That 808 you’re hearing isn’t made by Roland. Half of Austin-based techno duo Bodytronix, Eric Archer is a self-taught electrical engineer whose analog tinkering is responsible for much of the group’s classic sound, inspired by equal parts Intergalactic FM machine funk and the talkboxing of Zapp. His counterpart Erich Ragsdale backs up Archer’s 808 clone with a dose of XoxBox acid bass, TR-606 rhythm reinforcements, Multivox laser stabs, and copious amounts of 909 claps tweaked from an analog source with added delay, peek, and filter mods, a unit dubbed The Clapraca.
Gear fetishism aside, a sparse peppering of human elements keeps their sound from erring towards the industrial. Synthesizers are oscillated to emulate vocal inflections, melodies are jittery but loosely swung, when anyone sings it’s through a thick …
We are inviting the musically inclined to join Red Bull Music Academy Session where they’ll learn more about what the Academy actually is, how to apply, and they’ll experience a lecture/discussion with Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest/The Ummah) and Maseo (De La Soul), which will be moderated by Cognito (Frolab) and will end with an audience provoked Q&A session.
Things are always rooted in peculiarity when it comes to Ulrich Troyer, the Innsbruck-born, Austrian-raised producer/composer/artist. Whether its performing his own music or as a part of The Vegetable Orchestra, Ulrich does things in the most original way imaginable. His latest LP, Songs For William on Mala’s Deep Medi Musik imprint, is part one of a trilogy of experimental dub projects between Troyer and the label, accompanied by a comic book with each release (featuring William, the guitar pedal protagonist). To commemorate the release and comic book, we chatted with Ulrich about some of his favorite pieces of kit, along with the inspiration for some of his characters in his comic book. Also included is an exclusive cut from the LP for download. Check it all out after the jump.
Moog Sound Lab gives artists the opportunity to re-imagine one of their songs on all Moog instruments, creatively engineered and filmed at Moog Music’s factory in Asheville, North Carolina. With Moog being the original arbiter of analog sound, it was a natural progression for them to create Moog Sound Lab. MSL gives another way of looking at music by newer artists; a look at what is next.
Moog Music established their legacy industrywide as being the pioneer of analog sound. Beautifully combining Moog Music’s tight-knit company of innovators, with artists whose music is embellished by Moog’s product, Moog Sound Lab is positioned to break the next wave of groundbreaking new acts.
One of my favorite DJ’s and a personal friend, DJ Cutler has come out with another new mix and as per usual, it was done analog. Here’s what he had to say about the mix:
The majority of the tunes here were released over the past couple of years (everything besides Cortex, Dyke and the Blazers, Lovage and Glass House–the Bob & Gene is an old recording that wasn’t released until this year)… While mainstream corporate music seems to be at an all-time creative low it’s great to see so much good music being put out on the independent/underground level. As usual, all vinyl all the time. Volume 2 soon to follow…