Speech by Mute’s Daniel Miller after being honored with Pioneer Award at AIM Awards 2012

October 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Yesterday evening Mute label boss Daniel Miller was honored with the Pioneer Award at the AIM Awards 2012. AIM (short for Association of Independent Music) is a trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry, each year they offer 15 awards.

With the Pioneer Award the AIM wants to recognize the visionary independent label founder. This year’s ceremony was be held at The Brewery in the heart of East London. The awards was hosted by BBC Radio 1′s Huw Stephens and 6Music’s Steve Lamacq.

Looking for Daniel Miller’s drum sounds – look no further

October 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

DM ARP 2600 Drums is a free Live Pack consisting of 8 Ableton Drum Racks and 150 original analog percussion sounds sampled from Daniel Miller’s own ARP 2600 modular synthesizer. Extensive controls for real-time sound tweaking and bonus sequence clips are included.

Beginning with his now-classic “Warm Leatherette/T.V.O.D.” single (as The Normal), Daniel Miller and the Mute label have been at the cutting-edge of electronic music for almost 35 years. Singular artists such as DAF, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, and Erasure began their careers at Mute and pioneers such as Can and Cabaret Voltaire enjoy their canonical status in no small part thanks to Daniel Miller’s expert curatorship of their archives.

Ever the inquisitive experimentalist, Daniel Miller continues to produce with a finely honed ear, merging the best of analog synthesis with new music technology that provides the creative immediacy he demands. Made in collaboration with the Flatpack sound design team, DM ARP 2600 Drums delivers a large selection of drum and percussion patches created with Daniel Miller’s own ARP 2600 modular analog synthesizer. Carefully sampled and programmed, this free Live Pack delivers Drum Rack Instruments with Daniel Miller’s characteristic touch.

DM ARP 2600 Drums includes Macro controls to quickly and intuitively alter the overall sound of each kit as well as individual characteristics of the kick and snare sounds. Further customization of individual sounds as well as of effects and presets can be accessed via the Drum Rack’s Chain and Device buttons. A detailed walk-through of all the customization options can be accessed via Help View in Live’s main menu.

Mute Synth Custom Modified by A.S.M.O. for Daniel Miller

March 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Dirty Electronics Mute Synth custom modified by A.S.M.O. for Daniel Miller (The Normal / Mute Records).
Touch panels hardwired to pots and switches, 3 LFOs, one for each oscillator and feedback.
Low / band pass resonant filter with external voltage control input, self oscillates at full resonance.
Panel is covered in (warm) leatherette, nice!

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Fad Gadget/Frank Tovey tribute in New York – March 2012

February 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Europe had it’s 2 Days Of Mute and now New York City will have FGFt, a three-part project series in homage to Frank Tovey – founder of the 1970s/1980s British electronic group Fad Gadget. FGFt will mark the 10 year anniversary of the pioneer’s death. Fad Gadget was Mute’s first signing in 1979, and an enormous influence on a whole host of electronic artists. Summoning a diverse group of artists and musicians who have been both directly and indirectly influenced by Tovey, the series will take place from March 1st through to April 8th, 2012 featuring a group exhibition, live music performances, and a film screening. All events are free and open to the public.

  • March 1st – Group Exhibition Opening – envoy enterprises
  • March 3rd – Live Performances – Dixon Place
  • March 10th – “Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey” film screening – Anthology Film Archives

FGFt was inspired in 2010 by the film “Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey”, a documentary produced by the Frank Tovey Estate and Mute, and directed by Frank’s son, Morgan Tovey Frost.

The group exhibition, on view at envoy enterprises from March 1st through April 8th, will feature new work inspired by Frank Tovey and specifically made for FGFt, including works by Olaf Breuning, Kelsey Henderson, Erika Keck, Robert Knoke, Terence Koh, Alex Rose, Desi Santiago, Matt Sims, Liz Wendelbo, Granth Worth, Una Szeemann, and Fischerspooner.

The opening reception is on March 1st from 6-8pm. On March 3 at 10:30pm, Xeno & Oaklander and Ike Yard will each give live performances at Dixon Place as part of the music program. Additionally, “Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey” will make it’s US premiere at Anthology Film Archives on March 10th at 8:00pm, alongside short films from artists in the exhibition.

Here’s the complete list of participating artist: Matthew Sims, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Erik Hanson, Slava Mogutin, Una Szeemann, Olaf Breuning, Stephanie Snider, David Flinn, Kelsey Henderson, Grant Worth, Nathan Cash Davidson, Alex Rose, Liz Wendelbo, Brian Kenny, Terence Koh, Nick Cash, Gail Stoicheff, Desi Santiago, Robert Knoke, Erika Keck, Micky Pellerano, Thomas Dozol, Conrad Ventur, Edwin Pouncey, Lovett/Codagnone, Fischerspooner, Morgan Tovey Frost, Xeno & Oaklander, Ike Yard.

Mute was founded by Daniel Miller in 1978, and since then has signed and developed some of the world’s most influential recording artists – including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Goldfrapp and Erasure – and become home to a crop of emerging talent and recent signings including Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, Apparat and S.C.U.M. Whilst maintaining a firmly eclectic roster, from the earliest days of The Normal, Fad Gadget and DAF through to the techno era with artists such as Plastikman / Richie Hawtin and Speedy J, and to the present day artists such as Yeasayer, Josh T. Pearson and Liars. Mute also looks after a catalogue of artists such as Can, Cabaret Voltaire, and The Residents.

Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People

Free synth album from Mute Records

December 13, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Just in time for Christmas Mute Records offer an additional “Mute Sampler”. Among the fifteen tracks Mute mixes newer addition to the record company’s stables, such as SCUM and Apparat, with the band’s more classic bands like Erasure, Depeche Mode, Cabaret Voltaire and Nick Cave side project Grinderman.

The latter made ​​the weekend one last gig at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria and then front man ended by announcing the fans, “That’s all from Grinderman. It’s over. See you soon in ten years or so when we are even older and uglier. ”

The collection is distributed for free (digital) here through Amazon United Kingdom.
Tracklist

  1. Goldfrapp – Lovely Head
  2. Erasure – When I Start to (Break it all Down)
  3. Richard Hawley – Tonight the Streets are Ours
  4. Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel (Vince Clarke Remix)
  5. Grinderman – Heathen Child
  6. Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
  7. Yosh T. Pearson – Woman, When I’ve Raised Hell (Edit)
  8. S.C.U.M. – Whitechapel
  9. Big Deal – Chair
  10. Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny – Dodecahedron
  11. Apparat – Song of Los
  12. Yann Tiersen – I’m Gonna Live Anyhow
  13. Cabaret Voltaire – Yashar (Insurgent Mix)
  14. Liars – Scissor
  15. Polly Scattergood – Nitrogen Pink

More details on the Mute Synth

November 30, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Mute announce the release of the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth, a specially created analogue electronic instrument, which will be available at select shops, including Rough Trade East (London) and Schneiders Buero (Berlin) and online from: http://www.mutebank.co.uk

Originally created for the legendary Short Circuit presents Mute event at the Roundhouse, the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth is a hand-held touch and tilt instrument with copper etched artwork and contoured printed circuit board that was designed in collaboration Mute and long time associate, graphic designer Adrian Shaughnessy.

The instrument combines sound synthesis with a sequencer/pulser, and is controlled by the conductivity of the human body which completes the instrument’s circuit when the copper etching is touched. Designed to be played with thumbs and fingers, there are touch points on both sides of the circuit board and two tilt switches on different planes allow for gestural control of the sequencer.

Since 2003, John Richards has been exploring the idea of Dirty Electronics, focusing on face-to-face shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. In Dirty Electronics, process and performance are inseparably bound and a large part of the Dirty Electronics experience is the workshop, which premiered the Mute Synth in the Roundhouse earlier this year.

Dirty Electronics recently held a workshop at the Supersonic festival in Birmingham, for further information please visit: www.dirtyelectronics.org

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Dirty Electronics Mute Synth has been released

November 10, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mute has announced the release of the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth, a specially created analogue electronic instrument, which will be available at select shops, including Rough Trade East (London) and Schneiders Buero (Berlin) and online.

Originally created for the legendary Short Circuit presents Mute event at the Roundhouse, the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth is a hand-held touch and tilt instrument with copper etched artwork and contoured printed circuit board that was designed in collaboration Mute and long time associate, graphic designer Adrian Shaughnessy.

The instrument combines sound synthesis with a sequencer/pulser, and is controlled by the conductivity of the human body which completes the instrument’s circuit when the copper etching is touched. Designed to be played with thumbs and fingers, there are touch points on both sides of the circuit board and two tilt switches on different planes allow for gestural control of the sequencer.

Since 2003, John Richards has been exploring the idea of Dirty Electronics, focusing on face-to-face shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. In Dirty Electronics, process and performance are inseparably bound and a large part of the Dirty Electronics experience is the workshop, which premiered the Mute Synth in the Roundhouse earlier this year.

Features:

  • Copper etched PCB artwork
  • Touch and tilt control
  • Two oscillators
  • Feedback network
  • Distortion
  • Filter
  • Sequencer
  • Contoured shape
  • Battery powered – coin cell included (CR2032)
  • Requires amplification
  • Jack output

Pricing and Availability:
£60 GBP

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Mute launches an new music compilation called: ‘An Introduction To…’

August 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“An Introduction To…” is a series of Mute compilations. Neither a “best of” nor a “greatest hits” but rather a series of compilations giving a revealing introduction to the world of Mute’s Artists.

First out are ‘An Introduction To…’ Balanescu Quartet and I Start Counting / Fortran 5 / Komputer.

“This is the Balanescu Quartet” is a 12-track album including re-interpretations of Kraftwerk classics and seminal works composed and selected by the Balanescu Quartet, one of the most visionary string quartets of our time. “Konnecting” is a 15-track collection of electro-pop songs bringing together for the first time the works and three guises of electronic pioneers David Baker and Simon Leonard – I Start Counting, Fortran 5, Komputer.

Forthcoming releases in 2012 include Client, Crime And The City Solution, Anita Lane, Fad Gadget, Cabaret Voltaire, Laibach and with more to follow.

Check the http://anintroductionto.tumblr.com for more info on this releases.

Hot of the Mute Channel: Yann Tiersen – Monuments

July 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Available now is the video for the brand new Yann Tiersen single “Monuments”, out on the Mute label on August 8th 2011. The single announces Yann Tiersen’s upcoming album “Skyline” which is also due out in August. “Skyline” is Yann Tiersen’s seventh studio album.

41-year old Yann Tiersen is a French musician. His music is characterized by the use of a large variety of instruments using primarily the guitar, synthesizer or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, harpsichord, accordion and typewriter. His musical style is reminiscent of Frédéric Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass and Michael Nyman.

Before releasing scores under his own name, Tiersen recorded background music for a number of plays and short films, such as “La Vie Rêvée des Anges” (1998), “Alice et Martin” (1998) and “Qui Plume la Lune?” (1999). He rose to domestic fame upon the release of his third album, “Le Phare”, but remained relatively unknown outside France until the release of his score for “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain” in 2001, which was a mixture of both new and previously released material.

Experimental best of compilations from Mute

June 23, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mute are about to release the first 2 installments in the “An Introduction To…” compilation series. The series will launch with “This Is The Balanescu Quartet” and “Konnecting… I Start Counting, Fortran 5, Komputer” (showcasing the pure pop side of the duo Simon Leonard and David Baker through their three incarnations). The series aims at providing an introduction into the world of some of Mute’s artists ‘whose broad body of work would benefit from an easy entry point’ as the label says.

Forthcoming releases in 2012 include Crime And The City Solution, Anita Lane, Fad Gadget, Cabaret Voltaire and Add N To (X) with more to follow.

Here’s the tracklisting for “This Is The Balanescu Quartet”:

  1. Aria (Maria T)
  2. Autobahn (Possessed)
  3. Coppice (Angels and Insects)
  4. East (Luminitza)
  5. Wine’s So Good (Maria T)
  6. Model (Possessed)
  7. Revolution (Luminitza)
  8. Waltz (Angels and Insects)
  9. The Young Conscript And The Moon (Maria T)
  10. Still with me (Luminitza)
  11. Love Scene (Angels and Insects)
  12. Pocket Calculator (Possessed)

Here’s the tracklisting for “Konnecting… I Start Counting, Fortran 5, Komputer”:

  1. Letters To A Friend (I Start Counting)
  2. Million Headed Monster (I Start Counting)
  3. Heart On The Line (Fortran 5)
  4. Time To Dream (Fortran 5)
  5. Valentina (Komputer)
  6. Looking Down On London (Komputer)
  7. Love Baby (Fortran 5)
  8. Lose Him (I Start Counting)
  9. Headphones And Ringtones (Komputer)
  10. Still Smiling (I Start Counting)
  11. Like A Bird (Komputer)
  12. Empty Room (I Start Counting)
  13. Look To The Future (Fortran 5)
  14. Persian Blues (Fortran 5)
  15. Layla (Derek Sings Derek) (Fortran 5 with vocals by Derek Nimmo)

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