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Ototo – The Anything Synth

We love Kickstarter. We’ve lost count of the number of albums and live films and documentaries we’ve supported via the platform. We missed this when it came out, though, the Ototo “all-in-one musical invention kit”. They were looking for around …

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Kraftwerk in Berlin

As we type, Kraftwerk are in the middle of their second night of another all-album (well, from ‘Autobahn’ on) eight-night residency at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie. All seems well so far, with German media outlet Deutsche Welle having vox-popped a selection …

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Electronic Constantinople

They Might Be Giants are a difficult group not to like. They’ve been around for over 30 years, and have worn many crowns throughout their long existence; kings of alternative rock, kings of Accordion rock, kings of the Dial-A-Song (they …

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The ARP Mechanical Band

Have a look at this video, brought to our attention by friend of the magazine and synth enthusiast of considerable standing, Matt Berry (Toast of London). It’s an all-ARP synthesiser blowout featuring Michael Brigida. Brigida is now an Associate Professor …

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VOTE KRAFTWERK

For anyone outside the UK, the fact that we have a general election looming is unlikely to be of much interest. It’s not until May, but already the knives are drawn and campaign teams are feverishly creating meme-ready slogans with …

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TOTP 1980 – Missing In Action

Recently here in the UK the entire nation (well, it was trending on Twitter for an hour or two) was glued to their TVs for the BBC’s documentary about the year 1980, as seen through the filter of Top Of …

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Python on synthesisers

Was it today that you put aside to listen to two speech synthesisers doing Monty Python’s ‘Argument Sketch’? It was? That’s great, because here it is. The Dectalk (on the left, which is taking Michael Palin’s part) was developed by …

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Depeche Mode: New Year's Eve 1989

Here for your New Year’s Eve entertainment is the Mode playing ‘Enjoy The Silence’, two months before its release. for a Peter’s Pop Show New Year’s Eve special, broadcast on December 31, 1989. Recorded during the sessions for the ‘Violator’ …

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Kraftwerk and Duran Duran: Together at Last

The split single is a fine institution. Who can forget the Sonic Youth/Mudhoney 12-inch when Sonic Youth covered Mudhoney’s ‘Touch Me I’m Sick’ and Mudhoney the Sonic youth track ‘Halloween’? Sonic Youth ran away with it, to be honest. The …

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Electronic Sound Christmas Greeting

Merry Something to all, from us at Electronic Sound. And from our Texan pals Hyperbubble, here’s a Christmas song that echoes how many of us will be feeling. Hyperbubble – A Synthesizer for Christmas from Ambar Navarro on Vimeo.

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MOOG FACTORY TOUR

We’ve been playing around with the Moog Sub 37 at the Electronic Sound studio, and it’s fair to say that we love it. There will be a review of it in the next issue of the magazine in the new …

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FRONT 242: LIVE AND DANGEROUS

Behold the remarkable force that was Front 242 at their peak. We’ve been reminiscing about seeing Front 242 at The Astoria in London around the time that ‘Masterhit’ came out (early 1987, fact fans) and remembering how powerful their live …

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DEVO CUSTOM GUITAR

The world of crowd-funding has allowed all kinds of interesting things to happen. Bands have released albums, including Devo themselves, whose recent tour of Hardcore-era material was recorded for a live album and video and offered to fans via Pledge …

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EBN: ELECTRONIC DISSENT

I was chatting to Public Service Broadcasting’s J. Willgoose Esq the other day, and we mentioned Emergency Broadcast Network. PSB are, in some ways, a tweedy and politely English version of the apocalyptic American outfit, who released one album proper …

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ANYONE REMEMBER HOHOKAM? 

Our editor Push has just found this ticket for a “Gary Numan Tubeway Army Disco” at The Flag in Wembley buried deep in a drawer of his desk. He thinks it’s from 1986 and, as well as the disco, the …