Surprise: A New British Boutique Polysynth is Coming – Modulus Music 002

We have mono synths galore, but true polyphonic instruments are rarer. And while the images are blurry and details are vague, an upcoming English instrument has just the kind of pedigree to grab our attention. SonicState broke the story yesterday, but additional details have been dripping out on social media. It’s called the modulus.002. What we know: it’s a polysynth. It comes from Bristol. It’s got a rather large keyboard with loads of controls. We know it makes rather thick sounds – listen below. And we know that driving that polyphony is a hybrid analog / digital design. (Sorry, it’s …

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Music Video: Emptyset 'Fragment' Continues to Fuse Image, Sound [Raster-Noton]

Emptyset: Fragment from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo. Through a thick layer of electronic grunge, “Fragment,” a track from the forthcoming Emptyset album on Raster-Noton, is transformed into hard-edged analog geometries. This is analog generation from some post-apocalyptic civilization, it seems: aggressive, percussive glyphs. The machines seem … angry. But it’s also the latest example in a long tradition at Raster-Noton of perfectly fusing visual and sonic aesthetic, so that one is the mirror of the other. And that makes it consistently more satisfying than a lot of what’s out there. It helps that one act (the Bristol-based duo) is …

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Music Video: Emptyset ‘Fragment’ Continues to Fuse Image, Sound [Raster-Noton]

Emptyset: Fragment from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo. Through a thick layer of electronic grunge, “Fragment,” a track from the forthcoming Emptyset album on Raster-Noton, is transformed into hard-edged analog geometries. This is analog generation from some post-apocalyptic civilization, it seems: aggressive, percussive glyphs. The machines seem … angry. But it’s also the latest example in a long tradition at Raster-Noton of perfectly fusing visual and sonic aesthetic, so that one is the mirror of the other. And that makes it consistently more satisfying than a lot of what’s out there. It helps that one act (the Bristol-based duo) is …

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Portishead’s Adrian Utley Tours His Synth Collection – And New Arturia MiniBrute [Video, Analog]

Simple, hands-on synths are sometimes chided for being overly simple, cut-down versions of the infinite possibilities of modulars or digital instruments. And they might even seem anachronistic, throw-backs to old instrument designs. But if you need someone to explain the appeal of these instruments, you could do worse than Adrian Utley of Portishead, seen here in his Bristol studio. He tours the Arturia Minibrute, and talks about unlocking the unique sound of a particular instrument – what it is about the character of that synth that makes it special, why synths sometimes do some things better than others, and why …

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Painted with Video, Europe Finds Surrealist Graffiti Opening Holes in its Landmarks

In moments that would have pleased Belgian surrealist RenĂ© Magritte, an ordinary paint roller transforms a litany of European landmarks with video “paint.” Roll on, and it’s as though someone has punched a hole to another dimension. This isn’t a post-production effect: it’s all live, via computer vision and projection mapping. The project is the latest work by international duo SWEATSHOPPE. We’ve seen them twice before: Painting with Video: Live Projected Wheatpaste with SWEATSHOPPE Hypnotic Colored Geometries and Balloon AV from SWEATSHOPPE SWEATSHOPPE’s Blake Shaw tells CDM: Just writing you to send our new video painting video which shows us …

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Plays of Shadow and Light, into Digital Topography: New ANTIVJ Work

French-born, Bristol UK-based artist Joanie Lermercier is one of the names most associated with projection mapping. But in a new video, the artist – who goes by the name ANTIVJ, which doubles as his audiovisual label – expresses just how he conceives these tricks of perception, as plays of shadow and light. The work itself is beautifully documented here, interspersed with its surroundings, as an installation and (for Joanie) artist residency at Troy, New York’s EMPAC, not far upstate from New York City. It’s not just an escape from the rectangle that motivates ANTIVJ’s work. The specific application of calculated …

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In Detroit’s Ruins, A Look at an Electronic Music Revolution, by Resident Advisor

Against Detroit’s “industrial exoskeleton,” Resident Advisor has a new documentary short film examining Detroit’s musical revival, an electronic cultural phenomenon that brought healing and new life to a city whose economic livelihood had imploded. The film is beautifully shot, and wisely starts with Motown and its connections to the auto industry, not simply with an out-of-context look at electronics alone. From those roots come the rich musicianship Detroit offers, a level of musicianship perhaps not generally associated with electronica. The film logically turns to the electronic revolution – and some reminders of just how fresh and modern the tracks sound, …

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