Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Beautiful Retreat

Ike Yard

I was searching through some other peoples blogs and realised that I am not the only person heavily into synths and obscure 80s bands. There are more out there! For example, ether^ra, where I discovered a totally new [to me] obscure 80s band called Ike Yard. Theres a great interview with one of them over on bleep. Anyway, I find their music really inspiring, blending experimental electronics, cool vocals and top notch early 80s studio production (think: Hannett) into a very unique sound. Theres a reissue of some early stuff, find out more here

Synths used: Korg (MS-20, MS-50, SQ-10, VC-10), Roland (TR-909, TR-606, TR 808, TB-303, MC-202, CSQ-600), Arp (Solus, Axxe), the EMS Synthi-AKS, and the Buchla Modular 112 keyboard controller

Listen to 'Dancing and Slaving':

Monday, 22 November 2010

Fifty Five

So the amazing Moog system 55 which I mentioned in this post eventually sold on ebay. What was interesting was the question of it's provenance, i.e. whether it had been previously owned by synth-god Kieth Emerson. As it turned out, there was a mix up / exaggeration by the seller which resulted in an excellent round of publicity for the item for sale. Read below for the full story from the seller. BTW, it got £15000, less than I expected for such a system

Sunday, 21 November 2010