Ian Boddy's DIN label has just released Tone Science Module No1 - Structure and Forces. A compilation of 9 artists working with modular synthesizers - in fact the common thread being each of the tracks was composed using only Modular Synthesis.
Its a lovely listen, quite ambient in nature, but with a wonderful sense of atmosphere. And definitive proof that modular can be used to create actual finished tracks and not just bleeps and blops.
Available in CD format (£10) with artwork by Matthew Shaw plus digital download format (£7) MP3 and Flac formats via Din Records (http://din.org.uk/album/tone-science-module-no-1-structure-and-forces-din-ts01)
1) DivKid - Natural Minor Sines - 8:05
This track was born from explorations in merging entirely generative, random leaning musical pieces alongside performed interactive sonic excursions. Modular synths provide the perfect playground for merging both disciplines
2) Ian Boddy - Tone 6 - 9:02
This aleatoric self playing composition features my Serge modular and is an extension to my original Tone Science (DiN49) album released in 2016.
3) Paul Lawler - Virus - 7:43
A complex, organic soundscape with symphonic builds and falls, evolving colours, and strategic spaces in the ambience to draw the listener into this modular and alien world.
4) Scanner - If Wishes Came True - 6:27
Like all my modular compositions this composition was recorded entirely live, combining live radio transmissions with a very hands on performative use of my modular system.
5) Richard Scott - Ghatam - 6:14
Ghatam is a contemplative percussive piece composed using the Hordijk Modular. I am particularly intrigued with the quasi-acoustic resonant qualities of this instrument which in this track reminds me of a simple Indian clay pot drum, hence the title
6) Lyonel Bauchet - Un coq à Esculape - 6:09
This piece uses a combination of my Buchla modular (featuring the 259 Complex Wave Generator) as well as Eurorack systems and Metasonix D1000 for percussion.
7) Chris Carter - Frieze Relief - 5:28
A squelchy, dubby live piece featuring Roland System 500 controlled by a Koma Komplex with Tip Top percussion voices & lots of live modular processing and effects.
8) Nigel Mullaney - Spherfear - 9:39
A composition that started with an abstract emotion, a lament to the fusion of Modular electronic music and the pure tones of orchestral instruments. A dead star adrift in an harmonic sea of binary modulations.
9) Matthew Shaw - Harmonograph - 8.00
Track composed using a 3 panel Serge modular with a Ditto X4 Looper and effects via Bugbrand Crossover Filter, Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run & OTO BAM.
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