Michael Forrest

I recieved an email from a guy named Michael Forrest asking to post one of his videos here. I too have made a few GoPro headcam demos and I thought this one one interesting so here it is. One thing I thought was we are now in that future space where so many small electronic syncable devices have been released it’s rare to find people using the same set ups anymore. Everythone has little boxes and touch screens everywhere. Enjoy Mike on his OP-1, Korg Boxes, iPads, Eventides and more.

“Thought you might like this – it’s some POV footage of the way I play live.” – Michael Forrest

For more info: grimaceworks.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 13, 2013 at 4:34 am, filed under live performance and tagged . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Pulse Code Modular

Pulse Code the makers of Rhythm Studio have released Modular Synthesizer for iOS. The synth is free and then you buy modules for .99 each or $4.99 for all the current modules available. It certainly wont sound as sharp and wild as the real thing but should be great fun on a flight, waiting room or while on the phone with your mother in law.

“Modular looks, acts, and sounds like a hardware modular synthesizer to give you features that musicians want such as pulse width modulation, oscillator sync, 4 pole ladder filters, and 1v/oct filter tracking. Traditional modular systems are expensive and out of reach for the average artist. Modular is here to bridge that gap and allow everyone the opportunity to use these powerful synthesizers.” – pulsecodeinc.com

For more info: pulsecodeinc.com/modular

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 12, 2013 at 6:45 am, filed under iPad, iPhone, modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Sid Guts

A few months ago I went to Control in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to watch ALM/Busy Circuits demo their clocking module Pamela’s Workout (link). They also had a prototype module based on a Commodore 64 SID chip. Well that module now called Sid Guts is here. It’s quite a beauty and in the video you can see it has some fantastic controls. The only caveat is you have to source your own SID chip. I’m not sure how hard that is to do but I wouldn’t mind having this guy in my studio. I was recently reading the history of Ensoniq and thought it was interesting that Bob Yannes who started the company also created the SID chip.

“The SID GUTS now takes the legendary SID chip and tailors it into the eurorack modular environment. By use of a real SID chip the classic sound is taken in a new direction with the levels of direct and voltage control only a modular system can offer.” – busycircuits.com

For more info: busycircuits.com/alm003

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:31 am, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Intellijel Interview

Intellijel are one of the most prolific Eurorack modular makers. I personally own a uStep, uVCA and Triatt. I want to add a Planar and their upcoming Metropolis sequencer to my collection.

“Creators of electronic musical instruments and modular synthesizers.” – facebook.com/Intellijel

For more info: intellijel.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm, filed under interviews, modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Paris on Fire

On Friday night I (The Horrorist) performed in Paris. This was the last show of a tour that took me to Berlin, Newcastle, Calais, Dortmund, Barcelona, Sweden and Bogota. When I started this group of shows I was about 10 pounds heavier. I lost those 10 pounds in pure sweat. I am near certain the last 5 I lost was just in Paris. I performed at Glazart which is an indoor/outdoor space in the Clichy district. I performed indoors along with Petra Flurr and DJ Bombdahouse. I stayed at the Hilton near the airport because I needed to get back to New York quickly and it seemed the safest bet. I’m also a sucker for any hotel with a swimming pool. I got the call from reception that my driver was there to bring me to the venue. There are events in France called “Free Techno Parties”. These events usually are run by large groups of people in crazy old vans. Typically they smoke a lot of Marijuana and live with a pack of dogs. To my surprise my ride was a perfect example of a “Free Party” van. It was covered in graffiti and full of stuff. I sat up front and off we went. The first song on the card ride set the mood. I heard an accordion play and as some French woman started singing so did the guys. The Eiffel tower glittered in the distance. It’s these little moments that let you know your in another place that I just cherish. We arrive at the venue and in my dressing room I discover a refrigerator full of Champagne & Macarons. One of the promoters was reading my tweets earlier that day and fulfilled my fantasy… very nice! The club filled up and it got hot. Hotter than hell. Petra Flurr performed and got everyone into a frenzy. Now the place was really almost on fire. The only thing keeping the club from burning was that it was covered in sweat. I took the stage and after the first song entered the place I go where I perform. I really enjoyed that during my show every now and then someone from the crowd would join me on stage in a non-obtrusive way. People took turns doing a little dance with me as if to help me along somehow. I received some gifts from fans now friends after the show which I really appreciated. I hope to burn with Paris again soon. Next stop Montreal!! To see the full set of photos: click here

“ohé du bateau! Les Sexy Cat Fuckers, Eksesiv, Epsylonn accostent une nouvelle fois à la plage du Glazart pour leur Grand Boucan de l’année. Sortez vos pistolets à silex, cirez vos plus belles jambes de bois et hissez vos Jolly Roger les plus terrifiants. Rappelez-vous l’année dernière, personne n’en est sorti indemne, mais qu’est ce que c’est qu’une oreille perdue quand on en a deux? Début du partage du butin sonore à 18h00 sur la plage du Glazart, les tonneaux de rhum resteront en perce jusqu’à 6h00 au club du même nom. On ne fera aucun prisonnier, ventrebleu!” – Glazart (Le Grand Boucan)

For more info: glazart.com

photo credits: Guillaume Leroux, facebook.com/G.LEROUX.PHOTO and Morganistik, morganistik.com, facebook.com/Morganistik.photography

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When The Body Speaks

Martin Gore performed a reworked version of the Depeche Mode song When The Body Speaks at Jones Beach last night. This live version makes my heart explode. If anyone knows of a full length recording of this specific concert and song please let me know.

“To the soul’s desires. The body listens. What the flesh requires. Keeps the heart imprisoned. What the spirit seeks. The mind will follow. When the body speaks. All else is hollow. I’m just an angel. Driving blindly. Through this world. I’m just a slave here. At the mercy of a girl” – Depeche Mode

For more info: depechemode.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:33 am, filed under live performance, music and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Grand Friday Night in Paris France

I will be performing (The Horrorist) tomorrow night, Friday September 6, 2013 in Paris France. The event is called “LE GRAND BOUCAN / THE HORRORIST – Sexy Cat Fuckers – Epsylonn – Eksesiv” (link). The show takes place at Glazart in the Clichy area. There is a really interesting line up including Petra Flurr, Koubiak, Bomb Da House, Run Out Groove, Roula L’ame Gillette, Akeda, Kookie, Jul Ek, Rohan El Romano, Stand Mamaculpa, Audioflow, Fatburner Johnny, Dj Gravier and L’escrock. Looking forward to screaming my head off and having some Champagne and Macarons!

“Hohé du bateau ! Les Sexy Cat Fuckers, Eksesiv, Epsylonn accostent une nouvelle fois à la plage du Glazart pour leur Grand Boucan de l’année. Sortez vos pistolets à silex, cirez vos plus belles jambes de bois et hissez vos Jolly Roger les plus terrifiants. Rappelez-vous l’année dernière, personne n’en est sorti indemne, mais qu’est ce que c’est qu’une oreille perdue quand on en a deux ? Début du partage du butin sonore à 18h00 sur la plage du Glazart, les tonneaux de rhum resteront en perce jusqu’à 6h00 au club du même nom. On ne fera aucun prisonnier, ventrebleu!” – LE GRAND BOUCAN

For more info: facebook.com/events/606185276087803

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 5, 2013 at 5:07 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Make Noise in Brooklyn

Everyone’s favorite Eurorack module maker Make Noise is coming to Brooklyn this Sunday, September 8, 2013. In partnership with Control they will be doing a demo and talk in the store and then there will be musical performances at Silent Barn. Robert A.A. Lowe, On A Clear Day and Nullsleep will showing off what modulars can do.

“This weekend Sunday September 8th from 3-5PM we are pleased to welcome Tony Rolando and Kelly Kelbel of MakeNoise to Control for an In-Store demonstration and discussion. Later that evening at Silent Barn, we will celebrate the 7″ release of MNR003: Robert A.A. Lowe on MakeNoise Records.” – Control

For more info:facebook.com/events/231563376994136

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The Horrorist live in Bogota, Colombia – Full Show Report

Last weekend I performed in Bogota, Colombia. It was my first time in South America. I was pretty nervous to go down there. I was sure I would be kidnapped and would end up naked chewing leaves from a coca plant. I read about Scopolamine, Aguardiente and anything else that could scare me. However all my friends have gone down there and said it was great. In addition, I read many recent articles saying that the country was really safe now. Most importantly there were people there who want me to come. A few promoters and lots of fans have contacted me over the years. It was now or never. I set some rules up for myself. Register with the embassy and don’t do certain things while you are down there. I broke every rule I set for myself and fell in love with the people there.

The flight there was nice. There were amazing lighting storms below us as we were over South America. When I arrived I met Laura Martinez aka DJ Blue Kim and the main promoter Sebastian Perez Bastidas (great name right?). I’ve been talking to Laura for a few years now. She has a very close musical taste to my own and the fact that she plays so much of my music down there it’s probably 90% of the reason this booking could even happen. After checking into the hotel we went for a Cervezas in the “pink district”. I clicked instantly with Seb & BK. Before I went to sleep I decided to put the news on and discovered there were huge protests, road blocks and rioting around Bogota. I learned the protests were heading toward the city. In fact some of the surrounding areas had curfews put on them. I began to wonder if the event was going to happen. The Colombian farmers and students were protesting because the government was importing Monsanto seed. There were also importing vegetables at a lower cost than what their own farmers could produce. I watched Colombian farmers on television explain that they make enough potatoes for their own people so why import? I hate American corporate greed and Monsanto especially when they go after the thing we all need most… food! I opened Ableton and added a FUCK MONSANTO sign to the opening video of the live show.

With luck things were mostly calm on the show day and all things were go! The event was at a place called Las Vegas which was essentially a strip club/whore house. There was a big advantage to having the show there as this venue could stay open past lunch the next day. As people started to enter I knew I was reaching “my” crowd. Intelligent freaks, the lost and serious dark music lovers surrounded the stage. I often feel that no matter where I am, whatever city or country inside the club are my kind of people and once the music starts I could be anywhere. I had a great time performing.

What can I say now? Rules are made to be broken right? I made some amazing new friends over the next few days there. I also got a chance to see what people really live like in Colombia. I walked through streets that once looked scary to me on television and realized how nice it actually was. The city is crowded with young people, motorcycles, small private stores, trees, hills and mountains. I made a huge mistake not going to Bogota sooner. I can’t wait to go back. To see the full set of photos: click here

“Cumplimos un año desde nuestra inauguración y queremos celebrarlo por lo alto con el LIVE ACT de OLIVER CHESLER desde Nueva York, más conocido como THE HORRORIST!!!” – Myhappyhouse

For more info: facebook.com/events/523464001024293

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 4, 2013 at 7:50 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.




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