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Synths - the outer limits

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11 Feb 2013 18:52 #761248 by evilC
Now, I like a good synth as much as the next man, but these blokes are on a different planet from me ...and most other people too:

'I Dream Of Wires'

Y'see, for me music will always be about the tune. It may be 'pretty' or it may be chaotic and ugly, but I always like there to be some kind of tune. Now, although a few of these chaps (including the artiste who made this documentary, Jason Amm, of Solvent - one of my faves) do achieve that whilst using modular synths, a lot of them are at the pure experimental end of the electronic spectrum, just making massive howling walls of feedback or pummelling distortion.

But still, I kind of admire them with a sense of awed bewilderment. These are the electronica equivalent of obsessive car homologators, who will soup their cars up to near 1000bhp - way beyond what could ever be used on the road! And yet their obsession is impressive - almost a work of art in itself.

If I could afford a modular synth, would I have one? You bet I would! :-D ...But I'd probably never make a decent tune again and wreck all my other gear in the process!

Doctor Who has got a lot to answer for, I reckon!
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11 Feb 2013 20:16 #761283 by Mitch
Cheers for the link, that does look good. I'm loving this blog that your YouTube link referred to as well.

Sorry for sounding ignorant, but apart from Vince Clarke, Butch Vig, Gary Numan & Trent Reznor, were any of the other interviewees people I might have heard of?
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11 Feb 2013 21:10 - 11 Feb 2013 21:22 #761313 by evilC
John Foxx, Ben 'Benge' Edwards and Daniel Miller were all in there and so was Chris Carter (of Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey). I'm not sure who most of the other people are, either.
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11 Feb 2013 21:18 - 12 Feb 2013 08:09 #761316 by evilC

Mitch wrote: Cheers for the link, that does look good. I'm loving this blog that your YouTube link referred to as well.


If you're liking Electropop and Synthpop at the moment, you might want to check out this free compilation, from Montreal label Visage Musique. (edit: Skip straight to the track 'Love, French, Better'!)

Other bands to watch out for (edit: at the moment) are Nouvelle Phenomene, Sound Of Science, London Modular Alliance (my recent preoccupation, though they're pure Electro, rather than Electropop), Selofan and Vile Electrodes - all of which have only had one release (if that) so far.
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11 Feb 2013 22:02 #761342 by Mitch
On that 80's retro synth thing, I've listening to the Hotline Miami soundtrack loads recently: Miami Disco .
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12 Feb 2013 00:15 #761366 by antoine polus
You ask me where to begin...
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12 Feb 2013 01:57 #761378 by MsD
Factory Floor .. have recently been working with Chris and Cosey.

And, yes.
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12 Feb 2013 05:49 - 12 Feb 2013 06:50 #761396 by evilC
Yeah, it was OTF's very own Carcass who championed Factory Floor pretty much from day one (and helped talk them out of changing their name to just 'FF', I understand!). He also gave me the heads-up for this fine event, 'back in the day', and a few of us went along together. (Who else was there? Lucia?) Seems like ages ago now! :-/

Personally, I'm not so much of a Factory Floor fan - much more of a Chris & Cosey fan. Factory Floor haven't got C & C's tunesmithery, IMHO.
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12 Feb 2013 12:16 - 12 Feb 2013 12:18 #761479 by MsD
As Dominic's in the documentary, and as their new single, Fall Back, is making waves (single of the week in The Guardian) I thought they warranted a mention, and you said you weren't sure who most of the others were. He's one of them.
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12 Feb 2013 13:19 - 12 Feb 2013 13:21 #761516 by evilC
Yeah, after Mitch's original question (and my fractional answer) I realised that the list of contributors featured in that trailer are actually listed at the bottom of the page it's on! How embarrassing! :-S

(I have to hand it to Carcass, he was right on the money with Factory Floor, though!)
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13 Feb 2013 00:49 #762007 by MsD
Well, yeh, but more credit to the band for being very good.
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17 Feb 2013 14:15 #763455 by Luke R
I thought this thread was going to be about the spoof band the NME were going on about in the 90's. I remember sort of falling for it too.
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