Expert Sleepers Disting 16-in-1 Eurorack Module Video Demo

This video, via mylarmelodies, takes a look at the newly released Expert Sleepers Disting Eurorack module.

The Expert Sleepers Disting is a 4HP 16-in-1 multifunction Eurorack module. The video demo goes is nearly 40 minutes long, and dives deep into the Disting’s features.  Continue reading

Two Decades Of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II

This video captures a hour+ discussion at CCRMA by author Marc Weidenbaum on Two Decades of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II.

Weidenbaum’s discussion focuses on the “cultural afterlife” that the album has experienced in the two decades since its initial release on the Warp and Sire labels in 1994.

The discussion is based on Weidenbaum’s book in the 33 1/3 series, Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Continue reading

New Plastikman Album, Ex (Stream It Here Now)

Plastikman (Richie Hawtin) has a new album out, EX, recorded live at the Guggenheim, New York’s iconic art museum.

“EX is an Excursion into the past, Exploring the uncertainty of the future, EXpanding and EXtending the immersive atmospheres of my Plastikman project,” notes Hawtin.

You can stream the full album via the embed above. Continue reading

Mathon – Lieus Pers

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Swiss electronic trio, Mathon, has released a new album, Lieus Pers.

The trio, Thomas Augustiny, Roger Stucki and Pete Leuenberg, make ambient electronic music, inspired by architectural spaces.

Lieus Pers is inspired by a photo series by Stefan Flükiger. The Bern-based photographer captured abandoned industrial areas and subterranean canals, that have been gradually reclaimed by nature.

On Lieus Pers, Augustiny, Leuenberger and Stucki have created 12 soundscapes, inspired by dystopian landscapes. According to the group, “the album is a quest for traces, conciliating graphics and sound, past and present, nature and technology.”

Like Eno’s seminal Ambient 4, the soundscapes explore the darker, edgier and less calming possibilities of ambient music.

The album is available as a double vinyl LP and as digital downloads. Continue reading

Solvent – New Ways (Music From I Dream Of Wires)

solvent-new-ways-i-dream-of-wiresAt Moogfest 2014, we had the opportunity to see the US theatrical premiere of the modular synth documentary, I Dream Of Wires (IDOW).

Jason Amm, aka Solvent, was there and was selling copies of his soundtrack to the film, New Ways. We picked up a copy of the vinyl release, which is a gorgeous 2 x 12″ + 1 x 7″ package.

The album is Solvent’s sixth album, following releases on Suction Records, Ghostly International and Morr Music.

jason-ammAmm, right, partnered with director Robert Fantinatto to help write and produce I Dream Of Wires. The film looks into the origin, demise and renaissance of the modular synthesizer. It features interviews with Trent Reznor, Vince Clarke, Chris Carter, Daniel Miller, Flood, John Foxx, Bernie Krause and dozens of other electronic musicians and manufactures. 

As you might expect, Amm’s soundtrack was heavily influenced by his other work on the documentary. According to Amm, he looked on the soundtrack LP as a challenge; he was determined to expand his synthesis palette with the new possibilities of modular, but with a focus on completing a body of work. Continue reading

Soulsby Atmegatron 8-Bit Monophonic Synthesizer Review

This video, via SoundsAndGear.com, is a review of the Soulsby Atmegatron 8-bit hackable monophonic synthesizer:

It’s a crazy little desktop synth with tons of waveforms, 15 filter types, the ability to upload your own waveforms, and even change or hack the OS to turn it into a totally different synthesizer!

It has a very different front panel, so we go through the layout as well as the sounds and I even show you a few of the unreleased OS versions as well as the official Atcyclatron OS which turns it into a wavetable cycling synth! Continue reading