The classic Buchla 208 / Music Easel gets a new DIY expansion – and it can sound totally evil

Plenty of classic moments in modular have been remade or cloned. This project goes further, and expands on the original – and the results can be used for evil as well as good. Just listen to this:

GForce Oberheim SEM, perfect £30 plug-in of a 1974 gem, made with Tom and Marcus

In 1974, lunar modules were landing in quick succession on the moon – and the Synthesizer Expander Module (SEM-1) landed here on Earth. Developer GForce turned to creator Tom Oberheim and 80s Oberheim veteran Marcus Ryle for input on this one – and it shows. This is a unique, very analog-y feeling software instrument. It’s simple, elegant – and at 30 quid, a no-brainer.

Peter Kirn - July 7, 2022

Atari, at 50, leaves a legacy of electronic imagination in visuals and sound

It’s official: video games, or certainly their leading icon Atari, have crossed the half-century landmark. But maybe that’s why the aesthetics of some of Atari’s earliest greats now sound newly fresh – not only retro, but as something elemental no deep in music, art, and culture.

Peter Kirn - June 29, 2022

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