Saturday, 15 April 2017


My friend Stuart dropped by today and we had a catch-up. He took a couple of 360 degree shots of the studio and I've put them up here, hoping they will be fully interactive on your browser - is that going to work? I hope so, they looked pretty good on the iPhone - you can move around the room (well, kind of swivel) in real time by moving the phone which is pretty cool

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sequencer School

This video is self-explanatory:

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Look at this amazing brutalist building. It reminds me of the big Buchla synths in this post

Coming Soon

Coming soon on Memetune Recordings: TRIFLE! And below, Nat and Phil at Curved Pressings attending the cut

Trifle Trailer from Ross Blake on Vimeo.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Memory Modules

Here are a couple of videos of the Emu modular I just bought. Its been fixed by Andy Horrell because the very early (1973) digital sequencer wasn't working properly. Its a quirky thing at the best of times, but at least I can explore the possibilities it presents knowing that its working right and I'm not going mad. I actually managed to get hold of the legendary Dave Rossum who invented the Emu Modular and is still making really interesting instruments. He was able to help Andy debug the modules because there don't seem to be any schematics online for these first generation versions. The first video is a simple enough sequence, the second video is the same pattern but messed with using some other voltage processing modules. Its going to be a fun ride

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Fade In

Fader are alive! My new project with Neil Arthur is officially up, and the shiny new (debut) album will be in the shops soon - I"M SO EXCITED!!! Thanks to Steve (Random) for all the help getting us to this stage, and to Paul (Tench) for designing our logo (above). There is a link to a preview track here on Electronic Sound. Fade out

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Visit Roland

I just saw this over on Matrixsynth, you can now go and explore Roland Corporation's R&D facility in Hamamatsu. Inside is their private synth museum, which I just walked around!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Wrangler are going to be busy this summer! MORE INFO HERE

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Open The Door

Check out this amazing synth doc. It's a huge advert for the Apple Macintosh and its really bad in places!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Mix Sequencing

Using the Mix Sequencer on the ARP2500. I'm sure I've said it before, but this is a really cool module! It allows you to take up to 8 audio sources and it then steps through them in sequence. So its great for rhythmic patterns and the like. Here I am putting various different sounds through such as white noise on one channel, a filtered VCO through another, etc. Nice eh?

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sad Song Today

Foxxy Numaths

Look! We are playing a concert in Liverpool in July 2017. Alongside Gary Numan!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017

Quietus Beeps

Theres a new feature up on The Quietus - Benge's Bakers Dozen - it's my current favourite 13 electronic albums and why. They are not necessarily my favourite albums, just ones I think are very interesting and important. Check them out here

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Brass Thing

Here I am playing the VCS3 from the Polyfusion sequencer. I clocked the sequencer from the EMS random generator. Its kind of like a silly brass band instrument from Mars

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Saturday, 28 January 2017


There are a whole lot of new releases being prepared here at Meme Central. First up is the new John Foxx & The Maths long player The Machine, an album of mostly instrumental music based upon the stage play we created the score for last summer. See this post for more on that. The play itself The Machine Stops was a real success and even won some awards for being so good and the music was a big part of the show, it being set in a futuristic electronic dystopian nightmarish subterrestrial world. And its been recommissioned for a run in London which is awesome. Book your tickets NOW! (Here). And here is a link to our shop so you can pre-order the album

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