Richard D. James worked with KORG on the microtuning feature of the Monologue. Warp has published a sprawling, nerdy interview he conducted with Tatsuya.

And there’s an all-KORG track, too:

Listening to former KORG engineer Tatsuya Takahashi, who led teams that developed the volca series, monotron, and others, interviewed by Aphex Twin – well, that’s got to be a nerdgasm.

And they deliver. They get deep into design and engineering philosophy, into tuning (naturally), on slop and imperfection, and then into geometry and a whole lot more.

Richard D. James speaks to Tatsuya Takahashi [Warp]

In case you’re wondering, “Tats” has moved on from Korg to a position in Germany at Yadastar. More on that soon, hopefully.

  • chaircrusher

    Even though I’m sure it’s sincere the mutual admiration society they’ve got going becomes a bit much. Reminds me of the Syrobonkers interview, which just went on FOREVER with James’ obsessing about gear. I’ve been on the Analogue Heaven mailing list for 20 years and I thought THEY were obsessive. If RDJ showed up at a gear meet, people would start edging away from him after the first hour.
    https://rareafx.wordpress.com/dave-noyze-syrobonkers-interview-november-2014/

    • You gotta admit the track is great, though.

      I mean – it’s an artist and an engineer; I think by that measure, it’s a nice discussion. If those folks get too good at this, then there’s no room left for us journalist/hacks 😀

      • chaircrusher

        I was glad to read it. But I’m beginning to think the common thread that ties the early 90s British electronic music producers is being on the autism spectrum 😉

        • Loved the discussion and seeing the melding of ideas. I think being on the spectrum is a good thing in this case. ^_^

    • Neil

      He’s making up for 25+ years of being inscrutable.

  • michaelmatos

    That track is juicy. Like it’s been simmering in a slowcooker all week. Nom!

  • Max

    Boring sounds. We have been listening to this stuff for decades. Yawn.