Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

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Re: Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Post by masstronaut » Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:25 pm

pricklyrobot wrote:
masstronaut wrote: Quite a lot of Mother Mallard's and David Borden music is available from the ever excellent Cuneiform Records. http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/borden.html
Any good sources for that Monoton album?

I found a listing for it at www.amazon.de, but it was "Derzeit nicht verfügbar".
The Monoton album and a previous one, Monotonprodukt 02, were reissued in beautifully remastered editions a few years ago by the Canadian label Oral. They seem to be still available. If not, try discogs.com
I can't recommend them highly enough.

http://www.oral.qc.ca/oral/eng/artistes/monoton.html
http://www.oral.qc.ca/oral/eng/catalogue/index.php

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Post by Soundwave » Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:04 pm

Cylob - Formant Potion?

Excellent use of filter vocal sounds that really sing!

also....
Isan - Salamander
Spacetime Continuum – Sea Biscuit
Sasha/Junkie XL - Airdrawndagger
Sabres of Paradise – Haunted Dancehall
Bola - Soup
Mixmaster Morris - Dreamfish (with Namlook)

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Post by redchapterjubilee » Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:52 pm

A good place to find synth music from the past that has flown under the radar is http://synopsiselektronica.blogspot.com where I've been hipped to some really cool obscure artists like Automat, Reichmann, Conrad Schnitzler, and various Tangerine Dream-oriented side projects.

Kudos for Harmonia, Cluster, Mother Mallard, Ash Ra Tempel, Richard Pinhas, Michael Hoenig, Mark Shreeve, Harodl Grosskopf, Redshift, Klaus Schonning, Synergy, et al. Fun newer synth-infused prog stuff like Porcupine Tree, Zombi, Anekdoten, Black Mountain & Danava also turn my crank these days.

And I have to big up my friends from Austin Transmographyhttp://myspace.com/transmography and Low Red Center http://myspace.com/lowredcenter (that's Zonkout from VSE). Oh and I can't forget Rick Reed http://myspace.com/richardkreed. And Dave Fulton http://www.myspace.com/thefultonreavesproject who I shared a bill with in Portland this year.
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Post by masstronaut » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:04 pm

Soundwave wrote:Spacetime Continuum – Sea Biscuit
Bola - Soup
Mixmaster Morris - Dreamfish (with Namlook)
Good calls.

Soup by Bola I almost think of as being the definitive melodic abstract techno / IDM / artificial intelligence (whatever you want to call it) record, even though it came much later on than the usually recognised defining albums of that style. It's worth remembering that he worked with Autechre from early on - the track Sciew Spoc on the first Gescom EP is IMO one of the best things either he or they did. And yes, this is a richly textured album full of brilliant analogue synth tones. A website dedicted to information about his releases recently claimed that he had 'retired' from the music industry and that web page itself has now been taken down.

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Darryl Fitton aka Bola (not to be confused with the successful darts player of the same name!)

Likewise Jonah Sharp aka Spacetime Continuum's Sea Biscuit album is another wonderfully warm and lush feast of melodic analogue and vintage goodness that just totally delights in pure synthesis.

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I love precisely three quarters of the Pete Namlook & Mixmaster Morris collaboration Dreamfish. The Terrence McKenna sampling 'Hymn' drifts off into the kind of pointless repetition that was too often the hallmark of Namlook's jams. Still there's no denying that he has a fine collection Moogs and Oberheims. The other tracks bring a bit more rigour and indeed innovation to proceedings. Yeah, one of the best Fax releases for sure. Anyone know what might be used for the vocal formant morphing sounds on 'Fishology'? I for some reason figured a FS1R as I know Morris was interested in getting it to 'talk'. I think you can hear some of that on his later album It's Tomorrow Already.

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Post by masstronaut » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:14 pm

redchapterjubilee wrote:Fun newer synth-infused prog stuff like Porcupine Tree, Zombi, Anekdoten, Black Mountain & Danava also turn my crank these days.
Ah yes, Zombi for real. Quite annoyed I missed them when they played live near me a couple of years ago. Very much fetishists of vintage synths and more crucially, vintage techniques, but with a modern edge. For those that don't know, think John Carpenter and Goblin's soundtracks for Dario Argento's Italian horror shows. They do it very, very well.

http://www.myspace.com/zombi

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Re: Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Post by pricklyrobot » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:34 pm

masstronaut wrote:
pricklyrobot wrote:
masstronaut wrote: Quite a lot of Mother Mallard's and David Borden music is available from the ever excellent Cuneiform Records. http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/borden.html
Any good sources for that Monoton album?

I found a listing for it at www.amazon.de, but it was "Derzeit nicht verfügbar".
The Monoton album and a previous one, Monotonprodukt 02, were reissued in beautifully remastered editions a few years ago by the Canadian label Oral. They seem to be still available. If not, try discogs.com
I can't recommend them highly enough.

http://www.oral.qc.ca/oral/eng/artistes/monoton.html
http://www.oral.qc.ca/oral/eng/catalogue/index.php
I've just found them on Forced Exposure's site for $16 apiece.
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Post by filtermod » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:34 pm

Bola!
Great stuff.
I don't know about the retirement thing, but he put out a new album called "Kroungrine" in late '07. You can hear a few tracks from it here:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu ... d=53441987

Also Id like to throw out the names of Dwayne R. Goettel and cEvin kEy as great synthesists that are rarely (if ever) mentioned on VSE.
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Post by masstronaut » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:48 pm

Early Skinny Puppy is wicked. My favourite stuff of Key's is The Tear Garden project with Edward Ka-Spel and David Ogilvie. 'Ophelia' from their first record is a goodun, and conveniently on the myspace! ;) From 1986.

http://www.myspace.com/teargardenband

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Post by masstronaut » Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:19 pm

On a slightly a different tip I should also like to mention the superbly named Ping Romany of the group Simply Saucer. Simply Saucer were a legendary psychedelic garage punk band from Ontario who were originally about in the mid 70s. When their only album, Cyborgs Revisited, was finally released in the late 80s (!) it was hailed by some as 'the greatest Canadian LP of all time' and has developed a huge cult following. It's a great, great record - think Velvet Underground / Can / The Stooges / Modern Lovers and just drenched in some of the finest unhinged fuzz-wah guitar solos and blooping, screaming electronics. Ping smeared their sound in theremin and Minimoog, but no keyboard nonsense, just the knobs for this guy! The songs are all brilliant too, and remarkably they have recently got back together!

This might not be the official myspace page but there are some good song selections here: http://www.myspace.com/simplysaucer2

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Post by masstronaut » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:15 am

MrFrodo wrote:Ha! A track record like that is not an abomination. It's called "being a damn fine musician." But, that's only my opinion.
Well I suppose it does indicate some not inconsiderable level of competency...



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Post by Soundwave » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:08 pm

Balls to Cylobs Formant Potion as I've just found out he used some Mac program that does robot speech if you type in the words although Cylob is still quite a skilled tweaker by any stretch.


Anyhowz have I ever mentioned Tetsu Inoue on this forum? :roll:

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Post by masstronaut » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:14 pm

I have 'Rewind' and 'Cut The Midrange' and they are cool anyway. He did a nice album based around bell tones didn't he?

Sold my original copy of Ambiant Otaku because, well, somebody offered me a stupid amount of money for it! What else is good from Tetsu? I had Zenith as well, that was alright I suppose. The one with Jonah Sharp, Electro Harmonix, is probably my favourite of those.

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Post by Soundwave » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:38 pm

masstronaut wrote: What else is good from Tetsu? .
The 2350 Broadway 1-5, Dataside 2 (the none trance tracks), Dataside Flowerhead, HAT DSP Holiday (loungey fun), Mu (awesome collaboration with Atom Heart) Time2, World Receiver (best solo ambient album) and more recently Inland.

He did go though a stage of glitch noise MAX/Msp type stuff after World Receiver which is interesting if a little random but isn't the kinda thing for repeated listening imho.

Inoues organic approach to electronic sounds is unmatched impo but I'm still am none the wiser about the synths he uses tho I do suspect an MS20 somewhere.

http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/tetsu/

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Post by tim gueguen » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:27 pm

Speaking of Canadians I haven't seen David Kristian mentioned on here. Unfortunately he's pulled the gear list off his website. It was a list of everything he'd owned at some point, and it seemed like he owned a lot
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Post by masstronaut » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:46 pm

It's probably been linked before but I really like Ed Dmx's little studio site.

http://www.durftal.com/music/edmx/dmxstudio/studio.htm

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