New Music From John Carpenter – ‘Lost Themes III: Alive After Death,’

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Sacred Bones Records has announced that the third solo album by John Carpenter, Lost Themes III: Alive After Death, will be released February 5, 2021.

You can preview the first single from the album, Weeping Ghost, via the embed above.

Here’s what they have to say about the new album:

“Underpinning Carpenter’s renaissance as a musician has been his collaboration with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. They’ve composed and performed as a trio on studio albums, on soundtracks, and onstage.

On Lost Themes III, the trio reaches a new level of creative mind meld. Richly rendered worlds are built in the interplay between Davies’s guitar and the dueling synthesizers played by the Carpenters.”

In addition to a standard version of the album, they’re planning several limited edition options:

  • a deluxe edition on red vinyl with exclusive screenprinted, hand-numbered, and wax-sealed alternate wrapped sleeve, limited to 500;
  • Sacred Bones-exclusive red, white, and black striped vinyl, limited to 1000; and
  • Sacred Bones Record Society-exclusive “Gold Nugget” vinyl, available to members of the 10th installment of the SBRS.

Each copy of the record comes with a 24″ x 36″ poster. See the label site for details.

New Album Celebrates The Centennial Of Timothy Leary & The Pioneering Of Consciousness Expansion

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Projekt Records has released a new album, Tim, where are you now? to commemorate the centennial of Timothy Leary’s birth and his influence as a piaoneer of consciousness expansion.

With the permission and encouragement of Timothy Leary’s son Zach and the Leary estate, the album’s 13 tracks contain 4 spoken word “trips” with text excerpted and cut-up from Tim’s first LSD and DMT experiences, chronicled in his 1968 book High Priest.

Label head Sam Rosenthal collaborated with Projekt space music artists Steve Roach, Erik Wollo, Mark Seelig, Forrest Fang, and others, and recorded Timothy Leary trip narrations from Alex Cox (director of Repo Man and Sid & Nancy), Reggie Watts (bandleader on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden), Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and others.

The album features the music of:

  • Sam Rosenthal (Black Tape For a Blue Girl)
  • Steve Roach
  • Erik Wøllo
  • Mark Seelig
  • Forrest Fang
  • Byron Metcalf
  • Henrik Meierkord
  • Brian Parnham
  • theAdelaidean
  • Ryan Lum & Anji Bee (Love Spirals)
  • Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls)
  • Martin Bowes (Attrition)
  • Jarguna
  • Nathan Youngblood
  • Mike VanPortfleet (Lycia)

You can preview the album below or at the label site:

An Introduction To Generative Patching With Modular Synthesizers

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In this video, Eurorack synth designer Eric Schlappi (Schlappi Engineering) takes a look at generative patching techniques for modular synthesizers.

The video was originally created as part of Portland Community College’s Music & Sonic Arts program in Spring 2020.

In the video, Schlappi diswcusses generative patching techniques, including a patch breakdown of synthesist Todd Barton’s Krell Muzak patch, and a generative patch inspired by Rob Hordijk’s Benjolin.

Schlappi notes that, in the video, he discusses Krell is a reference to Fantastic Planet, but that it is actually a reference to Forbidden Planet and its soundtrack by Bebe and Louis Barron.

Hoshiko Yamane – ‘Primitive’

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Japanese electronic artist/violinist Hoshiko Yamane (Tangerine Dream) has released a new album under the monikoer Tukico, featuring her take on ‘modern classical music with an electronic twist’.

Yamane is a classically trained violinist, focusing in the areas of modern, ambient and experimental music.

Primitive is Yamane’s first full-length album with the Tukico project.

You can preview Carnim Aiso, from Primitive, via the video embedded above. You can preview the full album below or via Bandcamp:

Focusrite Hitmaker Expansion For Clarett USB & OctoPre

Focustrite has introduced the Hitmaker Expansion, a limited-time offer for new Clarett USB and Clarett OctoPre customers.

The Expansion is available with new Clarett purchases between 1st October 2020 and 31st December 2020.

It includes full-version licenses of Antares Auto-Tune Access, Relab LX480 Essentials and XLN Addictive Drums 2: Focusrite Special:

  • Antares Auto-Tune Access delivers a streamlined experience for tuning vocals by combining the essential real-time pitch correction features of Auto-Tune with a simplified interface.
  • Relab LX480 Essentials is a software emulation of one of the best-sounding reverbs ever created, found in studios around the world.
  • XLN Addictive Drums 2: Focusrite Special is a virtual instrument that combines meticulously recorded drums paired with beats played by live drummers.

The additional software titles come in addition to the suite of plug-ins and applications that ship with Clarett interfaces: Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC; Red 2 and Red 3 EQ and compressor; XLN Audio Addictive Keys; The Softube Time and Tone bundle; membership to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective, and Ableton Live 10 Lite.


The limited-time offer applies to all new Clarett purchases made between from 1st October 2020 to 31st December 2020. Plug-in licenses are made available to eligible customers via Focusrite’s online customer portal, upon registering their new Clarett product.

The following Clarett interfaces are eligible:

  • Clarett 2Pre USB
    Clarett 4Pre USB
    Clarett 8Pre USB
    Clarett OctoPre

See the Focusrite site for details.

Blade Runner Inspired Pascal2049 Responds To Atmospheric Pressure, Touch

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Reader Gilles Mustar shared this video demo of the Pascal2049, a unique DIY inflatable instrument, inspired by Blade Runner.

“It’s a atmospheric pressure-sensitive controller for analog synthesizers and Eurorack,” notes Mustar. “For the look, I was inspired by both Blade Runner movies.”

The instrument is intended to be ‘ a very playful and experimental interface to control synths’. Mustar notes that an internal fan inflates the balloon, which creates the impression that it is ‘fighting’ against external pressure.

In this second demo, Mustar uses it to control a cutoff filter, to make wind sound effects:

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How the instrument is made:

  • The balloon is made of pieces of a space blanket sticked together with double-sided tape.
  • The box is a used wine case (2 bottles).
  • A computer Fan (you need one with enough torque to fight the pressure, so a small one seems more suited.
  • There’s an atmospheric pressure sensor (bmp280) -which control CV out-.
  • An Arduino Nano (a small computer)
  • A digital/analog converter (arduino nano only outputs PWM)
  • A Capacitive sensor (for the gate out)
  • One potentiometer for tuning and another to change the range

Mustar says that the total build cost was about $12.

Roland Launches Free, An 808 Drum Machine & 303 Bassline Synth In Your Web Browser

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Roland, along with sound artist Yuri Suzuki and the Design Museum in London, has introduced, a free browser-based studio that features emulations of the classic TR-808 Rhythm Composer Drum Machine and the TB-303 Bass Line Synthesizer.

The Design Museum is currently showing Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, an exhibit on the art and design of electronic music. features a step sequencer interface and emulates the sound of the TR-808 and TB-303. The studio lets you jam, record, download your audio and share your recordings via social media.

Here’s an intro from A Guy Called Gerald:

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Aphex Twin & Novation Tease Something New

Novation & Aphex Twin are teasing something new.

Cryptic signs have appeared in LA, Berlin, Bristol & London:

Novation and Aphex Twin have previously collaborated on a major to the BassStation 2, version 4.14, which added AFX Mode, which lets you define patches on a per-key basis.

Novation says that more information is coming Oct 20, 2020. In the meantime, share your thoughts on what they are introducing in the comments.

Eddie Van Halen Dead At 65

Eddie Van Halen, considered by many to be the most influential guitarist of his generation, has died at the age of 65.

His son made the announcement today via Twitter:

While Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) is best known as a guitarist and songwriter, he grew up with a classical piano training and composed many of his songs at the keyboard.

And, ironically, his most iconic riff is the synth hook on Jump, from the 1984 album, 1984.

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The riff was originally played on an Oberheim OB-Xa, but Eddie Van Halen owned a wide range of synths and used them on many tracks.

His bandmates were originally skeptical of Eddie Van Halen’s interest in incorporating keyboards into the band’s sound, but Jump went on to become Van Halen’s biggest hit, spending 21 weeks on the Billboard charts and peaking at #1.

Here’s his synth track 1984, the intro on the album to Jump:

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Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme (Cover)

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Synthesist KOSmusic shared their take on Jan Hammer‘s Crocket’s Theme, from the soundtrack to the 80’s TV series Miami Vice.

Here’s what they have to say about the technical details:

To recreate the sound of the guitar as close as possible to the original one, I created a virtual instrument (playing various notes/slides/palm muting/etc. of my Les Paul) and thanks to the synth I was able to play it giving it the electronic effect, and recreate all of them the small pitch bends characteristic of Jan Hammer’s legendary guitar.

The bass line having been created with an arpeggio in random mode (on the Jupiter-8), in certain points of the track it can be a little different from the original.

Thanks to my wife’s passion for sewing, we decided to try to recreate the “Crockett” style t-shirt and blazer from scratch, with the fabrics we had available at home.