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Post by Bitexion » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:00 pm

Yeah it seems the thread is going a bit off-topic with the "periods" thing.
Didn't mean to derail the thread totally :)

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Post by metrosonus » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:16 pm

So I guess their actual performance hasn't changed much the last 10 years then.
feh. I suppose not, when was the reboot tour? 98 ish eh ?

they're probably padding their wallets like the sisters of mercy and other countless groups on the euro circuits with no real new material in decades ..

and the sisters used a D550. three actually. :shock: just to go back on topic.

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Post by Hugo76 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:33 pm

Just a little OT; the Front 242 guys have also several side projects, such as Male Or Female, Speed Tribe & Cobalt 60. I've heard some tracks by the latter which were pretty good, but unfortunately haven't had the chance to check out these other projects. Can anyone comment on these?

btw: there was an interview with the band in Future Music a couple of years ago, I'll try to dig it out and see what they have to say about their equipment there

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Post by gfriden » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:39 pm

They also helped founding the Revolting Cocks (Patrick Codenys and Richard 23, I believe). Trent Reznor was also in that band for a while.
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Post by Bitexion » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:16 am

Evil Off is the album I first discovered and started listening to regularly, maybe that's why I'm biased towards the later period.

It's like a concept album, no single song stands out as one, but listened as a whole it all comes together. All those weird flute and light drums and bass, with stuttering vocals on top, and into the aggressive (but still lightt) Modern Angel with the weird opera sample snaking through the song, that suddenly morphs into this gorgeous analog pad-heavy Jarre-like song (Junkdrome), that later morphs into super-heavy D'n'B. Awesome stuff..
the full version of Animal is also really good.

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Post by lovedroid » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:54 pm

Hugo76 wrote:Just a little OT; the Front 242 guys have also several side projects, such as Male Or Female, Speed Tribe & Cobalt 60. I've heard some tracks by the latter which were pretty good, but unfortunately haven't had the chance to check out these other projects. Can anyone comment on these?
You can also add C-tec/Cyber-tec and 32Crash the the side project list.
IMHO all these are really nice and definitely worth to check out!

32crash is the newest project, and I haven't really heard much of it, but what I heard was promising.
Male or Female is one of my absolute favourites, and both Cobalt 60 and C-tec have some pretty wicked tunes.

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Post by Hugo76 » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:32 pm

lovedroid; thanks for these tips, will check them out.

Bitexion; Evil Off is full of stand-out tracks! :) This album is on my all-time top 3 list. I agree the album comes together as a whole, but I love every single one of these totally awesome tracks. Still, if I had to pick a couple they would be "Crushed", "Animal (Gate)" & "Modern Angel". And how about Angels Versus Animals? Another masterpiece imo with equally great tracks.

Future Music, November 2003:
So what machines do Front 242 consider their favourites?
For me it is my first machine, the System 100," says Daniel (...)
"I like the Yamaha CS40M," says Patrick (...) I also enjoy the VL1 (...)
"Only people like Moog come up and dare to do the Voyager, which we have recently acquired - a very good machine. It's incredible; worth every cent. Also, some people who haven't been around long like MacBeth from the UK. That machine is great."

The bands kit list:
*Akai S3200
*Apple G4 running Cubase and Nuendo
*Avalon 737 and 747
*Clavia DDrum4, Nordlead II, Modular, MicroModular
*Dbx 160SL
*Electro Harmonix sequencers (x3)
*E-mu Emulator II, Morpheus
*Ensoniq VFX
*Eventide HD3000
*Korg Z1 and Wavestation
*Lassence Venturi II
*Lexicon 480
*Line 6 Echo Pro
*Mackie DB8
*Moog Voyager
*Oberheim Matrix 12
*ProAc Tablet8 and ATC SCM50 monitors
*Roland System 100, System 100M, MC4, MKS-30, G-10, MPU-101, V-Drum, JD-990, SRV-2000, SDE-3000, RSS-10
*Sherman Filter
*TC Electronics Fireworx and Finaliser
*TLA EQ1, EQ2 and C1
*Waldorf Q
*Yamaha 40m, DX7, TG77, VL1, VL1m, SPX1000

btw: the female vocalist on Evil Off is 99Kowalski. She has a project named Evulva which I have a top notch track by, namely "Dive". I have heard snippets of other tracks on the net, but sadly, "Dive" appears to be the only one released. It is featured on the sampler "Diva X Machina 2"
Check it out here:
http://www.discogs.com/release/158458

btw2: The Prodigy remixes of "Religion" are great! :)

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Post by lovedroid » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:02 pm

I think that 99Kowalski is/has been involved in some other projects as well, but I can't remember now.

32crash is at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/32crash

Btw, can anyone guess what inspired the name of my band...? ;)

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Post by Bitexion » Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:39 pm

What's with all the numbers in their artist names/band names anyway?

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