For those people that have been on the fence about buying a modular, I think this is that piece that might put you in buying mode.
Intellijel Designs has introduced a new Eurorack synth module, the Atlantis, inspired by the classic Roland SH-101 synthesizer.
The Atlantis is heavily inspired by the architecture and sound of the Roland SH-101, but offers several enhancements:
Triangle core vcos (with far better tracking and Hard sync) instead of saw core
Primary vco has linear FM (not just exp)
MOD Vco can be linked to the primary VCO pitch CV.
Modulation oscillator switchable from LFO to VCO
Filter is multimode, 2/4pole switchable and has a special LP boost mode
Filter allows for selection of inverted ADSR mod source
Filter tracks 1V/oct
Mixer section includes and external source which is normalled to a sinewave
Filter has built in soft clipping
Envelope has looping option, re-trigger and selectable time range
Output VCA has two stage clipping circuit
External clock input for the S&H
Patch points for every synthesis section
Todd Osborn shares another free gift during the holiday, this time its all covers made on old computers. Anyone remember his gem from 2010?
Superstructure is yet another alias of Todd Osborn (Osborne, Soundmurderer, TNT, Starski & Clutch, etc). Continuing the tradition of intellectually undemanding Formula Fresh releases this release is a special holiday giveaway of cover versions made with older computer/game systems (ZX Spectrum, C64, NES).
This free album is also a precursor to Todd’s upcoming Drip.fm channel that will start subscriptions in 2014.
1 Telephone Line
2 Sweet Baby
3 Minute by Minute
4 Sharing the Night Together
5 Feels So Good
6 Sentimental Lady
7 Your Wildest Dreams
9 BLT (Bonus Track)
Machinedrum and Ninja Tune have expanded nicely on the continuation of keeping Vapor City an experience beyond just an album release with a release date.
Introducing “Vapor City“, sort of looks like Africa broken up into boroughs. I’m guessing you sign up and join as a citizen and once a month for the new few months new boroughs unlock and i’m sure new music will be given away like today. Vizion Center just went live which is a above, its a really special collection of ambient tracks from Travis.
We’ve finally reached it, the Top 10 songs of the year. Make sure to check out the rest of the playlists easily by using the Featured Post Section on the right side, I hope you’ve found something new or just a playlist to sit back with.
**Side note: I didn’t include Moodgadget or Ghostly International releases because that would just not be fair.
#10 Jessy Lanza – 5785021
Just how everything expands after the 3 minute mark does it for me, Junior Boys perfection.
#9 DJ Rashad – Pass That Shit (feat. Spinn & Taso)
I need the extremes of both ends of the music spectrum to make me feel normal, being from Detroit you couldn’t get enough Ghetto-Tech, this song just makes me happy.
#8 Diana – Born Again
“The Pop Song of the Year” for me, all ages and genres, nothing matters but the music here.
#7 Ptaki – Krystyna
The Polish in me and my love for slow disco bumped this song into the Top 10. Really though you can’t deny that bassline and the sample, just heavy lush disco, its like the West Coast Rap of Disco.
#6 Toro Y Moi – Say That
If anyone deserves Top 40 support its Chaz, keep him happy and in the studio.
#5 Boards of Canada – Nothing Is Real
They came back in such a perfect way this year.
#4 The Field – A Guided Tour
My favorite listening album of the year, beautifully prepared, a formula that doesn’t need adjusting.
#3 Majical Cloudz – Childhood’s End
The only emotionally vocal song that hit me this year, he does simplicity soo well.
#2 Dirty Beaches – Casino Lisboa
This song is the definition of passion and drive.
#1 Bibio – A Tout a l’heure
Uplifting done right, changes my mood instantly, music is priceless when it can do that to you.
Aaaannnd we’re down to the Top 20 *dodges tomatoes*
#20 The Beat Broker – Departure
#19 CFCF – Beyond Light
#18 Juana Molina – Eras
#17 Machinedrum – Gunshotta
#16 Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi
#15 Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz
#14 Oneohtrix Point Never – Along
#13 Lawrence – Lucifer
#12 Sally Shapiro – Lives Together (The Field remix)
#11 Standish/Carlyon – Nono/Yoyo (HTRK remix)
Some many underdogs here, remember there’s the dance world, indie rock world, electronic, beats, and soo many more genres being covered on this blog. Once all 50 are revealed this will be a beautifully diverse review of the year, enjoy.
#30 Blondes – Andrew
#29 Keep Shelly In Athens – Recollection
#28 CFCF – Camera
#27 Ken Camden – Eta Carinae
#26 Function – Inter
#25 Marcel Dettmann – Lightworks
#24 Tornado Wallace – Bit 1
#23 Legowelt – Sark Island Acid
#22 Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (Todd Terje remix)
#21 Four Tet – For These Times
It only gets better and better the further we get into this…
#40 Samps – Plans
#39 Lapalux – Swallowing Smoke
#38 Benoit Pioulard – Margins
#37 Om Unit – Corridor 2013
#36 Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
#35 Zomby – 777
#34 Soviet Soviet – No Lesson
#33 Jensen Sportag – Bellz
#32 Jacques Greene – Quicksand
#31 Darkstar – Timeaway
This doesn’t need much of an introduction, its a best of list that we’ve been doing for years, the great thing about them is that i’ve made them into a nice 10 track playlist for you. I hope you enjoy, remember you don’t have to agree with me, I hope I turn you onto some new music by the end of it.
#50 Holden – Some Respite
#49 Airbird & Napolian – In The Zone
#48 Orphan – Most Is Missing
#47 Miles – Loran Dreams
#46 Gonno – Are You Asleep
#45 Atoms For Peace – Default
#44 Bonobo – Cirrus
#43 Monte – True
#42 Queens – Cables
#41 Almunia – The Magician