David Dexter LAB

I performed with David Dexter Lab in Berlin last month. Above you see a few photos of his recent show in Zürich. I see some nice Horrorist stickers on his laptop! Be sure to check out his Facebook pages to hear more of his madness.

“David Dexter LAB electronic music performer,producer,founder of TEKKEN SOUND HEAD in 2004. He Grow up in punk & electronic punk free tekkno music parties and festival’s,in year 2004 start with independent label TEKKEN SOUND HEAD. From 2009 located in Berlin where released different kind of electronic music styles albums,EP and songs from his 2 music projects (Dexter LAB & PsychoBunny23) under his label. Now still workin for himself but also cooperate with vocalists (sound design) ,musicans.agencys,producers.”

For more info: facebook.com/devil.inside8 and facebook.com/DDLofficialpage

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 13, 2012 at 4:37 am, filed under music, promotion and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Ministry I Prefer

As a whole image and full canon of songs I dislike Ministry. However the few good tracks I think they have are steller. “I Prefer” is one of them. Pure synthpunk late 80s madness. If I had to pick the best Ministry album it would be the one this track lives on aka The Land of Rape and Honey (1988).

“Have you run into the human race? Have you run into the world?” – Ministry

For more info: wikipedia.org/The_Land_of_Rape_and_Honey

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm, 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.



Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons

I really wanted to post the track “Pajazzo: by Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons but I couldn’t find an embed anywhere. This Swedish band was only together for about two years (1980-1981). It’s a shame they didn’t record more back then because I love there Devo meets goth synthpunk style.

“Since disbanding, their songs have become well sought-after by collectors of punk, gothic rock, deathrock and art punk music.” – Wikipedia

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

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 14, 2012 at 4:22 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.



The Horrorist Live in East Germany

I’m off to perform two live shows in East Germany this weekend. One of the events is in an underground cave. I’ve played a underground cave before in Germany but I’m not sure this is the same one. Last time we drove miles (kilometers!) into the middle of nowhere to find thousands of cars in a field. Then at one spot people were just walking into a hole. It was pretty crazy, cold and the acoustics were much better than you would think. I’m not sure vibrating tons of rock above your head is a good idea but hey nothing ever goes wrong at these things right?

By the way I’ve recommended MadMimi before (article: here) for letting your fans know your doing something via email and here’s the latest promotion I sent out last night regarding these live shows: http://mim.io/570f2

If you want to get on that email list: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on August 5, 2010 at 5:20 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Nervous Gender


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFg3vxSySHo

Nervous Gender is a Synthpunk band from Los Angeles that kick offed their madness in 1979. I love these guys. Listen closely to the lyrics from the song Cardinal Newman (video above). Who can beat a chorus that screams, “Catholic school with prison bars! Catholic school with prison bars!”. All their recordings are fuzzy taped real analog synth detuned greatness. Go search the net for bits and pieces of what you can find and shoot them a few messages because they are still around.

“The group was confrontational and experimental, mystifying audiences of the day. Phranc’s androgynous appearance was the embodiment of the group’s name and added to their mystique, garnering them much press in zines such as Slash. Despite their somewhat high profile, the groups’ habit of provoking the audience, obscene material and harsh erotics guaranteed they would never gain commercial acceptance.” – Last.fm

For more info: www.myspace.com/nervousxgender

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:32 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.



The great synthpunk keyboard: Korg 700s MiniKorg

Korg MiniKorg

Long before the hipster Microkorg hit Williamsburg there was the Korg 700s Minikorg. It was one of Korg’s first synths and to this day it’s one of my favorites. Every time I hear one of its raspy detuned aggressive sounds it makes my brain jump to it’s evil side. Daniel Miller used a 700 to create one of my all time favorite records TVOD/Warm Letherette by The Normal (iTunes link). Daniel soon went on to found Mute Records and sign Depeche Mode.

“It has three ring modulators for some strange sounds and noises. Sometimes a decent bass sound for techno music can be achieved using the MiniKorg’s hi-pass and low-pass filters. The two oscillators can be de-tuned and they offer triangle, sawtooth and square waveforms. There are some strange analog effects built-in as well such as portamento, a rudimentary repeat-delay, auto-bend (bender), vibrato and Chorus and Noise waveforms.” – vintagesynth.org

You can find the Korg 700s MiniKorg on eBay from time to time for a decent price. It’s on my wishlist!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbCHQyEJL7w


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8thf7TpZYs

photo credit: drsquidd

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 7, 2009 at 4:47 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.