Acid Electro Review

Controlled Weirdness – In The Shadows

Cultivated Electronics – Release: 25/7/22

This one’s been in the pipeline for a minute and has been a staple in our radio shows over the past few months. Worried acid lines battle with hefty synth wonk, in this 4-track record from London’s Neil Keating.

His experience as long standing underground DJ Controlled Weirdness is instantly apparent, with an individual riff-based approach to composition and is also testament to Cultivated’s on-point curation, selecting these dark tunes for release. Wicked stuff.

Pre-orders open now via Clone

Premiere Techno

Premiere: Komo B – Orbit (EPM Music)

‘Orbit’ is the title track for Komo B’s debut EP on EPM music. We present a short interview below:

1. You’ve been collecting records and mixing for some years now. What inspired you to begin and what has been the most memorable thing along the way?

Yes indeed.  It is all about the music.  I grew up in Maastricht and there were squat parties with different music like techno, electro, acid, deephouse, disco etcetera… So, it were the local DJs that inspired me to start playing records and buying synths and drummachines.  The squat parties at Vendex were memorable.  After, there were others like 10daysoff in Gent but can’t say really which one is the most memorable.

2. What was the inspiration for taking the leap into producing your own music? Was it a straightforward process?
I was already playing trumpet and piano when I got into electronic music.  I just wanted to explore the (new) electronic sounds of synthesizers, effects, drummachines etcetera and to create.  So yes, it was a straightforward process and still is.
3. What are your hopes for the future? Musically or otherwise.
I hope to make some more EPs, records and an album.  I would like to do some radio shows and to continue DJing as well.

4. What is your message to the world? What do people need to know?
Dance like a bird
Don’t judge someone
Enjoy nature

Ambient Drone Live Synth

Luke Sanger – Live (on the Make Noise Shared System)

This was originally streamed as a live improv on Bandcamp Live. In hindsight, I think it’s an OK set, with range of moods and timbres. My fave sections are the looser unpredictable bits (mostly phonogene-related weirdness) and in the future will try to focus in more on these techniques. Maybe a bit overkill on the pentatonics, but there we go…

Things used:

  • Make Noise Shared System (with older phonogene module)
  • 2hp pluck
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • House plants
Aesthetics Culture

Environmental Micro-Listening Excercise #1

Flatland Frequencies · Environmental Micro-Listening Exercise #1

We present the first in a series of recordings for micro-listening.

Micro listening is the practice of deliberately focussing on elements of a sound environment that may pass unnoticed in everyday experience. Listening to sounds in this way can lead to a magnification of our experiences. The finer details of sound become magnified enabling us to notice the effects these may have on the psyche. Any sound can be the subject of a micro-listening, recorded sounds or real-life ambiences function equally as well. There is no preference for ‘natural’ or ‘artificial’ sounds as there is no ‘nature’ from which human beings are separate from, just one universe which acts upon and is acted upon by us. The point of a micro-listening is to remind the listener that they and the sound form part of the same acoustic environment.

Recording situation: underneath the A47. A warm, still summer’s afternoon. Traffic can be heard passing over the road bridge above us and reverberating below. Birdsong can be heard from the wet grassland and riverbanks close by.

Minimal Synth


iDEAL Recordings – Mar 2022

A bit late to the party with this one, but still worthy of a mention. The debut release from Swedish musician/composer Egil Kalman, who plays modular synth and double bass.

A strong record, which balances rich and interesting beeps and FX, with engaging melodic motifs over thick drones and arpeggiated backing. The sound quality of the Synthi 100 really shines through with some great playing throughout.

‘Kingdom of Bells Egil Kalman plays the Synthi 100’ is his debut album as a solo artist. 

Digital available at Bandcamp

Experimental Review Synth

Duoduo – Cerf​-​Volant

Release: June ’22

Lovely EP of rhythmic tones and pure drones, performed by Marc Méan (Ciat Lonbarde Cocoquantus & Plumbutter, FX) and Fabien Iannone (Serge synth & FX). A well rounded selection of five tracks that balance the lush, off-kilter plumbutter drums, with the raw tonal power of the Serge.

Drone Minimal

Luke Sanger reissues World of Inherent Noise

Previously released on cassette via the excellent Miracle Pond label and long since sold out, World of Inherent Noise is now available to stream everywhere digitally. 

Check it out on Spotify or ask Siri to play it.

Of course, you can still purchase the high quality digital files at bandcamp

Art Avant Garde Electro-Acoustic Experimental Musique Concrète


OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music is a compilation of early electronic music and excerpts from the period of 1948 to 1980. Many included works are essentially experiments with sound, using a variety of non-traditional instruments including homemade circuits, tape ribbon and early synthesisers.

Avant Garde Drone Experimental Review

Various Artists – The Dystopian World of J​.​G​.​Ballard

Zero K – June 8th

“The advanced societies of the future will not be governed by reason. They will be driven by irrationality, by competing systems of psychopathology.” 

J.G. Ballard 

Dystopian writer J.G Ballard needs no introduction and is one whose influence has stretched beyond literature across all mediums. From successful screen adaptations by Cronenberg (see Crash), to influencing lyrics for bands like Joy Division and Hawkwind (to name just a couple).

With this present compilation, curated by Raffaele Pezzella (Sonologyst), ZeroK label (in collaboration with, Lars Bröndum, Eraldo Bernocchi, Gavin Morrow , Joel Gilardini, Esa J. Ruoho, Heikki Lindgren, Mario Lino Stancati, Erik Jarl, Roberto Quezada, Jarko M. Hedenius, Janne Liimatainen, Mombi Yuleman and Christian Schneider) provides sound descriptions of the dystopian world narrated by the English master J. G. Ballard in his novels and short stories, creating an imaginary soundtrack of those s/f masterpieces. 

Avant Garde Experimental Review Synth

Nunton Elektrikz – Did You Know About The Room?

Woodford Halse – Release: July 1st

Woodford Halse keep the tapes coming thick and fast, covering all manner of experimental electronics. This next one from Nunton Eletrikz (aka Nick Edwards) is particularly interesting, a collection of very raw synth jams that could easily be mistaken for an early electronic sound experimentation from someone like Joji Yuasa.

The press release reveals some insight into the tools used in the process (Arturia Microfreak, Korg NTS and stylophone ), however the manner in which the tracks are executed goes far beyond any signature synth preset, which is the essence of what experimentalism should be.