Sunday, 23 December 2018


A sine wave is sent to the Serge N-COM module, which produces a sequence of ‘staircased’ notes

The Programmer/Sequencer is being used to change the fundamental pitch of the sine wave

The rest of the patch is decorative (Serge delay and reverb modules and VCAs)

Monday, 17 December 2018

Dream Studio

Here are some studio pictures which I have fed into the the Deep Dream Algorithm, a computer vision program which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia, thus creating a dream-like hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images. Dreamy!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Ro Land

Exploring Roland's SRV2000 stereo reverb and SDE1000 mono digital delay, with a Jupiter 6

Thursday, 29 November 2018


A little ditty on some mid-80s Roland gear: Jupiter 6, MSQ700 Midi Sequencer, TR505 drum machine and the SDE1000

Wednesday, 28 November 2018


LOOK! Heres me reading Electronic Sound mag, and I am in it! Yes, yours truly has a fabbo 6 page feature in the best magazine in the world! Thanks so much Stephen Dalton and Piers Allardyce for making the trip out here, and sorry Rothko bit you! He got a bit excited, just like me

Tuesday, 27 November 2018


Some tones from my Yamaha TX816. Its going through my new (old) Yamaha REV7 multi FX. NICE!

I used all 8 units (the TX816 is 8 DX7s, or 4 DX5s, in a rack) which I sent to the Yamaha MV802 mixer and panned them all differently. Then I detuned some of the voices while the midi notes were being played

Monday, 26 November 2018


I was looking through the excellent Muzines website and decided to download scans of vintage reviews and info on all my 1980s FX units (I concentrated on the digital multi effects for now). Then I printed them all out and bound them. Geeky! Anyway, I had to make a cover for it and came up with this:

I know, its pretty ugly and uses about 20 different fonts - but it is in fact based on the 1980s Music Technology magazine look (see here for an extraordinary example) and I love it in a weird way

I made a PDF of the document for future reference

Memetune FX by on Scribd

Word of the Week #79

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Benge Fugue

Here is a little piece I put together using the ARP2500 and a midi file. It is based on a Bach fugue, but I heavily manipulated the notes in my midi note editor so that it has the essence of the original but none of the actual melodies. I then sent the midi data to the ARP2500 via the Modcan MIDICV converter. The reverb is the EMT plate 140

Coming Soon

Friday, 9 November 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Love Is Here

I received my copy of Love Is Magic today. Wow thank you John it looks (almost) as amazing as it sounds!

Friday, 19 October 2018

New In At 17

In other news, John Grant's album is in the top 20 of the official UK album chart - A FIRST FOR ME!!! WOOOOOO AGAIN! (Also, see the update in this post)

Wander Out

Its officially released today - Woooo!

Monday, 15 October 2018

Jupiter Falls

A little sketch on the Roland Jupiter Six. Through the immense Roland R880 Digital Mainframe Reverberation System


UPDATE: From Lyn:

Word of the Week #78

Wednesday, 19 September 2018






Just had the Korg Monopoly fixed up - its sounding SWEET. I love the way the arpeggiator works in polyphonic mode - you can mess with the waveforms and octaves of each of the 4 notes as it goes along, which gets some unique results, sort of half way between an arpeggiator and sequencer in a weird way. The Buchla is doing the percussions, using filtered noise through the 194 bandpass filter and a mixer to change the sound in real time


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Warm Voices

Just got one of these - interesting synth!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Butler 100

Great interview with Neil Arthur here, about our new Blancmange album. (Backed up below for posterity)


Imagine if this was a synthesiser and not an organ:

Friday, 31 August 2018

Being John Carpenter #3

Time for another instalment...

Synths and FX used: Moog Modular 3C, Sequential Circuits T8, Oberheim 4 Voice, ARP Odyssey, Linn LM1, MCI 416B, Lexicon 224, Bel BD80, EMT Plate 140, Mu-Tron Phaser II

Rave On

Heres a new video for Creep Show's song Lime Ricky. Its totally rave-o-matic! Nice one Dancon and Francesca!

CREEP SHOW - LIME RICKY from on Vimeo.

a film by Francesca Levi & Daniel Conway, 2018
dedicated to the ravers of Doncaster, 1992
thank you to Andy Parken

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Casio Cords

I set up the Casio FZ10-M (an FZ-1 in a rack) and tried to get my head round it. Its certainly not intuitive to use! (common amongst late 80s / 90s systems of this power). Its a pretty interesting prospect once you get used to the menus. Here I am using an additive sine wave oscillator with a slow envelope, and I assigned the mod wheel to control the very nice resonant LPF

I'm using the Sequential Prophet T8 to control it because the wooden keyboard makes the Casio feel more luxurious

Word of the Week #77

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 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


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

Thursday, 12 July 2018


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):