Interview with synth fashionista Tara Busch and I Speak Machine

October 3, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


I Speak Machine (Tara Busch and Maf Lewis) has recently finished another of their live gigs in Malmö, Sweden, at Inkonst, this as an integrated performance with the ongoing art installation Sisters Academy. The band, being welcomed in a surreal environment featuring blindfolded students and experimental activities going on all over the place, fits nicely with the horror-futuristic music and visuals that I Speak Machine (ISM) performs on stage. Just like ISM the Sisters Academy are not just there due to general fascinations with the obscure, but rather a closer search into the realms of our existence and human conditions.

For those of you who have not seen ISM on stage, their live performances is far more than playing backtracked songs and soundscapes on laptops to visuals on the screen. Tara, a true machine geek, will bring a plethora of hardware gems on stage paired with intriguing vocals run through vocoders and the like. Perhaps not the most obvious route considering hers and Maf’s common roots in the downtempo electronica band Dynamo Dresden. However, Tara and Maf apparently weren’t content with performing in the straight forward rock/pop format. Tara have always had a fling towards dark and disturbing music, music that leaned towards horror and sci-fi, filled with those bizarre soundscapes – almost limitless in their nature.

Neither Tara nor Maf are ‘true’ horror/sci-fi geeks, but these type of movies do represent great reflexions on culture, and through ISM they have developed a new process on how to do things in this genre, without getting trapped in the conventional like the use of theremins and scary strings. This also means that ISM do not operate in a conventional way, such as adding music to a film score, but rather let the two grow and develop organically together, and through cross-pollination in the creative phase let music and visuals influence each other. And perhaps more importantly it is all being developed for live performances, not for home cinema viewing.

Read the full interview here >>

New music video from A SPELL INSIDE – “Eternally”

October 3, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

New single “Eternally”. Originally found on CD “Autopilot”.
All copyrights by A SPELL INSIDE.
Song written and produced by A SPELL INSIDE.
Model: Pia Gummersbach
Light and Advice by Eric Remann /
Make-Up Artist Mirja Dunkel
Location Clearing by Kay Schlossmacher
A big thank you to Marc Versteeg & Frauke Wolf.

Ascension – Modular Patch (loooots of cables… :-)

October 3, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Patch experiment using the Noise Engineering Variatic Erumption x 2, and Minigorille CV graphic modules x 2. Clock output from the Tiptop Circadian Rhythms into the CV Graphic input 1, left side (purple). Then another output from the TipTop CR taken to the right side (siliver) CV Graphic module. Output 4 from the Tiptop CR sent to the left side Variatic Erumption (ext gate to the hit jack input) which would send very slow burst of random gates. The CV Graphic CV output (PONG sequencer mode 2) A and B would output bouncing ball like CV voltages to the Variatic Erumption CV Pattern, and Time/Division input. This created some very organic scattered sequencing taking one output that was triggering a Snazzy Fx Ardcore running custom frac drums patch.

The other output was running into a trigger input on the Mutable instruments clouds, which is causing the light granular scattering in between the beats. Another output from the V.E. running into the Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas, for the FM pluck like percussion sound. Next output from VE running into a 4ms RCD, random triggering spaced out burst to the clock input. From here, the output was taken (4)out to the MakeNoise Optomix set slightly open, which was running a ALM’s new “Akemie’s Castle” dual voltage controlled oscillator, running out the chord output (OSC A). From the Akemie’s Castle the output is going into a Tiptop Z-DSP processed with the The Halls of Valhalla card running program 7 (Asgard). Mult output also taken to the Strymon Big Sky pedal running in “Chorale” mode mix completely wet for delicate melodic swells. Making the rich choral timbres. Another gate output from the Noise Engineering V.E. running into the Mutable Instruments (mystery) module. Output from here sent to the Qu-Bit RT-60 effect module, which is also being triggered (for effects program change) via by the 5 division output from the 4ms Rotating Clock Divider.

Kick drum created using the MakeNoise telHarmonic module, running into a Optomix. Snare and hi-hat sounds courtesy of two Ladik D-333 Rom players. One running the Snares card, and another running hi-hats. Both outputs being summed into the Synthrotek DLY module. The delay input being modulated by a modcan QuadLFO output 1 slow S&H. First sequenced notes via the Mutable instruments Braids running the new “HARM” additive harmonics mode. The quantization was set to “Oinian”. Second Braids for other harmony running the “OPSK” smooth sine like melody, VCA mode set to on, with short decay for pluck like quality. Signal for both braids are being sent to another Qu-Bit RT-60 running program number 1-Reverb. Quantization set to “Oinian”. Bassline sound created with a Intellijel Shapeshifter output 1, then being run into intellijel uVCF filter in LPF input, then the signal goes out a Qu-Bit RT-60 in program 1 Reverb.

Link to download the free track here:

Link to the Noise Engineering Variatic Erumption:
Link to the Minigorille CV Graphic Module here:


Roland SYSTEM-100 plug-out live demo | ALBA ECSTASY

October 3, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a live demo of the SYSTEM-100 plug-out, starting from scratch in manual mode. The virtual audio unit wasn’t used in this demo, so no virtual patching was made. The plug-out is loaded into the System-1 and used as it. Free patches for System-1 and for the SH-101 plug-out can be found on…

Ryoji Ikeda :: the planck universe

October 3, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

3 DLP video projectors, computers, speakers
concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
programming, computer graphics: Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama, Yoshito Onishi, Satoshi Hama
commissioned by and produced in cooperation with ZKM I Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Camera: Martina Rotzal, Christina Zartmann. ZKM | Institute for Visual Media
© Ryoji Ikeda Studio, 2015. All rights reserved.

Mother-32 in action

October 3, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A set of sound samples made with a single Mother-32 unit by British electronic music producer The Haxan Cloak.

The classic Nitzer Ebb album ‘Industrial Complex’ will be re-released feat Alan Wilder remix

October 2, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


“Industrial Complex”, Nitzer Ebb’s 6th studio album to date and produced by Flood, will be re-released on vinyl in 4 different versions.

The re-release will include the “I am Undone” remix by Alan Wilder and new remixes of “Once you say” byApoptygma Berzerk, Vince Clark, NZ, MRDTC, Technomancer feat. Angst Pop, Neotek vs. Birmingham 6 and K-Bereit.

The editions are:

  • a cardboard box edition (limited to 101 copies) the 2LP in transparent vinyl including also a T-Shirt, a slipmat, a button blister – buy here
  • a red edition limited to 133 copies – buy here
  • a black edition limited to 133 copies – buy here
  • a white edition limited to 133 copies – buy here

“Industrial Complex” featured guest vocals by Depeche Mode’s songwriter Martin L. Gore on the song “Once You Say”.


The track list for the double vinyl is as follows:


1 Promises 3:50
2 Once You Say Featuring [Uncredited] – Martin L. Gore 3:41
3 Never Known 3:58
4 Going Away 4:10
5 Hit You Back 4:19
6 Payroll 2:57

Side B:
7 Down On Your Knees 3:52
8 I Don’t Know You 3:12
9 My Door Is Open 3:15
10 I Am Undone 3:51
11 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2:57
12 Traveling 3:13

LP 2:

Side A:
1 I Am Undone (Alan Wilder Remix) Remix – Alan Wilder 5:29
2 Once You Say Remix by Apoptygma Berzerk 4:16
3 Once You Say MRDTC Version 5:19
4 Once You Say PUREMIX by NZ 4:48

Side B:
5 Once You Say RAWMIX by NZ 3:47
6 Once You Say Neotek Remix 4:28
7 Once You Say Angst Pop feat. Technomancer Remix 4:43
8 Once You Say K-Bereit Remix 4:37
9 Once You Say Vince Clark Remix 5:51

All about the new Roland Boutique line of machines

October 2, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Roland has announced its Roland Boutique series, a new, limited-edition line of compact sound modules that recreate renowned analog synthesizers from the company’s historic past.

Powered by Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, the series includes three modules based on the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106 and JX-3P instruments from the 1980s. Armed with a full complement of hands-on controls derived from the original synths, each sound module can be used as a tabletop MIDI device or mounted in the companion K-25m Keyboard Unit to create a standalone compact synth.

The Roland Boutique series faithfully captures the legendary sound and response of classic Roland analog synths for modern electronic musicians. Using the proprietary ACB modeling that was first developed for instruments in the AIRA line such as the TR-8 and SYSTEM-1, the essence of the original instruments is recreated in every detail, right down to the analog component level.

Each Roland Boutique module is no bigger than a book and can run on USB bus power or batteries, providing grab-and-go versatility for computer music production and live playing. The modules also include built-in speakers, a convenient feature for monitoring the sound in mobile environments.


With the JP-08, the legendary JUPITER-8 synth is back in a compact and powerful package. Featuring 36 knobs and sliders from the original JUPITER-8 front panel, the four-voice JP-08 is highly programmable and encourages sonic experimentation. The JP-08 faithfully reproduces the original JUPITER-8 sounds and adds a few new twists in the form of extra LFOs and expanded VCO range.


Often described as one of the last great synths of the analog era, the JUNO-106 became a favorite thanks to its warm sounds and instant sound-shaping ability. The four-voice JU-06module continues this approach, with 23 parameters controllable via the front panel and classic JUNO sound, complete with the original’s signature chorus effect. New enhancements include a faster LFO and continuously variable high-pass filter.


The JX-03 module continues the legacy of the dual-oscillator JX-3P synth. While the original featured a button-driven interface for immediate access to preset sounds, it was highly programmable when paired with the optional PG-200 controller. The four-voice JX-03 inherits all 24 knobs from the PG-200, plus the distinctive JX-3P tonal character. Added extras not present in the original synth include new waveforms, expanded DCO range, and cross-modulation options.

In addition to their unique ACB sound engines and model-specific controls, each Roland Boutique module is equipped with dual ribbon controllers and a built-in step sequencer. With their USB and MIDI I/O connectors, the modules can easily integrate with studio setups and other MIDI keyboards. Each module also features a chain mode that allows the user to connect two or more modules of the same type to increase the available polyphony as needed.


With the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit, users have the ability to turn a Roland Boutique module into a compact, all-in-one synth with 25 velocity-sensitive keys. Each module mounts in the K-25m quickly and easily, and can be interchanged with another in no time. Once in the K-25m, the module can be mounted flat or angled in two different positions for easier access to the panel controls.

Pricing and availability to be announced.

Moog goes Eurorack with Mother-32 – offically released

October 2, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Moog has announced the Mother-32, a distinctively vintage-voiced analog performance and production synthesizer, meticulously handcrafted to inspire unique sound creation, new music and endless sonic exploration.

The Mother-32 is mounted in a black, laser-etched extruded aluminum enclosure and finished with traditional wood sidepieces. The 100% analog instrument features a comprehensive voltage-controlled sequencer and 32-point analog patchbay.

Mother-32’s semi-modular design means that no patching is required to create powerful analog sound. This allows musicians of any experience level to quickly make music. Synthesists will enjoy exploring the extensive 32-point patchbay which unlocks truly expressive, unique and complex synthesis capabilities. The patchbay provides access to a wealth of sounds and functionality including an assignable CV output jack, MIDI to CV conversion, a second voltage-controlled mixer, sync, interconnectivity and expandability.

Onboard sound sources include a powerful 10-octave analog oscillator with variable pulse width, and an all-analog white noise generator. The signals from each are blended together by a voltage-controlled mixer for dynamic sound creation and manipulation. From the mixer output, sound travels through a Moog Ladder Filter with selectable low pass and high pass filter types.

Musical creation and programming is executed via Mother-32’s comprehensive 32-step, voltage controlled sequencer or external MIDI controller. There are two sequencing styles, allowing each user to create new musical ideas with ease and familiarity. A total of 64 patterns can be stored within Mother-32’s memory bank.

Mother-32 is an expandable analog ecosystem that allows multiple units to easily be mounted and patched together for extended synthesis capabilities.


Mother 32 features

  • Semi-Modular design requires no patching for swift, inspired music creation.
  • Voltage Controlled 32 Step Sequencer with 64 Sequence Locations.
  • Low Pass & High Pass Moog Ladder Filter (20Hz–20kHz) with voltage controlled resonance.
  • External audio input for processing outside sound sources.
  • Definitive Moog oscillator with Pulse and Sawtooth wave outputs.
  • 5-pin MIDI input and MIDI to CV converter.
  • 32 Modular Patch Points (Includes 5 patch cables).
  • 2 Voltage controlled mixers.
  • Superb companion to Werkstatt 01, Minitaur and other synthesizers.
  • Main module can be easily transferred into a Eurorack skiff or case.
  • Mount 2 or 3 units vertically with optional 2 and 3 Tier kits.
  • Complete solution for new Eurorack users – no other items required.

The Mother-32 is available for purchase for $679 USD. Direct orders will ship within 10 weeks.

Circuit – the new inspirational grid-based groove box from Novation

October 2, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Novation has introduced the Circuit, an inspirational grid-based groove box.

Circuit is designed to inspire. Two Novation polysynths and a four-part drum machine, combined with an intuitive grid-based sequencer in a standalone box that will have you making electronic music in minutes.

Hit some pads, tweak the knobs and your track will start to emerge, all locked in time and key. Play around with effects, patterns and sounds in real time, to produce your track, brimming with fat grooves and beats.

Circuit features

  • Step sequencer.
  • Two Nova Engine synths.
  • Four part drum machine.
  • Sync your other synths and drum machines. Or another Circuit. If that’s what you’re into.
  • USB connectivity – easily sync and sequence within your favourite DAW.

Circuit will be available for purchase on October 15th, 2015, priced at £249 GBP / $329 USD (street).

Ideas in seconds:

Circuit inspires, straight out the box. It combines a 2-part synthesiser and a 4-part drum machine with a 4×8 RGB velocity-sensitive grid sequencer, which will have you finding new musical directions and creating electronic grooves in no time.

Stand alone:

The compact and battery powered with a powerful built-in speaker means Circuit can be used to make music entirely on its own. In the studio it will work alongside standalone synth gear and run in sync with music software too.

Cutting edge sound:

Circuit is designed to deliver cutting-edge sound with production-ready mono and poly patches, and tons of character, for easily creating deep bass lines, epic leads and warm pads.

Build ideas quickly:

Circuit’s split grid shows steps and notes at the same time, so a user can sequence and play while seeing exactly what’s going on. Parts can be built either by programming each step or capturing a performance in real-time.

Combine simplicity and experimentation:

A musician can use simple streamlined modes to keep harmonies, rhythms and melodies locked in time and key while they make riffs, hooks and chords.

Velocity sensitive RGB pads let a user build expressive drum beats, by step sequencing or playing the wide range of drum sounds. The sound can be defined with total control over pitch, decay, distortion and EQ.

Create subtle builds and breaks by tweaking synth and drum sounds using eight endless macro knobs. Each one allows a user to make multiple changes to the sound, with RGB LED feedback.

Whole tunes can be built with effects: A user can create an tune by combining up to 128 steps of synth and drum patterns, then add space, depth and energy to the music with built-in effects. Sidechain your synths to the kick drum to get them to pump. Tunes can be saved to one of 32 slots.

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