Live in Sydney at Synthstrom World Tour 2020

I was invited to play a short set in Sydney at the Synthstrom World Release Tour 2020 in Sydney. I was delighted to be there and didn’t mind the 6 hour drive up to Sydney past the beautiful countryside where everything was green again after all this rain and the burnt bush was in full recovery. The event was amazing! Everyone there was so skilled with their Deluges, it just made it very clear to me that I’m really only at the very beginning of using this deep and amazing instrument. Thanks to DJ Jon Dent (Jono), True Cuckoo, Terminal Race, Hentaimagi, TactileAF and the truly breathtaking Filmmaker for a wonderful and inspiring evening. I was so nervous that I rushed through my track and played it in half the time that I intended, so here is the proper version recorded directly on the Deluge at home with some impressions from the trip and snippets of the live performance.


This is my first experiment with the new GRAINS module from tangible waves. It arrived yesterday with the TALKING firmware installed which is a cool robot voice that just counts. P2 adjusts the pitch and P3 the speed of the voice. I’ve patched the voice into the MS20 filter which allows for some haunting atmosphere combined with the Deep Space reverb of the MULTIFX. The ALGODRONE is providing the clock for this patch with the cycle out going into the TRIQ164 which triggers a KICK, LOPAG and the GRAINS voice. The ALGODRONE also provides the atmospheric background. I’m playing the algorithm at different speeds via the MIDI keyboard. Higher notes cause the algorithm to speed up which affects everything. The audio out from the ALGODRONE goes into the WASP filter for effect.

Ambient 02 – The Soul of the MS 20 Filter

This is an ambient track made mostly with the new MS 20 filter, Algodrone and Solina Strings modules. All of this then goes through the Shimmer effect of the MutliFX. When I first tried out the MS 20 filter I was immediately amazed by its beautiful sound. It is even more sonorous than the Wasp filter. Here you can hear the MS 20 filter sing with only a constant pitched sawtooth wave from the OSC/d and the resonance less than half way up. All I’m doing is adjusting the cutoff frequency ever so slightly. The Algodrone and Solina are truly made for each other. Before I had the Algodrone I thought it would be a very aggressive noise module, but it is actually not that hard to “tame” it. Here it is patched with algorithm number 47 into the Nyle filter which adds some resonance in the low pass channel. The Solina works by selecting a base frequency and then selecting a row of matching chords using the Chord knob. Here I’ve chosen minor chords and I’m really only playing the first two.

Beauty and the Beast – Algodrone and Solina

My first steps in getting to know the new modules ALGODRONE and SOLINA from tangible waves. ALGODRONE is a Bytebeat processor which is filled with an endless variety of sounds that emerge from noise to structure to melodic to bizarre textures … There are 97 different Algorithms each with 3 parameters and they can be looped and granularized … it’s mindboggling and vast and will take years to map the sonic landscape of this thing! In contrast the Solina produces a lush lofi string ensemble of major or minor chords that work best as an underying soothing drone. It complements the sharp edged Algodrone and therefore I think they are two sides of one coin! Each module has just recently been released and I’m still not sure what each of the controls do. So this is my first fumblings.

Wubb Wubb

I started practicing for a video about the “first basic patch” and then it got out of hand quickly 😉 The Electribe adds the nice driving wubb wubb bassline, everything else is the AE Modular. Usually I record video and sound straight into my phone, but since the latest Android update that function is not working anymore. So I’ve recorded the audio into Reaper and the video on my phone and then had to stitch it together. It works, but is way more hassle than I liked.

A New Start – Happy New Year 2020

This is my first music track in 2020. I had a late start because I just couldn’t concentrate to make music. Since beginning of the year we were threatened and surrounded by the largest bushfires that Australia has ever experienced. My town was luckily spared, but the fires were close to the North, West and South and we had to prepare to evacuate twice. Then there was the thick smoke that turned day into night and made it hard to breathe. Overall a very stressful start of the year. And we are the lucky ones. There are many families close by that have lost their homes. Over 400 houses destroyed within a 50 km radius from us. It’s a complete catastrophe. But we had a bit of rain and the air is clearer. The army is here helping the firies and they seem to get a handle on the fires, even though they won’t be able to put them out. So this is my first track to break the spell and to start making videos again! All sounds from the Electribe 2 synth version.