These are recordings of my first few days exploring the Moog Mother-32. Not having ever played this synth, I was inspired by the novelty and the somewhat unfamiliar territory. When I perform or record, I always choose to use at least one polyphonic synthesizer. With the Mother-32 being monophonic, this limitation seemed like a lot to overcome at first. As usual, I wanted to force myself to create lush textures and harmonies. The Mother-32 encouraged me to improvise each layer more closely to the way I might sing a melodic line. My improvised compositions rooted themselves around many melodic sequences, some of which I would eventually harmonize to arrive at a polyphonic texture.
I rarely use sequencers probably by chance since I have never owned one until now. Sometimes I use arpeggiators to get a similar vibe. Once I discovered the ability to program rhythmic patterns, I was very excited to see what would result. I found the sequencer to be vastly inspiring.
The compact design of the Mother-32 itself is something to marvel. I did play with some patching ideas outlined in the manual, but for my actual recording sessions, I had everything I needed with zero patching. Even though I could have connected a larger midi keyboard controller, in the interest of simplicity and eventually getting out and traveling light, I wanted to limit myself to the built-in keyboard.
Other gear I used include a dynamic mic, contact bottle cap mic, "the twankly," EHX 2880, EHX Cathedral, Line6 DL4, Eric Archer’s Grendel Drone Commander.
Moog Music, Ace Hotel & Twin Springs Tapes Promote Introspection Through Analog Sound With Purpose-Driven Sound Series + Moogfest 2016 Ticket Giveaway
Moog Music announces the release of “Music For Intention & Growth: A Purpose-Driven Sound Series”, in collaboration with Twin Springs Tapes and Ace Hotel. Produced exclusively for the compact cassette, the series features electronic compositions from sound-artists on Twin Springs Tapes, a cassette-only recording label delivering “stimulating sounds to aide in your experience of being.”
"Celebrating joyful experimentation and inspiring growth through creative expression is our happy place. Ace and Twin Springs have helped us get this good stuff out into the world. We love them for their partnership." - Emmy Parker, Moog Music Brand Director
Available free at select record stores* on Record Store Day [April, 16 2016], “Music For Intention & Growth: A Purpose-Driven Sound Series” highlights the organic nature of analog sound, pairing the output of Moog’s handcrafted electronics with the unmistakable warmth of magnetic tape. The series consists of 3 individually distributed tapes featuring auditory explorations of the newly released Moog Mother-32 Analog Synthesizer as conducted by Inner Travels, Kyle Landstra and TALsounds.
Ace Hotel will play the works off of vintage cassette decks in select public spaces across all Ace Hotels at 6pm local time on Record Store Day. Fans are welcome to go listen, enjoy and go home with a tape while supplies last.
BlackBook will exclusively premiere a digital stream of Side A from each cassette.
Moog Music will include cassettes in Moog Mother-32 synthesizer boxes while supplies last.
A limited run of select tapes will contain a unique audio transmission alerting the listener that they have won a free pair of tickets to attend Moogfest 2016 in Durham, NC [May 19-22]. Winning tapes will be mixed in among the tapes distributed to Ace Hotel, Harvest Records [Asheville], Static Age Records [Asheville], and All Day Records [Durham], Carolina Soul [Durham], Schoolkids Records [Durham], Bull City Records [Durham].
*Participating Record Stores: Harvest Records / Static Age Records / All Day Records / Carolina Soul / Schoolkids Records / Bull City Records
released April 11, 2016
TALsounds is Natalie Chami
All sessions recorded live at home to one track, no overdubs, on December 17th and 18th, 2015 and January 3rd and 4th, 2016.
Editing: Natalie Chami and Erik Rasmussen.
Post Production: Erik Rasmussen.