Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Zombified


At last the album I made with Tara Busch / I Speak Machine is coming out, on Lex Records. WOOOO! Here is a promo track called Shame:

Monday, 17 July 2017

Blackmange


A big black dog with Neil Arthur in my kitchen plus mixing the new Blancmange album downstairs - what do you get? Black Mange

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Tourists


Speaking of Natalie. She appeared in the film adaptation we just performed of THE TOURIST at the BFI London (and previously Home/Manchester and Prince of Wales cinema/Brighton). Wrangler composed and performed the music live on stage while the film, by Tash Tung and Dan Conway, played on the big screen. WHAT FUN!! The run is now over, but we are hoping to do more soon...

TRAILER: The Tourist as imagined by Wrangler / Tash Tung / Dan Conway from Tash Tung on Vimeo.

Mating Ritual


Here is Natalie's awesome new video, album coming soon yes!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

I Dream Of Apples




As you might know I am a big fan of Morton Subtonick, and his pioneering recordings of the 1960s and 70s. I've posted on him before and his connection with Don Buchla and the development of the first modular synthesisers. I met him in Poland when I did a talk with Foxxy and we appeared on the same bill. He's such a great man, and he played one of the best gigs I've ever seen that weekend too. Well now those nice people behind the I Dream Of Wires documentary are crowdfunding a new biopic of Morton, which if it is as thorough as their previous work should be very worthwhile getting behind. Go here for the details

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Squares


I finally got the Buchla 144 clones built (thanks Mike & Ross). It was quite a journey from getting the boards made, getting the panel designed (including finding the right font) and manufactured / screen printed, to populating the panel and wiring everything up. Times three. And they look and sound superb. I will do a comparison with my original 144 at some point on the scope. So here is my first patch, layering up all six VCOs and sequencing them and putting them through the incredible 191 filter in bandpass mode. It sounds a bit like a gong! Later that night there was a major thunderstorm, brought about by the enormous power of the Buchla



Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Long Wall


I had a go at rearranging the long wall of modulars today - trying to get them set up in the best way to make use of the space. The modulars involved are the Polyfusion, the Emu, the ARP2500, the Formant, the Paia and the Serge. So then I decided to get all the sequencers going together and test it out:

Monday, 8 May 2017

Works On Paper




Here is a new Benge album, part six of the Forms series of "one-synth" albums

This time I used an early 1970s Serge Modular system, one of the so called "paper face" models. Please go to the bandcamp page for full informations











Sunday, 7 May 2017

Hull-o


And thanks to John Grant for inviting us to Dj on the high stage and play live on the cool stage in Hull. An amazing weekend!!!


Aquamarine


Hey thanks John! (link to John Grant talking about recording his new album)

Tourists


We did our first performance in Manchester last night - it was FUN!!!

TRAILER: The Tourist as imagined by Wrangler / Tash Tung / Dan Conway from Tash Tung on Vimeo.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

360ies


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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Curved


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

MIF




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

Machinations




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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