Tag Archives: Minimal Synth

Track of the Day #30

This year has seen us grooving to the likes of Majeure, Umberto, Xander Harris and a couple of likeminded artists. French Zombie Zombie even released an album of John Carpenter covers! I just wanted to remind the few who didn’t know that Alan Howarth played a major role in this whole horror movie synth music by being the true musician at Big John’s side. I know it’s Christmas time and we should be cheerfull, but a recent finnish movie reminded me there could be a huge dark side the this time of the year, so let’s celebrate this with the ultimate slasher music, and one of the most creepy if a little non-sensical movie of the 80ies

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Artist of the day #8

Testpattern is an early 80ies japanese duo, mostly forgotten since their output was quite scarce. Yet, a single album and a few compilation tracks should make them a valuable asset to your sonic library. They manage the surprising task of reminding us of Kid Creole, Chris & Cosey and Holger Czukay all at the same time. Enjoy!

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #13

The origin of Ceramic Hello lays in prog rock, but thankfully, this early 80ies american duo settled for a minimal proto-techno approach before releasing their first album in 1981. Since that not much has happened appart from a growing cult-fanbase and the recent but long out-of-print reissue of the album, including an additional LP of bonus material, namely b-side tracks and demos. Out of those demos recorded in 1981-83 comes Sampling the Blast Furnace, a marvel of a song that hasn’t letf my turntables and my DJ bag ever since. It’s a tad dark and full of tension, but probably as forward-thinking as the early Chris & Cosey we’ve been writing about last week.

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #6

Today I thought I’d share the upcoming 100% silk Innergaze single, but then I felt like having ice-cream. We’ve had some wonderfull weather over here in Paris for now over a week, and life has been mellow, exactly how this present track of the day makes me feel. Aloa is an obscure early 80ies german punk band that cooled down before their first & sole effort even was, taking the earliest D.A.F. formula to the darker realms of dub with a minimal set of equipment (Sequential Circuits Prophet V, Roland TR-606 and percussions). The result is one of the coolest 80ies album (cover art awesomeness included!), sounding like no one else and still setting the aim at the future. I’ve been aching to share the glory of Aloa’s music for the past 3 years, so there it is, cool as ice!

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave