MATRIXSYNTH: Giro | All Italian synth and pedal jam

Monday, September 07, 2020

Giro | All Italian synth and pedal jam


"I don't know if it is just my perception, but I feel in the recent years Italy has become a hotbed of pedal and synth creation. Since I have been send a few outstanding instruments from that beautiful country I thought I would try and bring them all together.

The main rhythm comes from the circuit bent Bontempi System 5 606 [below], which is crushed by the AC Noises AMA reverb/bitcrusher. The Liquid Foam [posted here] synth gets the audio from the AT 606 into its clock in, and acts as an automatic bassline because of that. Hypnotic echoes from the Mastro Valvola add to its spaced out tone, and at some point I switch on the Splinter from Chirality Audio for fuzzyness. The Chirality Audio prototype patchbay "Mesh" routes all audio to where it belongs, finally into the Fostex X28H four track. There the orchestral pads come from, which are recorded from the Bontempi onto a tape loop and played back at half-speed. All recorded with no overdubs into Live as a stereo track."

The Idea Machine - Circuit Bent Bontempi System 5

"I have enjoyed the sound of circuit bent instruments for a long time - there is something special in modded toy instruments. From primitive or rather innocent circuits and sounds comes a strange madness. The Bontempi AT 606 bent by Joris Biesmanns holds a special place in my heart - I once wrote a complete 12 track soundtrack based on it in five days. "

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