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When I was young I seriously wanted a Synthesizer. I would buy Sound on Sound magazine and gaze lustily at the sleek keyboard designs covered with wheels, knobs and buttons. Oh, the potential of sound! It bubbled inside, all cauldron like. The prospect of algorithmic noise was like a siren call to adolescent me.

I seriously coveted this particular model

Nothing ever came of it. My dalliances with the making of music have never gone any kind of distance. I guess it’s still part of me, in pontentia, like so many knots of unresolved thought. Frankly, I have a hard enough time pinning down the things I have decided to pursue so probably best not to complicate matters. Recently I downloaded an open source soft-synth which i could easily spend many unproductive hours messing with. I’ve been trying my best to avoid it, tbh – convincing myself that it’s for the best.

Wow, this introduction did not sound anywhere near as melancholic in my head…

There’s something profound about improvised music, the coming together of musicians and their instruments to create music with no blueprint. It makes me think of the Burroughs/Gysin concept of the Third Mind – specifically that idea that when two artists collaborate completely a new consciousness arises, a Third Mind, from the components. You can hear something like this when you listen to now‘s Synthesized Valentine; an hour long jam of minds and electronics. Except Now aren’t two minds creating a third, they’re five creating a sixth.

With so many members I seriously worry about the mental stability of that sixth mind…

The first thing I thought whilst listening to this was an image. A bucket full of mobile phones, each having their own unique panic attack. But as the track continues a sense of cohesion settles it, almost a song structure. A drum machine comes into the mix and suddenly you could almost be on the dance floor. This won’t last though, not more than a few minutes, the schizophrenic sixth mind won’t allow it. It’s ability to hold together an avenue of thought is severely compromised.

Throughout Synthesized Valentine this flux between cacophony and structure is holding court, rising out of the primordial soup of waveforms and rhythms, this cellular automata of electronic sound, coming together for a fleeting synchronous orgasm of form, before everything flies apart again. Those moments could almost be single releases.

But to focus on those moments is to miss the point. This is more about the journey; A delightful squelchy tour through the circuits of collective mind.

Synthesized Valentine is out now on kittenrock.


chase and status – let you go

going around and around in my head like a petit mort. But is it really dubstep?

lost minds 5 [drum and bass mix]

drum and bassy mixxy goodness from one of South Africa’s premium DJs – the almighty Zyrex!

here for tracklisting.

Music to Derange the Brain

Anton Mobin – Scratched Ahead

From the compilation (Em146) out on the Electronic Musik netlabel. Also featuring works from such familiar noise criminals as Graham Dunning and Gary Fisher. Let a little discord into your ear canal!

oldskool seasoned dubstep

straight outta capetown

This is a tale that begins back in time. In the dark and secret corner of IRC that i frequent i met this young black south african guy with musical aspirations. After hearing his shit i thought he showed promise and so provided all the advice that i could, feeling like my few tidbits of knowledge in the area and my taste for music might be advantagous. After a while he disappeared.

Today he is back and he has tuneage.

jungle documentary

part one of a truely terrible and cheesy documentary on jungle (the rawer precursor to drum and bass) which is interesting if you can get past the shit poor narration, touches of sensationalism, and the way it’s constructed. Watch out for the mention of the Atari ST (my first computer!) as an important enabler for late 80s/early 90s dance music (it came with midi ports built in was was relatively cheap) and a young shy fx making tracks in his bedroom.

via the publics. Follow the link for more documentaries on electronic music.

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