A blogzine about modular synthesizers, music experiments and life without presets
“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’.”
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 [...]
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.
We’re back! It’s been quite a while since our last post, but you know… life happens. For all of you who still visit this place from time to time: thanks a lot! You owned yourself our heartfelt gratitude! For everybody else: welcome to Horizontalpitch! The last years have been quite a bit of a journey for all of us here (both [...]
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 [...]
Cover photo by Ian Wallman If you’ve never heard about Scanner then you’ve probably been spending the last 20 years on the un-illuminated side of a far away planet listening to … well … basically nothing. Calling him prolific and multi-talented is almost an understatement. Since the beginning of his career he’s released [...]
<a href=”http://jericho2k.bandcamp.com/album/modular-diary-2″>Modular Diary by Jericho</a> Horizontalpitch: First of all, tell us a little bit about Jericho. What is Jericho and how long have you been active with this moniker? Jericho: My real name is Sebastian Steininger. I’m from Nuremberg, southern Germany. [...]
#INSTANTBONER are Joe Steyer and Matthias Millhoff, two musicians and producers from Berlin, Kreuzberg. They believe that modular systems and improvised electronic music are a perfect fit for the dance floor. The duo works with a combination of modular synth (for melody, basslines, drones and vocals; this is Matthias’ part) and a computer-based drum machine (Joe’s part) and prefers to create their music live on stage than in the protected context of the studio.
On the 1st of May 2015 we had our first official show in Berlin. In the following year we worked a lot on our setup and tried to make it as flexible as possible but also establish a significant sound within this flexibility. We were never trying to work on tracks in the studio, we decided from the beginning that we want to be a real live act, create everything on stage, with the pressure to deliver something to the people. We tried to play as much as possible, mainly around Germany. This year we played again on the 1st of May at the same spot and this time it was streamed by Be-At TV [ed. link is below]. It’s really fun for us to play a set, the vibe and the venue influences us from set to set and we try to create something special every time.
Their video Instantmotion was born as a way to explain what they do in their live shows.
[…] we got many questions about what we actually do with all these knobs, lights and cables. To give some answers we put together a short video which we believe speaks for itself.
For those who are interested in knowing the technical specifics behind this video:
[…] The sound you experience is actually the simple patch you see in the video. Only the Hexinverter Mutant Bassdrum is not visible but is triggered by the very first cable plugged into Pamelas Workout. The hihat is a noise from the FMVDO with MakeNoise Maths envelope 2, the bassline is played by the Doepfer Dark Time into Verbos Complex Oscillator and Manhattan Analog SVVCF with the TipTop Z4000 Envelope. The Pad is the mighty OP-1 shaped by Maths envelope 1. Modulation of bassline and hihat are coming from the QuadLFO. The Reverb is Z-DSP with the Valhalla-Card and is also modulated by the QuadLFO. And finally the Mixer/VCA is the ADDAC Quintet Mixing Console.
#INSTANTBONER are Joe Steyer and Matthias Millhoff, two musicians and producers from Berlin, Kreuzberg. They believe that modular systems and improvised electronic music are a perfect fit for the dance floor. The duo works with a combination of modular synth (for melody, basslines, drones and vocals; this is Matthias’ part) and a [...]
This time, the new cover photo is one of my own creations. This shot was originally intended to be used for one my band’s gig posters (www.kvsu.net), but then we went with an illustrated version instead. Since I really like this photo and the Pikachu is holding some patchcables (plus, there’s a modular in the background, though you can hardly tell), I decided to use it for our blogzine instead.
This bent Pikachu was made by the great Japanese circuit bender Kaseo.
Pikamod, by Hannes Pasqualini This time, the new cover photo is one of my own creations. This shot was originally intended to be used for one my band’s gig posters (www.kvsu.net), but then we went with an illustrated version instead. Since I really like this photo and the Pikachu is holding some patchcables (plus, there’s a [...]