and showed us the sights. When we came back Essex was scorched

Thursday, 12 July 2018

P&M


And here are Phil & Mal in action:

Grid-Of-Synth Wrangler Album3


Its been a really busy couple of months here at Meme-central. I've had a constant flow of amazing friends and colleagues down here working on new albums, all of which are very different but equally exciting for me to be a part of. Needless to say, they are all fully electronic, being synth and drum machine based with layers of analog and digital effects, modular synths and exploratory vocal manipulations. For example, here is the Grid-Of-Synth for the newly completed Wrangler album (our third, as yet untitled):

3 Memes




AT LAST! The new Wrangler 12 inch on Memetune Recordings is out, available from all good record stores, or to order from our shop HERE. Thanks so much to the awesome remixers (Crooked Man, Lone Lady and Daniel Miller)

Word of the Week #76


Thursday, 5 July 2018

Modcan Jam


Lump Bump




The new collaboration between my friend Mike Lindsay (he of Tunng) and Laura Marling, entitled Lump is out and getting some love from everyone. Not surprising as its a great (mini) album! Mike actually came here AGES ago when the project was in its early stages, and we fired up the Moog Modular which seemed to get the juices flowing. Heres Mikey booming out some low-throbs of sound (doesn't really come across in a picture, I know..)

Grid-Of-Synth: Wanderlust




Phew! Just finished the new Blancmange album Wanderlust here with Neil Arthur. He took the picture above of me on the Moog through the giant crystal. Below is a collection of synths and things that we mainly used on this album. I am going to try and show you what stuff is used on what from now on here. It will be labelled the GRID-OF-SYNTH. Click on the pics for a large version. WOOOO!