Lock on Target – Disintegrator

Someone posted one of my first releases on my Facebook wall so I thought I’d share it here and tell you how it was created. Amazingly this was produced in 1992 (18 years ago!). Back then you could have actually owned all the techno releases available. Disintegrator was a partnership between myself and John Selway. We both owned Roland TB-303s and you hear them both on this track. You also hear my Roland TR-909 being distorted through a small 10 channel boss mixer. The mixer was brown and plastic. I wish I could remember the model number. It looked like the mixer you found on Tascam 4 Tracks of the time albeit without the cassette. The sample “Lock on Target” was from a large silver toy guy I purchased at Toys R Us and hacked and line-out into it. We used to bring the gun live (and all the 303′s etc…!). The only other sound you hear is a little bass pattern from a Roland Juno-106. I think what makes this song still work today is the arrangement. We played live as much as we could and to this day that’s a large part of what it takes to make good music.

The video below is the B-Side called “Dark Black Ominous Clouds”. It also uses two TB-303s and Roland Juno-106. However, the rest of the sounds are samples coming out of an Akai S-950. The vocals are from a black and white movie about schizophrenia. Everything was mixed on a Mackie 1604 with some added delay from a Korg SDD-2000. There are some great photos and an article on the SDD-200 here: dancetech.com/sdd2000. Both songs were recorded at SUNY Purchase where I lived down the hall from Selway.

“The SDD-2000 Sampling Delay was one of those great early digital fx processors all the Japanese music corps churned out in the 80′s using the newly arived affordable chips the 80′s ushered in. The SDD-2000 is most famous for being used extensively by The Edge from U2 on every album from The Unforgettable Fire onward. It is still in his rack today, 20+ years later.” – dancetech.com

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 1, 2010 at 5:39 am, filed under music and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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5 Responses to “Lock on Target – Disintegrator”

  1. BTC on Twitter pointed me to a vintage Boss mixer page where I found the one we owned! It was a BX-800: Click here

  2. JD says:

    Those songs are so good . Disintegrator was one of the first heavy techno acts i’ve seen live. It made a massive impact on me for sure! I remember buying the 12″s and still have them!

    Whenever Disintegrator or DX-13 were going to play a event ,i knew my night was going to be intense .

  3. Cornerman says:

    Cool , I actually have this on vinyl. Have not heard this for ages :-)

  4. Matt Costain says:

    Great post. I remember that track, got played back in Australia quite a bit. Loved hearing the story behind it!

  5. After years and years of looking, i ended up finding this record at a Goodwill of all places!! Along with Hard Attack on Rotterdam records. Not a bad score =o]

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