Sunday, April 19, 2009

New square_wave video: '6 cycles 7'

New video for the track '6 cycles 7' from an upcoming album by square_wave. The audio is comprised of two tracks of dotcom modular synth (low frequency rumble and slowly modulating resonant drone), processed hand-held radio, TR-606, and Serge modular synth (the drip-drop ploppy sounds). All analog, of course. The track is inspired by early 'Back & Forth'-era Skinny Puppy and other minimal electronic music of the late 70s/early 80s. The video is very much an homage to the cut-up video work and visual stylings of Cabaret Voltaire's Doublevision period.

square_wave in upcoming DVD?

This video's been up for a while, but I didn't notice it until now. You can catch about three seconds of me from 1:18-1:21.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Korg joins the fold...

Pictured here is my first Korg (the MS-20 above), joining a recording-in-progress (top pic, far right). It's a cool little semi-patchable synth, and makes sounds that take my ears back to the late 70s/early 80s days when electronic music itself had matured, but synth pop was still on wobbly legs. Raw, quick to dial up what you want, but still highly tweakable. Of course, in the scene above what we have is not synth pop, but rather a nice, slowly modulating drone, heavily filtered and rich with peaks teetering on self-oscillation. [slurp...]

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A new flat surface...

Today I flexed my basic geometry skills and built a new shelf over my workdesk. That seems to be the modus operandi here at sublevel9: Run out of space? Add a shelf. This will be the new home of a Korg MS-20 en route from Japan...