Hollow Earth on soft synth controllers changing the face of music

Hollow Earth
“I suspect Zomby’s more recent stuff is using similar techniques, even if he’s using a controller to manipulate samples (as opposed to a Soft Synth) from within a PC. It’s the new face of electronic music and a weird flashback to how the control surface of the TB-303 was an escape route from the struggle of programming FM synthesis for DJ Pierre et al.”

Errr… I cannot recall a time when soft synths have not been controlled by external boxes, nor when this didn’t have a transformative effect on music-making. Not necessarily a GOOD effect, but a transformative one. Matt may not have been into music making long enough (his recent releases are great BTW!) to remember things like the Fat Boy controller, which mapped to rebirth and indeed all kinds of other things. Or indeed the original novation bass synth, which i have somewhere and whose knobs were often used to control  soft synths. I don’t think it’s that big a deal – I don’t dispute any of his empirical evidence, FlyLo etc, but I think a  lot of people have been doing that stuff for a long time.

But Matt is quite right to point to workflow as a driver of innovation. I think something like ableton and its open-ended triggering, re-sampling, synthesising and tweaking is also transformative. And what does that approach remind us of? Well, probably Orbital’s use of multiple Alesis hardware sequencers that they used to cut up the sequences driving their synths, live…

Starkey live mix!!!!!

dark disco

The Starkbot, Mayor of Starkville, live in session: “limited edition 320 of Starkey’s stunning performance at Various in Portland, Oregon April 11, 2009.” I know I always rave about Starkey but he is a complete fucking genius. Live he is, quite simply, heaven. I just found this mix today, check it out – and buy the great mix cd he did for Lo dubs.

http://www.pdxindub.com/files/audio/Starkey_Live at Various 4.11.09.mp3

Riddim.ca interview: Roska

Riddim.ca – Grime and Dubstep in Canada and the Americas – Interview: Roska
Interview: Roska
Written by Riddim
Tuesday, 05 August 2008

Climate change:  Recent stirrings in the UK underground jolt Riddim.ca back to life…

Kicking off our open-ended investigation of London’s rapidly mutating house scene, we sit down for an email exchange with Roska.  With a foot in broken beat and shades of grime, his new EP Climate Change maintains a healthy balance between houseful sensuousness and rugged riddimic experimentation.  It’s also getting caned by DJs from Marcus Nasty to kode9.  Get to know Roska…

Move Down Low / Loser funky remix – release news

The TPs of Move Down Low remix are in and they sound FAT – yes they are really here as you can see from the pic below…


There will be just 400 for the world, no represses and no downloads (well maybe for Move Down Low, vinyl comes first though). All those who pre-ordered at Red Eye breathe easy, it is coming. Release date should be 13th July, right before the Dog Days, one year on from the first Devotional dubz release, Lady Dub – ERZULIE01.

Previews are up on the MySpace. You’ve all heard this tune and you know it goes off in the dance whether it’s played by Skream, Kode 9, Dub Boy, Blackdown, Hanuman, Atki2 and all the other DJs who have been battering this on plate.

Special shout out to Kode 9 who cut Move Down Low within hours of me sending it, on the day I made it, and played it at the inaugural Beyond. Both tunes have been in his box ever since and he’s played one or both every time I’ve seen him. That’s just briliant!

Hold tight for the new broken stuff and I’ll be doing VIPs of MDL and Loser once solstice season is out of the way. Watch out for ICE RINK REFIX too – it’s been on Rinse a few times with Heatwave and Blackdown and there’s a clip on myspace if you want to hear it. Big up all soundmen!

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