Premiere: Lose yourself in these cutting-edge modular productions

Twirling timbres of Tiptop titillate, tantalizingly… a modular synth maker has made its own music label, and to kick things off, CDM gets the premiere of a hypnotic music video. First, the music video, made for the compilation’s opening track by Matt Lange. It’s the work of director Nicola De Luca, and I have to admire its simplicity: an entrancing rotating blossom, sculpted in video in a series of horizontal delays and three-dimensional transformations. Description: The video is a metamorphosis of forms that investigates kinetic connections between the motions of rotation and material decontextualization of objects. It takes inspiration from …


Orchestra, Plugged: Heritage Orchestra and Scanner Rework Joy Division

The orchestra might once have seemed the antithesis of rock and electronic and amplified instruments. But now, the lenses of electronic sound and recording can be second nature. Yes, that’s London’s Southbank Royal Festival Hall – and yes, that’s a whole bunch of microphones amidst the music stands, feeding a massively-multichannel mix of the ensemble and blurring the line between acoustic and non-acoustic. There’s also the unmistakable panel of a Moog Little Phatty in one shot. But the project may be just as noteworthy for its reworking of Joy Division, whose post-punk sounds would have a profound impact on aesthetic …