Case Study # 1 Aphex Twin – Heliosphan

August 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is an attempt to recreate Heliosphan by Aphex Twin.

All of the sequencing was done one the Yamaha RS-7000 and all sounds came from the Waldorf Micro Q Keyboard in multimode. The purpose of this recreation was to better understand complete compositions, mixing, and layering synthesizer sounds. It was also done for the sake of pushing programming skills and pushing the limits of the Micro Q.
Most often synthesizers are used to about 10 percent of their potential because they are not programmed correctly or used multitibrally.

Classic interviews with synth pioneers in new eBook

May 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Historical interviews with the most famous electro musicians in the world have appeared in a new eBook.

The Electro Legend Interviews features interviews conducted over the past 20 years and taken from the archives of Computer Music and Future Music magazine.

Revealing their music-making techniques and inspirations are: Aphex Twin, Gary Numan, The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett, Vince Clarke, Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür, Moby, Hot Chip, Alec Empire and Ultravox’s Midge Ure.

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Available for just £2.99, the book sheds light on The Prodigy’s place in the early rave scene, with Liam Howlett explaining in a 1993 interview that”When rave dies there are always going to be people who will still want to dance, so as long as we keep coming out with original songs we’ll still be around…”

Meanwhile, Gary Numan discusses his classic Replicas album. Addressing the cover art, he says: “The character on the cover is called a Machman – he’s looking out on the world, looking out at the park. Outside of the park, there’s a man in a grey coat and a grey hat, which was a ghost I saw when I was much younger…”

Elsewhere reclusive genius Aphex Twin gives one of his only ever interviews. “If you plan to be good at anything, it has to happen using your own ideas. It’s inevitable. It’s exactly like natural selection,” he muses.

Speaking exclusively about the early days of Kraftwerk, WolfgangFlür comments: “We were young, shy and childish! We loved to construct things and we never thought we would get famous from that.”

The book also features Vince Clarke revealing his computer music-making secrets. “Once you’ve got the hang of the computer and the software,” he says, “then you’ve still got to write the songs…”

And discussing the history of Ultravox, Midge Ure reveals that: “In those early days, a lot of musicians saw synths as electronic guitars. We just started going bang-bang-bang. Suddenly, you got this blast of unearthly noise and it changed the musical landscape.”

Get it here >>

The Elektron Tapes – Aphex Twins inspired music

November 12, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#9). Beat making and noise design inspired by Aphex Twin, Autechre, Pan Sonic & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Octatrack, Moog Slim Phatty and Glamour Box.

Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2012.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
• Discography:
– Zviij “Quadrifolium” (Album/Digital) http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/quadrifolium (Bandcamp)
– Zviij “Sub-system design” (Album/CD) http://www.odiolorgnette.com/discography.html
– Zviij “Naked flowers” (Album/Digital) http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/naked-flowers (Bandcamp)

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

Glitch Breaks & Drum-Screens by Zviij

October 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Glitchy drumming inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions w/ GlitchBreaks App. + Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2) and Korg Kaoss Quad. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2012.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
• Discography:
– Zviij “Quadrifolium” (Album/Digital) http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/quadrifolium (Bandcamp)
– Zviij “Sub-system design” (Album/CD) http://www.odiolorgnette.com/discography.html
– Zviij “Naked flowers” (Album/Digital) http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/naked-flowers (Bandcamp) http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naked-flowers/id475830077 (iTunes)

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

The Elektron Tapes continues – number 5

November 5, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#5). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Oto Biscuit, Korg Monotribe + Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2). Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
UP-DATE#2: “Naked flowers” (Album) is available on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naked-flowers/id475830077 and Bandcamp http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/naked-flowers
UP-DATE#1: “High heels failure” (5 ‘single’ tracks) are available on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/zviij/id422672054 and Bandcamp http://zviij.bandcamp.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

The Elektron Tapes continues

October 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#3). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2) & Korg Kaoss quad. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

The Elektron Tapes

September 18, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#1). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2) & Korg Kaoss quad. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

Absynth version of Aphex Twin’s “Rhubarb”

May 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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ABSYNTH 5 is an exceptional synthesizer with unique sonic potential and 1,800 preset sounds. Its speciality is a limitless spectrum of unusual, evolving sounds created using the powerful, hybrid synthesis architecture and sophisticated modulation and effect system – resulting in sounds far removed from the everyday. What’s more ABSYNTH 5 is not just a synthesizer, but a powerful effect plug-in for treating audio tracks using the unique ABSYNTH 5 effects bank.

ABSYNTH 5 is unrivalled as a tool for creating unique sounds. The hybrid architecture features three oscillator channels and a semi-modular signal flow combined with diverse sound generating methods such as subtractive synthesis, FM, wave-table, granular sampling, and sampling with wave-morphing, filters, modulators and effects. In addition, a uniquely flexible envelope control with 68-stage envelopes allows for sounds to be subtly or radically animated. From softly undulating pads to aggressive rhythmic synth attacks – everything is possible with ABSYNTH 5.

In this video:

My Absynth version of Aphex Twin’s “Rhubarb ” from Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2.

Aphex Twin to headline Bloc 2011

December 25, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

News has been released as to the headline act for Bloc 2011, and it is none other than the Braindance master, Aphex Twin. Aphex Twin last played Bloc 2009, which featured, as part of an incredible show, a mysterious loudspeaker dancer. Aphex Twin sets are known to be special, so many will wait with anticipation for this one.

Apart for the headliner, Bloc near Bristol, UK, continues to show its development into the country’s premier electronic music festival with an already impressive early line-up – playing across the 11-13 March will include such acts as: LFO, Moderat, Speedy J, Dopplereffekt, Daedelus, Jimmy Edgar and B12 as the cream of what is still a largely unknown pie.

More information on lineup, tickets and all things Bloc related is available at the new Bloc website.

Via RM

Nice ambient work with Aphex Twin

October 5, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Artist: APHEX TWIN
Song: GWELY MERNANS
Director: RINO STEFANO TAGLIAFIERRO
Editing: RINO STEFANO TAGLIAFIERRO
Time: 05’12”
Year: 2010

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