Showing posts with label Synth CDs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Synth CDs. Show all posts

Thursday, August 18, 2016

DUBCRT Commodore 64 Cartridge

DUBCRT JAM Published on Aug 18, 2016 goto80

"defMON-jams in the jungle, with songs from the DUBCRT.

The video contains four jams after each other, and each jam uses only a vanilla C64 and a delay pedal. Nothing was rehearsed, so you might hear a mistake or two. Or a feature or three."

"DUBCRT Commodore 64 Cartridge (PAL only)

DUBCRT is a music album, interactive light synthesizer and remix gadget released as a Commodore 64 cartridge. With music and visuals from some of the most prolific experimentalists of the 8-bit scenes, DUBCRT taps into 1960s modernist forms, 1970s dub, 2000s glitch aesthetics, and 2020s sustainable computing. DUBCRT features:

• Eight songs ranging from ambient to IDM and drum n’ bass
• Visualisers that react to the music, and that are user-controllable
• A secret remix module that allows you to re-interpret all the music on the cartridge

All of this uses only 64 kilobytes – equivalent to 1.5 seconds of MP3-audio. This is possible thanks to clever use of resources, and by making all the graphics in PETSCII, the colourful and quirky ASCII-variant of the Commodore 64."

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Reaktor Blocks West Kept Secrets vol.1

Published on Aug 3, 2016 VoltageCtrlRtv

"West Kept Secrets Vol.1 is a collection of live improvised modular synth compositions inspired by the west coast synthesis perspective explored by composers like Morton Subotnick, Don Buchla, Charles Cohen and Todd Barton. Even though the compositions are influenced by the aforementioned composers, I embark on a sonic journey adding my own experiences and influences to this creative school of thought.

This project is made with Native Instruments Reaktor6 Blocks software and an analog modular synthesizer.

Each ensemble includes all the snapshots that were saved as I performed the patch plus a lot of snapshots not recorded on the project for you to explore.

Available at:"

Monday, August 01, 2016

Radionics Radio - An Album of Musical Radionic Thought Frequencies - Delawarr Multi-Oscillator (c.1962)

Published on Aug 1, 2016 ashford daisyak

This one in via Daniel Wilson: the album "draws attention to one of the strangest sound-making devices ever made - the under-researched Delawarr Multi-Oscillator (c.1962), which was designed to convert thoughts into clusters of frequencies. My research into this oddity has culminated in this release."

Video Description:
"Advert for the new release: Radionics Radio - 'An Album of Musical Radionic Thought Frequencies' on Sub Rosa (due August 5th 2016).

Radionics Radio is an electroacoustic and musical exposition of alternative tuning systems derived from frequencies submitted via the Radionics Radio app. All the sounds strictly originate from respective thought-frequency submissions and octaves thereof.

Further background info on this research-based project can be viewed here: [embedded below]

From press release:
'Daniel Wilson's Radionics Radio draws upon the fringe-science of radionics, with its invisible forces and psychic resonances, to spawn electroacoustic and electronic compositions employing very alternative tuning systems. Radionics' idea that thoughts can be represented as frequencies is vigorously explored on this new release through microtonal compositions which range from mutating drones to electronic sambas, with nods to Raymond Scott and Daphne Oram along the way.'

Radionics Radio was made possible through Sound and Music's Embedded programme and Resonance 104.4FM.

Sub Rosa CD SR423 digipack + 20 page booklet
File under: Electroacoustic Experimentation
Release date: Aug 5th 2016"

Radionics Radio - Radionics in Relation to Sound (Part One)

Radionics Radio - Radionics in Relation to Sound (Part One) from Sound and Music on Vimeo.

"Radionics Radio is a project by Resonance FM's Sound and Music Embedded Composer in Residence Daniel Wilson. It draws on the radionic idea that thoughts can be intuitively linked to clusters of frequencies. From this, it is possible to explore unusual alternative tuning systems supposedly embodying certain thoughts. The Radionics Radio EP will be released by Sub Rosa in the summer of 2016."

Friday, June 17, 2016

Immortal Beings - LAB:1 Sessions

"A short EP made entirely with the LAB:1 Synthesizer by artist Immortal Beings. The LAB:1 was used as the sole sound source, with Valhalla Vintage Verb & Freq Echo along with a Korg KP3 used for effects.
LAB:1 Sessions by Immortal Beings is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

The LAB:1 Synthesizer is a 100% Analog 6 Oscillator Experimental Synthesizer. If features; 3 Audio Oscillators (with Triangle, Sawtooth and Square waveforms), 3 Low Frequency Oscillators (with Triangle and Square waveforms), a Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter, Switches to X-Mod Oscillator One with Oscillator Two, and X-Mod Oscillator Two with Oscillator Three, Switches to Modulate LFO One with LFO Two, and Modulate LFO Two with LFO Three. Audio Oscillators can be free running or can be triggered via Buttons on the front of the unit. Level/Depth and Frequency Pots for each Oscillator. Solid Oak End caps and metal case.

Designed to sound thick and raw with little regard for stability and "clean" waveforms, expect to explore strange audio territories with the LAB:1.

Powerful modulating drones to melodic rhythm sequences to spacey sound effects to total audio chaos.

Easy to use with with all controls available at once but hard to restrain by nature, the LAB:1 is for those who welcome the unexpected.

The low pass filter is an interesting one. When the resonance is cranked to max, it’s designed to drive the filter hard, causing a nice fuzzy saturation, it can also be used as a sort of high pass filter to create some unique formant like sounds."

Friday, March 11, 2016


Exclusive mix on SoundCloud:

And a track from the release on Bandcamp:


2. ISR_16x16_WCM
3. CSN [excerpt 2 mono]
4. SWI_r170_16x32x32_B
5. SWI_FM1#16
6. NYZ-1_1#08_A [finite downsized]
7.CSN1 [excerpt 1 mono]

Be sure to see the MATRIXSYNTH exclusive further below!


This is the first release by NYZ and is a superb musical collection of research areas classified to internal Noyzelab operations. Not even .MEDS label were informed of the secret processes underlying its creation, excepting that we know it involved Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis! We have not been given any information regarding when this work was recorded, but we suspect the material spans at least a decade of David's FM algorithm research on numerous synthesizers, as well his own custom built ear deceiving gear...

According to one reviewer of David's previous musical output he "gleefully disrupts just about every standard convention of musical form you could think of, including those of so-called experimental musics."

Other reviewers have written that :
"His music is a bizarre, yet compelling journey investigating the outer realms of music generated on ancient & contemporary machines." "It's strikingly original audio that doesn't really sound like anything else I can think of." "Utterly sublime. So there you go, a life-affirming slab of mind-altering sound to reawaken you to the terrifying possibilities of creation."

"absolutely wreaks havoc" wrote Keith Fullerton Whitman on reviewing David's last release T. H. Cycle cassette on Important Records/Cassauna .

Cassette releases April 1, 2016

All Audio by David Burraston
Design Tom Knapp


MATRIXSYNTH recently asked NYZ why he put together this new album of FM synthesis based explorations, and whether he would discuss some of the process behind it. The declassified information below has been put together by NYZ especially for a MATRIXSYNTH exclusive.



The main reasons for making this album were an interest in FM synthesis in both analogue modular and MIDI/digital mediums. I had worked with digital FM synthesis since getting a Yamaha TX81Z when they came out back in 1987 (which I still have, along with another backup machine with a very hummy mains transformer which bleeds onto the outs). How me and another synth friend used to cry with drunken laughter at preset D11 Hole in 1... :) But after initially wondering whether I had just wasted about 350 UK pounds on an utter piece of shit... I quickly warmed to its better presets, and its very different approach to synthesis yielded enough interesting results early on for it not to get outed.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

E-mu Emax SE Sampling Synthesizer "The Village"

Published on Mar 10, 2016 RetroSound

"(c) 2016 vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

all sounds: E-mu Emax SE Sampling Synthesizer (1986)
recording: multi-track recording, played by hand
fx: reverb and delay

This track is included on my new album 'The Dark Side of Vintage Synthesizers'"

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS - Album Teaser

Published on Jan 26, 2016 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

"Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will release EARS, her newest album of vibrant synthesizer explorations mixed with orchestral instruments and vocals, April 1st on Western Vinyl.

'In recording Ears, my intention is to take listeners on a sonic motion ride through a futuristic jungle. I am inspired by the works of Moebius and Miyazaki - in particular the film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – and I wanted to play with visceral sounds that pull one between feelings of beauty and dissonance, chaos and order. My hope is that, on a straight through listen, in a darkened room, on a loud stereo, Ears will inspire a rich visual narrative in listeners' minds.'

Pre - Order:
on iTunes
Western Vinyl

Video by : Eran Hilleli"

You might remember Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith from previous posts here on MATRIXSYNTH. According to Kaitlyn, "My primary instrument is the buchla music easel, I also used on that track - an arp 2600, synthi, OSCar."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bob Moog Foundation: A History of Moog Modular in Space Music

via The Bob Moog Foundation

"A History of Moog Modular in Space Music

Historian Thom Holmes is back with yet another excellent historical blog exploring the use of the Moog Modular in early recordings. This time he is highlights the advent and evolution of synthesized space music, featuring the music of Douglas Leedy, Edward Zajda, Syrinx, Nic Raicevic, Klause Schultz, Tangerine Dream, Popul Vuh, and more.

Read the blog, and listen to several audio examples here."

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Blip Synth Intro (Meeblip album Intro)

Published on Sep 27, 2015 MEGASYNTH1

"Set the video to 720 for maximum sound/video quality.
This is an introduction to a mini album (Blip Synth) exclusively using the Meeblip SE as a sound source aside from the drums and simple effects. The album will be released winter 2015.

I wanted to show people that digital synths are very unique and all have their own sound. The Meeblip Se is an 8 Bit Digital synth with a very aggressive, gritty, and constantly surprising sound. I was able to get it to produce many motifs of modern electronic music and even some throw backs from the past. The album was made in Reason syncing the Meeblip Se to the programs sequencer. Basic effects were used like EQ, Distortion, Reverb, Delay and Vocoding.

I am releasing this album under my moniker "Sequencer" keep an eye out for a new Sequencer, non Meeblip affiliated, album coming out soon. I produce all art and music.

Find me at:"

Monday, September 21, 2015

Light In The Attic Announces Jodorowsky's Dune Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Kurt Stenzel

Published on Sep 16, 2015 Light In The Attic Records

Be sure to see my post on The Synths of Jodorowsky's Dune with some words from Kurt Stenzel on the synths used in the soundtrack.

"This track is from Light In The Attic Records' release of Kurt Stenzel's original score to the documentary 'Jodorowsky's Dune.' It is available for purchase on vinyl & CD here:

Available: November 13th, 2015

This is the soundtrack to the story about the greatest film that never was.

Jodorowsky’s Dune tells the tale of cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, Dune, to the big screen. Composer Kurt Stenzel gives life to a retro-futuristic universe as fantastic as Jodorowsky’s own vision for his Dune–a film whose A-list cast would have included Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger in starring roles and music by psychedelic prog-rockers Pink Floyd.

Building upon director Frank Pavich’s idea for a score with a 'Tangerine Dream-type feel,' Stenzel lays out a cosmic arsenal of analog synthesizers that would make any collector green at the gills: among other gems are a rare Moog Source, CZ-101s, and a Roland Juno 6, as well as unorthodox instruments like a toy Concertmate organ and a Nintendo DS. 'I also played guitar and did vocals,' says Stenzel, 'some chanting… and some screaming, which comes naturally to me.' The score also features narration by Jodorowsky himself. As Stenzel notes, 'Jodo’s voice is actually the soundtrack’s main musical instrument–listening to him was almost like hypnosis, like going to the guru every night.'

This highly-anticipated soundtrack LP was sequenced and mixed by Stenzel with the listener in mind and flows through a 'four-sides' LP approach. 'I wanted it to play like the records I grew up with, where every side was a journey.'

First time release
Liner notes by composer Kurt Stenzel
Original artwork by Nick Stewart Hoyle
2xLP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket
Includes download card for full album pre-order edition:
- 'Cosmic Swirl' Wax limited to 1,000 copies (2 per customer)
- Silver foil numbered jacket
- Includes folded 27″×40″ poster with artwork by Nick Stewart Hoyle"

Soundtrack Listing:

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Synth CDs now Synth Albums

Moving forward, the Synth Albums label will be used instead of Synth CDs. If you get to this post in the future be sure to check out both labels if you do not want to miss anything.

Also, in the past only single synth albums got the label. Now that Patreon Supporters of the site can submit their music for posts, their album releases will get the label as well.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Black Horses of the Sun by Dave Bessell

Skyrim Dave Bessell Published on Feb 7, 2015

"Track from the album 'Black Horses of the Sun' full album available here

Video and music by db"

MATRIXSYNTH Patreon supporter Dave Bessell has a new album out titled 'Black Horses of the Sun'. The release also features Ian Boddy. Limited to 500 copies, it is available on CD and digital download. The following is an excerpt on the release for the MATRIXSYNTH archives. You'll find the full track list and an additional demo at DiN (also linked above).

"Black Horses of the Sun is the latest release from Dave Bessell. This artist will be familiar as one of the founding members of analogue supergroup Node but has also in recent years released a number of fascinating solo recordings (including Morphogenic with Parallel Worlds DiN41).

These new tracks build on the distinctive detailed atmospheric style of previous releases and add a more melodic focus that gives the proceedings an extra layer of interest this time around. As with previous releases nothing is quite what it seems in the sonic worlds created here, melodies frequently take an unusual twist and the tracks can sometimes take off at an unexpected tangent. The tools are predominantly analogue hardware with a sprinkling of contributions from custom written software alongside treated guitar. The atmospheres range from mysterious to darkly foreboding with occasional more relaxed flashes of ambient sunlight. Overall there is often a widescreen cinematic sense of scale which would not be out of place in a film soundtrack. An eclectic variety of stylistic influences flicker through this music, from classical to industrial, Berlin school ambient to jazz, to the Eno, Fripp & Bowie collaborations of the Berlin years through to echoes of psytrance. All make their appearance from time to time.

On this release Dave Bessell is joined on a track each by Ian Boddy (well known mainstay of the UK analogue synth scene), Lyonel Bauchet (French TV and Film composer and all round Buchla wizard) and Liam Boyle (incredibly versatile soundtrack composer and Beatles fanatic). Each add their own distinctive contribution to the proceedings. Overall a varied and intriguing release which never falls into the predictable patterns of analogue electronica, combining masterful evocative sound design with intricate arrangements, this will repay repeated listenings and is not to be missed."

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Soundlab MK ii one synth record

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sedna I by Asteroid Anxiety on Ciat-Lonbarde/Mengqi Qin Sidrassi

Played on a Ciat-Lonbarde/Mengqi Qin Sidrassi

released 04 July 2013

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

3 Impressions | M. Geddes Gengras - feat. Discontinued Moogerfoogers

"Today Moog Music announces the release of 3 Impressions, a practical application of Moog electronics, produced and composed by M. Geddes Gengras. 3 Impressions is a 3 song EP that serves as an exploration of analog effects modules and process-based sound design. Gengras utilized various Moog analog effects and synths such as the Moog Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer, MF-104Z Analog Delay, MF-105M MIDI MuRF and a MF-107 Freq Box for the recording.

The announcement of Gengras' EP coincides with Moog Music's announcement of the discontinuation of two of the Moogerfooger analog effects pedals used in the recording: the MF-105M MIDI MuRF (est. 2009) and the MF-107 Freq Box (est. 2007). Moog plans to continue building a limited quantity of units at their factory in downtown Asheville while parts and materials last. The MF-105M and the MF-107 have found their way into countless studios and stage rigs around the world. Users include Arcade Fire, Panda Bear, Dan Deacon, John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joey Santiago of the Pixies. If you are interested in purchasing one, please visit an authorized Moog dealer.

M. Geddes Gengras' work is described as being 'based in modular synthesis, comfortably straddling a variety of forms and remaining rooted in a deep affinity for the limitations of analog electronics and a keen ear for timbral manipulation.' His extended exploration of the modular inter-connectivity of Moogerfooger analog effects on 3 impressions is a testament to Bob Moog's vision of creative expression through control voltage."

Roger Roger - Musique Idiote

via a review on discogs

"This is truly a Dada Musical Masterpiece of witty and inventive moog sounds from what we can approx to the year 1968.
Just imagine that year and this innovation made with that sense of absurdness and trickery that only Roger can do."

Available on Amazon & eBay. You can find additional tracks on YouTube.

via Boing Boing

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Marooned by Mark Mosher

"Instrumentation: 90% Nord Lead 4 Synthesizer (performance instrument with all original signature sounds), 5% Octatrack (performance sampler for original field recordings/samples and on-the-fly sequencing), and 5% Tenori-On (performance instrument and on-the-fly sequencing)

Music inspired by Louis and Bebe Barron

Artistic process inspired by Joan Miro, Clyfford Still, and Darwin Grosse

(c)(p) 2015 Mark J. Mosher (BMI) - CC-BY-NC"

"Marooned is an original cinematic electronic soundscape. I think of it as a score for a film yet to be made. An Earth ship crashes on a massive moon and the only hope for the crew's survival is making it across a harsh landscape to an alien outpost for a first, and uninvited, encounter.

This soundscape is in the same universe and is a prequel to my alien invasion concept album series Reboot, I Hear Your Signals, and Fear Cannot Save Us. Unlike the first three albums which contained shorter composed and often groove-based songs, this album contains a single long-form recording combining electronic tonalities and abstract expressionist music.

This work is an example of live sonic storytelling and was recorded in one pass (with no prerecorded sequences, overdubs, or edits) after weeks of improvising and rehearsal.

0:00 Approach
0:59 System Failure
1:30 Crash, Ejection, Blackout

2:08 Regaining Consciousness
4:14 Being Scanned

5:06 The Traverse

7:10 Point of No Return
8:04 Solving the Airlock Puzzle
8:53 Moving Through the Darkness
9:30 The Trap

10:47 March to Chamber

15:00 Extracting Secrets of Man and Machines

18:22 Extracting our Dreams
released 28 April 2015

Written, performed, programmed, and produced by Mark Mosher

Cover photo and design, liner notes, and graphical score by Mark Mosher

Instrumentation: 90% Nord Lead 4 Synthesizer (performance instrument with all original signature sounds), 5% Octatrack (performance sampler for original field recordings/samples and on-the-fly sequencing), and 5% Tenori-On (performance instrument and on-the-fly sequencing)

Music inspired by Louis and Bebe Barron

Artistic process inspired by Joan Miro, Clyfford Still, and Darwin Grosse

(c)(p) 2015 Mark J. Mosher (BMI) - CC-BY-NC"


Excerpts from Mark Mosher "Marooned" Live Textures Ambient Showcase

Published on Apr 28, 2015

"I performed 'Marooned', a my 20-minute cinematic electronic soundscape in 7 movements, on April 26th, 2015 at the Textures Ambient Showcase at the Mutiny Information Cafe in Denver. This is 3m30so video of excerpts from that show shot with a GoPro I had on a bookcase behind me.

Marooned is an original cinematic electronic soundscape. I think of it as a score for a film yet to be made. An Earth ship crashes on a massive moon and the only hope for the crew's survival is making it across a harsh landscape to an alien outpost for a first, and uninvited, encounter.

This soundscape is in the same universe and is a prequel to my alien invasion concept album series Reboot, I Hear Your Signals, and Fear Cannot Save Us. Unlike the first three albums which contained shorter composed and often groove-based songs, this album contains a single long-form recording combining electronic tonalities and abstract expressionist music.

This work is an example of live sonic storytelling and was recorded in one pass (with no prerecorded sequences, overdubs, or edits) after weeks of improvising and rehearsal.

B&W photo in video by Chris Sessions"

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Groovezilla by Quincas X

Quincas X is synth maker Quincas Moreira.

"Groovezilla was my response to the challenge of FAWM 2015, to create a full 14 track album in the 28 days of February. The album was done mostly on the iPad with diverse apps, but there's a good bit of my DIY analog modular in there, as well as my trusty old Hohner electric piano. It is a mix between experimental music and grooves, and the theme is classic monsters. Enjoy!"

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Todd Barton's Buchla Release "ausprobieren" Now Available

"This is a brief album of brief pieces. In literature I am drawn to short forms, especially those of Jorges Luis Borges and Italo Calvino. In poetry: haiku.

Here are thirteen short analog synthesizer explorations created over a three week period of experimenting with a small Buchla 200e Electric Music Box.

For those interested in the modules, here they are: 266e, 259e, 261e, 281e, 292e, 291e, 285e, 206e, 222e

All the vignettes are self-generating patches. All the etudes are layered, mixed and manipulated from various self-generating pieces using Logic Express and various echo, delay and reverb plug-ins, mainly SoundToys and 2C-Aether.
The Buchla 200e is an amazingly deep, complex, and sensitive instrument. These little experiments are only my personal glimpse into the Buchla universe.

To hear other uses and sonic revelations in the world of the Buchla 200e please search the internet for works by Richard Lainhart, Alessandro Cortini, Giorgio Sancristoforo, Charles Cohen, Don Hassler, Joe Pascarell, and of course Don and Ezra Buchla to name just a few.

tOdD BaRtOn
Ausprobieren: German for 'to try it out' or 'to experiment'
© todd barton 2010
website: email:"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Detune Ltd. [CD] GAMEOVER / PAINTVOX - KORG DSN-12 Album

Published on Apr 14, 2015

Original Japanese description (Googlish below):

M3 先行発売(ク16ab・第二展示場2F)

「Oscillodriver (Play the KORG DSN-12)」がKORG USA公式KORG DSN−12宣伝用動画コンテストで見事グランプリに選ばれたのを皮切りに、同曲がK­ORG DSN-12 Super Users Official Compilationに収録、その後KORG DSN-12オフィシャルイベントOscilloscope Fridayでは驚愕の「生」演奏で来場者を卒倒させた19歳の若きトラックメーカー­PAINTVOXのファーストフルアルバム!

愛用のニンテンドー3DS用ソフトKORG DSN-12たった1つで、80sのノスタルジックなテクスチャーを見え隠れさせなが­ら、凶器的なEDMのストラクチャーで圧倒し続ける36分の「生」演奏!

1 Intro
2 Oscillodriver(Album edit)
4 Mad Protocol(Album edit)
5 Patching Education
6 Mariana Dance
7 VS Puzzle Master
9 Maintenance
10 AI

℗©2015 PAINTVOX / Humanoid Base ©2015 DETUNE LTD. ALL RIGHT RESERVED."



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