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Fantastic synthesists never mentioned on the VSE Pt.1

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:44 pm
by masstronaut
Michael Bundt
German synthesist who's classic album 'Just Landed Cosmic Kid' is a beautiful and deeply psychedelic synth album in the vain of Klaus Schultze but more focussed and song based. His later albums are also completely great, if a little more quirky and New Wave in style, and his synth work is always absolutely superb and original.

David Borden & Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company
In 1969 these lot were the first all synthesiser ensemble. They played ambient, droning and rhythmically pulsing music heavily indebted to the work of Terry Reilly and Steve Reich and had a close association with Bob Moog who provided them with custom equipment. Their debut album is unfeasibly brilliant. Tangerine Dream were good but these guys had more class and were all-synth years before.

Konrad Becker aka Monoton
Monoton's 1983 album Monotonprodukt 07 is a staggering piece of work by any standards. Taking it's cues from earlier minimal German electronics traditions, along with elements of dub and industrial music, it's richly textured and darkly hypnotic sequencer grooves prefigured so many later styles and yet it still sounds like nothing else.

Conrad Schnitzler
A founder member of both Kluster and Tangerine Dream as well as the legendary and soon to be finally documented Human Being, Schnitzler broke off on his own in the early 70s to carry out extended, arty and extremely lysergic electronic explorations that he continues to this day. His early solo albums such as Rot and Gelb, originally issued in runs of only 500 copies, are masterpieces of pure circuit abuse.

Great film about Schnitzler


Mother Mallard's


It's interesting to note that, apart from Mother Mallard's, even in this information age there still seems to be very little out there about what bits and pieces these guys were /are using. Not that it matters so much in terms of the wonderful music, but that's what this place is about after all. Maybe it's better not to know, I appreciate the mystery, but if you lot do have any knowledge then why not, let's have it!

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:13 pm
by hfinn
Conrad is excellent.

I will mention Michael Garrison. In the Klaus Schulze vein, but from the US. One of the only people who used the Syntar, although Jarre has one now.

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

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:07 pm
by Carey M
masstronaut wrote:Mother Mallard's
That was bloody brilliant. Thank you for posting that.

- CM

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:23 pm
by Syn303
Florian Fricke of Popul Vuh (appeared on Tangerine Dream's album Zeit - Birth of Liquid Pejades - The Big Moog)
Popol Vuh was a German Krautrock band founded by pianist and keyboardist Florian Fricke in 1970 together with Holger Trulzsch (percussion) and Frank Fiedler (electronics). "Florian was and remains to be an important forerunner of contemporary ethnic and religious music. He chose electronic music and his big Moog to free himself from the restraints of traditional music, but soon discovered that he didn't get a lot out of it and opted for the acoustic path instead."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DON-CogKcfk


Dieter Möbius of Kluster/Cluster/Harmonia
Harmonia a Krautrock supergroup from Germany. They formed as a collaboration between Michael Rother of Neu! and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Möbius of Cluster and later included British ambient music artist Brian Eno. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lkHvcsZ ... re=related


Simon House of Hawkwind
is a composer and classically-trained violinist and keyboard player, perhaps best known for his work with space rock band Hawkwind.

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:50 pm
by masstronaut
Yes indeed. Florian Fricke was a master. Affenstunde & In Den Garten Pharaos highly recommended as Popol Vuh's synthier albums. That's a great clip, at the end someone has to tell the bongo player to stop. :) This is cool too.



Dieter Moebius has done too much good stuff to list. He's currently on tour with H. J. Roedelius and Michael Rother as Harmonia! Roedelius must be in his 70s now, he was in his mid 30s when Cluster started I think. I saw Cluster play last year and they were using Microkorgs and CD players would you believe.

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

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:58 pm
by masstronaut
Carey M wrote:That was bloody brilliant. Thank you for posting that.
Yeah, I'm not messing about! ;)

They really don't seem to have been quite accorded their place in history for some reason. That clip totally proves it as well. I see a few VSErs in the comments box there.

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

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:39 am
by MrFrodo
Does Mike McKnight have a place on the list?

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:56 am
by Alex E
Jexus goes on the list.

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:00 am
by masstronaut
MrFrodo wrote:Does Mike McKnight have a place on the list?
Well technically perhaps, as he has indeed never been mentioned on this forum.

Morally...

Clients include Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Madonna, U2, Earth, Wind & Fire, Shakira, George Michael, Paul Abdul, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, and many more...

...he should probably be severely punished for crimes against humanity and collaborating with the enemy.

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:03 am
by Hossinfeffa
Alex E wrote:Jexus goes on the list.
Yeah, he's pushing the boundaries of music. I liked his rendition of "Das Boot."

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:04 am
by masstronaut
Alex E wrote:Jexus goes on the list.
Aside from any moral or aesthetic considerations Jexus has had 178 mentions on VSE not counting these two posts. He therefore does not qualify. Sorry :(

;)

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:44 am
by LesDeuxLoveOrchestra
The Blue Nile, especially the "Hats" album, has the most beautiful synths i have heard. heartbreakingly great.

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:23 pm
by shaft9000
masstronaut wrote:
MrFrodo wrote:Does Mike McKnight have a place on the list?
Well technically perhaps, as he has indeed never been mentioned on this forum.

Morally...

Clients include Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Madonna, U2, Earth, Wind & Fire, Shakira, George Michael, Paul Abdul, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, and many more...

...he should probably be severely punished for crimes against humanity and collaborating with the enemy.
nothing breeds success like success, right?
singers are now 'clients', like it's the hair club

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

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:08 pm
by pricklyrobot
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".

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:16 pm
by MrFrodo
masstronaut wrote:...he should probably be severely punished for crimes against humanity and collaborating with the enemy.
Ha! A track record like that is not an abomination. It's called "being a damn fine musician." But, that's only my opinion.