Category Archives: Underground Music

Amazing ARP 2600 clone and a very cool song by Firechild

ARP 2600

I had to share this impressive vid. Not only is this an amazing clone of the classic ARP 2600, the song and video made by Firechild are really awesome. I’ll definitely be checking out more of his music!

If you’re interested in learning how to build the TTSH yourself, you can check out the info here.

Early Damon Che, Thee Speaking Canaries recordings released!

He’s probably one of the hugest drumming influences on me of all time, but Damon Che of Don Caballero had another band where he played guitar and sang for called Thee Speaking Canaries. Before the band totally took shape as a trio, Damon recorded many songs with himself on all the instruments. Chunklett Industries recently released all this material for the first time.

These are basically a bunch of cool instrumental versions of early SC songs with Damon on all the instruments. I just got it and have to say I really dig it. There’s a totally cool nostalgic 90s guitar vibe going excellently accompanied by Mr. Che’s signature drumming. Highly recommended for all of those that love Don Cab, Bitch Magnet, or 90s post rock/math instrumental stuff.

The digital version is only $8, go buy it!

8bit Trap played live on a nanoPAD2 | Finger drumming Trap

Here’s another performance I did with Ableton Live Intro, a nanoKONTROL, and nanoPAD2 control surfaces. For this one I wanted to combine a Trap style beat with Chiptune / 8bit styles. I used some lofi 808 samples with some bit reduction and the dream64 plugin, which you can download here http://demonicsweaters.com/2015/03/free-chiptune-vst-fantastic-sid-inspired-free-plugin-for-windows/ To get the rolling on the hi hat and blips I used the arpeggiator plugin in Ableton.

This one was pretty hard which is why I kept it short to actually be able to play it smoothly. Hope you like it! If you do, please subscribe to my Youtube channel and click like!

Attack of the 80s Samplers! 5 performances using all samplers of the 1980s!

1. E-Mu Systems Emulator – First up is from our pal SynthMania who made this awesome Retrowave track the authentic way, by using the classic E-mu Emulator sampler! I’ve been obsessed with the Emulator for years now. This one looks like it’s in fantastic condition too. Nice work on this Tear For Fears-esq track!

2. Casio RZ-1 – acidphaze made this cool acid jam with an RZ-1, Korg Volca Bass and Monotron. The RZ-1 was an 8 bit sampler drum machine. Though in this vid he’s using most of the on board drum samples, I still think it qualifies since it’s a high quality performance.

3. Ensoniq Mirage – Arguably one of the best early samplers made for actual synth playing I was surprised as to how hard it was for me to find a quality performance on Youtube with a Mirage until I found this one by Hyboid a.k.a. Astro Chicken. He used a plethora of awesome 80s gear in this one, including a Kawai K1M, Simmons SDS800, Oberheim Matrix 6R, and more!

4. Fairlight CMI – Invented in 1979, the Fairlight CMI was the very first digital sampler and it completely changed the music industry forever. I could not find a recent performance on a Fairlight CMI of any quality, but I did find this rare old vid of Ryuichi Sakamoto playing one years ago!

5. Akai MPC-60 – This was another game changer sampler and had as much to do with the development of Rap music as nearly any one single artist. What you don’t hear often is and MPC being used to make Avantgarde Jazz, which is what Michal Patulski did in this awesome vid.

 

Ridiculously gigantic modular synth rig playing some wicked Arabic sounding jams

Youtuber Ebotronix called this piece Tango, which is strange since it doesn’t sound anything like a Tango. It is however awesome and sounds almost Arabic or Indian in parts. I’m not totally sure what the close up cam in the right corner is for either, but it sure does look scientific.

 

They list off the gear used in the vid, which is as follows:

4ms Peg, QCD /Expander² , RCD, VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS110²², RS 360²
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Doepfer R2m,A101-2, A114, A118,A134²²,A141, A143-2,
A152, A175²²,A185-2, A138abc, A192-1( 4Vox midi CC )
Flame 4 Vox ,Chord Machine², FX 16, Talking Synth Module²
flight of harmony choices
Make Noise Brains ,PP²,Maths²,Moddemix²²,QMMG,
Optomix, René, Wogglebug²
Malekko Anti²², Unkle²²,Jag
Moog Taurus 2, FreqBox²², MP201
Roland SVC-350 Vocoder, System 104 Sequencer
SSL Modulation Orgy
Tip Top Audio Z8000 manual voltage source
Toppobrillo Quantimator², Sportmodulator, TWF
Logic masterclock to Kenton Pro 2000
Rocktron Rack Interface²
FX :Alesis 3630, Lexicon MPX100, MX400, Line 6 Echopro ,
TC M one XL, M3000
mackie the mixer³

analog modular synthesizerI love analog modular stuff, but I don’t know how I could ever have that much space to house anything that large. I already have a drum set I barely ever see that is stored in a studio in Bushwick. Tiny midi devices seem to fit more into the NYC lifestyle. I do love seeing this stuff though.