Here’s another wonderful time machine find. Disco Volante is music project based in London from songwriter Terry Tanx. The single No Motion was released in 1984.
“In 1984 Disco Volante released a single “No Motion” C/W “Click” and “Punishment Tank”. The single did not do well commercially and due to a strike in the music press didn’t receive any publicity at all. The whole Electronic Music landscape has changed since the early 1980s. When Disco Volante recorded No Motion, the studio engineer was shocked, when arriving at the studio all of the equipment used on the single could be put into a couple of hold alls. For those interested in the technology the equipment used on the single was: Roland TB 303 Bassline, Roland TR 606 Drum-matix, Roland MC-202 Sequencer, Roland SH-09 Mono synth.” – discovolanteonline.com
For more info: discovolanteonline.com
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There is an interesting Mixcloud show you may want to start following called The Notorious New Wave Show (link). Instead of a DJ mix it’s more like a proper radio show with the host Gina Achord announcing the song titles and artists. I really like her track selection.
“Tonight we have the exclusive track from Isaac Junkie featuring Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17. You will be hearing it here first tonight! We have a new Visage track, and our double shot week- which is a play of two songs by each new artist so you can be exposed to new music with some great bands. And count them, two new songs from the new B.E.F CD Dark and we’ll continue to do a new track each week until the release of the cd on May 27th. Some of the new bands we’ll be playing tonight are No Longer Neon, Analog Angel, Vile Electrodes, Low Tide Theory, and tons more!” – Gina Achord
For more info:
Sound of Science have released their first synthpop single Hydrodome. This is Tom Carpenter and Jason Huffman band. Tom as you know is the man who creates the Analogue Solutions synthesizers. He has some great remixers on this single: Daniel Myer (Haujobb), John von Ahlen, Northern Kind and Julian Beeston. The next Sound of Science single will feature someone all Wire to the Ear readers know well so stay tuned.
“All alone in the hydrodome I can’t take it anymore.” – SOS
Buy now: iTunes
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Here’s a few songs released on UK’s Survival records. The band Drinking Electricity was from Scotland and consisted of Anne-Marie Heighway and David Rome. Released in 1982 and I hear a Korg KR-55.
“Face the left. Face the right.” – Anne-Marie Heighway
For more info: discogs.com/artist/Drinking+Electricity
Here’s two interesting 80s cassette demo YouTube finds. Both are from a UK cassette called “Orgies In Synth”.
“Taken from the cassette entitled “Orgies In Synth”, which contains only music from bands on the “Insane Music” label : Pseudo Code, Bene Gesserit, Human Flesh, I Scream, Subject and Cortex. It was released in 198? in UK by “Music For Midgets” label.” – NikoletaGeistesblitz
For more info: youtube.com/user/NikoletaGeistesblitz
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Here is some new cold wave, synthpop created in California with Eurorack modules and analog drum machines. Kline Coma Xero is Tony Williams. I think the song Fanatic is my favorite so far. I’m definitely looking forward to more.
“Kline Coma Xero is a minimal wave/synth project produced by Tony Williams from California. The distinctive sound of Kline Coma Xero is produced solely from analogue instruments, producing a cold yet beautifully crafted melodies and rhythms. Such inspiration could only be found in the early European minimal wave/synth groups from the 1980′s. The project gained inception in June of 2012 and offer…s an alternative to the arbitrary use of the laptop as an instrument which has become indicative of modern electronic music. The minimal melodies are layered with melancholy vocals with lyrical content and philosophical outlook inspired from the authors like JG Ballard and Thomas Pynchon.” – SoundIndieMusic
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Incubated Sounds are from Baden-Württemberg and consist of Jörg Koch, Thomas Sohmer, Wolfgang Strobel. The song which bears their band name appeared on a 1988 cassette titled “Ornamental Despair”.
“Tape in snapcase comes in A6 PVC sleeve with two folded A4 paper-sheets.” – Discogs
“People Are People” is Depeche Mode’s tenth UK single, released on 12 March 1984. It was their first hit single in the US and the first single from the Some Great Reward album.” – Wikipedia
For more info: depechemode.com
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Take a look at the last post I did (link). See that video? Now check out the video above. I took the same sounds and put them into the Borderlands granular synthesis app. From a retro melody using analog hardware futuristic noise. I think it starts to get good around the 2:15 mark.
“Granular synthesis is a basic sound synthesis method that operates on the microsound time scale. It is based on the same principle as sampling. However, the samples are not played back conventionally, but are instead split into small pieces of around 1 to 50ms. These small pieces are called grains. Multiple grains may be layered on top of each other, and may play at different speeds, phases, volume, and frequency.” – Wikipedia
For more info: thehorrorist.com
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Hanging in my studio today with my Eurorack and Ableton. Tiptop Audio 808 modules, Moog Slim Phatty, Wiard Oscillator into Toppobrillo Multifilter, Ensoniq ESQ-1 choir sound (off camera). Ableton Live Session View switching from Verse to Chorus. Make Noise Echophon at the end.
“Synthpop (also known as electropop, or technopop) is a genre of popular music that first became prominent in the 1980s, in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument.” – Wikipedia
For more info: thehorrorist.com
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