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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 …

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MACHINE MUSIC LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD

New genre alert! Well, maybe calling it a genre might be pushing it, but it’s definitely what we call in the internet/social media age ‘a thing’. It’s the sound made when you import a binary file into an audio app. This isn’t something anyone was meant to do, but someone …

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Lost Cult Classic With Numan On Soundtrack

‘Times Square’ was a film made in 1979 with Robert Stigwood’s cash, and released in 1980. Stigwood was the manager of the Bee Gees and had made a monstrous amount of money thanks to the film ‘Saturday Night Fever’, which he also produced. Emboldened by that hugely successful venture (the …

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Herbert: Live and dancing

Matthew Herbert has been making fascinating electronic music for the best part of two decades. More recently, he’s been exploring the boundaries of creating sound with his ‘One Pig’ and ‘The End Of Silence’ works, the first of which took samples of a pig’s lifecycle and then wove them into …

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Retro Telly Noise Art!

We stumbled across this the other day. It’s an installation by electro-acoustic composer and artist Bill Vine. He sourced a load of old black and white televisions, circuit bent them to kingdom come, making them react to sound input, creating their own noises and visuals. Once they start making noise, …

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Weatherall Celebrates Reverb

In what look set to be a fascinating night at London’s Convergence festival on March 16th at Village Underground,, cross-platform installation event experts Noise of Art have pulled together a great line-up for their launch of a series of evenings celebrating sound effects. And not just any old sound effects, …

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Electronic Sound 50 For 2015 act appears on Letterman!

Oxford’s Glass Animals, who we tipped as an act to watch in 2015, took several leaps up the ladder this week when they appeared on David Letterman’s The Late Show on Wednesday (25 Feb). Cripes. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have our finger on the pulse.