Fresh from the land of the rising sun and emerging from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo comes Sunshine Lover.
Just over two years ago he started his journey experimenting with Modular Synthesizers, and for his Data Cult debut he has compiled some of his favorite aural experiments for your listening pleasure.
Raw, rough and nasty in places but contrasting with glimpses of light shining through the mirk, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, and just like Roy Ayers famously sung ‘Everybody loves the…….
Ipnoteca is an Italian born electronic musician base in Tokyo with a true passion for analogue gear, strange sounds, patch cables and blinking lights.
During his 20+ years of personal music and sound research, Ipnoteca has discovered modular synthesizers to be the perfect instruments to create the characteristics of his sound, which ranges from IDM to ambient to glitch music.
His system is composed of various modules, and is mainly comprised of modules by Intellijel Design, Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, Industrial Music Electronics (formerly Harvestman) and Noise Engineering.
Since moving to Tokyo Ipnoteca has had the chance to become a regular performer, and play various shows, clubs and modular events such as Modular Cafè, Cave, TFoM 2015 and Dommune. He is currently working on various sound design projects for emerging visual artists and a cassette album that will be released in early 2018.
Beginning fresh somewhere late in 2016, Lithe is the pet solo project of Alice Blunt, and is a mixture of introspective feelings and fuzzy memories of transient sensations.
She takes influence from bangy UK techno acts, and the hedonistic shadowy parts of the Berlin techno scene with the occasional nod to trippy ambient and IDM sonic magic.
She primarily uses a mixture of modular and desktop hardware, with frequent use of sample mangling for percussion, texture and rhythm.
(Be sure to check out her upcoming debut EP release on VLSC)
Hataken has been an electronic music producer, performer since the mid 90’s. His musical style employs ambient chilled out grooves using synthesizers to span multiple genres that create a unique style and psychedelic feeling. Hataken has performed many festivals including Boom 2012 (7 hours live show with analog vintage rigs), Ozora festival, Sonica, Sound Wave, SXSW and more. Hataken released his solo album “A Prana Planet” on Matsuri Digital Chill in Nov. 2017
Shifting from vintage analogue synth performances to modular synthesizers, Hataken has become an icon in the Japanese modular scene. In 2013 he organized the Tokyo Festival of Modular; a yearly event that showcases international modular synthesizer technology and artist performances. His goal is to foster the next generation of modular synthesizer music.
Hataken has taken part in many collaborative projects. Wåveshåper was a project with Greg Hunter which produced an album and series of live performances in Europe. He is an organizer of the alternative culture underground platform ZEN ZEN. Hataken performed and recorded with renowned guitarist Sugizo twice, and will be featured on Sugizo’s upcoming album and remix in 2018.
live perform archives
Tokyo Festival of Modular
A Prana Planet
Tokyo Festival of Modular (TFoM)
Infideltek is the work of Daniel Miller from the suburbs of Seattle. Under this project the premise of one individual locked together in binary state with a fluid ever changing relationship with electronic instruments. In various forms of ambient or noise.
DivKid is a composer, producer, sound designer and audio engineer come YouTube demonstrator. DivKid started as a composer and producer of electronic music before running into mastering for various labels and working with sound design projects for audio software and sample packs. Developing out of the initial “in the box” workflow led DivKid to work with modern desktop synths, guitar pedals and rack gear before moving through vintage keyboard synths and finally onto modular synths. Modular synths made their way into various sound design projects and composition work before an clear gap in the modular was presented that needed filling. That gap was demonstration and education around modular synths products and companies which led to the first DivKid videos on YouTube demoing euro rack modular gear. This grew and is now the main output for the “DivKid Project” demonstrating modules for the amazing community of users, designers and makers that make working with this equipment so inspirational.
Hello everyone, this is DivKid (Ben) and this is a mix of tracks in various stages of development all exploring my musical headspace of late which is textural exploration and merging performative modular work with randomly generating patches. The pieces you’ll hear cross two albums I’m working on as well as single tracks and odd “moments” I’ve captured. None of the tracks here will released or presenting in another form for some time. So enjoy the mix and the journey through my little sonic adventure.
Yates Zaldevour is an Atlanta native based artist. In 1981 at the age of 5 he got a hold of Rush’s Moving Pictures on 8 track cassette. He listened to it alone, and thought everything was going ok until the very last song, Witch Hunt. He’d never heard music sound creepy before. It was as if someone was stalking him. “What are these bizarre background noises? What is going on here?” Yates turned it off, and ran away from the radio. Only to find himself slowly peeking around the corner, and coming back to listen again. Not much later in life, one of his brothers showed him the movie The Shining. He was terrified and entranced at the same time; yet seeking to know more about these crazy sounds that elicited emotional and physical reactions. Later on, in his teens, he took up drumming, and learned some basics on guitar. In the early 90’s he discovered drum machines and general midi synth boxes. By the mid 90’s he had found samplers and things took another direction in sound creation. By 2014 he landed in the modular zone, and once again, life changed for the better.
This session is somewhat of a telling of his musical past, present, and where the future can go. The performance is based around his eurorack system and a few of it’s all in one synth friends.
Yates currently can be found online at SoundCloud – His personal page of music and sound exploration, old bands, and few of the projects and scoring he has done.
Booksy is an underground electronic music project recording in Brooklyn, NY. A native of NYC and a founding member of Fictions, in his solo work Booksy explores a sonic topology flowing between skittering nomadic techno/electro and primal drone constellations. Modular and non-modular analog and digital synths, samplers, and drum machines were assembled for these recordings, which were all conducted and recorded in live takes.
Norma Saguaro lives in Portland, Oregon where she is finishing a degree in Economics. She hosts an electronic music focused radio show called ‘Beyond the Marble Palace’ on Freeform Portland, 90.3 fm, and after a long sabbatical has just recently started writing music again. Her favorite things include the smell of incense, long walks in fog, fried chicken, the sound of a saxophone being played far off in the rain and her sweet dog, Lucy.
You can catch her on radio show online every Saturday at 4am Pacific Standard Time (GMT-7 or GMT-8 depending on Daylight Savings Time).