Saturday, 17 February 2018

Electrocomp In The House

I've never played on let alone owned and EML synth before. Until now! I just got this beautiful Electrocomp 400 system back from Keith who fixed it up for me. As a very esoteric, self-sequencing synthesiser from the early 1970s the idea of it pushed all the right buttons, and it doesn't disappoint. I have a long way to go figuring out what all its functions are, but luckily it came with a user manual, so I'm off to do some more experimenting..

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Mojo Working

Nice little feature in this months MOJO Mag. The secrets out. (Ps - I took those pictures!)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Coral Sitar

This is what the future was supposed to sound like:

Friday, 12 January 2018

NA at MT

Its been a good start to the year, Neil Arthur has been down already, working on some new material with Rothko, and some other animals (VCS3, Minimoog, etc)

UPDATE: Neil sent me this panorama he took in the studio. Its quite Cubist in its style:

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Six Million Dollar Piano

Trying out a patch idea for a piano sound on the Moog 3C. (Patch idea based partially on an article by G.Reid, 'Synth Secrets', SOS magazine, October 2002)

Modules used (all RA Moog from around 1968): 5 x VCO, 1 x Noise, 1 x LPF (for tuning the noise), 3 x 4 :1 Mixers, 1 x Fixed Filter Bank, 1 x Spring Reverb, 2 x VCA, 2 x Env Gen, 1 x VCLPF, 1 x Multiple, Keyboard, Output Mixer with EQ

The patch is as follows: 3 square wave VCOs tuned to unison into a mixer and out into a fixed filter bank for fine-tuning the tone, then into a VCA/envelope with a very long decay (this models the piano strings)

A second bank of 2 VCOs and some tuned noise go into a second VCA/envelope with a very short decay then into the reverb module (this models the hammer hitting the strings)

These two signals are mixed into the LPF and the long envelope controls the frequency of this

No other sounds or effects are being heard

I only wish it was 88 note polyphonic! To buy the required 88 Moog Modulars to accomplish this would cost about 6 million dollars

Sunday, 7 January 2018


A Serge Modular patch - self playing! With a Roland TR505 added in too

Friday, 5 January 2018

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Five Against Four

OK one last list for 2017 - this time one of my album FORMS 6, WORKS ON PAPER made no.11 out of 40 over on Five against Four. WOO! (Read the review below)

Friday, 29 December 2017

Four Out Of Thirty

Heres another 2017 top of the pops, and I've got FOUR albums in it!! So cool - thank you Electronic Sound!!!

No.8 - Blancmange, Unfurnished Rooms
No.13 - Fader, First Light
No.21 - Lone Taxidermist, Trifle
No.23 - I Speak Machine, Zombies 1984