Sunday, January 17, 2016

Vor Haus Rules

Again, I am so sorry my updates are rare and far and few between sometimes. Real life happens, I have had too much personal struggle happening lately to even mention. I still continue to create every single day, and pretty heavily regardless. Such is life. Today, i've got a killer, killer release from the 1300 series of K P M. You are going to love it.

Dave Vorhaus was an american born bassist and composer who struck gold in the UK musically, performing in orchestras before settling abroad and composing in White Noise with BBC Radiophonic Workshop partners Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, formerly of Unit Delta Plus, a collective set up in 1966 by both of them and Peter Zinovieff to create music and also promote it's use in television, film and advertising. 

While he may not be known as well in America, his unique use of the EMS Synthi VCS3 on 'An Electric Storm', released in 1968 on Island Records was quite pioneering and daring, and was pretty much the writing on the wall of what was to come in electronic music. Personally, i put him up there with the likes of Mort Garson, Andy Clark, and Keith Mansfield simply for his originality. A lot of the time, producers in library and production music may play a little too close to the chest in terms of strict melody and even stricter song structure.

Vorhaus was quite flexible in both his experiments as well as his ability to blend rhythmic and melodic components of songwriting and give you the best of both worlds, weird and soulful. Dave must have kept himself busy in a fashion similar to the likes of Muslimgauze, another essential musician who worked nonstop and diligently to perfect his craft. Perhaps you have seen this video with Dave Vorhaus, but if not, here's a look inside his studio, and some basics on his philosophy behind composition as well.

As you can see, not only was Vorhaus a great composer and musician, he was also a designer of synthesizers and innovated how synthesizers were made. He created a variable-step synthesizer called 'The Maniac' that was capable of up to 64 steps, not only that, separate sequences as well. He credits the possibility of this synthesizer due to the new availability of CMOS chips. Apparently, he still uses it to this day, how cool is that? If you'd like some more technical information about some of the stuff he made, hop on over to SOS for this article with excerpts and pics from the man himself:

Today, I have 'Sound Conjurer', an interstellar look at so many different tastes and styles that its hard to even give an explanation or describe this music. To call it 'ethereal' doesnt do it justice...theres a real hardline balance here between experimentalism and strong melodies that I feel a lot of people will enjoy and i consider it a personal fav, check this track. Unfortunately I cant find a video for 'Scurry Pt. 2', but I believe that track from this album may make use of 'The Maniac', most likely others too!

Again, my apologies for the lack of updates. I have been working hard at my own music, trying to get through some rough times. here's the album, enjoy. I'll try and post again within a few weeks.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

VDB Joel brings ya the vidya games

hey there, back again with another update. this time its from joel vandroogenbroeck, an incredible library/production composer who released tons of albums for the coloursound label over the years 1980 until about 1990 or so. his styles range from deep electronic to almost ambient, but always are spot on for my tastes.

those of you who know me, know that i love video games and the music within them. so i was especially pleased to hear this album, today i have 'video games and data movements', coloursound 74. this album was very tough to find and of course i was very happy to see joel's take on vgm and sfx, so here it is for you to enjoy.

joel vandroogenbroeck - video games & data movements

Friday, October 9, 2015

bastow again and again

why is it so difficult for me to remember to simply blog? well, its because i record a metric ton of music. i released a split lp with friends The Mountain Chiefs a few weeks back, if you're interested give it a listen here:

anyway, on to the blog update. ive included another killer release by trevor bastow, this time trevor bastow and patrick wilson on the bruton label. some orchestral tracks fill out this release, but its mainly driving dancier electronic output, definitely for fans of spacier disco, maybe this is a bit smarter all around. simply beautiful music. for fans of ciani, hawkshaw, and mansfield.

enjoy, check out both releases...i'll try and not wait 4 months to update the blog again.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

a hobson reprised

hey again, back for a quick blog update for you guys. i wanted to share this anthony hobson before i forget. maybe if i make these updates quicker and shorter ill remember to do em more often, heh!

as some of you who follow my blog know, i love the anthony hobson moniker, and ive got a soft spot for dewolfe all around. this album has a very balanced feel thats both rockin and groovin, but also retains a lot of orchestral elements. it claims to be 'for sport and action' on the back cover, and i'd say thats certainly accurate, but theres some great synthwork on this album with nice brass that will tinker with the back of your neck for sure. theres even some great guitar that ties all of the elements to this release together and makes a very cohesive release. its a cut above in both the arrangement and production and certainly worth hearing. have a listen to the first cut.

track 4 is missing from this rip, my apologies for that. but i think you'll see that this one is definitely worth sharing, and i hope you dig it! heres 'meet the future' by anthony hobson, enjoy!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

simon park dominates the nfl

hi again. blog updates have been slow as i have been hard at work on my own music, so lets get right down to it. today i have 2 delicious albums by simon park, of dewolfe and perhaps more on us shorts, nfl fame. simon was born in 1946, and began playing piano at the age of 5. he was perhaps best known for 'eye level', written for the detective thriller 'van der valk', which spent 4 weeks at the #1 position in the uk singles charts in sept of 1973. he went on to write at 15 or more albums in the 1980's for imprints such as dewolfe and rogue as well as many segments from nfl montages over the years. as you can hear, the titletrack from 'knock onward' is lush and full of synthy driving goodness.

heres two releases by simon park to make up for lost time, enjoy!

simon park - knock onward (dewolfe 3453)

simon park - high climber (dewolfe 3481)

Friday, December 5, 2014


hey there, im super sorry i keep forgetting to update the blog. hopefully the QUALITY of what im offering up and the history supercedes any QUANTITY, hehe. i want to share a beautiful album by jean pierre decerf and myriam chadcar, its called synthetic music. some of the tracks have a great holiday feel so i thought to share. have a listen and see for yourself!

super lush melodies here from jp decerf, ive got a dozen or so albums by him and this definitely is one of the albums i prefer more. just have a listen and see if tracks like rythmic and thematic dont do something for you. very nice layering of synth sounds on this, but the rhythms definitely arent to be scoffed at. i think this album even now is very ahead of its time. maybe you'll agree. enjoy.

jp decerf & myriam chadcar - synthetic music

Friday, August 8, 2014


hey there, sorry i was a little late on making a blog post for ya'll, ive been working hard on my own music actually. today im going to share a great bruton from the l series with various composers such as paul hart and harold fisher. this 17 track release had a great driving futuristic feel that you must check out, blogger and youtube wont cooperate, so here's the album and a link on youtube to the titletrack. enjoy and give some feedback!,_brl10).rar