Totally tube-ular: weird and wonderful sounds of Erica’s new Fusion modular system

The synth world may be quieter this April, but that isn’t stopping the saturated, screaming sounds of tubes. Erica Synths have both a new system and new modules, true to their post-Communist, tube-loving legacy. I’m going to say some words, but let’s marvel for a moment at the grungy, powerful industrial instrumentalism here first: Tubes […]

Extreme dub delay, in the new Ninja Tune-Erica Zen Delay

We can talk a lot about engineering. But at some point, you pack vacuum tubes and DSP and chips together, and you get a delay that’s extreme enough to have Ninja Tune and Coldcut printed on it.

Peter Kirn - September 18, 2019

Vector dreams, in a new book on sound-modulated light

Like alien artifacts dug up in sci-fi, once-forgotten technologies are resurfacing as newly futuristic. And so behold vector synthesis – that moment when signal for light and sound intertwines.

Peter Kirn - July 9, 2019

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