iOS: Get the legendary Simmons Clap Trap right in your pocket

July 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Now you can put the legendary Simmons Clap Trap right in your pocket or backpack! The Clap Trap was an iconic 1980s “Handclap Synthesizer” whose unique sound can be heard across much of early electronica

Clap Box is a perfect emulation of the classic 1982 Clap Trap. It is inspired by all of the cool sounds of the original, the same programming logic, plus more modern enhancements like MIDI trigger and BPM matching. So put a legendary handclap synthesizer right in your pocket or backpack and check out Clap Box today!

Clap Box Features
• Authentic emulation of the original Clap Trap
• Audio Trigger via your device’s built in mic – just clap your hands in realtime to trigger!
• Full MIDI support over WiFi
• Auto Speed triggers at BPMs up to 300
• “Humanize” function creates random variations”

Free for iPad and iPhone:
Clap Box – Puremagnetik

Henry Homesweet – Live-Mode

June 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Live-Mode” is the latest manifestation of experimental hardware only performances from Henry Homesweet.

Mixtape + Confessions – The Analog Girl

June 7, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Nice experimental electronica with Analog Girl, enjoy

credits: Video Courtesy of Julius Landau (2xJump Media)

Slow Electronica with SH-101, TR-909, W-30

May 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A slower, relaxing electronic ditty featuring:
TR-909: “Balearic-style”, relaxed electronic beat
SH-101: smooth, “Moog-like” synth bass
W-30: custom-made Syn Vox / Piano split patch

Android Lust – Man Descends – live

April 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Man Descends by Android Lust. Live footage from shows in Denver, New Orleans, and Tulsa during the Viscerex Duplex tour. Audio is a two track mix direct from the board in Denver. Video shot by Alaster Warring.

Android Lust is the solo project of Shikhee, that combines elements of rock, electropop, electro-industrial and classical styles into a blend of music that is often described as “electronic and dark”. Her fourth album, “The Human Animal”, was made available at www.androidlust.com on July 22, 2010, with an official street date of August 10, 2010.

New collection of bass driven samples and electronica

February 18, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Loopmasters has released Ital Tek – Bass Electronica, a collection of bass driven samples and electronica from Ital Tek, an influential and current producer from the bass and dubstep scenes.

From Punchy Dubstep Beats, Dub Tech Synths, Slow Breaks, Drum Machine Beats, Dissonant Bells, Distorted Sequences, Moody Strings, Live Beats, Dub Sirens Lazers and more – this is a fantastic and unique collection from a producer whom we consider to be on top of his game and creating an influential sound which transcends genres.

Bass Electronica from Ital Tek weighs in at 955MB and includes 465 24Bit Samples, including 228 Loops between 80 – 140 Bpm, and 236 One Shot Sounds. Also included are no less than 120 ready to play patches for Reason NNXT, Halion, Kontakt, EXS and SFZ compatible soft samplers. Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live versions are available to purchase separately.

Ital Tek – Bass Electronica is available to purchase for £29.95 GBP. The loops pack and single shot samples & sampler patches are also sold separately for £16.95 GBP each.

  • 24Bit Qualty
  • 955Mb
  • 42 Bass Loops
  • 90 Synth Loops
  • 96 Drum Loops
  • 6 Bass Hits
  • 2 Multi Sampled Bass Instruments
  • 100 Drum Hits
  • 9 Mutli Sampled Synth Instruments
  • 40 Fx Shots
  • 11 Synth Hits
  • 21 Pad Sounds
  • 242 Rex2 Files
  • 120 Soft Sampler Patches For Kontakt, Halion, Nnxt, Exs24 and SFZ Formats

More info here >>

New track from Mouse on Mars

January 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mouse on Mars “iMatch” (MTR022) – Out on Feb 24 by Modeselektor

This is how the new Mouse on Mars will sound like… (feb, 24th – release of the new album)

Here’s a recent news item on the upcoming album:

Over the course of ten albums – not to mention an avalanche of side projects, remixes and collaborations – Jan St Werner and Andi Toma of Mouse On Mars established themselves as two of the most inventive and unpredictable artists in electronic music.

In 2012 Mouse On Mars’s triumphant return comes in the shape of Parastrophics, a life-affirming and constantly surprising album which is crammed with ideas, exuberance and sheer kinetic energy. It’s like listening to the entire history of pop music – distilled, refined and crystallized into a string of compulsive new shapes, full of glitter, intrigue and addictive detail. Atomised fragments from two lifetimes of listening flare and fade, tiny scraps of memory shrapnel hover, tantalizing and insubstantial, before being whisked away by the next impatient idea.

But despite all that restless curiosity, Parastrophics also demonstrates a peerless command of pace. Whereas some previous Mouse On Mars releases have bordered on the frenetic, their latest displays a subtle but persuasive sense of control. Even when tempos climb, 303s squirm and kick / snare patterns snap to brisk attention, there’s an elegance to the way that each element slips in and out of the mix which speaks, whisper it, of maturity. Parastrophics is as a playful as ever, but it’s never throwaway. The closing “Seaqz” is the perfect illustration, a frenetic romp which is perfectly held in check by gracefully undulating melodies; it brings into focus the beguiling sense of confidence that suffuses the whole record. All of which is a roundabout way of saying that – after six years away – Mouse On Mars have come back with their best record yet.

Rough Trade Release Electronic Compilation – Electronic 11

December 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Rough Trade Shops’ latest compilation, Electronic 11, is due for release on the 16th January and looks set to be rather good. It gathers together a nice selection of music we’ve been posting about over the past year – everything from the synth-pop styles of Ford & Lopatin and John Maus through Azari & III’s fat, disco-leaning house to some bleak, bracing industrial/noise from the likes of Pansonic and Ekoplekz.

22 tracks, full sleevenotes. exclusive limited edition varnished sleeve available from rough trade shops only. the new rough trade shops compilation cd is aimed squarely at the new year. shiny, fresh, clean and minimal electronic music in your earphones provide the perfect soundtrack for the cold and frosty early january. as rob young writes in the sleevenotes – check emeralds’ mark mcguire’s glowing ‘alma’, which begins with a hymn; or nicolas jaar’s incantatory ‘space is only noise if you can see’, like a dubbed-out depeche mode. at the other end of the scale, prurient and keiji haino (in tandem with finnish sub-bass spelunkers pansonic) use the full throated roar and the abject howl of the avant garde and the hardcore. meanwhile, compare rustie’s dense ‘hyperthrust’, with its micro-events folded up and crammed into milliseconds, with alva noto’s ‘uni deform’ bitcrush collision, which emerges from the rarefied world of conceptual sound art. marcus schmickler, who can occasionally be found making exploratory post-rock as pluramon, sends your ears down a labyrinth of no return with the abstract operations of ‘discordance axis’, closely followed by ekoplekz’s hallucinatory tone-scrub, jarring and alienating as an mk-ultra mind-control experiment. in ‘and the world laughs with you’, brainfeeder’s shapeshifting boss flying lotus invites thom yorke to jack into a cybernautical call and response session. even the most outwardly conventional track here, hercules and love affair, has its house 4/4 scraped and sandblasted with gravelly patches of digital irritant. ford and lopatin’s ‘emergency room’ is like some unearthly fusion of scritti politti and heaven 17; john maus’s swooning portamento synthi-fanfares summon up the fairlight manoeuvres of the thompson twins and blancmange. azari and iii’s ‘manhooker’ transports you back to sun-up at some orbital rave at the very close of that strange plastic decade” comprising sound art, dubstep, chill-wave, witch house, electro-pop, digital hip hop, tech-minimalism, electro-house, and metal-machine music supplied by labels such as editions mego, warp, blastfirstpetite, raster-noton, type, skam, tri angle and more. rte11 is selected by the staff at both london shops and is, stylistically, as varied a set of tracks that you would expect from us.

The full tracklist runs as follows:

Rene Hell – ‘Oxford Meter End’
Nicholas Jaar – ‘Space Is Only Noise If You Can See’
Flying Lotus – ‘& The World Laughs With You ft. Thom Yorke’
Shackleton/King Midas Sound – ‘Deadman (Death Dub)’
Ayshay – ‘WARN-U’
John Maus – ‘Head For The Country’
Ford & Lopatin – ‘Emergency Room’
Rustie – ‘Hyperthrust’
Hercules & Love Affair – ‘My House’
Azari & III – ‘Manhooker’
Modeselektor – ‘Evil Twin’
Death Grips – ‘Guillotine’
Sensational meets Koyxen – ‘+weekend2 (remix work)’
Alva Noto – ‘Uni Deform’
Anne James Chaton – ‘Pop Is Dead’
Marcus Schmickler – ‘Discordance Axis’
Ekoplekz – ‘Critical Condition’
Pansonic & Keiji Haino – ‘If I Could Incarnate This Feeling Would You Consider It A Creation’
Prurient – ‘A Meal Can Be Made’
Solar Bears – ‘Twin Stars’
Mark McGuire – ‘Alma (Reprise)/Chances Are’
Ben Frost – ‘O God Protect Me’

Pre-order here >>

Analogue electronica studio jam

November 21, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Hard facts:

More live analogue fun from the studio!

Korg ER-1: Drums (through 1176 compressor)
Moog Little Phatty: Bass
Suzuki SX-500: Melody 1
Yamaha TG-33: Melody 2
DSI Evolver: Melody 3
Eurorack Modular: Crazy blip sequences
Eventide Space: Reverb
Eventide TimeFactor: Delay
Kurzweil Mangler: Big dubby falling delay

All recorded via the Soundtracs Topaz to Presonus Studio One. Some minor tweaks and a couple of edits after recording.

Solvent’s new video – “Curtains”

September 30, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Curtains” by Solvent. Toronto based Jason Amm (aka Solvent) has been making underground electro pop for over a decade now – since electro’s second wave. He loves analogue synthesizers – which date back to the early days of the genre, and he loves singing through a vocoder. What’s not to love? His greatest hits CD Demonstration Tape (1997-2007) is essential listening, and his song “My Radio” should be heard by anyone who likes any kind of pop music.

Video directed by Jonathan Morris. Please be sure to check out his excellent video work via his YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/roadkillcopulator

Footage shot by Solvent.

“Curtains” is taken from the 12-inch-vinyl/digital release “RDJCS5-ep” (09/2011, Suction Records – suction022).

Available to purchase through BandCamp:
http://solvent.bandcamp.com

In-depth technical info:
http://modyfier.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/solvent-process-part-271/

In April 2006, a Yamaha CS5 monosynth, having been owned by Richard D James (Aphex Twin), with the actual liner notes for his landmark “Selected Ambient Works Volume II” etched into the bottom, was sold at VEMIA auction for approximately $1200 – a bargain in retrospect. The winning bidder was, in fact, a friend of Solvent’s, and the synth resides not in a display case, but in Solvent’s studio, on generous long-term loan.

“RDJCS5″, a new 4-track 12-inch / digital EP by Solvent, is the result. Each and every sound on this record came from RDJ’s old CS5, painstakingly programmed and multi-tracked by Solvent over the course of several months. The limited capabilities and sound palette of this humble little synth provided quite a challenge, but ultimately the results are not merely an exercise in technical synthnerdery; “RDJCS5″ speaks more of Solvent’s musical kinship to thee Analord.

The 12″ vinyl edition is limited to 300 copies, in brown chipboard sleeve with sticker, and also contains an additional noise/drone piece at the end of side B. Entitled “Sandpaper”, this cut will be individually hand-etched by Solvent, for a 1-of-a-kind cut/click/loop experience.

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