Zn'shñ Live at Mudam (2008)

YouTube via znshn
"Zn'shñ (Elvire Bastendorff & Franck Smith) live at Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d'art moderne Grand-Duc Jean. Recorded December 10th 2008.


Invented and defined by Franck Smith, the term Zn'shñ signifies: the gleam of dark colours. Deliberately antithetic and intentionally enigmatic, Zn'shñ is enthused by Butoh iconography, Japanese Gagaku aesthetic and Tibetan rituals codification. Operating as a dual electronic unit, Zn'shñ deepens a series of very specific works around phonocrafting and noise manufacturing."

N°2 of Zn'shñ Live at Mudam (2008)

Plugging in

flickr by poly915

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Music for the Holidays

Some more music for the holidays, via the forum:

Winter Lounge Compilation via intercorni
"Winter Lounge Compilation

Urania Man released 3 new tracks on the Winter Lounge Compilation.

PPG Wave2.2
PPG Waveterm A
PPG Prozessorkeyboard
PPG 360A
Roland Jupiter-8
Roland Jupiter-6
Roland JX10
Waldorf Microwave I
Casio VZ10M
Oberheim Matrix6
Sequential Pro One
KORG DW-8000
an many many digital Stuff (Native Instruments)

iTune Link


Live Streaming New Years Eve 2009 event via ocp
"We did it in 2006 and 2008 (I think we missed 2007) so why not do it again? Lets have an online international New Year's Eve party and electro-jam. Almost all cultures celebrate the January 1st New Year so this is sure not to offend too many people.

A floating concert is like a floating crap game, it moves around from location to location.

A shoutcast server will be set up to run all day Dec 31 through Jan 1. People in their studios are welcome to set up live streaming of performances, jam sessions, or any kind of musical expression for streaming. The members and lurkers can tune in and share the experience. Hopefully, people will be volunteering from all over the world to sign up for a time slot. Pick a time convenient for you - it doesn't have to be Midnight in your time zone, but that would be cool.

For those that haven't done live streaming, it is a lot easier than you might imagine. To do the streaming, all you need is a PC with Oddcast (now called Edcast), a free program. If you have a Mac, you can use the Nicecast program (free demo works for a month the last time we tried it) to stream.

If you are are interested in participating, a test server will be set up just for you to experiment on to make sure you can get it to work.

Once you get your own server assignment, you can test stream all you want. When your time comes up on New Years Eve, the server will be switched to reflect you server. You have nothing to do.

If you are interested, please let us know. We'll pass out times on a first come basis. Why don't you join in? Don't worry about being polished and super professional, this is for fun. Hopefully, we can give some of our DIY synth builders a chance to have their music heard direct from their studios.

It's party time...

For more info go here:"

Ensoniq Fizmo Rack

via this auction via the forum.
"The Fizmo is a 48-voice synthesizer which uses 2nd-generation Transwave technology to create very organic sounds unlike any other synth available. Every programming function has its own dedicated knob or button. The Fizmo features an Arpeggiator and 24-bit VLSI effects with 41 algorithms, including a Vocoder and the ability to process incoming audio through the Vocoder and effects.

Transwave synthesis uses wavetables of sound data with layered variations in harmonic structures such that their timbres progress naturally from one end to the other. This allows for sounds to modulate over time, or by velocity, wheel, pressure, or any number of other options.

There are 2 oscillators available for each of the 4 presets allowing for 8 unique oscillators at the same time, not to mention individual LFO and Noise generators for each Osc. Another wonderful feature is the ability to stack up to four individual presets together into one sound and map them across the keyboard. This synth is very capable of some very complex sounds.

The built-in Arpeggiator has 118 presets which can be easily edited to your liking, and 26 real-time control/editing knobs make mutating your sound a pleasure. All controls may be recorded in real-time to an external sequencer.

Performance features
* five F-I-Z-M-O real-time control knobs
* four dedicated Sound buttons allow convenient selection, layering and key range assignment of presets
* 17 dedicated Sound and Effect editing knobs
* all four zones can play local sounds or external MIDI sources
* 48 dynamically assigned voices
* four-pole dynamic digital low-pass resonant filters with key tracking (33 settings, including fractional scaling)
* three envelope generators that can be modulated by velocity, key scaling, and response to release velocity
* 22 modulation sources, 8 modulation destinations
* one LFO (seven waveform choices can sync to Arpeggiator or external MIDI clock)
* variable rate noise generator can sync to Arpeggiator or external MIDI Octave, semi-tone, and fine tuning
* pitch tracking (33 settings, including fractional scaling)
* 45 ROM pitch tables (256 steps per semi-tone resolution)
* glide mode, glide time
* mono/poly playback
* programmable pitch bend range
* sustain on/off

Ensoniq Fizmo Specifications:
#Polyphony - 48 voices
#Oscilators - 4 MB of 16-bit internal wave ROM, featuring Transwaves (created through digital synthesis and resynthesis technologies); 2 osc for each of 4 presets - total of 8 simultaneous - 58 waveforms
#LFO Time - 8 LFO's (7 waveform choices, can sync to Arpeggiator or external MIDI clock)
#Filters - Resonant LP & BP 4 pole filters. Non-Resonant 2LP+2HP, 3LP+1HP, 2LP+2LP, 3LP+1HP filters.
#Efects - 41 digital VLSI 24-bit effects (8 Global Reverbs, Chorus, Flanger, DDL, Distortion, Tunable Speaker, Chatter Box, Vocal Morph, Auto-Wah, Vocoder); Processes incoming audio
#Memory - 128 ROM sounds, Up to 128 RAM, 64 Presets
#Control - MIDI (up to 4 polyphonic channels)"

Natureza Morta

flickr by me esqueçam¿

DIY Synth

via CatSynth

find the cat.

Korg Wavestation + Roland JD-800 *Arctic Circle*

YouTube via retrosound72
"vintage synth demo track by RetroSound

"Arctic Circle"

pads and fx sounds: Korg Wavestation SR played with the DX7 II
CS-80 like brass sound: Roland JD-800

Thanks for over 2000 subscribers in the last year.
Matrixsynth, Tara Bush (Analog Suicide), Synthtopia, NonSoloSynth, Switched On Synthesizer and the others thanks for the support.

Happy Christmas!

more info: and"

Sequential Circuits Pro-One

flickr set by transanalog
(click for more)

Be sure to see these full size by clicking on "All Sizes" when you get there.

Inside a Sequential Circuits Pro-One

Warren Burt interview on VICMOD

"Warren Burt has to be one of my favourite composers, up there with the likes of Sun Ra, Merzbow, Morton Subonick, Pierre Henry, Parmegiani etc yet his recordings have remained unheard by the masses. Even today people interested in early electronic music may have missed his recordings.Thankfully they are available via his web site"

You can find the interview on VICMOD.

mopho demo

"i just got this little booger yesterday, and i must say ! wowie!
i'm still finding my way around the controlls, as i'm used to having a ton of sliders or knobs in front of me. bass provided by juno 60, drums from sequential drumtraks. all the weird ass other stuff is the mopho!
so.. here ya go iain.."

LED Flickering Candle Listening to Output

YouTube via circuitmaster
"Listening to the output of am LED flickering Candle. Seems fairly random."

Treat Yourself :)