Acidlab Drumatix

If I could I would own every drum machine ever created. Here’s a new one based on Roland’s TR-606 from Acidlab called Drumatix. I really love all the products Klaus creates. You can read an interview I did with Klaus from 2009: here. Coming soon.

“Analog Drummachine based on the circuits of the 606 with additional sounds and parameters.” – acidlab.de

For more info: acidlab.de

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TB3 Rocket

This my friends seems like a must have combination. For less than $700 you get a truly killer bassline monster.

“waldorf rocket sequenced by roland aira tb3 effects come from the mc808 in the beginning i used a little reverb later some more effects. this is just an example nothing special tb3 volume is turned down so all you hear is the waldorf rocket damn i really love the rocket great little synth.” – bananepoep

For more info: waldorf-music.info and rolandus.com

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Delectro – Corrupted Electro

Delectro – Corrupted Electro Techno Set – 28-03-14. by Delectro on Mixcloud

Here’s a great new DJ Set from Colombian artist Delectro titled Corrupted Electro. There’s a lot of Things to Come Records, The Horrorist, Stamba, Ionic Vision, Millimetric and more on this one!

“die ganze nacht” – Ionic Vision

For more info: mixcloud.com/Delectro/delectro-corrupted-electro

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TipTop Audio RS808

TipTop Audio has released another in their line of Roland TR-808 modules for the Eurorack system. I own all of them so far and they are all stellar. I believe I read Gur used to repair or clone real 808s so he really knows what he is doing. This time the Rimshot and Clav are covered in the new RS808 module. The sound is right and besides the flexibility of being in the modular environment the module has slightly more variation than the original.

“The RS808 is the TR-808’s analog Rimshot and Clavs sound generator in Eurorack format. It’s a low-cost module that brings back that classic sound, but with even more variation and control, continuing to expand your Tiptop Audio modular drum machine. The RS808 comes with two switches that give a total of 4 different positions: two are the classic Rimshot and Clavs sounds as found on the original, and two are unique to the RS808 module adding a range of snappy “click” sounds the circuit is capable of producing. Two control knobs were added, each have different effect for the selected sound. In general, these controls can be categorized as Pitch and Snap as they control the frequency of the oscillator and decay of the envelope generator. The RS808 is an exact reproduction of the original circuit which sounds like a fresh machine coming off the assembly line back in the 80’s.” – tiptopaudio.com

For more info: tiptopaudio.com/rs808

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The Horrorist Live in Zwickau Full Show Report

I performed in Zwickau, Germany on March 15, 2014 at Club Seilerstrasse. The event was called Home Sick 2. This was the first of 4 live shows I would do in a week where I would stay in the Leipzig area. To be honest so much has happened and I’ve had so little sleep since then it’s hard to remember all the details of this extreme evening. After working most of the day on Friday I flew off to Leipzig. It’s a overnight flight and for the first part of the trip I was put in the Westin. The hotel was really nice with a great pool, bar and lobby. I managed to get a few hours sleep and then was picked up for the hour drive to Zwickau. East German hard techno events are great. People are there to go insane. No one stops moving all night and the next day. Anyone who isn’t dancing like a freak is DJing or MCing. I have a great video of everyone on stage taking turns screaming assorted things all through the early morning. There’s a guy named Tom from Amplidudez who is the ring leader of this screaming. I played a few new tracks I did the week earlier. Of course there’s more to he story but you’re going to have to come in person to one of my shows and attach yourself to me to ever know the truth. Stay tuned for photos, videos and words from the Lodz (Poland), Sky Club Leipzig and Laucha shows! To see the full photo set: click here

“Homesick is back! Nach der großartigen ersten Veranstaltung im Oktober kommt es am 15. März zur Neuauflage von Homesick und gleichzeitig feiert Triebton 3-jähriges Agenturbestehen. Dazu haben wir uns tolle Acts in die Geburtstagsrunde geholt, die sich die Ehre geben. Ganz vorn dran gratuliert die New Yorker Techno-Ikone The Horrorist! Vielen ein Begriff durch “One Night in New York City”, gibt er eine kleine Tour durch Ost-Deutschland, die am 15.03. bei uns in der Seilerstraße 1b startet. Weitere Gratulanten der Nacht sind Alec Troniq & Gabriel Vitel, Reche & Recall, Ron Flatter, AmpliDudez, Sugar D., Derron S., Klirrfaktor & Kammerflimmern, D-Effekt und Bastian B.! Alle weiteren Infos erfahrt Ihr natürlich hier im Event oder auf den Pages Club Seilerstraße und Triebton. “One Night in Zwickau City!”.. wir freuen uns auf Euch!” – Club Seilerstraße

For more info: facebook.com/events/241267999380940

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Earhoof

It’s amazing how many interesting granular sequencing sampler Apps there are for iOS. You can add Earhoof to that list. I picked up an iConnect MIDI2 just for Apps like this one. $4.99 available now.

“Earhoof is a musical instrument which combines a powerful sound generating engine with an innovative rhythmic playback mechanism. Simply by holding the surface, complex rhythms trigger and seamlessly transition, while the sounds the internal sequencer generates continuously vary as you glide your fingers across your device. Even though Earhoof is easy to play, its flexibility makes it easy to create your own techniques.” – psicada.com

For more info: psicada.com

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Zenotron

Mike Walters makes some crazy unique synth toys under the name Mystery Circuits. The Zenotron is his newest and my opinion his greatest creation.

“The case was made from an old modem, the monitor was a small filmstrip viewer I cut in half. Behind the translucent screen is a cut down pipette box. I installed 88 LEDs where the pipettes normally go (perfect fit). The miniature keyboard comes off of an old toy, and I rebuilt the key contacts from little surface mount tactile switches. The sounds on the Zenotron come from a modified BleepLabs Nebulophone kit. A 2-Axis Parallax joystick controls the waveform and arpeggio rate of the Nebulophone. There are only 10 notes on the Nebulophone circuit, so the A# and B of the keyboard are wired parallel to the C and C#. Audio from the Nebulophone is fed to the clock input of a 4017 decade counter, which varies the sequence speed according to the Nebulophone’s audio. Each step turns on two transistors that light an array of 4 to 5 green LEDs. All of the LEDs are wired randomly, though I tried to make sure the spread around the pipette box was even. The LEDs are wired to a DB25 connector inside the Zenotron. For the volume pot, I just replaced the feedback resistor in the last opamp stage of the Nebulophone’s output. The LFO pot is wired the same as on the Nebulophone, but it has an off switch when turned all the way down. If the switch is off, the LFO seems to change according to the joystick. The LFO controls the Nebulophone’s filter, which uses an optocoupler. The color scheme was very much subconsciously inspired by the Kaypro II and the Commodore SX-64.” – mysterycircuits.com

For more info: mysterycircuits.com/projects/zenotron

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Intro to Eurorack

If you haven’t already grabbed a few modules here’s another intro video from FluxWithIt to tempt you. I never knew HP stood for horizontal pitch.

“This is just simply a primer to get people a little bit of info on what eurorack is. How to get started, and what some of the key elements are.” – fluxwithit.com/intro-to-eurorack-modular/

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Modular_synthesizer

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Kraftwerk Rockpalast

Next week I will go to see Kraftwerk 3-D at the United Palace Theatre in NYC. It’s amazing to think how far in the future we are now. I saw them about 10 years ago and it’s was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

“From the Rockpalast Archive Mixed Media Show Soest, Germany. Winter 1970 0. Intro 1. Stratovarius 2. Ruckzuck 3. Heavy Metal Kids 4. Improvisation 1″ – Henry Owings

For more info: kraftwerk.com

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The Horrorist EBM DJ Set – Defcon NYC

The Horrorist DJ Set – March 8, 2014 – NYC, USA at Defcon by Thingstocome on Mixcloud

Last weekend I did a DJ Set at Defcon. Defcon is run by D.J. Stalagmike. There are three things that make Defcon special. First, it’s a true old school EBM event. You won’t hear cybergoth here. Mike has very good taste playing New Beat, Scarecrow and things like that. Second, Defcon takes place in one of the oldest running classic venues: The Pyramid. The Pyramid has been around since the 1979 and was host to some of the best drag/gay parties throughout the 80s. Finally, Mike has managed to make this an every Saturday event for a long time. To create a long running classic EBM event in North America is something to be noted. I was very pleased to be asked to play there. I posted my mix below for you to hear in full! As I played music I was screaming and sweating quite a bit. A tradition at Defcon is apparently drinking something called Black Haus. I did my best not to vomit with each shot. This stuff really tastes like paint thinner. Dj Andi did two amazing sets. She runs the Synthicide night and for someone in her 20s blows my mind with her obscure 80s music knowledge. Mike DJed for the rest of the night. Several times I had to run to the DJ booth to find out what he was playing. I couldn’t stop dancing to either of their sets. I had a chance to meet Jean Lorenzo (who was sporting a nice Petra Flurr T-Shirt) who records some nice hardware only synth/gothpop under the name Silent Em. I also met with old friends Reade Truth and Kreestof. In the late 80s and early 90s there was no place greater for music than NYC. Lately it’s cool and fun factor has really been on the rise. Heimat!

“The Pyramid Club is a nightclub in the East Village of Manhattan, New York City. After opening in 1979, the Pyramid helped define the East Village drag and gay scenes of the 1980s. The club is located at 101 Avenue A in Manhattan.” – Wikipedia

For more info: facebook.com/pages/Defcon-NYC-Industrial

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