I am pleased to announce I am working on a new EP with Radical G. You can hear a clip of the first song we are working on called Here Comes the Storm above. Glenn is from Belgium so he has Electronic Body Music rhythms in his blood. I think we will have another two songs finished by August and soon after we will take the stage together here and there. I expect this EP to be a big one.
“Dark electronic madness founded in 2002 by Glenn Keteleer with pounding Rave sounds and techno hooks. No excuses regarding styles, Gloomy atmosphere’s, Wave & Elektro infuences by legendary bands as TNJ and Front 242 are part of the game… There’s no denial the Belgians have a fond taste for the darker side of the spectrum.”
Today we have the 80s synthpunk band from Philadelphia called the Executive Slacks. I love the Limelight and Cat Club flyers as they look so familiar to me. I like this mix of synth, sharp guitar as effect and monotone punk vocals.
“The Executive Slacks were an industrial/goth band formed in the 1980s in Philadelphia (USA) and were fronted by lead Matt Marrello (guitar and vocals). He was replaced in 1987 by Athan Maroulis until 1991 when the band broke up. The other band members were Bobbie Rae, John Young and Stuart Levy. Their album “Fire and Ice” (1986, Cleopatra records) included an electric cover of the Gary Glitter cover “Rock and Roll”.” – Last.fm
I am happy to report that the Control Voltage Fair is returning on Saturday July 6, 3pm-12am. It will be held once again at the at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. This is where I first really got into modular synths. Be sure to check out my post and photos from last year’s show: click here.
“Part exposition, part block party, Control Voltage is New York City’s annual fair dedicated to celebrating the modular synthesizer. Synth makers and distributors share their creations by day, inviting audiences to see, hear, touch, and talk about the modular synth. Musicians perform at night celebrating technology, invention, community, creativity. The fair will take place on July 6th, 2013 at Cannon’s Walk, and will feature the interactive fair followed by a concert. Kickoff and wrap-up concerts will take place on July 5th and July 8th. Workshops involving building voltage-controlled instruments will take place throughout the weekend. Participating Exhibitors include (tbc): 4ms, Casper Electronics, Control, Intellijel, Knas, Main Drag, Make Noise, Meme Antenna, Pittsburgh Modular, Skychord, Snazzy FX, Tip Top Audio, Toppobrillo.” – harvestworks.org
So I am just back from a long weekend in Poland. To get there I had the usual trek to JFK and all it’s long term parking and security nonsense, a 2 hour layover in Amsterdam and 4 hour drive from Warsaw to Sopot. By the time I arrived I had just enough time to soundcheck, shave, shower and go back to the venue to perform. Luckily even with 30 hours of nonstop packing and travel behind me once on stage in front of such hyped up kids I felt totally fresh. Sopot is a vacation town on the Baltic Sea. In fact the nightclub which is strangely named Sfinks700 is in a small green park with views of the beach. Kids from the event are free to go in out of the club down to the water. The sound system was really sharp and loud and I tried on a new tall hat and a see through pixelated Mitt Romney mask for the song “The World Will Know Us”. The other DJs including Tymon, Sebastian, Matt Green, PZG and the Warsaw Speedcore Team all were great. The lovely promoter Nicole told me some kids didn’t believe I was going to show up and there were some naysayers saying the event would flop. I am happy to report both were greatly unfounded! I had fun watching kids on a new drug called “Methadrome”. Correct me if I have that name wrong. EDIT: I have been notified it’s called “Mephedrone”. It was described to me as ecstacy that you snort that doesn’t last as long. It has an interesting side effect in that you often loose some recent memory. Scary and fun? All I know is people looked like that were having a great time. I met some very cool people there and now can add Poland to one of those places I want to return to. This kicks off a series of summer live shows and DJ sets I am doing. Next up is NYC, Newcastle and Dortmund. Oh there is going to be many more photos from this event and I will add them to my flickr account and Facebook profile as I get them!
“Oliver is already on the plane home, so my job is over and i can finally say I never expected that so many people would come out to this event that it would be almost too many! We have proven that hard work and commitment we can achieve something that long has been considered impossible.” – Nicole Gier
This Friday night I will be performing live in Sopot, Poland. Sopot which is next to Gdänsk is 4 hours north of Warsaw on the Baltic Sea. I’ve bever been there before but looking at Google Maps I see it’s on the beach lined with resort hotels. I will be performing at the Sfinks 700 club. This show kicks off my summer season and upcoming shows in Newcastle, Dortmund, Berlin, Barcelona, Växjö Sweden, Bogota and Montreal. I can’t wait to get on stage.
“Our bookings have set a high standard in the Polish scene, however, this party will be even more special for many reasons. First of all, it will be the 10th edition and we will celebrate birthdays of Nicole and Art00r. But the most important reason is the fact that we booked an artist for whom many Polish fans have waited for a long time. Ladies and gentlemen, may we have your attention please? On June 7, THE HORRORIST will visit Poland with his legendary live performance. He will be supported by top producers and Djs from Poland and abroad. We invite you to come and have a great time with us in Sfinks700 (Sopot)!” – Sfinks700
I picked up a Jupiter Storm Eurorack module from hexinverter.net at Control last week. Hex’s vcNOIZ became an instant favorite of mine so after less than a minute demoing the “JS” at the store I knew I had to have it. It’s basically 3 special noise oscillators, CV inputs and several outputs. In my demo video above I start off with just a basic output, show you how it sounds going stereo out, I engage the Noise Core Disruptor, modulate with with a Synthesis Technology E355 LFO, FM it with a vcNOIZ and finally sequence it with a Doepfer Dark Time. This is a very fun and useful module. There is a breakout coming later this year that will add even more functionality.
“Jupiter Storm is a cosmic noise oscillator. It creates sounds that can only be described as out of this world! Where it differs entirely from other pure noise generators (such as vcNOIZ) is in the algorithm used to produce the sound. Jupiter Storm has a tonal character very much of its own. Jupiter Storm does not create pure white noise like the vcNOIZ noise oscillator module from hexinverter.net. Rather, it derives what is similar to noise (but not quite) from three square wave oscillators in a unique algorithm. Some of the sounds possible are reminiscent of the sound of a broken radio being blasted with noise from the cosmos, hence, the name “cosmic noise oscillator”. This creates noise with significant harmonic content and other such interesting timbres you will not hear anywhere else! Engage the Noise Core Disruptor to create horrific sounds. In this mode, part of the noise core is creatively abused in order to generate insane sonic textures. Voltage control inputs for all three square wave VCOs in the noise core are available as well as a control voltage input that addresses all three oscillators at once. In this way, very dynamic sounds can be achieved with complex modulation routing. For example, you can apply a taste of LFO modulation to all three oscillators, while modulating a select oscillator simultaneously on its own with something more drastic. This module is based entirely around analogue opamps and discrete logic gates. No microcontrollers are used in the design of this module.” – Control
SonicLab’s Cosmosƒ is the first plug-in I have been really excited about in a long time. I’m not sure how to describe it exactly so be sure to watch the videos above. According to Wikipedia Stochastic means “sequence of random variables.”. Well this plug in takes a bunch of LFOs and puts them through a Stochastic morphing engine and has a modern interface. Mac/PC for $205 USD.
“Cosmosƒ V2.2 offers a unique preset morphing mechanism. With 2D / 3D control interface + homogeneous and heterogeneous micro waveform handling, it “rethinks” for you what you know as “morphing“… A sonic morphing process defines a metaphor of exploring the sonic shape and timbral evolution on intermediate levels.Cosmosƒ V2.2 gives the possibility to manipulate its composants responsable for its bottom-up sonic construction within necessary correspondance, precision and smoothness.It delivers an unheard medium by reaching the untouched points of the sonic universe.. Stochastic morphing with distribution range for altering the morphing position, speed and interpolation control. Built-in mathematical functions to automatically and precisely move the morphing pointer in the space.” – sonic-lab.com