21.8.15

Surviving the Modular Hype #3 ~ Infinity


Retro Synth Ads reveal a lot about the history of gearlust. Carefully worded vintage ads praise the quality, playability, affordability, versatility, desirability and even sexuality of vintage gear. Some ads try to sell dreams of total control, like this Casio CZ-3000 brochure, which also has a weird take on the unlimited possibilities-cliché.  

The Limbourgh Brothers ~ Kind of Blue

Ultramarine is a deep blue color, made by grinding Lapis Lazuli into a powder. During the 14th and 15th centuries, it was worth more than gold and yet it and symbolized humility and holiness. The Limbourgh Brothers, three famous painters from Nijmegen, really loved the stuff. International Klein Blue also relies heavily on ultramarine.

20.8.15

Music is One (with a capital O)



Nicolas Slonimsky on Frank Zappa, Edgard Varèse and big scores.

14.8.15

UbuWeb ~ Electronic Music Review and more


Let's build a new library, but without the books. A brand new uber expensive building is much more interesting than a big old heap of printed paper, right? Anyway... the good stuff is alive and well in cheap electronic libraries, like UbuWeb, who have a nice collection of books, periodicals, articles and interviews about electronic music.

18.7.15

Review ~ BeatStep Pro by Arturia

You don't have to be Nostradamus to see that this will be a hit. The Arturia BeatStep Pro has the connections, the brains and the looks. It's playable, fairly easy to use, not too expensive and it has some nice extra's that show Arturia's experience. Here's what Allert and Ben of Sonar Traffic had to say while checking out the BeatStep Pro.

17.7.15

Surviving the modular hype #2 ~ Design trends

Eurorack modular systems are hot, hip, dope and where it's at. The amount of modules available on the market has grown exponentially in recent years. In part 2 of Surviving the modular hype we look at some of the design trends that have shaped the Eurorack boom.

25.5.15

Mysteries of Dubb ~ Natural Mystic

For most people, life a.k.a. 'the universe' is deeply mysterious, and all of it's precious secrets will itinually and even permanently remain unknowable. But there's also a small group of men and women who are allowed occasional peaks behind the Big Curtains of Creation.

13.5.15

Evgeny Morozov vs. Silly Con Valley

There's a cure for Silly Con Valley tech utopianism. Evgeny Morozow dissects modern myths like Twitter-revolutions, App-democracy and "solutionism" in general. He shits on the great intellectual regression preached by Pope Kurzweil and the Holy Church of Wired, and he analyses the politrix of Google, Apple and Facebook. Well crucial!!

12.5.15

Manu Genius and Joggo reaching new heights





Mr. Manu Genius of Dubshelter Recordings strikes again. His new album for Joggo sounds deep and wide. Classic basslines, great horns, subtle guitars... top quality roots reggae. We can't wait for the new album with Mr. Stefaan Collieman, which is already destined to be one of the great roots reggae classics made in the Low Lands.

New Sevish album ~ Rhythm and Xen



Sevish is setting new standards for xenharmonic music. Rhythm and Xen is proud to be xenharmonic, without sounding theoretical or sonically cramped. This is simply very good music. Original, organic, written by a young composer with a strong vision, a superb sense of harmony and too little time to work out all the ideas floating around in his head. Check out what Jacky Ligon had to say over here.

9.5.15

Vintage mojo for your Yamaha DX7



Vintage your synth.. the hard way...

29.4.15

Surviving the Modular Hype #1 ~ Pass the test

The current Eurorack Modular hype is going to do a lot of damage. Mindless synthgear-consumers don't know what they're buying, or why they are buying it. As a result, the small companies that produce wonderful modules spend too much time answering stupid questions.