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Saturday, March 02, 2024

Honeysmack: Improvised Techno with TR-909, TB-303, MachineDrum, Octatrack and Modular Synth

video upload by Honeysmack

"Live improvised techno from my studio, originally recorded and performed for @ModularWorld on Feb 11. There is a full interview with Johno Wells the host of Modular World. The episode includes a performance and interview with the always lovely and talented @Trovarsi.

Gear used in the this video:
Roland TR-909
Roland TB-303 Devilfish
Elektron MachineDrum
Elektron Syntakt
Elektron Octatrack MK1
Soma Pulsar23
Playdifferently Model1 mixer
Elektron Analog Heat MK1
Eventide Space

Modular Synth Rack:
Intellijel Performance 84hp 7U rack: main voices
Cwejman BLD2
Noise Engineering Loquelic Iteritas
Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas Alter
4MS Ensemble Oscillator

Single improvised live recording, no additional audio processing or post production.

πŸ“‘ This channel is supported by my Patreon supporters who get a first look, join here:

πŸ“Έ Follow me here:"

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Jamuary: Acid Techno with TB-303 Devilfish + TR-606 + Syntakt + Pulsar23

video upload by Honeysmack

"One of my little hot jams for Jamuary 2024. Acid Techno with TB-303 Devilfish + TR-606 + Syntakt + Pulsar23. Had the Pulsar23 sequenced by the Syntakt, also the audio from the Pulsar23 fed into the Syntakt too. Improvised jam recored in a single take. Audio all through the Playdifferently Model1 mixer and the Elektron Analog Heat (not pictured) on the master bus for that extra little something. Octatrack not in use.

πŸ“‘ This channel is supported by my Patreon supporters who get a first look, join here:

πŸ“Έ Follow me here:

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Quick Jams with Elektron Analog Rytm MKII, Digitakt, Digitone, Syntakt, MachineDrum and Monomachine

video upload by grouptechnologiesoz

"Exciting stuff as Group Technologies Australasia has been appointed the new exclusive Australian distributor of @WeAreElektron Music Machines. What better way to start things rolling by plugging in a stack of Elektron boxes and start jamming? Here we go with the Analog RYTM MkII, Digitakt, Digitone and Syntakt all playing nicely together. And for good measure @Honeysmack (Elektron fan boy) threw in the old MachineDrum and Monomachine."

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Hybrid Acid live at Howler on 9.09 featuring Acid Safari, Mike Callander and Honeysmack

video upload by Honeysmack

"Combining DJing and live improvised Acid Techno — Hybrid Acid are the trio of Acid Safari, Mike Callander and Honeysmack! The performance sees all 3 artists improvising at the same time producing a thick sonic wall of pure improvised Acid Techno. It all takes place on the dance floor (boiler room style) intimate with the audience. Hybrid Acid is a feast of decks, drum machines, 303s and much more! This is a new project formed in 2023 and with just a few shows under their belt, Hybrid Acid are offering a new experience on the dance floor, colliding contemporary DJ practices with live electronic dance music performance.

Hybrid Acid performed at Howler on the holy day for Techno heads, 9/09. Celebrating the iconic Roland TR-909 drum machine that is ubiquitous throughout Techno and House music. Acid Safari, Mike Callander and Honeysmack give thanks to the Techno heartbeat that is the 909 performing their highly unique project on this special night. For those who were there on this special night, thank you!! The place was electric all thanks to you - the audience!! Special thanks to everyone at Howler and Richard De Silva who shot and produced this video.

Acid Safari
The right track at the right time, anywhere and surely anytime, that is Acid Safari. This Spanish born; Australian DJ has been one of the not so well-kept secrets in the world renown Melbourne scene for many years. Acid Safari has literally played in most high calibre events in Australia, across a wide range of styles. / acidsafari

Mike Callander
Mike is one of Australia's most prolific techno DJs and a researcher, music producer and live show designer. His work has appeared on TV shows and DJ mix compilations, as well as in art galleries and dark, sweaty nightclubs. / mikecallander

Pioneer of Australian Acid and Techno since the early 1990s. Best known for his dynamic and entertaining improvised live shows with an arsenal of drum machines and synths. Labelled a maverick artist who brings a punk-rock aesthetic and philosophy to electronic music. / _honeysmack_ "

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Uno Synth Pro X vs TR-909: First Jam

video upload by Honeysmack

"First time play with the Uno Synth Pro X, and the only way I know is to test it with a banging Roland TR-909. All segments are recorded in a single take, no edits. All sounds are running into an Elektron Heat for a little warmth on the master bus. The Synth Pro X is pretty immediate to use and I'm yet to look at the manual. Does it sound like a 303, maybe yes and maybe no -- but there's so much more going on. Love the recordable automation and parameter locking, along with the superb delay and reverbs!! Thanks (grazie) to IK Multimedia for sending this to me to try out.

00:00 Smoking in the toilets on a commercial flight to Berlin.
01:03 Funky Broccoli gets stuck between your teeth.
02:48 Fidget Techno is making a comeback, mark my words!
05:02 Heartburn and Stomach Acid

πŸ“‘ This channel is supported by my Patreon supporters who get a first look, join here: and yes I offer one-on-one tuition/lessons/coaching on how to make and perform live acid techno."

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Honeysmack Live at Revolver Upstairs March 2023: Improvised Acid Techno Hardware Set

video upload by Honeysmack

"This was an epic live acid techno show at Revolver Upstairs on March 11, 2023. All recorded and improvised live on the dance floor, in the backroom. The audience are an essential part to all my performances — it is you 🫡🏼 who make the energy, so thank you πŸ™πŸΌ

It has been almost 25 years since I first played Revolver way back in the late 1990s. There will be a new release taken from this performance, more details soon! No computers or DJs were hurt in this performance.

❤️ Big thanks again to Camilo, Henry and all the staff at Revolver who made this happen.
πŸŽ₯ Video shot and produced by Richard DeSilva
πŸ™πŸΌ Thanks to Rudeboy, Tarek, Mike Callander, Acid Safari, Chiara Kickdrum and Kevin

πŸŽ› Gear used for this jam:
Modular synth
Roland TR-8
Abstrakt Instruments Avalon Bassline
Elektron RYTM MkI
Elektron Octatrack MkI
Playdifferently Model1 mixer
Eventide Space and Timefactor pedals

πŸ“‘ This channel is supported by my Patreon supporters who get a first look, join here: and yes I offer one-on-one tuition/lessons/coaching on how to make and perform live acid techno."

Monday, April 10, 2023

Live Acid Techno Improvised Studio Performance with TR909 + TB303 + Modular Synth + MachineDrum

video upload by Honeysmack

"Live Acid Techno 20 minute improvised performance I did for @Trovarsi for Transduction. As always this is a totally improvised performance shot in a single take with no additional processing. There's very little preparation, besides making sure I have everything sync'd and audio levels are correct before I start the performance. My interactions with my studio and the happy accidents guide the direction of the performance. All shot on 3 cameras from my studio.

πŸŽ› Gear used for this jam: Modular rack:
Roland TR-909
Roland TB-303 Devilfish
Elektron Octatrack (live sampling the modular synth)
Elektron MachineDrum
Playdifferently Model1 mixer
Effects: Eventide Space and Timefactor pedals
Elektron Analog Heat MkI (on master channel)
No other gear or processing used!

Check out the full interview here with Trovarsi [below]

πŸ“‘ This channel is supported by my Patreons who get a first look, become a member here: and yes I offer one-on-one tuition/lessons/coaching on how to make and performing live acid techno."

Transduction Signal hosted by Trovarsi - Guest: HONEYSMACK

video upload by Trovarsi

"Join me each month with my featured guest artist! They will share a live performance, followed by a short breakdown of their setup. We'll talk about their musical background & influences, discuss their path to becoming a live artist, and hear the message they hope to convey through their music. Make sure to join us in the chat! There will be an opportunity for a live Q&A throughout the interview."

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Do you know improvised techno?

video upload by Honeysmack

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

DRUM MACHINE Review and Buyers Guide Part 1

video upload by Noisegate

"Drum machines have come a long way in a relatively short period of time. If you think about the first fully programmable drum machines such as the Roland legendary TR-808, that was only a little over 40 years ago. Roland’s first MIDI drum machine, the House and Techno queen that is the TR-909 was manufactured in 1982. It’s nice to reminisce about the 1980s when drum machines became popular, although there’s been some modern classics during this millennium including the Elektron MachineDrum from 2001 and Dave Smith Tempest from 2011. Today there are a plethora of new drum machines all with amazing new features. Yes, many manufacturers these days politely provide a nod to the classics such as the 808, 909 and LinnDrum through to the modern classic in their designs. Here is our mega drum machine guide for the current drum machines that are being manufactured. This project became so big, that we had to split it into two parts, so here is part 1:

Check out the specs and the bits we love from each of these drum machines here:

If you think that was mega, we’ve still got plenty more. We’ll be covering the Roland TR-8s, Korg Drumlogue, Erica Synths Perkons and more in part 2...!!

00:00 Intro from Dr. Honeysmack
01:13 Soma Pulsar23
05:07 Behringer RD-8 MkII
10:14 Behringer RD-9
14:58 Roland TR-6S
22:03 Elektron Syntakt
26:06 Korg Volca Beats
29:57 Korg Volca Drum
35:11 Arturia Drumbrute Impact
39:35 Behringer RD-6
40:51 Roland T-8
46:48 Outro and wait for PART 2!"

Sunday, March 05, 2023

TR-909 and TB-303 workout #tb303 #techno #acidtechno #acid #acidhouse #tr909

video upload by Honeysmack

Friday, March 03, 2023

Happy 303 day: Ambient Dub Techno Jam with 7x 303s

video upload by Honeysmack

"Happy 3.03 day! What better way to celebrate than try something completely ridiculous and play 7x 303 at the same time? I was up for the challenge! While it might seem fairly easy, it actually did my head in for a while. I had to think about how to make this interesting, rather than have a stupid cacophony of acid bashing our ears. So I opted for the downtempo ambient dub like sound. In simple terms space the 303s out and give them room socially. Here it is and after the jam I provide some short commentary on my approach and how it was recorded. The jam was recorded in one single take, no additional sounds or post production. Please let me know what you think, am I crazy?

/ honeysmacked

πŸ•Ή This channel is supported by my Patreons who get a first look, become a member here: and yes I offer one-on-one tuition/lessons/coaching on making and performing live techno.

πŸ•Ή Gear used for this jam:
Roland TB-303
Roland TB-303 Devilfish
Roland TB-03
Abstrakt Instruments Avalon Bassline
Behringer TD-3 (x2)
Behringer TD-3MO
Elektron Syntakt (for kick and hihat sounds only)
Eventide Space reverb pedal
Eventide Timefactor delay pedal
TC Electronic Flashback delay pedal
Mackie 1202 mixer
Playdifferently Model 1 mixer
Elektron Analog Heat Mk1 (on master output)

00:00 Ambient Acid Dub Jam
08:02 How I put this together"

Thursday, February 09, 2023

#acidtechno #techno #acidhouse #tr909 #tb303 #darkglasselectronics

video upload by Honeysmack

Honeysmack on Spotify

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

CJ Bolland Interview: Techno Legend Talks Electronic Music Production and the Gear He Loves

video upload by Honeysmack

This one is in via supporting member Honeysmack.

"CJ Bolland discussing how he makes music and the gear he loves: TR-808, MC-202, Quadrantid Swarm, Arturia synths, Korg Flanger pedals and more!"

"Legendary electronic musician, DJ and techno producer, CJ Bolland sat down for a candid unscripted interview in my studio in the first week of 2023 discussing his approach to making music and how it has evolved over the years, through to revealing the synths and drum machines that have shaped his work.

CJ Bolland is a pioneering techno artist from Belgium who first released his seminal early techno tracks on R&S Records in the early 1990s. Since then his electronic music production and projects has him weaving through a combination of techno, pop and electro genres over the past 3 decades. He provides insight to how he creates and the music technology that he loves. CJ also reveals a few hidden gear secrets! Has a little jam in my studio and there's even a surprise guest.

Tracks featured in this video:
πŸ“‘ CJ Bolland - Golden Dreams 1990, R&S Records
πŸ“‘ Magnus - What It Is 2017, Universal
πŸ“‘ CJ Bolland - The Fire 2020, Harthouse
πŸ“‘ CJ Bolland - Horsepower 1991, R&S Records
πŸ“‘ Honeysmack - Entity, CJ Bolland remix 2022, Awesome Soundwave
*All tracks used with permission for educational purposes only.

CJ was in Australia for some shows in late Dec 2022 and we recorded this chat in the first week of 2023. Mr. Bolland has been a great friend of mine since we first met at the end of 1999. He's always been upfront, genuine and humble about his career for as long as I've known him and he knows I can be a professional idiot at the best of times 🀑 Thanks again to CJ for his time and friendship! This channel is supported by my Patreons, become a member here: and yes I also offer one-on-one tuition/lessons/coaching on making and performing live techno."

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Techno Beat Production: Honeysmack How I Make Improvised Acid Techno

video upload by Honeysmack

"This video was made for beat production students at The State University of New York (SUNY Broome County) back in October 2021 during the pandemic. It was recorded in my old studio before it was redesigned in early 2022. Here I discuss my overall approach and philosophy to making and performing live improvised techno. Performing with my "studio instrument" is at the core of what I do as live techno improvisor. There are excerpts from live performances throughout the video, with detailed explanations. This channel is supported by my Patreons, become a member here: and yes I also offer one-on-one tuition/lesson/coaching on making and performing live techno.

00:00 Intro - who am I
00:53 How I begin - pairing machines
02:10 Improvised approach - no saving!
02:46 Programming the 909 + 303 + DFAM
05:59 Using sequences
06:23 Mysteryland 2020 performance (excerpt)
11:07 I am not a DJ, how my approach differs to DJing
12:30 Performing in my studio
13:10 Non-traditional approach to music making
14:05 Exploring textural qualities - dub techno with Buchla Easel and Pulsar23
18:50 How I prepare for a live show
22:00 Awesome Soundwave III December 2020 live (excerpt) from Carl Cox's garage
31:09 Outro

Full performances featured in this video can be found here:

⚡️Honeysmack Live at Mysteryland 2020 [posted here]
⚡️Honeysmack | Awesome Soundwave Live Online Festival III (performed and recorded at Carl Cox's garage) [posted here]

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Acid Techno Modular Synth Jam with TR-909 and DFAM - Unpatching or How I Patch

video upload by Honeysmack

Timeline below.

"In this video I "unpatch" a little Acid Techno modular rack I've been rocking for a few months. Truth is, I didn't really unpatch, more of a "how I patch" — I walk through and explain how I use modules and their sound/function. This channel is supported by my Patreons, become a member here:

πŸŽ› Focused modular voices πŸŽ›
πŸ”Έ Cwejman BLD2 making the 303ish sound
πŸ”Έ Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas Alter - mad percussion sounds
πŸ”Έ Noise Engineering Loquelic Iteritas - lead, bass or rip your head off!
πŸ”ΈMichigan Synth Works SY0.5 - Pearl Syncussion clone, analog percussion secret weapon.
πŸ”ΈEndorphines Queen of Pentacles - 909 inspired multi-drum voice module with effects.
πŸ”ΈMoog DFAM - killer percussion and synth module with onboard 8-step sequencer.

Merely scratching the surface in this video. So strap in and grab a nice coffee or tea. It gets a little long, so perhaps my next unpatching video will dive deeper how I specifically use certain modules. Please feel free to ask!

πŸ•Ή The jam I unpatch is available here, with no talking, straight up jam: [posted here]

My modular gear and set-up is in a constant state of flux and I change up my rack every 3 months, thereabouts. That is the beauty of modular synths, you design your own synth. There are no, right or wrong ways to do this, it is all very subjective. Hence, you get an insight to my way of thinking about how I make Techno."

00:00 Intro to the gear, my improvisational approach and sequences
02:04 Audio and MIDI routings
04:09 Module overview
08:21 Intellijel Metropolis - and how I'm not a traditionally trained musician.
12:04 BLD2 focus, that's Bass -Lead & Drum Generator to earth people.
13:54 Add that 909 and jamming
15:05 Basimilus Iteritas Alter - hard to pronounce, best percussion all-rounder
18:10 Loquelic Iteritas - a tale of 2 pitches
22:52 Continue the jam, that's what we came for
24:37 Cockpit2 - mixer module with that sweet side-chain pump
27:33 SY0.5 and Queen of Pentacles, serious percussion investments, shhhhhh don't tell everyone
32:15 Queen of Pentacles, the Queen is very much alive
35:29 I do like to jam, no seriously, I do ask anyone who doesn't know me
36:06 Drummer from another mother or DFAM to you and me!
37:37 Please add 909 to that DFAM, thanks maaaaaaate
39:13 Versio - reverb from the versatile vampire
41:56 Get a little crazy jamming with the reverb
43:43 Outro and thank you

Friday, November 18, 2022

Cognition 303: Bassline Deviations by Various Artists Celebrating the 40-Year History of the TB-303

Also on where you'll find the release on other platforms including Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music. Note this release features supporting members of the site!

"Cognition 303: Bassline Deviations celebrates the 40-year history of the TB-303, its status as the last great iconic instrument of electronic music, and explorations of its newest sonic manifestations. The TB-303 has become one of the most used, modified and cloned instruments in electronic music. For Cognition 303 Clan Analogue artists from across Australia heeded the call to create a new selection of sounds exploring all versions of this instrument and its expanding musical lineage.

The Roland TB-303 Bass Line machine was a discarded device of the 1980s, forgotten as shiny digital synths became the industry standard of polished pop and stadium rock. However a new generation in the late 80s and early 90s reclaimed these analogue relics from pawn shops and Trading Post adverts, inspired by the new sounds of techno, house and electronic experimentalism. These young artists became the flagbearers for new musical movements which swept through the 1990s. From this era Clan Analogue was born, Australia’s longest-running and most influential electronic music collective, now celebrating 30 years of underground electronic music activity.

Cognition 303 spans the styles associated with the TB-303 and pushes them into new and unexpected directions. Techno superstar Honeysmack collaborates with T-Rek for one of his famed acid techno bangers. Australian dance music pioneer Andy Rantzen teams up with fellow 303 lover Ryan Spinoglio to give us a stripped-back funk exploration using four TB-303s. Composite Cone and Klaps celebrate the famed Robin Whittle 303 Devilfish modification. Vision Four 5 produce an anthemic piece of stadium techno while KOshowKO channels the legendary Charanjit Singh by blending the 303 with non-Western instruments. Suspect and Factorypreset, two halves of the seminal Dark Network, each create a piece of hypnotic ambient acid house groove - just some of the squelchy masterpieces on Cognition 303.

Download Cognition 303 from Bandcamp for a bonus collection of 14 more Australian 303 tracks from Clan Analogue’s artists, including Bleepin' J Squawkins, Ming One and dyLAB.

released November 15, 2022

Executive Producer: Ryan Spinoglio
Design: James Wingrove
Label support: Nick Wilson
Mastering: Darren Ziesing at Millennium Mastering
Listening panel: Wade Clarke and Martin Koszolko"

Monday, November 07, 2022

Modular Acid Techno Jam with TR-909 for upcoming Unpatching Modular Synth Rack Performance

video upload by Honeysmack

"Hello friends, I'm now on Patreon This jam is the precursor to my unpatching acid techno modular rack, where Patreon supporters get to see the preview! In my next video I will do the opposite of patching from scratch, instead I will unpatch this little performance - now you've seen the jam, next I'll unpack this performance and modular rack and explain how it was created.

This is the rack I've been using recently for my recent live shows, I thought it might be interesting to unravel how I put this rack together as it evolved over the last few months. And like every modular rack it will come to an end and I will move onto another rack with the amazing Cwejman SM-1 - but that's a video for another time πŸ˜… There'll be some previews of the SM-1 on Patreon very soon.

If you want to know how I make and perform techno and would like to hang out or get some personalised tuition - directly from my studio, whether you're starting your techno making journey or you've been making bangers for some time, then take a look at my Patreon page for more details. πŸ˜‰

πŸŽ› Gear used in this video:
Intellijel performance case, check the rack details on ModularGrid:
*Roland TR-909 - kick, hi hat and rides [off camera]
*Playdifferently Model 1 mixer [off camera]
*Elektron Analog Heat [off camera]
gear that is off camera for this video will be revealed and discussed in the following unpatching video!

All improvised and recorded in a single unedited take."

Monday, October 31, 2022

Learn Acid Techno with Honeysmack on Patreon

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Supporting member Honeysmack, who's numerous videos have been shared here on MATRIXSYNTH, is now on Patreon:

"Hello, I'm now on Patreon - opening up my studio and knowledge for anyone who wants to delve into the world of making and performing Acid Techno and everything in-between. Memberships include early access to my videos, monthly group video chat from my studio, through to one-on-one personalised tuition/coaching or mentoring.

Find me on Patreon here:

I'm Honeysmack, a live Acid Techno artist, producer, performer, and music technologist from Melbourne, Australia. My name is Dr. David Haberfeld. As an improviser and academic, I've been creating electronic music since the early 1990s. Yes, I even completed a PhD in Acid Techno! I have worked and helped some of the biggest names in dance music, and as an academic I've taught at universities from Australia to north America and Asia. I can provide unique insight and approach to making electronic music that does not require any prior knowledge or formal music education - if you're ready to be challenged creatively in new and exciting ways, I can help. Think of it as therapy for techno creatives and synth heads or anyone who loves the TB-303 and wants to hang-out.

I'm now opening up and giving you access to my knowledge, experience, and studio. Additionally, my work as a music technologist extends to beta-tester, demonstrator, and consult for some of the top music technology manufacturers, so by simply following me you gain special insights to new and vintage gear. I'll cover everything from drum machines, synths, modular gear, studio set-up advice, performing with hardware through to communicating to other lifeforms on other planets outside of our galaxy, okay maybe not, but you never know!!

There is no such thing as a foolish question, so please reach out if you're interested in one-on-one coaching and mentorship. I appreciate your support and look forward to meeting and interacting with you, thanks!"

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Arturia MiniFreak vs Roland TR-909 first play: techno workout examples

video upload by Honeysmack

"First play with the Arturia MiniFreak hybrid synth. I'm not much of a keyboard player and was immediately drawn to the sequencer on the MiniFreak. In this video I paired the synth with a TR-909 and went through a bunch of sounds, manipulating and jamming at the same time, nothing too serious, just getting a feel for it and how it sounds. There's quite a broad palette of sounds in this synth, with a stack of features I didn’t touch - this video barely scratches the surface. There is no additional sounds or effects, everything you hear is from the MiniFreak and TR-909.

00:00 Banger spec - From Detroit to Berlin to Melbourne.
01:20 Did you know flowers can grow better with techno music?
02:26 Future techno club banger, tell your children now and they will love you.
03:57 Noisey percussion is so 1990s although I was never a fan of "Friends" the TV Show.
04:45 What happens when you add a box of hammers and some old shoes to your washing machine?
05:38 The rave doesn't end when you go to bed, it just gets more wobbly when you're horizontal.
06:46 Corporate IDM for people who need really interesting electronic music at the office to annoy co-workers.
07:57 My best Drexciya impersonation, underwater is the new world.
09:45 The microwave is talking to you, this is not a trip.
10:31 Glam rock and techno finally merge now we can dance on the moon.
12:15 Sometimes the cheese you bite into is not all that pleasant.
13:05 Drunken military techno workout."

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Sunday, October 09, 2022

Syntakt and TR-909 for the first time

video upload by Honeysmack


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