anoderhythm

Not just less is more. More from less.

Call it the sub-$200 studio.

Our friend Tomash Ghz has made a track with sounds produced using only the Teenage Engineering PO-12 and the MeeBlip anode.

Listen:

And, very cool, have a go at the project files via Splice:
https://splice.com/ghz_tomash/tomash-ghz—teslacoil

For the record, that’s US$59 for the Teenage drum machine, and US$139.95 list for the MeeBlip. (In fact, MeeBlip is on sale now for a very limited time for US$119.95 with free US/Canadian shipping or discounted international shipping.)

But I really can’t stop listening to what he’s made. It’s definitely inspiring me to make do with less, with smaller. And while this wasn’t recorded live, some ingenuity with this and some sort of input can definitely make a tiny live rig. I really believe in this stuff. It’s something to do with feeling less intimidated by gear, something to do with restrictions and the compositional discipline they can impose, something about the fun of the gear, something about the ability to toss it into a tiny bag and literally, physically feel less burdened.

Regardless, it’s a great track. And as it isn’t always easy making gear inexpensive, I’m likewise inspired by what Teenage Engineering have done in terms of clever, sometimes whimsical design that’s also musical. See Ashley Elsdon’s lovely collage below (via Instagram):

teenagecollage

And of course, have a look at these two devices, among the other small-but-fun-but-big-sounding instruments now available.

http://meeblip.com (which CDM co-creates, on sale through June 7)
https://www.teenageengineering.com/products/po

… plus Tomash’s latest EP out now:
Pulses

Updated: Wait, there’s more – of less! Reader ST. BEETHOVEN has made this terrifically-catchy electro tune with anode. Percussion again comes from elsewhere, but all the synth parts and even the vocoder (carrier) uses anode. And then it all gets rather nicely evil:

  • St beethoven

    Very cool! The anode is a really cool and thoughtfully designed synth. I made this track with the anode, including the vocoder parts – https://soundcloud.com/stbeethoven/left-hand-friends

    • Jaybeeg

      Two very different pieces, but they’re both great.

      • St Beethoven

        Very much appreciated!

    • What? Wow, this track is superb. Added!

      • St Beethoven

        Thanks Peter, great post as always!

  • St beethoven

    Very cool! The anode is a really cool and thoughtfully designed synth. I made this track with the anode, including the vocoder parts – https://soundcloud.com/stbeethoven/left-hand-friends

    • Jaybeeg

      Two very different pieces, but they’re both great.

      • St Beethoven

        Very much appreciated!

    • What? Wow, this track is superb. Added!

      • St Beethoven

        Thanks Peter, great post as always!

  • St beethoven

    Very cool! The anode is a really cool and thoughtfully designed synth. I made this track with the anode, including the vocoder parts – https://soundcloud.com/stbeethoven/left-hand-friends

    • Jaybeeg

      Two very different pieces, but they’re both great.

      • St Beethoven

        Very much appreciated!

    • What? Wow, this track is superb. Added!

      • St Beethoven

        Thanks Peter, great post as always!

  • Leonardo Francesconi
    • Nice! Yeah, the KAOSS makes a good combo, too!

  • Leonardo Francesconi
    • Nice! Yeah, the KAOSS makes a good combo, too!

  • Leonardo Francesconi
    • Nice! Yeah, the KAOSS makes a good combo, too!

  • Dirk

    This is really nice.. but which device is delivering the background layer chords?

    • Tomash Ghz

      It’s still anode, though re-sampled to make the chords. You can dissect all the sound from the included Ableton set file.

  • Dirk

    This is really nice.. but which device is delivering the background layer chords?

    • Tomash Ghz

      It’s still anode, though re-sampled to make the chords. You can dissect all the sound from the included Ableton set file.

  • Dirk

    This is really nice.. but which device is delivering the background layer chords?

    • Tomash Ghz

      It’s still anode, though re-sampled to make the chords. You can dissect all the sound from the included Ableton set file.

  • Perplex On

    Peter, i think this finally convinced me to get a Meeblip 🙂 i’m a fan of simple (and cheap) setups, and they seem to be a perfect match! Btw. i’ve done this ultra mobile improvised jam with the PO-12 (and my phone) some days ago, just love this little beast:
    https://youtu.be/H6EFcYvFRO8

  • Perplex On

    Peter, i think this finally convinced me to get a Meeblip 🙂 i’m a fan of simple (and cheap) setups, and they seem to be a perfect match! Btw. i’ve done this ultra mobile improvised jam with the PO-12 (and my phone) some days ago, just love this little beast:
    https://youtu.be/H6EFcYvFRO8

  • Perplex On

    Peter, i think this finally convinced me to get a Meeblip 🙂 i’m a fan of simple (and cheap) setups, and they seem to be a perfect match! Btw. i’ve done this ultra mobile improvised jam with the PO-12 (and my phone) some days ago, just love this little beast:
    https://youtu.be/H6EFcYvFRO8

  • Fayek Helmi

    Now if only they could make the POs open source!

  • Fayek Helmi

    Now if only they could make the POs open source!

  • Fayek Helmi

    Now if only they could make the POs open source!

  • josh

    The “less is less” idea totally stuck with me some years back when you featured some artists working with only the Korg DS-10. (Auxpulse and someone else)

    I’m on the sidelines, not really producing anything but dabbling. And I see things like the PO-12 and totally want one, and think somehow it’ll enable me to make something More Awesome than whatever I’ve tried so far. But then I remember that there are people making awesome with the same Nintendo DS cart I have sitting in a drawer somewhere, and wonder.

    (That said I will still totally barter for a PO-12 if given the chance.)

  • josh

    The “less is less” idea totally stuck with me some years back when you featured some artists working with only the Korg DS-10. (Auxpulse and someone else)

    I’m on the sidelines, not really producing anything but dabbling. And I see things like the PO-12 and totally want one, and think somehow it’ll enable me to make something More Awesome than whatever I’ve tried so far. But then I remember that there are people making awesome with the same Nintendo DS cart I have sitting in a drawer somewhere, and wonder.

    (That said I will still totally barter for a PO-12 if given the chance.)

  • josh

    The “less is less” idea totally stuck with me some years back when you featured some artists working with only the Korg DS-10. (Auxpulse and someone else)

    I’m on the sidelines, not really producing anything but dabbling. And I see things like the PO-12 and totally want one, and think somehow it’ll enable me to make something More Awesome than whatever I’ve tried so far. But then I remember that there are people making awesome with the same Nintendo DS cart I have sitting in a drawer somewhere, and wonder.

    (That said I will still totally barter for a PO-12 if given the chance.)

  • André et Michèle

    Wow, great stuff!

  • André et Michèle

    Wow, great stuff!

  • André et Michèle

    Wow, great stuff!

  • David B

    lovely track, the little blip percussion parts have so much character 🙂

  • David B

    lovely track, the little blip percussion parts have so much character 🙂

  • David B

    lovely track, the little blip percussion parts have so much character 🙂