Gary Numan Cleans Out His Attic, Finds Cooler Stuff Than We’ve Got In Our Attic

Saturday Synth Porn: Ever clean out the attic, and find a vintage Moog Minimoog that you’d forgotten about?

Probably not – unless you’re Gary Numan:

“Clearing out my garage loft yesterday, cut away some ivy creepers & found this!” tweets Gary Numan. “Original spec MiniMoog!”

Our take on this is that, if you’ve never owned an original Minimoog, you’ve got one more reason not to clean out the attic.

If you’ve got a similar story, though, let us know!

via Mark c Young

Gary Numan On His Influences

Gary Numan talks about his influences, especially John Foxx & Ultravox, in the amazing Benge Studios.

via myblogitsfullofstars

Gary Numan’s First Time (With A Synthesizer)

Gary Numan Synthesizer

Gary Numan is touring the world, celebrating the 30th anniversary of his classic electronic pop album, The Pleasure Principle.

His path from punk rocker to making The Pleasure Principle, though, was a bit of an accident.

Numan explains:

I was in a band called Tubeway Army and we were a three-piece punk band. We went into a studio to make a record and we had three days to go and make it, which was the punk songs we were playing live.

I went to the studio, never having seen a synthesizer before, and round the corner was a thing called a Minimoog, which was quite a famous synthesizer. It was supposed to be collected by a hire company, because somebody had rented it the day before and they’d forgotten about it. They never turned up, so I started using it all day for this first day and I just loved it; I didn’t know much about them, but I was having fun working it out and thought these amazing noises were coming out of this thing.

I just thought it was the best thing I had ever heard.

I went to the record company and told them I’d found this synthesizer thing which was amazing and this was what I wanted to use for the future and so all those punk songs are going to be electronic punk songs, and I don’t want to be in a band anymore, I want to be a solo artist. I thought I had found something really special!

The record company were really unhappy to be honest, they didn’t get it at all, they wanted a punk band and that’s it. Luckily for me they didn’t have any money so they couldn’t afford to send me back into the studio because I’d blown the budget.

So they released it and it did a lot better than they expected, so they let me go back into the studio and make another album.

So I went back into the studio and made another album. And then we had a single from this album that went to number one, so I went from having never seen a synthesizer before to becoming the ‘number one expert on synthesizers’ in the UK.

Synthesizers were hugely expensive at the time, so it was really a matter of luck that Numan happened into his defining sound.

Numan found himself in the position of being the face of synth pop, having spent, according to him, ‘about eight hours with a synthesizer”.

“In those early days people would ask me questions about synthesizers and programming and I didn’t know what they were talking about,” adds Numan, “and yet I was supposed to be a champion of this sound.”

Numan’s comments are via an excellent interview at

Remix Gary Numan, John Foxx

Remix Gary Numan and John FoxxGary Numan and John Foxx have announced a new remix contest – the Back to the Phuture Remix Competition:

To celebrate the upcoming Back to the Phuture Live shows at Manchester Academy April 1st & The Troxy, London April 2nd we bring you the first ever Gary Numan and John Foxx Remix Competition.

Remix Scanner by Gary Numan or Shatterproof by John Foxx & The Math.


  1. A pair of VIP passes to the London or Manchester show
  2. A signed copy of Gary Numan’s “Jagged Edge”
  3. A signed copy of John Foxx & The Maths “Interplay”
  4. Your remix played over the P.A. at both shows

Entries judged by Gary Numan, John Foxx and Mark Jones

To enter:

  1. Visit the competition site on SoundCloud
  2. Download the stems for “Scanner” or “Shatterproof”
  3. Use the stems to create your remix
  4. Upload your remix to the Gary Numan or John Foxx remix group

Deadline for entries – 18/03/11

You can download the stems at the Back to the Phuture page on SoundCloud.

1. Motor – Death Rave (Skrufff remix)
2. Gary Numan- Scanner (Full Track)
3. Recoil – Want (Architect Steppa)
4. John Foxx – Flightpath Tegel
5. John Foxx and The Maths – Shatterproof (Medicine Edit)

1. John Foxx and The Maths – Shatterproof (Medicine Edit)
2. John Foxx and The Maths – Shatterproof – ARP odyssey bass
3. John Foxx and The Maths – Shatterproof – Drums
4. John Foxx and The Maths – Shatterproof – Moog modular
5. John Foxx and The Maths – Shatterproof – Synths
6. John Foxx and The Maths – Shatterproof

1. Gary Numan- Scanner (Full Track)
2. Gary Numan- Scanner – Bitcrush
3. Gary Numan- Scanner – FlexiPad2
4. Gary Numan- Scanner – FlexiPad
5. Gary Numan- Scanner – Chorus Vocal
6. Gary Numan- Scanner – Verse Vocal
7. Gary Numan- Scanner – Growl
8. Gary Numan- Scanner – Halo Pad
9. Gary Numan- Scanner – Jerusalem Keys
10. Gary Numan- Scanner – Pads
11. Gary Numan- Scanner – Piano

via Gary Numan, Failed Muso