Archive for July, 2009

youtube class

Posted in creative practice, gear, music on 21/07/2009 by sync24

whilst i’ve been hunting for stuff on youtube, i came across this video:

i was actually looking up the Bitrman on there and came across this:

the Blacet Hex Zone looks good (as does the CV controlled Bitrman), a CV/GATE step controllable machine like the Technosaurus Cyclodon thati wish i could find…

more hunting for Bitrman related gave me this:

a moog pedal… but sending stuff through my SH09 kind of does similar…

the TB303 sync’d to a TenoriOn has a nice groove:


arduino / gakken synth control

Posted in creative practice, gear, music, research on 19/07/2009 by sync24

pg200 -> jx3p replacement cable

Posted in gear on 12/07/2009 by sync24

eye magazine, is £17…

Posted in music, research on 12/07/2009 by sync24

In the new issue of EYE graphic design magazine, there is a page about this: Piaz “Formants” LP.
piaz The article talks about the release, which is limited to about 100, as something counter to faceless digital downloads etc. giving the punter an artefact, in this case a di-cut sleeve that interlocks in a specific way.
I think I missed the boat on buying one of these, but it looks nice great.

Roland TR-727

Posted in creative practice, gear, music on 12/07/2009 by sync24

I’ve always wanted a Roland TR-727 and yesterday I won the bidding for one ebay…
£100 LESS than they have been selling for over the last month…
£67 plus postage (£12).
I think, as it was so cheap, I’ll look into getting it modded.
Anyway, classic Detroit latin drum sounds, whistles, congas etc.
early Transmat and old Rob Hood style.
I hope it works, ‘sure it’ll be fine, though if not, a trip down the road to will sort it if there’s a problem.

£75 looks like a bargain (especially as I didn’t spend much in the first place), plus it may be possible to hook it up to the MC-202 modular mod I’ve been thinking of getting…

Global Darkness (west coast Dutch electro) Gearbase forum:

all in one box (well, almost)

Posted in creative practice, gear, music on 11/07/2009 by sync24
make a USB / MIDI / Sync24 / CV/Gate interface.
its the closest I can find to a Technosaurus Cyclodon…
and you can buy them new.

Gakken & Gristleizer

Posted in creative practice, gear, music, research on 10/07/2009 by sync24

Pure analog:
Gakken SX-150
gakken sx-150
A little analog synth kit that, by the looks of a couple of web searches, can be modded.
It looks like Chris Carter (TG) has been having fun with one, along with Mr Book (whoever he is…),
Mr Book has modded his a bit to add midi and an audio output, so there is probably scope for CV & Gate and maybe an audio input to a filter. This could then perhaps be set-up re previous NC discussion with additional control inputs such as phot-cells etc.
Make website:
google search:

Also, through my searching I came across stuff on Matrixsynth’s blog about the Gristleizer that Chris Carter (interview here) had for Throbbing Gristle back in the good old days. There’s links to a company that make replicas, plus the original article that showed how they were made…


I want one.

…however, I think building digital things will be easier than affording £200 for an analog effects box…
plus i’d like to spend about that on getting my old MC202 and SH101 modded to become as modular as they can be.
Link to one somebody made in Reaktor:

8>< snip!
i’ve been hunting stuff to do with the Gristlizer…
here’s some more pages:
a forum thread on Muffs modules where some one isn’t too impressed:
(but there is a video there and i think it sounds good – i think the main point being is that if you have a modular set-up this machine isn’t that amazing… i don’t have a modular set up, so it could be a worthy cause…).
anyway, here’s a thread on electro-music forum about a group buy:
additional infro from
schematic used in first post:

Need to addthis link where people are talking about building their Gristleizers (cos i bought a load of wrong bits…)