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A blogzine about modular synthesizers, music experiments and life without presets


Matthias Puech, Explicit Intentions

The name Matthias Puech probably needs little introduction to most of you. He first became known through his alternate, “parasite” firmware projects for Mutable Instruments modules. Later he worked with XAOC on the software for their popular modulation source Batumi, and designed the excellent Tapographic Delay for 4ms. What [...]

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Billy Gomberg, Carving Towards Coherency

My first contact with Billy Gomberg’s work happened almost by coincidence. In the early days of Mutable Instruments’ inception, we were among the few people to get hold of a Shruti-1 kit. The community was still small back then and, obviously, we all knew each other. His minimalistic approach to making electronic music, the [...]

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Modular Spaces Pt.1: Wardrobes and Closets

In a time so close to Superbooth18 this article might surprise you. Right now everybody seems to be holding their breath waiting for all the new gear to be announced (or at least teased), and that’s great and exciting! I am certainly not immune to that myself! But with all the talk about gear (new and old) we sometimes forget about [...]

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Chosen Wave 015: Topographer

After being an emerging name in Romania’s Drone/Doom Metal scene under the name Tauusk and releasing several albums, Răzvan Lazea-Postelnicu turned to the modular for further inspiration, attracted by its extended sonic palette. His new project Topographer inherits some of the traits found in his previous musical journey, keeping [...]

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“Ambient is un-rock and roll because it’s built up by layers, whereas rock is about jamming: instruments fit together like cogs, forming a rhythmic engine that kicks your ass. Ambient is kind to your ass. It’s sofa rock, Erik Satie’s ‘furniture music’.”

— Simon Reynolds – Ambient Archaeology

 

Chosen Waves 014: R Beny

Austin Cairns, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area, has been making music under the moniker R Beny for some time now. You probably have seen his videos around, as he is also an active youtuber. His name gets mentioned surprisingly often when talking about modulars and ambient music and been inspiring many people to follow a similar [...]

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Blinking Lights is a space for short intermissions. Things grabbed from the internet. Short and shiny. Few words leaving space to more pictures and sounds.

This fist Blinking Lights brings you episode four of a podcast by Nuun on radio.computer dedicated to modular music.

Blinking Lights: Lines Of Movement Ep.4

Blinking Lights is a space for short intermissions. Things grabbed from the internet. Short and shiny. Few words leaving space to more pictures and sounds. This fist Blinking Lights brings you episode four of a podcast by Nuun on radio.computer dedicated to modular music.

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The Modular Sound

You’ve all probably seen it by now, Behringer has jumped into the synth market and is about to release a polyphonic analogue keyboard synth. This would be a totally unrelated story, if not for one sentence by Richard Devine, who, in the first teaser video, describes this new synth with the words: “It sounds very [...]

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