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Amazing Japanese Electronic Music Videos

[adsanity id=1246 align=alignnone /] Japan’s World Order is a band that produces highly polished factory-line electronic techno pop, but with song titles like ‘Imperialism’ which samples a speech by George Bush Snr, there’s a political dimension that gives it an edge and marks it out from most chart pop. What’s …

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Free Korg Patch Book

[adsanity id=1246 align=aligncenter /] Korg have been promising a free patch for the MS-20 range (the MS-20 Mini, MS-20M and the iMS20 for the iPad), and it’s here now. You can get it from the Korg website right here: http://www.korg.com/uk/news/2015/0129/. It’s 18 MB, so we’ve compressed it down to 3MB …

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The Prodigy: Interview

This month’s Electronic Sound cover stars are The Prodigy. Read our interview with Liam Howlett about the genesis of their raging comeback album and his long friendship with our very own Martin James. “I had a great time making this record. I was in the fucking zone!” says Liam. BUY …

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Korg MS-20M Kit: Built In 11 Minutes

The new issue of Electronic Sound is out now, and we’re pleased to present our review of the Korg MS-20M. Take a look, and check out the videos of the kit being built, and another that takes a quick look at the fun SQ-1 sequencer that comes with the MS-20M. …

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East India Youth Review and Gig

East India Youth, aka William Doyle, has caught the ear of Brian Eno, and his second album, ‘Culture Of Volume’ is making giant strides for the reticent electronic musician. “I think I’m going to have to make quite a lot of personal changes before I can work with anyone else,” …

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1980s Synth Compilation Art Fail

There’s so much to love about this. First, Sony have announced a huge compilation of  synth pop: 53 tracks of finest 1980s (and a couple from the 1970s) synth pop across three discs with a suitably garish and unpleasant cover which celebrates the worst of 1980s visual aesthetic with its …

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Listen: New Blancmange Single, Win Gig Tickets!

Blancmange are playing two special shows in London next month (May 2015), and we have tickets to give away! Read on to find out how to get your hands on them, and if you’re halfway inquisitive about what they sound like these days, trust us, you will not disappointed. Did …

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Your Beautiful Synth

Have you got an old synth that you love? Did you rescue it from an abusive home? Is it a Soviet-era machine that you found in a flea market in Moscow? Was it the first synth you ever bought? Is it essentially rubbish except for one sound you can’t be …

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Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider: Comedy Gold

Viva Zwei was a German music channel that broadcast between 1996 and January 2003. It included a show called Electronic Beats in which was sometimes presented by Ill-Young Kim, a German stand-up comedian and musician born in Cologne of South Korean parents. It seems that Electronic Beats as a TV …

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Watch: Kraftwerk interview/show

It’s been knocking around for some time now, but this video of former Kraftwerker Florian Schneider being interviewed bears further scrutiny. While relaxing before playing a show in Brazil in October, 1998, Schneider finds himself in the middle of one of the more excruciating interviews you’re likely to see. Hijacked …

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Bowie: 1977 Interview Unearthed

With a huge hat tip to the excellent Dangerous Minds blog, here is an interview that has recently emerged on YouTube of David Bowie interviewed in October 1977 while promoting the newly released album ‘Heroes’ in Holland. He talks about the writing process he and Eno developed for the album, …

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Portuguese Robot New Wave circa 1981

Unless you were living in Portugal in the early 1980s, there’s a good chance you’re not aware of Salada De Frutas. It was the tail-end of a turbulent time in Portuguese history, post-Carnation revolution which saw a bloodless military coup in 1974 against the authoritarian regime that had been in …

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Win: Electric Daisy Carnival Tickets

Originally a rave event that started in a Los Angeles warehouse in 1992, the Electric Daisy Carnival is a riot of beats and unexpected experiences that tours hot spots like New York City, Las Vegas, Dallas, Orlando, Puerto Rico, Mexico City and, erm, Milton Keynes. If you’re interested in retina-burning …

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Girl v.1: Great Lost Synthpop Album

Vikki Osborn and Natalie Ann Williams formed Girl v.1 in rural Norfolk, England, in 2011 and spent a year writing songs together and demoing. They were working towards an electronic pop with psychedelic overtones, echoing with the likes of Stereolab as well as classic English synth pop of The Human …

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Paul Hartnoll and Mal Sign The Tiny Synth

Clocking up yet more miles on motorways of England, the Electronic Sound synthesiser, built for us by Synthesiser Dave for our Kickstarter campaign, has landed in Brighton, where former Orbital honcho Paul Hartnoll met up with Cabaret Voltaire legend Stephen Mallinder for a coffee and to sign the synth. Electronic …

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Tiny Synth With Benge And Mallinder

The Electronic Sound Tiny Synth continues its journey, criss-crossing the UK in search of electronic music stars to sign its little wooden case. Watch as it goes to Coventry and meets modular genius Benge (of John Foxx & The Maths). Also in attendance are Stephen Mallinder (ex-Cabaret Voltaire) and Phil …

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Watch: John Foxx Signs The Tiny Synth

The signing of the Electronic Sound Tiny Synth for our Kickstarter continues apace, with legend John Foxx adding his autograph to the box. Actually, there are a couple of things to note about this video: 1) The person who filmed the actual signing of the Tiny Synth pressed the wrong …

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Vince Clarke Interview Part 2

Here’s there second part of our Vince Clarke interview, in which he shows Jason Bradbury around his synth stash, including the first synth Martin Gore owned, a Yamaha CS5, the Moog source, which Fletch played, and Jason asks why ‘the musical brains’ of Depeche Mode decided to jump ship after …

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Kraftwerk Sues Kraftwerk Shocker

Wait, Kraftwerk toilet paper? The old adage ‘where’s there’s a hit, there’s a writ’ is proving itself to be a truism this week as Ralf Hütter initiates court proceedings against Dresden-based company eZelleron. EZelleron have been developing ‘low-emission energy sources for mobile power supplies’ since 2008. And then they went …