Category Archives: New tech

Experimenting with algorithms and Novation Launchpad #1

As a result of recently working with Steve Gisby on his “Four iterative pieces” album and really following on from my minimalist TGV album (see previous blog) I had an idea to develop a series of algorithmic experiments using Ableton … Continue reading

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Improvising with SQ-1 #4 with Korg volca beats/ Ms20 mini/ Microbrute / Blofeld / streichfett

This piece “Metropolis” is one of the more difficult pieces I have been devising, to so wholly live. In this the roles of the various instruments have moved round- the SQ-1 now makes atmospheric backgrounds, bass rumbles and squeals, the … Continue reading

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Improvising with SQ1 #3 and introducing a Korg Volca beats into the experiment

Paris to Toulouse is essentially a continuation and slight delveopment of previous track TGV with a different beat structure: In this ongoing series of looking at techniques of Berlin School electronic music/ techno and taking those techniques into minimalist composition … Continue reading

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Improvising with Korg SQ-1#2

In this improvisation, following on from the first, I introduced the Arturia Beatstep and Microbrute to the Korg SQ1 and Korg MS20 mini setup. Due to issues with the SQ-1 and Ableton, I clocked the SQ-1 analogue sync in from … Continue reading

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Improvising with Korg SQ1

Last Saturday I got my hands on a Korg SQ1 step sequencer. This was released with the Korg MS20 Kit and Module. Having been a long time Ms20 user, now using the MS20 mini this was a no-brainer; its built … Continue reading

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Spreadable Fat! (Waldorf Streichfett review)

I borrowed a string machine years ago that was very primitive, cant remember the make (this was 1986), it was old then, you had little control over the levels of the voices, but it had that 70s cheesy string sound … Continue reading

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Arturia Microbrute

At last I had got my hands on an Arturia Microbrute! This tiny, well made, ┬ásynth is quite something- there’s loads about this on youtube and countless other synth forums so I wont repeat whats been said and done on … Continue reading

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