Interview with Tim Held at Podular Modcast

Tim Held has established quite a following with his weekly podcasts which he aptly named Podular Modcast. He approached Robert and I at Synthbooth and asked us whether we would like to do an interview with him to which we gladly agreed. This was again one of those 2020 Zoom interviews over 3 continents: Tim in Seattle USA, Robert in Germany near Munich and I in Australia. It was a very relaxed interview with Tim being a fantastic host and interviewer.

At the end he posed a patch challenge for the words “PURE DAWN” to which I obliged mainly because coincidentally I had recorded a good 30 minutes of birdsong one morning just a few days prior and I always wanted to use this in a song anyway. So my track at the end of the interview features our early morning bird concert.

I hope when you listen to this interview you will enjoy it as much as I did while being “on the show”. Thanks to Tim for doing this and thanks again to Robert for the creation of this fabulous synthesizer system.

https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/tangiblewaves

Livestream for SynthBooth 2020

Today I was on a Zoom call with Robert which was streamed live to the tangible waves YouTube channel. Robert talked about how the AE Modular system came about and we gave a quick overview of the various modules that are available from the tangible waves website. I then showed a performance that showcased most of those modules.

My Studio is complete

It was a fun journey, fuelled by GAS and not knowing what to do and how to do it. But now I feel that with my latest acquisitions I have narrowed it down to the essentials: The AE Modular from tangible waves for for modular experimentation, the Deluge from Synthstrom Audible for all sequencing, sampling, looping and beats and now for all the digital and bombastically orchestral sounds – the brand new Korg Wavestate. For FM sounds I also have the Korg Volca FM, but currently I’m not sure when I will have time for it.

With these instruments I have now finally no more excuses. I can (theoretically) make any sound that I would ever want. The Deluge can play any sample and even single cycle waveforms. The Wavestate has a store of over 1000 different sounds that can be morphed, cycled and shaped.

NO MORE EXCUSES.

Live at Oscillations 2019

This is the final video of my first live performance together with Adam on guitar at Oscillations 2019 the first ever synth festival in the Bega Valley in NSW, Australia.

Big thanks to Sats Kramer and Ray Toms for the camera work and especially Scott Baker for mixing and cutting it all up into this video!

The Road to Murrah Hall

On 19th October 2019 we held the very first synthesizer festival in the Begavalley on the Far South Coast of NSW in Australia. This was a project that was long being discussed in our Synth Club and only with the help of the Bermagui Make & Create Crew, the Begavalley Shire Council and Navigate Arts did we manage to pull this off. It was held at the iconic Murrah Hall near Bermagui in a beautiful bush setting.

As one of the organisers I was invited to talk about this on the ABC Radio morning show the Friday before the festival and to perform live with my modular synthesizer. Nothing like this was ever aired before on this station in its long history. I prepared a 15 minute set but then got only 5 minutes to actually perform it … so I recorded it at home and used it as background to a few photos and clips that I took of the Synth Festival.

Enjoy the few impressions of the day (I have left out the evening performances as those will be covered somewhere else) and I hope that we will do this again next year and invite anyone who lives close or far to come and celebrate synthesizers and electronic music in a rustic bush setting, close to the most wonderful beaches of Australia.

More information about the festival: http://synthsurfers.eventbrite.com.au

All music on this track was made exclusively with the AE Modular synthesizer from tangible waves and recorded directly to a Zoom H1n handheld recorder. No post processing has been applied.

Begavalley Synth Surfers 2019

This is the very first ever festival to celebrate electronic music in the Begavalley on the Far South Coast of New South Wales in Australia! Ths is an initiative of the Bega Synthesizer Club in partnership with the Bermagui Make & Create Group, the Begavalley Shire Library and Navigate Arts.

We will have a full day of workshops on building and using synthesizers, talks and presentations, jam sessions and an evening of live performances and dance well into the night.

The event will be held at the Murrah Hall, about 10 minutes south of Bermagui. A historic location which has hosted many great and small musical events and is situated in the beautiful bush near the coast.

The 5th Volt is set to perform that night and it will be my first ever live performance!!