Posts by Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to: thehorrorist.com

RF Nomad

Born in 1970 I spent plenty of time turning radio knobs searching for signals. The Evaton Technologies RF Nomad put that fun in a Eurorack module and makes it CV controllable. How fantastic! $176 USD.

“The RF Nomad voltage-controlled sideband shortwave receiver Eurorack module is currently in final stages of prototype evaluation. The RF Nomad adds the squealy, squelchy, noisy, unpredictable vintage sounds of shortwave radio to your modular. But this is no ordinary shortwave; it’s been designed to be extra noisy, extra squealy, extra gritty, and just downright nasty. No built-in output filtering means that a rich spectrum of harmonic content is available on the audio output jack. Audio levels can be driven to distortion. CV control lets you add your own creative spin on sound design. Hissy interstation audio. Squealy heterodynes. Fading stations. Atmospheric noises. Faint voices in foreign languages from distant broadcast stations. Fire and brimstone. It’s all in there, just like your granddad’s old tabletop shortwave. But, the RF Nomad adds a twist: The tuning is voltage controlled. Sure, when you were a kid, you discovered you could make spacy noises on Papa’s shortwave by slowly turning the tuning dial. But just how fast could you twist that dial? Faster than an audio-rate LFO? Hardly. Voltage controlled tuning means that the RF Nomad will let you explore sounds you never imagined you could get out of a shortwave receiver.” – evatontechnologies

For more info: evatontechnologies.com/rf-nomad

Return from the dark Abyss

Hello loyal friends and readers of Wire to the Ear! You may have noticed I took an unannounced break from posting here. If you thought this blog would die after seven years of post you were wrong. Sometimes life throws you curveballs. If you have been following this blog for a while you will know that I usually tell you about them. However this time stuff just happened and I needed some privacy. I love music more than anything. I love sharing music I find with you. I love sharing the music I create with you. I love talking about the tools we use to make music. Thanks for being patient. Now let’s get back to it!

“A problem, which can be caused for different reasons, and, if solvable, can usually be solved in a number of different ways, is defined in a number of different ways.” – Wikipedia

For more info: thehorrorist.com

The Horrorist Live - Malta 2014

Photos from The Horrorist Live in Malta 2014

I’m a lucky man. For more than 10 years I’ve been booked to perform in Malta. It’s three small islands below Italy and above Africa. It’s paradise. It has ancient cities with Roman ruins and a blue lagoon you can’t believe. The hotel I stayed in (Le Meridien) had a pool on the roof, an indoor pool with water that changed colors and the view from my balcony looked out onto the Mediterranean Sea. I performed at the Dome which itself had three swimming pools. It gets it’s name from the main concert area which is well in a dome. I enjoyed performing! After 10 years coming back to a country you build up fans and friends. I performed some new songs I am testing out and also played the song I recently did with Haujobb. For those who were there and know what I am talking about a special thanks to “Super Mario”! I did plenty of sight seeing including visiting the ancient city of Mdina and the capital city (which is also dam old) Valletta. I took a wonderful boat ride to Camino to it’s blue lagoon and caves. I snorkeled, ate some nice Maltese food and hiked. I owe a great debt to Andrew Grech and his crew for continuing to bring me to their island. It’s always a terrific time. New York is a fast paced stressful place. To go to a place like Malta brings me a well needed alternate reality!

“Oliver Chesler better known as The Horrorist will return to our shores on the 21st of June at The Dome, Limits of San Gwann. Get ready for one Mental night!” – Shift

For more info: facebook.com/events/1393560704199821

The Boys on the Bus Interview

On July 1st I will be siting with my old friends Jay Serken & Chris Hardwick talking about our time going across country with Depeche Mode. We all won a contest to be in the movie Depeche Mode 101. The talk will be broadcast on a radio show called Black Door. It is hosted by DJ Andi. It’s live and drinks will be served so expect a few fun stories!

“The Boys on the Bus: DM 101 Revisited LIVE on WFKU RADIO – 8 PM. This special edition of BLACK DOOR will feature the stars from the infamous 101 documentary. OLIVER CHESLER, JAY SERKEN, and CHRISTOPHER HARDWICK will take you back to 1988 to the Music for the Masses tour! For two hours, they will answer your questions, reminisce about old times and play special Depeche Mode tracks!” – Black Door

For more info: facebook.com/events/1494001460833691/

Dark Sanctuary Radio

I recently became online friends with a guy named Nivek Tek. He’s from LA and has a music promotion company. He also does a radio show on WKFU called Dark Sanctuary Radio. On his latest episode he played my song Modern and my collaboration project (with DJ Andi) Schadenfreude’s Blood.

“This weekly exclusive podcast will feature the best in DARK music from EBM, Industrial, Gothic, New Wave, Synthpop and Alternative.. We will also feature the TOP 10 Best Global DARK Singles & Albums, Plus exclusives, rare tracks, awesome classics, special guests and MUCH more! 3 hours of darkness! From 80′s new wave, dark wave, cold wave, alternative, synthpop, goth, industrial, EBM.” – Nivek

For more info: facebook.com/DarkSanctuaryPromo

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She Likes to Watch You (The Horrorist remix) – 77tm

My remix for 77tm’s song She Likes to Watch You from the Spam EP as been released on Limited Edition Vinyl and Digitally. I met Aga and Christian Gjelstrup at one of my live shows in Berlin and we have remained friends. For this remix I used mostly my Eurorack modular. Your hearing Tiptop Audio drums, Ataraxic Translatron, Toppobrillo Multifilter and a Make Noise Phonogene. Available now!

“The exclusive track “She Likes To Watch You” remixed by The Horrorist, taken from the B-Side of their forthcoming release “SPAM” – out on Mecanica Records” – 77tm

For more info: bigcartel.com/77tm-12-ep and bandcamp.com/spam

Alexander Shulgin

Alexander Shulgin passed away today. He brought MDMA to the masses. I honestly think “E” is quite a different drug than any of the others. I think it really does help people.

“Born in California, he is credited with discovering and synthesising over 200 psychoactive drug compounds for psychedelic evaluation alongside his wife. Among these was MDMA, which is believed to have been originally synthesised by German pharmaceutical company Merck in 1912. Shulgin famously rediscovered the drug and was instrumental in bringing it to the attention of the wider world. Without him, dance music culture would be very different today.” – mixmag

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Shulgin

via mixmag

Intellijel Springray

Springray demo set #1 by intellijel

When I first got into Eurorack there were not too many options for Reverbs. Now we have a handful including the Audio Damage and soon to be release Make Noise modules. Intellijel has announced the availability of the Springray. You can choose between three tank sizes and has a host of other good features. $240 and the tanks range from $10 -$25.

“PRE tank and POST tank Ambler Tilt EQ. VC Feedback. Limiter in feedback path so you can prevent high gain feedback from clipping the output. (Uses THATcorp RMS and VCA ICs). Selector switch to choose up to three different connected tanks (one on the front and two on the back). VC Mix of the wet/dry balance (uses a full linear VCA xfade circuit). Drive input with large gain (can overdrive the tank inputs). External processors can be inserted into the feedback path via the SEND/RETURN normalled inputs. Extremely interesting results when patched through modulated BP filters etc. Three different sizes of Accutronic tanks are available.10HP (skiff friendly)” – Intellijel

For more info: intellijel.com

Audio Damage Sequencer 1

I use Audio Damage plug-ins all the time. I have to admit I was excited to see them get into Eurorack Modular however I didn’t grab any of their first efforts. On Chris Randall’s blog Analog Industries he posted info on their new module called Sequencer 1. I will be grabbing this one day one. Besides it’s myriad of features for the sequences themselves it has a mini keyboard quantizer (yes!) and a LCD screen with patch storage. This is fantastic. Expected to be released soon at about $600.

36HP, 20mm depth. 4 banks of 16 patterns, each pattern can be from 1 to 64 steps long. The entire state (all banks and patterns) can be saved to SD card as a preset, so the memory is essentially unlimited. Clock input can be per step (like any other sequencer’s clock), or 24ppq or 48ppq for DIN sync (via a simple 5-pin DIN -> 3.5mm adaptor). Clock output can be a staggering number of choices, which is handy if the unit is acting as the master clock. The Run input can be operated a couple different ways, as can the output. In short, it can interface to pretty much anything clockish, and can in turn drive pretty much anything in a clocklike fashion. Each step gets a 1v/Oct output, three CV outputs (that can each be either 0-10v, -5 to +5v, or 0 to +5v), a main gate output, and an auxiliary gate output. Gate length is programmable per step. The playback modes are forward, reverse, pingpong, pingpong with double end triggers, skip forward, walk, and random. This is programmable per pattern. There are several ratcheting features; you can program a ratchet of various lengths per step, or you’ll note the 6 buttons labeled “REP.” These will repeat, in order, the last 8, 4, 2, or 1 steps as a loop, or cause the step you hit them on to repeat in half or quarter time. (In the same manner that the MIDI triggers in Replicant work, basically, if you own that plugin.) As I hinted before, SD card for storage and OS updates.” – Chris Randall (Audio Damage)

For more info: analogindustries.com/b1873/The+New+Shit

Junimond Festival Germany

I am in Berlin this weekend. Friday and Sunday I will be in Berlin hanging with some good friends including Miro Pajic and Petra Flurr. On Saturday I take the train to Magdeburg which is about an hour away. I will be performing at the huge Junimond Festival! It’s a club convention where venue owners from around Europe come to talk about taxes, lighting, sound systems and more. Most importantly they throw a huge event. This year there are 19 areas and 61 DJs/Live Acts! I will be performing some new tracks including my recent collaboration with Haujobb The Dancer (link).

“Das Line up wird wieder super bunt und interessant, die Clubs und Showcases auch mal ausgefallen und in jedem Fall hör- und tanzbar. Nach jetzigem Stand werden sich die Clubs auf 15 Floors vorstellen.” – Junimond Festival

For more info: junimond.net and facebook.com/junimond.festival