Sunday Synth Jam: Ben Edwards, aka Benge, channels his inner John Carpenter, improvising some analog retronica.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
Sometimes I get the urge to pretend I am in the studio in 1980 making a horror movie soundtrack. Luckily I have a studio full of old equipment so this is not a problem.
Here I am on the Moog Modular, Linn LM1, Oberheim 4-Voice (via Moog Phaser), all going through the MCI 416b console, with a bit of EMT plate reverb for good measure
Electronica artist and Expanding Records founder Ben Edwards, aka Benge, has announced the upcoming re-release of Twenty Systems, a 2008 album featuring 20 tracks made on 20 synthesizers spanning 20 years.
The project combines an audio CD of original music with a hardbound full color book, containing photos and diagrams of the electronic instruments used, along with a history documenting the development of synthesizers between 1968 and 1988.
The goal for the record is “to demonstrate the development of the synthesizer from the first commercially available systems in the late 1960s to the introduction of fully digital systems in the late 1980s. Although not intended to be a comprehensive history of synthesizers, the listener will hopefully gain some insight into the character of each instrument, and on a more general level experience the evolving sound of synthesis over the years.”
It’s available via Amazon (Its release date is July 23, 2013; it’s now available as a pre-order.)
This video, via FutureMusicMagazine, takes a look at MemeTune Studios, the home of Ben Edwards, aka Benge: Continue reading
Free Music Friday: Synthesist Benge (Ben Edwards) has released a new EP of electronic music, Rebisus, using a ‘name your price’ model.
Here’s what he has to say about Rebisus:
Presented here are five new pieces of music exploring the relationship between an electronic system of some complexity (details below) and simple pulse based compositions. The various instruments were set up in such a way as to be considered one large interactive system and the individual pieces were thereby ‘grown’ or allowed to form naturally.
Gary Numan talks about his influences, especially John Foxx & Ultravox, in the amazing Benge Studios.
Synthesist Benge has released a new all-Buchla album, Harmuna.
Harmuna is intended as a companion piece to the previous work by Benge entitled Abstraxa. The five compositions featured on Harmuna were similarly realised on the Buchla modular synthesiser.
Here’s what Benge has to say about the new album:
If Abstraxa was an exploration of the distant reaches of the sound universe, Harmuna is a journey in the opposite direction, inverting the mind?s eye and exploring the infinite space within
The Synthesiser was set up in such a way that harmonious tone-waves were layered upon themselves and rhythmic patterns built up to form the various pieces. The resulting tone poems can be experienced in various ways, for example as meditative deep-listening (i.e. with headphones) or in the background to serve as an ambient aural setting
You can preview Harmuna below.