Elektro Moskva: A Documentary About the Soviet Electronic Age and its Legacy!

This documentary had me at this quote…

“On a western device, you push a button and get a result. On a Soviet instrument, you push a button and get something.” Benzo

I’m looking forward to seeing this somewhere soon.

SYNOPSIS From ELEKTRO MOSKVA (Electro Moscow) is an essayistic documentary about the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The story begins with the inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, unveiling the KGB’s huge pile of fascinating devices, some of which were musical. They all came into existence as a by-product of a rampant defense industry. Nowadays, those aged and abandoned ‘musical coffins’, as solidly made as a Kalashnikov, are being recycled and reinterpreted by the post-Soviet generations of musicians, sound collectors and circuit benders. The story of the Soviet synthesizers as an allegory to the everyday life under the Soviet system: nothing works, but you have to make the best out of it. An electronic fairy tale about the inventive spirit of the free mind inside the iron curtain- and beyond.

Documentary, 89 Min.
Austria 2013
Language: Russian

In The Studio With Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner

The Synthesizer Book:

Get a glimpse of Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner’s studio in this interview and picture set. Robin Rimbaud is still a favourite of The Synthesizer Book! Enjoy

Originally posted on Headphone Commute:

Scanner Studio April 2014

Among his many monikers, Robin Rimbaud is most known for his work as Scanner with releases dating back to the early 90s, and a vast discography on labels such as Ash InternationalSub Rosa, and his very own imprint, Bette. What started as a focused fascination with radio waves, mobile phone signals, and police scanners, has evolved into a full-blown production and artistry of enormous proportions, the inner workings of which we are honored to share with you today.

Lets start at the very beginning. Can you tell us how you got involved in composing, and what was your very first piece of gear?
I used to play with a cheap 1970s plastic hand-held tape recorder we had at home when I was about 8-10 years, recording tv shows, family and playing in the garden with my Action Man soldiers. I still have the original tapes where I…

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After 19 Years Of Waiting, Node Release A Modular Synthesizer Gem: Node 2

Last month I ordered the new Node 2 album from Science With Synthesizers. I think this one is even better than the first. Though, that might be simply because I waited 19 years for this one! So, was it worth the wait? Absolutely.


Songs like The Traveller and Dark Beneath the Earth in particular resonated with me. The band known as Node or the project known as Node, whichever way you slice it, is comprised of Flood, Ed Buller, Mel Wesson & Dave Bessell. Trust me, its a legendary lineup if I may say so. Did I mention this recording is most definitely worth the wait? Of course I did.

node (dragged)
Flood pictured above

I’m blogging about this now because I just finished reading a great article in the May issue of Sound On Sound magazine.

For those of you that are into modular synthesizers or these great producers/artists, this is a must for your collection.

Pye Corner Audio Live At The Boiler Room (London, April 11th, 2013)

This one has been around for a while, I know! However, I played this on my Apple TV today while I did some work and I think it’s worth sharing here. I also like the stripped down/minimal gear in his set-up. I’m really digging this artist and his music. Its a good set,not much more to say.

Published on Youtube

via Boilerroom.TV

Check Out This Live Classixx Performance on KEXP (Recorded July 29, 2013)

Check out this great performance by the Classixx lads I just came across. There is a ton of Dave Smith Instruments goodness on there. You gotta love the Mopho’s! This is a solid HD performance.

I had the good fortune of checking out one of their DJ sets at Venue in Vancouver a few years back. I remember it well. I remember the DJ before them was pushing BPM’s in the 130 range and higher. Which, kind of irritated us a bit. When Classixx hit the stage they brought it back down in tempo and it was perfect. I’ve been a fan of their music ever since.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out their last LP-Hanging Gardens. Its a great album.


From Youtube:
Published on 19 Jan 2014
http://KEXP.ORG presents CLASSIXX performing “SONG” live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 29, 2013.

All You’re Waiting For
My Love Sees You
Holding On

Host: Cheryl Waters
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Andrew Franks, Luke Knecht & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Justin Wilmore


Eurorack Meets Nord Drum 2, Synthesizer Goodness!

I like this! This is Eurorack LFO triggers meets Nord Drum 2 wicked awesomeness. Enjoy.

From Youtube:
Published on 11 Apr 2014
First serious session with Nord Drum 2. Using Vermona fourMulator quad LFO to trigger 4 channels with Stoichea picking up the remaining 2. Using S/H waveforms from the Vermona via attenuators (matrix mixer) for timbral variation on the Nord Drum.

This via Synthopia.

Wendy Carlos Talks Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange & the “Cir-Con.”

I just saw this video today. This appeared on my Facebook feed via Automatic Gainsay. All I can say is that she was an inspiration for many of us. Her music was always epic and seemed so out of reach for a common button pusher like me! Her scores were always noteworthy and were the perfect background for the movies they were part of. She deserves all the recognition and respect she gets.

To see her speak so candidly in this video is heartwarming and brought back so many visual and auditory memories for me. As I mostly only know her from interviews in magazines & limited segments in videos, this is a treat.

She was way more than just her Moog Modular and her Switched On Bach album.


From Youtube.com
Published on 10 Apr 2014
Wendy Carlos plays selections from the soundtracks for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. She plays an instrument she helped design called the Circular Controller or “Cir-Con” and remembers Stanley Kubrick.

No infringement intended. Video uploaded with the intent to share some insight on the artist and her work.

Maestros: The Novation Story (2014)

I recently ordered a Novation Bass Station II. So, as you can imagine they are top of my mind this week when it comes to synthesizer goodness. Courtesy of Sound On Sound, I came across this video of Novation celebrating their heritage as a quality provider of MIDI controllers, software, electronics and synthesizers.

The Novation Story

If you would like a chance to win your choice of a Bass Station II, UltraNova or a MiniNova synthesizer visit this page here, download the free sample pack and build a track using them for a chance to win.

From the Novation website

Want to win your choice of Bass Station II, UltraNova, and MiniNova?

Has your inspiration been stirred by our heritage celebration short film? The combination of the Novation sound and innovative design style makes our family of synths invaluable for your productions, and has done for acclaimed electronic and dance musicians including Orbital, M4SONIC, Rudimental, T.E.E.D, Lunice, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Mac (keyboardist for international sensation Lorde), and many more for over 20 years.

We’re proud to present a massive free sample pack that shows off our legendary synth heritage, and all you have to do is create your own track using it for the chance to win one of our latest award winning hardware synthesisers.

Enter the contest here.

Proud new owner of this synthesizer:
Novation Bass Station II

Congratulations on the great synthesizer and electronics story so far, Novation!