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Back in 1979 I bought my first synth: a monophonic Korg MS-20 which I still own. The cause of it were a British post-punk band from Sheffield: Cabaret Voltaire, which I saw at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven in the same year.

They are included in the BBC-4 documentary Synth Britannia, which focuses on the rise of synth pop in the post-punk era. Although the focus is on “”pop” bands like The Human League, OMD, Depeche Mode and individuals like Gary Numan, the influence of more “industrial” outfits like Cabaret Voltaire,  Throbbing Gristle and The Normal is also mentioned.

The BBC 4 documentary links the rise of synth pop to the bleak landscape, economics and politics of ’70 s Britain. So a very interesting video to check out if you are into electronic music (history).

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Swiss sound sculptures artist Zimoun will be present at the upcoming 2014 edition of the Dutch Design Week (DDW). The DDW is a yearly event dedicated to what was once called “industrial  design“, but now extends simply to “design“. It is held from October, 18 to 26 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are characterized by these quotes:

«Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects.» bitforms nyc

«The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic». Zimoun creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.» Tim Beck

Exhibitions and events are spread all over the city of Eindhoven during the DDW. The STRP Scene #2 installation of Zimoun can  be viewed at the Klokgebouw on the Strijp-S facility.

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NONOTAK performing “Late Speculation” at Elektra Mutek 15.
Venue: Cinéma Impérial / Montréal
Audiovisual installation by NONOTAK ( Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto)

 

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Reblogged from Binary Heap:

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“Our ambition, with this Guide to Sound Objects, has always been to give researchers, musicians, music-lovers and all who are directly or indirectly interested in the sound-universe an unbiased, clear and dependable tool (if this can be done) for a better knowledge and understanding of Pierre Schaeffer’s considerable contribution to this field, by means of an inventory of the ideas and concepts developed in his most important work, the Traité des Objets Musicaux.”

Download PDF : Guide To Sound Objects

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Feminatronic

Feminatronic has a YouTube Channel highlighting Artists and their Channels and each month I will be putting the spotlight on a Featured Channel.

This month –

lomita chillout

LOMITA AMBIENT CHILLOUT SOUND

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There seems to be something wrong with this video, but the result blends in nicely with the sounds generated by the zither:

 

 

Meng Qi is a  noise boxes builder from China and versions of this instrument seem to be for sale, see http://mengqimusic.com/AetherZither :

Aether Zither 以太筝 - built by Meng Qi, is an electro-acoustic musical 
instrument. It’s playing surface is assembled with springs, speakers, 
knobs and touch points. 
The combination of mechanical and electric aspects makes it an one 
of a kind and fully expressive instrument.
[...]
The Synthesis engine of AZ - Sidrassi, designed by Peter Blasser - 
is a true analog polyphonic synthesizer circuit. 
It has an unique approach regarding synthesis principle. 
There is a parameter called chaos - it controls the modulation depth 
among the voices, which would result in different level of noisy texture. 
Addtional to it, there are also touch points which allows the player to 
perform touch circuit-bend.

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