Here are a couple of videos (should embed as a playlist) of me jamming away on my beloved Dave Smith Evolver. It’s a thoroughly unique and characterful hybrid analogue/digital monosynth, which marked Dave Smith’s return to synth manufacturing back in 2002. A modern classic.
The first video’s more of a Mouse On Mars-style noodling, full of grit and filter FM. The second’s a more minimal, melodic affair, building up a nice chord sequence (while the synth’s monophonic, you can address each OSC individually with the built-in four-channel sequencer). I’ve chucked the editor up on screen so you can see what’s going on, as the matrix interface is rather opaque at a glance.
I forgot to mention this here at the time, but I’ve also (fairly) recently remixed Karsten Pflum, reworking his track, ‘I Am Ice’. It’s taken from Pflum’s excellent Love Canticles album, released on Touched Music. As with all things Touched, all proceeds go to charity.
Sydney-based Dutch artist, Julien Mier, has recently released a new EP on
Barcelona’s Sin Hilo label.
Untangle the Roots
includes my remix of Mier’s track ‘Well’, and is one of four remixes capping-off
the 10-track EP.
As well as various digital options, it’s also available as a beautifully designed
12” pressed on white vinyl, and sleeved in a delightful translucent printed
discobag. Excellent job on the design and packaging.
If you’ve never heard Julien’s music before, you can expect playful, upbeat
tracks full of jazzy chords, found sound percussion and sunny melodies. Over to
the Bandcamp embed:
It’s been quite a while since the first Snow Palms release, Intervals, way
back in 2012, so it’s high time another idiophone-laden journey saw light of
day. Origin and Echo
is released today on the Village Green label.
Here’s a video for Rite:
The album’s available on Bandcamp, with CD
and vinyl editions also available.
Tomorrow I’ll be the ‘Tunes for Zoon’ guest selector on Zoon van Snook’s Bloop London radio show, Oddtronica. I’ll be picking five tracks that have recently been floating my boat, and will talk a little about each one. The show’s always an interesting mix of tracks from the outer fringes of electronica, and is well worth a listen if you can make it.
The show airs from 18-20:00 GMT 🕕 on Sat 25th 2017. You can tune in and listen live over at Bloop.