I mentioned through social media a very exciting music project that is going to be released in November. It is a 500 copy tribute CD Digipack containing cover versions of songs from the iconic band Suicide. Artists doing covers include Gabi Delgado (DAF), Radical G, Absolute Body Control, members of Front 242, Alan Vega himself and many others including myself (The Horrorist). You can hear my full cover version of Rocket USA now! It took me about a full week to redo the track.
I used a lot of hardware on this. The drums are from a vintage Kawai R-100. The main bassline is a Noise Engineering Basimiuls Iteritas Eurorack module through a Synthesis Technology E440 Filter. Both the filter and bassline are sequenced using a Make Noise Pressure Points quantized by a Flame Tame Machine. There is a high pitched resonant sort of high hat and that is a Korg Monotron which is also clocked with the Eurorack. Some of the more moody effects were created using a Make Noise Echophon. The pads and second bassline are from a Roland JV-2080. The vocals were recorded using a Shure SM58 into a TC Helicon Voicelive Play. A few of the vocals in the breakdown were manipulated using Fabfilter’s Timeless. Some reverb was used from a ValhallaVintageVerb and Audio Damage ADVerb. Everything was recording using Ableton Live.
“These days music has become a disposable consumer product or a functional and virtual background to dancing masses on ecstasy. The strength and durability of SUICIDE was to take them beyond the punk movement they had initiated playing their legendary concerts at CBGB’s in the 70?s. The sound of SUICIDE has never been as relevant as today, it’s a primal scream ! We tried to perpetuate it and keep the flame alive.” – Unknown Pleasures Records
To pre-order and see the full tracklist: bandcamp.com/suicide-tribute
I used to own and use a Roland SBX-10 to get my 909 and 303s all in moving along nicely with my Atari ST. Today Roland has released the SBX-1. Not only will it sync MIDI and DIN devices but also CV. This is going to a very useful box for live or in the studio.
“The SBX-1 lets computers and electronic instruments communicate and synchronize with each other. It supports a vast array of both analog and digital devices through DIN SYNC, MIDI and USB, and any of these can be the master clock source. You can use the SBX-1 itself as the master sync and control your external devices with its rock-steady internal clock. With hands-on control over timing and groove, and support for CV/GATE, the SBX-1 is far from just an ordinary sync box.” – roland.com
For more info: roland.com/products/en/SBX-1
So as I mentioned in a previous post I have a tour coming up in Europe next month. Since I will be stationed in Berlin I decide to throw my own event on Wednesday, September 17th. It will take place at 1820 Club (Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 39-41). The event is called EBM BLITZLICHT and it will be five EBM, New Beat, Industrial, Synthpunk DJ Sets. If you’re in Berlin you must come and hang out! Booked to spin: Petra Flurr, Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect, DJ Death B, DJ Andi and yours truly (The Horrorist).
“A Night Of Old School Ebm, New Beat, Industrial & Synthpunk!!”
For more info: facebook.com/events/764871263569278
Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay // Official Trailer from Amélie Ravalec on Vimeo.
I am very much looking forward to the release of a film called Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay coming out later this year. It is a documentary on how early Industrial music came to be. Check out the trailer above and the great Test Dept DJ set!
“Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay traces the origins of Industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.” – industrialsoundtrack.com
For more info: industrialsoundtrack.com and facebook.com/industrialsoundtrackfortheurbandecay
I would dare to say the only thing electronic drum wise out there better than a real Roland TR-808 is the Tiptop Audio Eurorack drum modules. The reason I say that is each module actually gets the sound right but is also controllable in a creative modular environment. It’s not just the sound they get correct. It’s also the pressure or chest feel. Tiptop gets it right. The fact that you can then take these sounds a throw them into Euclidean sequencers, Echophons, Plague Bearer’s etc is just fantastic. They just released the MA808 which emulates the TR-808s Maracas. $99 USD.
“The MA808 is Roland’s TR-808 Maracas sound generator adapted for modular
synthesizer use.” – tiptopaudio.com
For more info: tiptopaudio.com/ma808
Whenever a new Noystoise creation comes out I usually post about it. They are just so beautifully hand crafted. The latest NT02 would be nice in a live set up. It is available now for $260 USD.
“The NT02 consists of a square wave VCO with chorus/delay, a white noise generator, a ramp LFO, and individual 12db resonant lowpass filters for the VCO and white noise generator. the pitch of the VCO is controlled by one axis of the VCO joystick, while the other axis controls the delay time of the chorus. the chorus circuit is basically just your typical PT2399 delay chip setup, except there is no feedback loop. the VCO is fed to the delay chip, and the delayed signal is recombined with the initial signal before the filter stage. the effect makes the VCO sound much bigger and warmer with the chorusing effect. almost like an old analog poly-synth with detuned VCOs. the white noise generator is your basic two transistor type found in many old synth designs.” – Noystoise
For more info: noystoise.com/2014/08/nt02
I have a lot of live shows and DJ gigs coming up. Here’s a few that are happening this and next month:
August 29, 2014 – Gigors (Near Lyon), France – The Freakshow Festival
September 12, 2014 – London, UK – One Night in London City
September 13, 2014 – Stockholm, Sweden – Special event with Flexiwave!
Link and more info soon! (DJ SET)
September 17, 2014 – Berlin, Germany – Special EBM event!
More info soon! (DJ SET)
September 20, 2014 – Stuttgart, Germany – One Night at InTEKKnatioN
“Making a very rare, exclusive appearance in the UK, Oliver Chesler will fly over from New York to headline a night of Techno and Electro spread over two rooms in Electrowerkz, London.” – Electrowerkz
For more info: thehorrorist.com
Even though nothing sounds like vinyl at all I am amazed people still bring records to clubs. They are so heavy and I cherish my own collection so much I don’t want them full of vodka. I’m also amazed at all the people who “controller shame” saying you need to use vinyl to be a real DJ. I have Traktor and an S4 and I also have it on my iPad. While Im not so sure I will use the new SuperSlicer in app purchase ($1.99) I do thing it’s pretty cool and futuristic as hell.
“Remix your tracks like never before with the new SuperSlicer for Traktor DJ. Slice-up your tracks and rearrange your loops using Scratch, Brake, Reverse, Slice or even Pitch-shift effects.” – Native Instruments
For more info: itunes.apple.com/us/app/traktor-dj
I’ve been told Einstürzende Neubauten means “New Buildings Falling Down”. If it does I think that’s one great band name. My favorite Neubauten album is Halber Mensch. The remix of Yu-Gung is one of the all time best Industrial songs ever recorded. Another wicked track from Halber Mensch is Z.N.S. Let’s dance the…
“Black before my eyes. Fingers wickedly cold. What am I supposed to do when I wake up shivering?” – Einstürzende Neubauten
For more info: discogs.com/Einst%C3%BCrzende-Neubauten-Halber-Mensch
A great eureka moment is when you get your modular system in sync with your computer and DAW. There a multiple ways to do this using various modules or by even simply sending a click track out of an output of an audio interface. In my studio I use a Innerclock Sync-Gen IIls. It works great but it’s not the most cost effective option. For my laptop set up I use a Mutable Instruments CVpal. The CVpal is a very inexpensive kit only that is actually very good. Without any software it gives you MIDI note control and gate outs. If I were to buy a solution today I think it would be another Mutable Instruments product called Yarns. It gives you MIDI and Gate outs. It also gives you a polyphony mode of 4 MIDI outs, a Roland SH-101 sequencer and other tricks. Watch the great Sonic State video review above to see all it can do. $360 USD.
“Yarns is a MIDI interface providing up to 4 channels of CV/Gate conversion, and providing some of the MIDI message processing features of Mutable Instruments’ MIDIpal, including arpeggiator, euclidean sequencer, and a SH-101 inspired step sequencer.” – mutable-instruments.net
For more info: mutable-instruments.net/modules/yarns