New double album by John Foxx and the Maths coming soon…

September 24, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

 

Preview of the upcoming double album Shape Of Things by John Foxx and the Maths.

Heres a track from it called Talk, which uses the Electro Harmonix DRM16 drum machine, and the Moog and Paia modular synths.

Sinner’s Day 2011 featuring Front 242, Recoil and….

September 21, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

…and here is the complete line up:

On Sunday 30 October 2011 Hasselt (BE) will host the best of new wave, EBM, electro, synthpop, post punk, darkwave and industrial. For this 3rd edition the festival will work with 2 stages in the main hall of the Ethias Arena so that visitors no longer need to choose between 2 different halls.

Here’s a round-up of the bands playing:

FRONT 242 (BE) – Undeniable the biggest electronic band that Belgium ever was able to export before, during and after (and not thanks to) the New Beat era. Signed nowadays with the Belgian electro label Alfa Matrix they are set for a few more surprises in the next months. The influential Belgian band will celebrate its 30th birthday at Sinner’s Day. Happy birthday guys!

THE CULT (UK) – The band became cult itself by melting Led Zeppelin’s hard rock with The Doors’ mystique and The Cure’s dark new wave. If there’s one The Cult song that you all know, it’s the anthem and million seller “She Sells Sanctuary” which was recorded for the band’s second album “Love” (1985). This will be a unique opportunity to see the band live.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS (UK) – The Psychedelic Furs were top of the bill in the Club during Sinner’s Day 2010. It was their first concert in Belgium since 25 years. They are back now for the main stage bringing a mix between punk and pop.

THE EXPLOITED (UK) – Punk and New Wave, the pair has gone together for years. Since 1980 The Exploited has been the image ‘par excellence’ of the punk movement with “Punk’s Not Dead” being their first legendary album. 11 guitar players, 10 bass players and 8 drummers, we’ll see singer Wattie Buchan showing that the band has still enough guts after 31 odd years.

JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS (UK) – John Foxx was the original singer of Ultravox and was the very first British artist to actually make a complete synthesizer album. Foxx was also the guy who penned “Underpass”. Enough said? Well, he also was responsible of Gareth Jones joining up with Mute records.

RECOIL (UK) – Recoil is the project of Alan Wilder, the former musical director, sound sculptor, producer, magician (…) of Depeche Mode. Wilder was also one of the first musicians to work with samples. Live he creates a universe of sounds which you hoped you’d have heard before. Expect the necessary Depeche Mode hints during the live show. This is one of the last shows Recoil will probably bring for a very long time, so make sure to be there.

BLANCMANGE (UK) – Contemporaries of Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, The The and more (they were all featured on the Some Bizarre CD compilation with rare to find tracks or versions), Blancmange brings catchy synthpop presented by their first big worldhit “Living On The Ceiling”. In the rest of Europe they scored massively with the brilliant track “Don’t Tell Me”.

DIAMANDA GALAS (USA) – We thought we had missed our last chance to see her live at work, but behold, there’s always Sinner’s Day to make us happy. The American diva with Greek roots has an amazing voice, period. Her 3,5 octaves cut through you like a knife. From vocal terror to endearing blues and back. We couldn’t have described it better. For the connaisseurs, she also sang vocals on various Recoil tracks. A must see if you are more an eclectic music fan.

KMFDM (GER) – Teutonic sounds will come from KMFDM, better know as Kein Mehrheid Fuer Die Mitleid (or as ‘Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode’). The band was founded by Sascha Konietzko in 1984. Konietzko literally lives and breathes industrial.

THE MISSION (UK) – Here’s another Side-Line favorite (really Wayne!). The band singlehanded helped give gothic a face (Andrew Elderitch being too numb) and got massive MTV airtime with “Deliverance” or yet the beautiful “Butterfly on a wheel”. On Sinner’s Day they will celebrates their 25th anniversary. The gig will be the only concert in Belgium this year.

KARL BARTOS (GER) – Kraftwerk is half dead, long live Karl Bartos. Expect bleeps and beeps that lay in the line of what he used to do with Kraftwerk. We are very much looking forward to see this Einzelgaenger at work.

VISAGE (UK) – Visage is the brainchild of the remarkable Steve Strange, who not only graced the tabloids for the brilliant tunes he crafted but also for his very chaotic life style. His major hit “Fade To Grey” is still being played worldwide. Let’s see what he can deliver us live in 2011.

PATTI SMITH (USA) – This American lady is labeled as ‘the ultimate queen of new wave’. Debby Harry was better looking so is said – well tastes differ – but Smith surely was more vigorous. Her most famous songs are “Gloria”, “Because The Night”, “Dancing Barefoot” and “People Have The Power”.

Doors open at 12AM, and the first show will start at 1PM. The last band will end at around 1AM, followed by after party. Tickets are only 58 euro in presale, so head for www.sinnersday.com to get hold of yours!

interplay: john foxx and the maths (analogue video mix)

September 13, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This new video uses analogue equipment in its creation, similar to the way John Foxx And The Maths have used analogue synths to make their music.

The pure analogue mix uses only video feedback and film processed through a 1980s video synth called a Chromascope. It gives an effect different from anything that can be done with software and matches the warmth and purity of the sounds used.

Watch out for the Foxx, Budd and Travis get together

June 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Fresh of the press room at Metamatic:

The John Foxx HQ have revealed some details on various new collaboration releases, the first being “Torn Sunset” which is a collaboration album between John Foxx and Theo Travis. This album holds 7 tracks and will be out via Demon / Edsel Records on 27th of June, 2011. Order it right here and you will already get a track for free download.

Next is an album by John Foxx and Harold Budd, featuring Ruben Garcia: “Nighthawks”. This three disc set includes a brand new album recorded by John Foxx, Harold Budd and Ruben Garcia, together with the two previous John Foxx and Harold Budd albums (“Translucence” and “Drift Music”) both of which have been remastered. The artwork features new photographs by John Foxx.

Also this release is out on Demon / Edsel Records on 27th of June, 2011. Also here, if you oder it right here, you will get a track for free download.

More info as usual at www.metamatic.com

Tara Busch & John Foxx & Benge in the studio

May 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Tara Busch & John Foxx & Benge in the studio with Moog

Inside the studio of John Foxx – video

May 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Tara Busch & John Foxx & Benge in the studio with Moog

My friend Tara continues to deliver nice videos in conjunction with the Mute Short Circuit Festival. John Foxx was also featured by us a couple of months ago:

Anyone with the slightest interest in electronic music has come across the works of John Foxx. John more or less on his own reshaped the electronic landscape with albums like Metamatic and The Garden. Starting off in the 1970′s forming the band Tiger Lily, that later morphed into the legendary act Ultravox. However, John left the band in 1979 to pursue a solo career and over the years, since then, John has been extremely productive – to say the least. John did withdraw from the music scene for a while to pursue other areas, but reappeared in the 90′s via Nation12 and then later on actively started to pursue his music career often in collaboration with others like Louis Gordon, Harold Budd and most recently with Benge (ben Edwards). Currently we are all set for a real treat with the new album called Interplay, featuring John Foxx & the Maths. Without further a due, and introductions, we dive deep into the mind of Mr. John Foxx

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In the studio with John Foxx

April 3, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

 

“We went to visit John Foxx deep in the darkest depths of Shoreditch, East London, at the studio of his latest collaborator, Benge. The studio isn’t far from where Foxx’s infamous “The Garden” studio once laid (on top of multiple Roman graves no less) and it’s also the location where the duo cut Interplay, the latest album by John Foxx and the Maths.

The notoriously quiet man sat down with Jordan to wax nostalgic about Foxx’s time in Ultravox, synths (obviously) dub techniques, drinking and eccentric sex. Finally, John was kind enough to demonstrate his infamous drum machine and play us some of the patches from his highly influential first album, Metamatic.”

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Stereoklang in an exclusive talk with synth pioneer John Foxx

February 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Anyone with the slightest interest in electronic music has come across the works of John Foxx. John more or less on his own reshaped the electronic landscape with albums like Metamatic and The Garden. Starting off in the 1970’s forming the band Tiger Lily, that later morphed into the legendary act Ultravox. However, John left the band in 1979 to pursue a solo career and over the years, since then, John has been extremely productive – to say the least. John did withdraw from the music scene for a while to pursue other areas, but reappeared in the 90’s via Nation12 and then later on actively started to pursue his music career often in collaboration with others like Louis Gordon, Harold Budd and most recently with Benge (ben Edwards). Currently we are all set for a real treat with the new album called Interplay, featuring John Foxx & the Maths. Without further a due, and introductions, we dive deep into the mind of Mr. John Foxx

The Metamatic album has lots of pop format songs with raw and distorted synths, a sound that still feels fresh. But no-one picked up on that combination until much later, e.g EBM and Futurepop movement in the 90s and even more so by the Skweee movement of the 00s. Not even yourself continued in that direction with those raw synth sounds until your more recent work. – Why didn’t you pursue that direction? Was it going against the time too much?

There were many other things to pursue. For instance, reclaiming some of my own ground from ‘Systems of Romance’ on ‘The Garden’ album. I also wanted to make ‘Cathedral Oceans’ and other kinds of quiet music.

Then there was the preoccupation with Psychedelia, and its link to German electronic music. This wasn’t at all recognized in England at the time. At one point, I was also afraid that perhaps Metamatic was too raw and minimal and cold. This seems odd, because it seems quite warm now – but it certainly didn’t compared to other records being made at the time. A few years later, when I had the perspective to be able to appraise things from a safe distance, I realized there might be something special about Metamatic after all.

You’ve once said that new instruments like the electric guitar, synthesizers and drum machines changes the shape of the music. That you write to accommodate to the machines – Do you perceive that the DAW/laptop studio made the same impact?

Oh yes, every technological introduction changes the music – there are musicians who would not exist in other environments – The form of many new musicians’ work is enabled by intelligent use of new technologies – Autechre for instance, require a portable digital ecology in order to exist in their present form. Theirs is an intelligent, visceral response to new digital environments.

XXX require flexible digital recording technology to review and refine their music. It is clearly not based on any purely acoustic hierarchy of sound.

Just as Frank Sinatra changed both singing and recording by using a microphone and an amplifier – enabling him to sing quietly in front of a big band, so DAWs and laptops have created methods of working and kinds of music that were not possible before.

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Back to the Phuture with Recoil

February 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

For all who are in need of Recoil, here is a timely reminder to attend the additional performance of “A Strange Hour ‘to be held at the Back to the Phuture festival in April. The festival consists of two shows, which take place at the Academy 1 – Manchester on Friday 1st April and Troxy – London Saturday, April 2, with live performances from Gary Numan and Recoil in Manchester, and John Foxx at the show London.

Motor will also participate on both dates and Mark Jones will go to the music of the past, present and future – his sets, focusing mainly on new talent like Hurts, Villa Nah, La Roux, Little Boots, Prison and Ellie Golding Penguin.

Back To The Phuture began as a radio show on BBC 6 Music in 2009. This program connects the recognized pioneers of synthetic music with artists in the electro scene currently celebrating 30 years of electronic boldness. Mark Jones has proposed radio fun and educational with guests such as Arthur Baker, Phil Oakey (The Human League), Daniel Miller (Mute Records), Gary Numan, Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), Andy McLuskey and Paul Humphries ( WCO), Steve Strange (Visage) and August Darnell (Kid Creole & the Coconuts).

Here are links to help you get more information, sample music, and participate in various competitions related to the event.

Event page | Official site BTTP

Free downloads of each participating artist: http://soundcloud.com/bttp

YouTube page devoted to festivals BTTP: www.youtube.com / backtothephuturetv

Duel: Up vs. Down

February 3, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxHqnztxpTg

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