An In Studio Performance of Broken by Depeche Mode

There is lots of trainspotting for all of us techno heads in this in-studio performance of Broken by Depeche Mode.

Check out the Teenage Engineering OP-1, Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer, Oberheim OB8,  Korg MS20 and Korg MonoPoly synthesizers. Not to mention, the tasty Eurorack modules that have been seen in pictures of the Delta Machine studio sessions. 

With all that said, this is also one great song and I really liked this performance.  Martin L. Gore and David Gahan sound amazing too.
Depeche Mode Live - in-studio performance
For more on Delta Machine click here.


New Korg Monotron Duo and Korg Monotribe Delay Analogue Ribbon Synthesizers

Looks like the pocket size, quirky, simplistic, analogue ribbon synthesizers continue to be developed by Korg. They keep making it easier for the bedroom musician to create. So, now you have no excuse.

Here are the latest additions to the fantastic Monotron family…

Korg Monotron Duo Analogue Ribbon Controller

KORG monotron DELAY and Monotribe

For more information on the Monotron family of ribbon controller synthesizers visit here

Introduction to Monotron Series…
Korg puts the thrill of the analog synthesizer into everyone’s hands, with the monotron, the monotron DUO, and the monotron DELAY

Go Anywhere Analog: That was the theme behind the remarkable battery-powered and palm-sized Korg analog synthesizer dubbed the monotron. The powerful and fun-to-play monotron analog synthesizer has been joined by two siblings. The Dual Oscillator monotron DUO offers X-MOD capabilities for generating even more extreme sounds. The monotron DELAY features a Space Delay that can produce intense, analog-like echo effects. Best of all, they’re a blast to play. Each is equipped with a ribbon keyboard and a live, ready-to-be tweaked front panel offering five knobs and a single switch. This simple operation and ease of use invites hours of enjoyment and musical exploration.

Casual users and gadget mavens will quickly enjoy performing melodies, DJs can create dazzling effects on stage, while established players can add analog muscle to their performance – the possibilities are virtually endless. Grab a monotron, monotron DUO, or monotron DELAY, and get in touch with the exciting world of Korg analog synths.

MODULAR: The Documentary Extended Promo (Video)

From Youtube:
MODULAR: The Documentary, a new film directed by Robert Fantinatto, original score by SOLVENT. This is the extended promo video and features some of the east coast participants such as Morton Subotnick, Sean McBride (Martial Cantarel) and Jason Amm (Solvent). The film is still in production with a west coast shooting block coming up, along with European locations.

To keep up to date on the production visit:

For info on Solvent visit:

For info on Lori Napoleon’s switchboard synth and sequencer, visit:

Solvent (aka Jason Amm) Does the IDM Thing with a Combo Of Synthesizer Modules

I’ve always been a fan of Solvent aka Jason Amm.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming documentary entitled: Modular. This is a documentary of which he is heavily involved with. I know that project is taking on a life of its own and there are many of us looking forward to that. You can find out more about that documentary here.

His record label (Suction Records) is amongst the short list of labels I frequently follow and purchase from. I’ve always also liked the personal touch you receive when ordering records from the label too. That is probably one of the reasons why I keep going back to purchase records from Solvent, Lowfish and the others. The other reason is the music is always chock full of synthesizer goodness.

A few weeks ago I purchased his latest EP. The title of which is RDJCS5…short for Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin and the Yamaha CS5 monophonic synthesizer. In case you’re wondering, the EP was made using a CS5 synthesizer which once belonged to the Aphex Twin man himself and nothing more. For more on that check it out here.

I stumbled onto this while trying doing some trainspotting on my recent purchase of an Allen & Heath ZED R16 Firewire mixer. I thought about Autechre and sure enough Jason thought that too while making it.

I’ve been meaning to catch up with him for an interview. Stay tuned for that in the next couple of weeks. I’ve got some good questions to ask him.

For now enjoy this…

From Youtube

Hello my name is Solvent, and I just made this crunchy IDM Hip Hop beat on my Eurorack modular.

Everything is being sequenced by the MFB Seq-02, which is being clocked from a trigger coming out of Logic/Silent Way/ES-3. I locked it to Logic so that it’ll be easier to chop up into loops later, if I decide to develop this track further.

Outside of the modular, I’ve got the kick from my Jomox MBase-01, and the snare is from my modified Boss DR-55. The occasional analog delay is from my Boss DM-100. The white noise in the HH sound is coming from my MS-20 since I don’t have a noise source module yet.

More than half of the modules in my case are being used here, so I’ll just point out the ones that are contributing most prominently to the sound:

– the glitchy Autechre-ish part in the HH comes from the Flight of Harmony Sound of Shadows digital delay module, with it’s delay time being sequenced by the MFB

– VCO is Tip Top Audio Z3000

– VCO goes into the Bubblesound Sem20 VCF, before being destroyed by the WMD Geiger Counter Wave Table distortion / bit reduction module. The Sem20 actually plays a big part in the sound, as the WMD responds drastically to LP vs HP, and to Resonance amount.

– Geiger’s wavetable is changing via a VC input, sequenced by the MFB.

– Post Geiger filter is an EMS Synthi VCF clone, DIY’d by a guy named Cameron from Chicago, which is similar to the STG’s Sea Devil Filter module. Filter Cutoff is being modulated by the MFB.

– Synthwerks MG-1 module is being used to trigger the MFB’s reset in, which I’m using to create manual fills, which remain perfectly in time on account of the MFB being clocked externally.

Micronaut Experimenting With EMS Synthi AKS: Trapezoid

Chris Randall always has some tasty experimental jams to share with us on Youtube. This is just 1 of many. He always has some delicious gear too.

Make sure you check out more. For now, here you go…

From Youtube:

More Micronaut music at

No DAW, no MIDI, no computer. Entire track clocked from a single Doepfer LFO. If you’re listening to this on laptop speakers, you’re only hearing about half of it.

Synthi AKS (with no AKS, obviously.)
Doepfer LFO, Intellijel uStep, Makenoise Réne
Korg MaxiKorg, MS-20, and a MonoTribe for the drums
Eventide TimeFactor, circuit-bent BOSS RRV-10, and Roland Space Echo for effects.

Recorded to TASCAM TSR-8 tape deck.

We like tape goodness.

Modular: A Documentary About the History, Demise & Rebirth of the Modular Synthesizer (Teaser Reel)

The modular synthesizer started off as the only way to create a synthesized sound back in the 1960’s. It became less prominent as affordability, compact size and digital control reached critical mass. However, its existence has seen a new resurgence. Even though for some it never went away.

There is a new and wider interest amongst developers to build, as well as buyers for the modular synthesizer. There is a clear objective to continue building them. There are also thousands of musicians interested in getting back to routing patch cables in complex new ways, as well as working with discrete circuitry. So, you can imagine the excitement of hearing about a new documentary called- Modular: The Documentary.

Their Facebook page details the production of a new documentary film on the history, demise and rebirth of a technological marvel that changed music history: the modular synthesizer. For more information and lots of pictures on the documentary visit their Facebook page here.

Here is a teaser video for you:

From Youtube:
MODULAR: a new documentary about the history, decline and rebirth of an iconic instrument that changed music forever: the modular synthesizer.

Holy Ghost! Wait And See (Video) From Their Self Titled LP

From DFA Records, New York City duo Holy Ghost! are at it again with their latest video Wait And See from their self titled LP. A good friend of mine had this up on his Facebook wall and well, I thought I’d post it here. Holy Ghost! have been making some tasty electropop for quite sometime and this is a nice one too add to that already long list.

The video…They look weathered and beat down in this video, don’t they?! It seems like all that time on the road and in their native New York has caught up with them. Nonetheless, they look like stars. That Barista looks familiar doesn’t he now. Make of that what you will. There are some nice shots of their studio too. I think I saw a Roland SH-101 synthesizer and their modular. Check it out.

From the Holy Ghost! Self-Titled LP. Directed by Ben Fries. Produced by Dead Horse Films.

Holy Ghost! are Nick Millhiser & Alex Frankel

Suzanne Ciani, Leslie Mona-Mathus, Mitch Farber, Recording Seven Waves (1982)

Here are a few videos of Suzanne Ciani, Leslie Mona-Mathus (engineer) & Mitch Farber (arranger) during the recording of Seven Waves back in 1982. In these videos she is working on the track entitled Fifth Wave…and yep, you guessed it also happens to be the 5th track on the album.

In these videos you can see Suzanne using her New England Digital Synclavier, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, and in one corner, a Buchla 200 modular synthesizer. She even uses her voice box for some vocoder type vocals on this recording.

In an earlier post I talked a little about Leslie and the important role she played for Suzanne. Leslie told me that while she was working with Suzanne she was always around some of the best and cutting edge technology of the time. This video is proof. Around 1982, not many people can claim to have that type of arsenal in their studio.


Video Information:

Recording session for Suzanne Ciani’s first electronic album, Seven Waves,
released: 1982 Japanese Victor Co.; 1984 Atlantic Finnadar; 1988 Private Music, BMG Distribution; 1994 Seventh Wave.

Session took place at 40 Park Avenue home studio of Suzanne.

Leslie Mona-Mathus engineer and Mitch Farber, arranger.

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