Societe Perrier

Yours truly and your favorite blog has been featured on Société Perrier. I do an interview titled Better Know A Blogger: Oliver Chesler of Wire to the Ear. I’m glad all things synth, strange and songwriting is interesting so many people!

“I started the blog in September 2007, so that’s over five years ago. Around that time I was emailing and phoning friends whenever I would see a cool piece of music tech or hear a great song. I realized I was annoying most of them so I decided to put it on a blog and find the people actually interested. I didn’t know…”

Read the full interview: societeperrier.com/oliver-chesler-of-wire-to-the-ear

Spain Video

My friend Nina sent me some video footage of my live show last November in Spain. I really need to start bringing my Zoom recorder and at least 3 video cameras to each show to proper record these. What you can’t see here is my video “wall” or how far back the club was packed with lunatic kids. I really do have a lot of fun.

“The Spain show was really crazy. Those kids really know how to party! All I can say is their event went to 5PM the next afternoon. I left my jacket in the DJ booth and went back and enjoyed walking through the parking lot full of cars and vans with kids doing all sorts of subersive activities.”

For more info: wiretotheear.com/2012/11/12/photos-from-france-and-spain

Inside the Volcano

My song Heart of Steel (Fire Funmania) will appear on a new compilation titled Inside the Volcano. Complete Control Records from Stockholm, Sweden are doing the fantastic release with 24 electronic body music tracks on it. One of the guys behind CCP, Anders Karlsson will also be performing with myself and Absolute Body Control at the Kalabalik Festival in Växo, Sweden this August 15/16th. I love the artwork on this one! 2CD available this March.

“A compilation where young, hot, electro punk acts like Schwefelgelb, Agent Side Grinder and Petra Flurr + Modernista demonstrate how to take a cue from old school influences and still sound totally fresh and thrilling. Industrial legends Portion Control, Ike Yard and Gerechtigkeits Liga refused to follow the herd when they started out at the dawn of the 1980s. They still do, and they remain as relevant and exciting as ever. Techno heroes Thomas P Heckmann, The Horrorist and Adriano Canzian have all contributed crushing dance tracks where old school EBM and furious techno fuse seamlessly. Also represented on Inside The Volcano is the new breed of leftfield dance music with mind blowing tracks from Equitant, Friherren, Diamond Skull District and K-Nitrate.” – ccproductions.org

For more info: ccproductions.org and facebook.com/ccp2cd001

I Dream of Wires 2013 Trailer

The incredible modular synth documentary I Dream of Wires is getting closer to being finished. It comes out this June. The new trailer above is great. I can’t wait to see this and further justify my obsession and spending.

“This is the famous red panel that was apparently dipped in LSD where you could kind of lick it and get some extra inspiration.”

For more info: idreamofwires.org

Live 9 at Tekserve

I love tech meetups. I always pick up a few tips and tricks and it’s nice to meet people in person. Tekserve is one of my favorite stores in Manhattan and in March Ableton and Shocklee are gathering there to show us Live 9 and Push. Ableton’s Huston Singletary, Adriano Clemente, Heinrich Zwahlen and Brian Jackson will be presenting. It’s good if you RSVP in advance. See you there!

“We’re proud to present a very special evening on Tuesday March 5, 2013 – New York City’s first look at the new and much anticipated Live 9 & Push Instrument! You’re invited to join us for a big celebration featuring presentations by Ableton Certified Trainers and hosted by Hank Shocklee & Ableton’s Huston Singletary.” – shocklee.com

For more info: shocklee.com/nyc-live-9-push-preview-event

MFB-522 and a Boss BX800

This months issue of Sound on Sound has reviews of the MFB-522 and 503 drum machines. The 522 is sort of a Roland TR-808 clone. It is full analog and in the ballpark but really sounds like it’s own machine. I’ve have a lot of music on my to do list and because I’m using a lot of analog hardware these days I decided to put a mini studio on my dining room table. The heart of it is the 522. I also have an old Boss BX800 mixer from the 80s. I have fond memories of the way it distorted. Unfortunately after playing with it a bit I ended up switching it out to a new Yamaha MG102c. The kick’s attack is much sharper on the new mixer and that’s very important to me. The 522 has individual out, lots of knobs to control the sounds, a fill pattern and it’s fun to program. Check out the little video above of my MFB in action. You can hear it has a nice tight groove and how fun the fill is. The video was recorded with an iPhone though the iPhone’s speaker with the audio coming from a TDK Boombox. There is a suped up version of the 522 called the 523 coming this year. You can buy a 522 for $425 USD.

“MFB-522 is a drumcomputer with a fully analogue sound engine that offers plenty of editing capabilities. It includes a step-sequencer with popular TR-style running-light-programming. Memory locations are available for 72 patterns as well as for 8 songs.” – mfberlin.de

For more info: mfberlin.de

Fire Funmania Compact Disc

I am very please to let you know the USA/Canada version of Fire Funmania is now available on Compact Disc. This follows the already released Digital version. Still to come is the Cassette and limited edition German/Europe 12″ and CD. Thanks again to Maurice Roy for his fantastic graphic design work and Andi Harriman for the photos. To see a full set of photos close up: click here.

“I’m pretty sure this is the most deranged, insane, sexually charged album I’ve heard in a long time. I want to dance and throw punches at the same time.” – djdiamondkutz (via iTunes)

Amazon CD: http://amzn.to/WQqpwb

Pittsburgh Modular at Control

My favorite modular store Control is getting a visit from Pittsburgh Modular on Monday, February 18 from 6-8PM. I’m definitely going to this one. They recently released a very pretty line of new cases and several new affordable Eurorack modules.

“We are taking our NAMM setup on the road! Richard Nicol will be at Control in Brooklyn on Monday, February 18th between 6pm and 8pm to show off the latest Pittsburgh Modular gear. The full range of new systems, cases, and modules will be setup and ready to test drive. Stop by for free stickers, logo panels, and a module giveaway!” -pittsburghmodular.com

For more info: pittsburghmodular.com/control

I Love Ikea

Everyone knows I love Ikea. Pretty much everything in my apartment is Ikea. My studio has a great Broder system for my synths. I adore this promotion video they put out last week. In the video they use EXPEDIT, STOLMEN, KVISSLE, FÖRHÖJA and more. Also spotted in this video is an Atari ST and a black cat. They are getting me from every angle here.

“Look at how we helped Harry organise his passion for more than 4500 records and make room for his family life. If you could do with some help storing your things, maybe some of the solutions we used for Harry might help you too.” – Ikea

My Ikea photos: flickr.com/search/?w=14630887@N03&q=ikea