Soft Cell Disk Drive

A person named SammyIAm created Moppy which is a “Musical controller for an Arduino-floppy drive set up.”. He then posted a video of Moppy performing Soft Cell’s Tainted Love. Marc Almond found the video and decided to repost it this time with his own vocals on top!

“Several people showed me the brilliant floppy drive rendition of Tainted Love by Gigawipf here on YouTube so I thought it might be fun to add the vocal! :-)” – Marc Almond

For more info: github.com/SammyIAm/Moppy

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Depeche Mode – Tainted Love

My favorite eCard! I recently purchased an Electro Harmonix Crash Drum which you hear in the intro of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love.

“The band’s record label chose to release “Tainted Love” on July 7, 1981 as Soft Cell’s second single (their first was “Memorabilia”, which did not chart). The label implied that this single would be Soft Cell’s final release if the single did not sell.” – Wikipedia

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tainted_Love

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:25 am, filed under music and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



1980s Spotify

I really started to laugh when it got to the Philip Glass track!

“Squirrel-Monkey takes a look at why Spotify didn’t exist in the 1980s.” – laughingsquid.com

via squirrel-monkey.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 26, 2012 at 4:58 am, filed under music and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Electro Harmonix Sequencer Drum

In the late 1960s Mike Matthews worked as a salesmen for IBM. He then started Electro Harmonix in NYC. The legendary effects pedal company is still going strong. His most famous pedal is the Big Muff fuzzbox. I’m far more interested in his very early analog products. One of them is awesomely named the Sequencer Drum. It’s a simple analog synth with an 8 step sequencer. You can hook two together and they will be in sync. You don’t buy these for their features. You buy them for the sound. Like calves liver it’s something not everyone is after. After watching the video above some of you are already on eBay. You won’t find these often. If your looking to recreate an early 80s Soft Cell demo cassette this is a good starting point.

“The Sequencer Drum is one of the rarest Electro Harmonix pedals. Unlike some of the other EH obscurities, this one is actually useful and sounds amazing! Not only is it an 8-step CV/Gate sequencer, but it has a built in synthesizer and a mode that allows you trigger the sequence at a set decay! The leather pad on the front is meant to be tapped to activate the trigger (hence the “drum” in the title). This particular sequencer is the fully patched out version, with an input that allows you to clock the unit externally, and CV and internal Clock outputs for sequencing other synthesizers.” – Matrixsynth (captured eBay description)

For more info: ehx.com and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electro-Harmonix

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 1, 2012 at 6:45 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.