Beach House 7

7 is of course the seventh album by the Baltimore duo. They are sonically reminicent me of Julie Cruise from the Twin Peaks soundtracks with vocals whispered sweetly in headphones in a Cocteau Twins ambient floor gaze haze. Slow grooves synths and beats are punctuated with guitar twangs for good measure. Some of my favorite tracks are “Woo”, “Girl of the Year”

Moog Werkstatt 01

The Moog Werkstatt-01 can be found for $200 or less.  Introduced in 2014, it comes disassembled as a kit that just requires a screwdriver for assembly. The components pretty much just snap into the board without soldering. It is a patchable analog synth that can be sonically modified with jumper cables, a CV Expander, even an Arduino microprocessor. Small round buttons on the bottom row of the device act as a keyboard.

Ambient Project

Working on a life sounds and noise ambient project.
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piezo-piano — played with a handmade tactile-button keyboard. 201601

Song Discoveries From Netflix

I discovered two songs that took my down the rabbit hole of music discovery and exploration. I just started watching Black Mirror. Episode 2 features a song called “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is” by Irma Thomas.

The end credits of Aziz Ansari Live At Madison Square Garden features “Hippie Hippie Hourrah” by Jacques Dutronic. He was married to Francoise Hardy.  I added him to my short list of French pop music ( which only includes Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot).

Irma Thomas- “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is”

Francoise Hardy – Comment te dire adieu

Forward_Basement Blossoms Compilation

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F:amiliar Recordings presents -FMLR001 “Basement Blossoms” Compilation-COPYRIGHT 1999

Featuring electronic compositions by Detroit artists roland king, theorem, greg campbell, lisa ross, taj bell, kwame, jordan, d-type&soulo, tony ollivierra and john williams.
The music styles on this compilation range from
jungle
to jazzy house to
hindi-triphop
& of course intelligent, abstract & atmospheric techno interpretations.

This CD was released with the debut of our publication,
F:amiliar Magazine- a Detroit-centered music art & technology publication
…contains interviews with Autechre, Boom Boom Satellites,
M-nus recording artist Theorem, Mare, Derek P.,
Karl Schmidt, Meredith Ledger, Imani, others
+photos by Meghan East, Daniel Lippett and others.
(IPOINK PUBLISHING,1999-ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

TRACK LISTING
1.ROLAND KING/mono patterns/produced by r.king
2.THEOREM/growth/dale lawrence
3.GREG CAMPBELL/sleepwalker/g.campbell
4.KWAME/untitled/kwame
5.TONY OLLIVIERRA/captured/t.ollivierra
6.TAJ BELL/untitled/t.bell
7.JORDAN/cokblk/lionel jordan
8.CODEC/picque/lisa ross
9.D-TYPE&SOULO/hi-pitch freeq/randy alquiza & jason rogers
10.ENDURE./funkuself/john williams
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Bios 1999/00

RolandKing (MIKE HUCKABY)
“Imagine this. You have a shot at playing overseas for your very first time. The promoter tells you that they can get you some gigs but they can’t pay for your flight, and that the fee is small. What would you do? Go, or decline and wait for a superstar DJ who isn’t even interested in you to take you under his wing one day? That’s like a blind man in a dark room searching for a black cat. You decide… your answer will determine whether you are a follower, leader or an innovator. Either way, accept your answer.”

TajBell
has been an active vocalist and artist emerging out of the Detroit local electronic music scene since 1994. Her most recent involvement is a project called D-Bass, a combination of dub basslines and etheric vocals. Taj has been studying traditional south Indian music for a year. Fusing Hindi scales with minimal beats is her latest experimentation. Her hopes are to study more intensely in South India next year.

Kwame
emerged out of the Detroit electronic scene in 1993, spinning a variation of electro, jungle and house music for Detroit’s underground dance culture. Most recently Kwame has been producing tracks for local hip-hop talent and is in the process of starting a Detroit-based jungle label.

JohnWilliams
has been writing music since the age sixteen. “I’ve been trying to be patient in the studio- paying more attention to production, the use of effects and the placement of sound. It’s been an evolution.” In the mid-90′s he sang lead for a local ska band, The Exceptions, and released 2 CDs and various comps with them. John also spins electronic music under the name Bileebob and has released tracks on THROW and the first Theorem LP (+8 Rec).

Theorem
An exponent of Detroit’s early 90′s techno energy, Theorem (better known as Dale Lawrence) clearly understands the history at hand behind the words Detroit Techno. Keenly influenced by the talents of Kenny Larkin, Carl Craig and Richie Hawtin, Lawrence animates movement through his machines. Detroit is home for Lawrence: a decayed city, mixing the warm and cold realities of machines and architecture in harmony. His trek towards techno began from a synth-pop background working with a few bands in the late eighties. Via the airwaves and underground parties in Detroit, his attention to techno grew at the turn of the decade, realizing what grabbed his ears was actually from home.

GregCampbell
has been a music enthusiast since the early 80′s and took that influence to build his own studio. He has collaborated with artists such as Dale Lawrence, John Williams and Lisa Ross. His projects remain personal.

LisaRoss
experiments with electronic music in multi channel formats. She has been dabbling with sequencing since the early ’90s. Her interests led her to devote life to an audio/video field and she hopes to focus her efforts on locking music to picture.

TonyOllivierra
This Detroit producer started his premiere DJ residency at Ann Arbor’s legendary Nectarine Ballroom in 1991. Specializing in hip-hop, house and classics of all genres, he got hired at Detroit’s St Andrews/The Shelter in 1992. Tony has recorded various projects as DJ Slym Fas with Intangible Records (Detroit) and Studio K-7 (Berlin). He now prepares his unique brand of dance music and hip-hop for release on his own Dynamite Soul imprint.