Tuesday, September 19, 2017

COVER: NITZER EBB 2, 3, 4

Nitzer Ebb’s three essential records are BELIEF (1989),  SHOWTIME (1990),  and EBBHEAD (1991), with the band’s tense, minimalistic EBM best heard on the first two mentioned here. Their formula  was harrowingly terse,  with powerfully clean electronic sounds coupled with menacing, authoritative chants and topical references. The graphic design nicely echoed this approach. EBBHEAD is a bit more structurally elaborate, as is evidenced in its faux Gilbert and George cover art. Still a worthy listen,  especially while driving.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

THIS IS HOW WE DEFORM: Buchla 252e


The Buchla 252e Polyphonic Rhythm Generator seems to have been the last major design overseen by Don Buchla before his death in 2016.  After the series of problems surrounding the re-released Music Easel it's a miracle that this complex wonder has seen the light of day,  and gotten into the hands of modular synthesis enthusiasts. It's essentially a multi-layered sequencer that allows CV output and editing, display layer selection, clock assignment and synchronization, cell selection, and pulse editing/selection.  Tutorial and hands in the mix:  w/o vertices.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

FOLKTEK "ART"


Three Folktek “instruments (clockwise from bottom: THE BOX OF SECRETS,  GOLDEN KEYS, WAVESHAPE REPEATER).  I put the word “instruments” in quotations not because of the barrage of noise they've made in the past,  but because of their ultimate unreliability. None of the above functions!  They do work quite well as art objects put together by Victorian dumpster-divers. From that perspective I love them!