Synthesist Benge (Ben Edwards) has released a new album, Thirteen Systems, that explores the sounds of thirteen classic synthesizers.
The album is a follow up to his earlier synthesizer concept album, Twenty Systems, which featured twenty tracks recorded on twenty different vintage synthesizers.
The pieces were originally commissioned by the newly formed Modulisme radio broadcast, Philippe Petit’s project to bring the music of underground modular artists together and provide a platform for the burgeoning electronic modular music scene that has been building momentum in recent years.
Benge uses a different approach on Thirteen Systems than on its predecessor.
On Twenty Systems, he used overdubbing techniques to layer the sound of each synthesizer upon itself to build up the tracks. On the new album, Benge created each piece in real time, without overdubs or edits. This meant setting up each instrument in advance and either letting it play along by itself, or interacting with it as the pieces developed in various ways.
You can preview the album below, or purchase it at Bandcamp.