Daniel Miller (Mute Records) going through a Eurorack synthesizer

February 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mute Records founder and electronic music legend Daniel Miller talks modular synths and demos his own system at LEAF 2013.

4:25 What was your first synth?
6:24 Current resurgence of modular synths
11:00 Modular synth demonstration

Featured track: The Normal ‘T.V.O.D’ (Mute Records)
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More info on LEAF :: http://ow.ly/t1Y9O

Mute tribute compilation album “MuteResponse”

October 23, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Out on November 4th is a double download Mute label tribute compilation album “MuteResponse”. Released as a double compilation download album by NominalMusics, “MuteResponse” will include 22 tracks from a range of artists who have been influenced by this pioneering imprint. The album includes contributions from producer Gareth Jones, D-R-U-N-K (Oly Grasset), Simon Fisher Turner collaborator Espen J. Jörgensen and Vic Twenty next to material from other bands.

“MuteResponse” was compiled by music journalist and Mute fan Mat Smith to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his ‘Documentary Evidence’ website. Says Mat: “I wanted to find a way of highlighting just how important Mute has been for electronic music. It would have been really easy to ask for straight cover versions of Mute’s best moments but I really wanted to find a way of capturing the essence of what the label means to people instead. In the end I did agree to one cover version being included (MO75’s instrumental take on Depeche Mode’s ‘See You’). It’s a real mixture of dark and light, which was one of the things I really wanted to showcase.”

The compilations consist of exclusive tracks created just for the albums, unreleased tracks and tracks from recent releases that suited the theme of the project. The album will be released through Bandcamp on 4 November 2013 and will include alternative artwork from some of the contributors to the project as well as Simone Grant, who designed the first sleeves for Mute, and Olivia Louvel. “MuteResponse” was mastered by Chris Sharp (Concretism).

Tracklist:MuteResponse #1

  1. Espen J. Jörgensen & Rupert Lally – Clues In The Rain
  2. D-R-U-N-K – Ghetto
  3. Photostat Machine – Inside #9
  4. Andy Clark & Jay Mass – Tacet
  5. Abominus – Tinnitus v2
  6. Jonteknik – Vincent
  7. Crown Estate – East Anglia
  8. Treza – Noizy Zion
  9. Vic Twenty – Christmas In Korea (New Year In Japan)
  10. Simplicity Is Beauty – The Agitator
  11. The SFTs – The Stairs

    MuteResponse #2

  12. Gareth Jones – Summer Solstice 2013
  13. Teknique – Face The Reality (Remix)
  14. MO75 – See You (Instrumental)
  15. Analog Angel – The Temple
  16. Procedure – Isbjörn
  17. Komabase – Expectations
  18. Security – Breedophile (Documentary Evidence Mix) 8. Fatal Casualties – Glas
  19. Thee Balancer – Reorder Reality
  20. The Elixirists – Backmask
  21. ManMaas – Guar

Mute re-releases the back catalogue of Cabaret Voltaire

June 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Mute announce a series of Cabaret Voltaire releases, starting with the vinyl issue of Cabaret Voltaire’s 1981 album “Red Mecca” out on 22 July 2013. Remastered and available here on vinyl for the first time since Mute’s reissue in 1990, Red Mecca features the line up of Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson, and is Cabaret Voltaire’s third album, and the final full album with co-founder Chris Watson.

Red Mecca was remastered by mastering engineer extraordinaire Stefan Betke (Pole), who also works with Third Ear, Minus, Wagon Repair, Uncanny Valley, Ornaments, BPitch Control, K7 and mastered the VCMG project for Martin Gore and Vince Clarke.

The series of Cabaret Voltaire releases will continue with a box set release on vinyl and CD in the autumn. “#8385 (Collected Works 1983 – 1985)” will collate four of the Cabs’ classic mid-period releases, remastered – “The Crackdown” (1983), “Micro-Phonies” (1984), “Drinking Gasoline” (1985) and “The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord” (1985) – alongside bonus CDs and DVDs.

In early 2014 “#7885 (Electro Punk to Techno Pop 1978 – 1985)” will compile for the first time, both periods of Cabaret Voltaire together on one release.
Via SL Mag

Arthur Baker in Mute studios 2006

November 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s another video plucked from the Future Music archive, filmed in Early 2006. Here we get an insight in to the way producer legend Arthur Baker was working and why the Roland Space Echo is one of his favourite bits of kit. Plus a sneaky look around Mute Records old London studio.

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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