On this Valentine’s Day I am very happy to release a new single to the world! This is a special release for me as this time the music is centered around someone else’s vocals. Andi is a DJ in the EBM, synthpop, coldwave world. She runs the night Synthicide in New York City. She also has a wonderful 80s post punk book coming out later this year called Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace. We co-wrote about 6 songs. Our band name is Schadenfreude and this EP is called Spectra. We picked the best two and then I redid the music in my home studio. I fell in love with these songs over the past few months and I am really pleased to let you hear them. From a technical standpoint you are hearing some nice equipment including a lot of my Eurorack modular and Ensoniq ESQ-1.
“The blood it drips through my hand. I watch it pool I take the command. I don’t think only what I feel. I’m not sure if this can be real.” – Schadenfreude
Since we are waiting to hear the Roland Aira to see if they will deliver a new TR-808 here’s a classic track featuring the king of drum machines. Perfect High from Peppermint Lounge has the elements of an early 80s new wave track I love. Sad lyrics, meloncholy arpeggiators, pads, stuttering samples, vocoder and a TR-808. Produced by Jörg Burckhardt and written by Matthias Elvers in Germany in 1983
“Because getting high was all he cared to do.” – Peppermint Lounge
About six months ago I was asked to take part in a then secret music project. Tom J Carpenter and Jason Subtractive of Analogue Solutions were planning an ambitious string of Synthpop/New Wave releases. They were going to work with different vocalists, create music videos and promised a high quality package. I knew Jason’s synth work from his synth demos so I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. To say he has the Depeche Mode sound down is an understatement. On the song I gave my voice to titled The Last Martian listen to filtering bassline, high pitched delaying notes and at 43 seconds in there is a panning mid range sound that I’ve only heard Alan Wilder himself create. I knew that Tom was friends with Alan helping him repair some synths and selling him a Telemark. In fact, I question if Jason is actually who he says he is. This was also the first time I recorded my own vocal to someone else’s lyrics. Vile Electrodes and Chad Glenn also remixed the track. Here he comes with his gun the last martian.
“Sound of Science is pleased to announce the availability of our 2nd EP, “The Last Martian”, featuring THE HORRORIST (Oliver Chesler). Included are remixes by Vile Electrodes, Chad Glenn (The Coil), and SOS!” – Sound of Science
How about some Russian synthpop from 1984? This is the band Forum and their song Let’s Call Each Other. It’s good to know while our governments each had hundreds of nukes aimed at each other most of us were doing far more important things such as synthing out.
“USSR: utterly sick synthesizer rhythms” – Jack Saba (Youtube)
Philippe Laurent is from France and Distorsion was recorded sometime in the early 80s. It was re-released in 2011 on Minimal Wave Records. Be sure to head to Philippe’s Facebook page to see some of his great live show photos as they have a super 80s aesthetic: click here
“Philippe Laurent is a plastic artist, musician and designer. Whether working with graphic codes or digital codes, plastic arts or music, Laurent’s approach is one of research, specifically having to do with people’s perception of signs and symbols. As a multi-media artist, he has always been open to new technologies, whether he is composing musical works or creating graphic works. During the 90s, he reached a landmark with his inter-disciplinary work via shows in France and Germany, by designing complex pieces that mixed various advanced techniques. His paintings, the illusion of calligraphies on monochromic funds, pose a question about the relationship between signs and meanings.” – minimalwave.com
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
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
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
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