LEGO, Robots and a Depeche Mode song. Obviously I love this. It amazes me all the work that went into recreating Everything Counts in such a way. I hope someone in NYC books the Toa Mata Band band because I would love to see it in person.
“Toa Mata Band is known as the World’s first LEGO robotic band controlled by Arduino Uno which is hooked up to a MIDI sequencer. In this video, the third episode, the robots are playing some unconventional drum-percussions made by some food packaging are captured by a contact microphone (piezo) and processed in real time in the D.A.W. Ableton Live. A brand new device appears for the first time, it’s a moving platform on x-axis, made of Lego bricks, gears and servo motors that permits to move with semitones-steps the tiny synth. The song is a cover of the famous synth-pop band Depeche Mode, it’s a personal tribute to the band who made my days in the 80’s. The performance was recorded live in July 2014.” – Opificio Sonico
For more info: facebook.com/ToaMataBand
At 39 seconds in the sound that comes in on the above track SM reminds me so much of the sound in the Front Line Assembly song Antisocial. I love when I discover these “sound alike” things.
“Produced by J.L Nowé & Ro Maron on Subway records Belgium 1988.” – yesterify
For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Beat
If you listen to the last clip in the above Soundcloud embed you can hear my latest remix. It’s for Al Ferox’s latest huge release. He has 15 producers to remix his classics including Workerpoor, Johnathan Cast, Anthony Lynn, Phantazma, Roman Carrot, Ethan Fawkes, Lado, Dave Tarrida and many more!. I chose “Effet Hypnotique”. I used a Kawai R100, QU-Bit Nebulae, Waldorf Rocket, Arturia Beatstep, Ableton Live and some Vallaha Vintage-Verb on it. I also recently completed remixes for German based Florian Punzel and the Rotterdam club’s Herr Zimmerman (Fraulein Z). Next I have a cover I am completing for a huge Sucide project and more, more, more for my next album!
“Al Ferox, also named Alessandro F., is an italian musician and producer, founder of the labels Kobayashi Recordings, Dancefloor Killers and Scream Recordings. He ran away from Italy to France at the age of 17, all that kept him going was his love for music. He got his first inspiration from his brothers vast record collection from 70’s listening bands as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Zappa, early Genesis stuff, then being profoundly inspired by the 80’s punk industrial metal, and new wave scene.” – discogs.com
For more info: facebook.com/alferox
The greatest acid house track of all time is Acid Tracks by Phuture. They have never played in NYC. That changes tonight as they will take the stage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Verboten.
“Yes there may have been Acid recordings before Phuture – Acid Tracks but this is the one that really propelled the Acid style in chicago clubs, this was originally created and played at the music box by Ron Hardy in 1985 2 years before its release… and they don’t come better than this” – Leroy Skibone
For more info: brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/08/acid_house_pion
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
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
One of the most famous synth synth sounds ever recorded is the bassline on New Order’s Blue Monday. It is in fact a Moog Source. Above Retrosound gets close but I think he needs a little more resonance. Ministry also used a Source in their Twitch era recordings. When I lived in Berlin I used the band Camouflage’s Source and was blown away by it. It’s also in my top five most beautiful looking synths ever. The Source was released in 1981 and Blue Monday in 1983.
“At nearly seven-and-a-half minutes, “Blue Monday” is one of the longest tracks ever to chart on the UK Singles Chart, and is the biggest-selling 12″ single of all time. Despite selling well it was not eligible for an official gold disc because Factory Records was not a member of the British Phonographic Industry association. According to the Official Charts Company, its total sales stands at 1.16 million in the United Kingdom alone, and “Blue Monday” came 69th in the all-time UK best-selling singles chart published in November 2012. The song begins with a distinctive semiquaver kick drum intro, programmed on an Oberheim DMX drum machine. Gillian Gilbert eventually fades in a sequencer melody. According to band interviews in NewOrderStory, she did so at the wrong time, so the melody is out of sync with the beat; however, the band considered it to be a happy accident that contributed to the track’s charm.” – Wikipedia
For more info: vintagesynth.com/moog/sourc
One of the greatest acid tracks ever by Tyree Cooper. Recorded in 1987. Two TB-303s in actions here. He’s from Chicago and now lives in Berlin.
“A fan of both house music and hiphop back in the 80s, the young producer sought to combine elements from both genres into the genre that soon went on to become known as Hiphouse. It eventually lead to the release of the now legendary ‘Turn Up The Bass’ in 1989, a track that –along with Fast Eddie’s ‘Yo Yo Get Funky amongst others’ is widely considered to be an all-time (hip-)house classic.” – beatsandbeyond.com
For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_house
On Friday night I went to see Leaether Strip perform at the Santos Party House in the China Town section of New York City. In 1989 and 1990 I purchased two LS albums The Pleasure Of Penetration and Science For The Satanic Citizen. That was a great time of music and LS wasn’t close to the best of the bunch but there were songs like Touchdown Breakdown and Flight 232 that I put on my mixtapes. I have some fond memories of my brother and I screaming the LS song “Go Fuck Your Ass Off” basically making fun of LS in general. It’s probably that memory alone that made go to this concert. When I arrived I was surprised to a healthy group of people wearing black outside. I’ve never been to Santos Party House before. It was the perfect venue for a concert like this. It’s a small space with a stage, one bar and DJ booths on the other side of the room. The layout, black walls and properly pink and blue lighting made the night feel 80sesque. I read an article about the opening band Hirsute Pursuit stating it was an exciting subserve gay sex industrial act. I liked the music but I lived in Chelsea for 10 years and I saw more risqué interactions at my local New York Sports Club. I realized this is music for people who never have sex at all. I taunted the lead singer a bit so he decided he would give me a whip. I tried to help him along sticking my ass out but he still missed and what did hit my leg felt like feathers more than a punishment. I was glad to hear DJ Stalagmike take over the music. I danced and had a chance to meet P-Orridge from Throbbing Gristle and Physic TV. Finally Leaether Strip took the stage. Claus Larsen who IS the band doesn’t look like he used to. In fact these days he’s a spitting image of Michael Chiklis the star from the TV show the shield (link). He stood in front and sang to what was surely prerecorded music. An older guy who later someone told me was Claus’s husband was on keyboards far the the back of the stage. You can tell Claus has been doing this for decades as he is a good performer. I wasn’t expecting much and while the show was better than I thought I think I only heard one song from the albums I own. 6/10. To see the full set of photos: click here
“Leaether Strip is the work of Danish electronic dance artist Claus Larsen. Discovered by the German techno artist and producer Talla 2XLC (Bigod 20), Leæther Strip quickly built a buzz as one of the young acts in Europe in the early 90’s. His debut release in 1990 was the album “The Pleasure of Penetration”. By the time of Leaether Strip’s third release, Solitary Confinement, the act also was released in the United States.” – Discogs.com
For more info: facebook.com/events/656506244410726
One of the greatest record labels of all time Wax Trax! is about to relaunch. Before the official store opens they will be doing a one day pop-up store in Chicago on June 15th. This is happening the morning after the band Cocksure performs. Cocksure will be the first release on the reborn label. The pop-up store will be selling the new single, classic pressings and merchandise. The first 40 people on line get a special goodie bag. One of those bags will contain a golden ticket. That golden ticket will get you into a special upcoming concert and other “special” things to be announced. I may head to Chicago for this.
“We will be hiding one special “Golden Ticket” in one of the random shopping bags throughout the day. This ticket will allow the ticket holder into a special Wax Trax! event later in the year. We can’t give everything away, but trust us, this golden ticket would be a very, very good thing to have.” – Wax Trax!
For more info: waxtraxchicago.com