Al Tarf is a musical project by Emilio Totta from southern Italy. Emilio has carefully designed his eurorack system. Additive, subtractive, modal and granular synthesis are used to manipulate electronic waves, controlled by a complex and smart way of patching. The results are sound carpets and atmospheres of unsettling beauty. Dreamers and cosmic travellers will love the fascinating and evocative sci-fi, ambient and drone atmospheres.
ArkOdd (Vincent Vanesse) is a modular addict known for his skilled use of sequencers. He likes all kinds of electronic music genres and although modular hardware is his first area of expression, he enjoys all kinds of gears and software (as long as they are ergonomically and sonically well thought). That’s why most of the popular Belgian modular brands appreciate him for his skills in Beta-testing. His main modular set up is focussed on minimal melodies inspired by small music boxes and combined with down-tempo rhythmic elements into a melancholic spatial mood. Between sadness and sound oddities, there is space for his arpeggios to bring some hope.
As2o3 is the sonic alter ego of the Danish composer, sound artist and producer, Lars Kivig. As2o3 is one of his many musical projects that all evolves in the realms of experimental, post industrial and dark ambient genres. Acorn Falling, Electrovert, Black Water White Sea, is other electro-acoustic projects from this well experienced artist that counts 25 active years on the experimental underground scene of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Benjamin Mauch is an american musician living in Richmond Virginia. His work can be classified as noisy ambient with a focus on slow moving timbral shifts. He uses a modular synthesizer to create works of sound.
Bomb of Hope, aka Rost Zaika (Valencia, Spain) has been fascinated with the sci-fi culture and the computer technology since pretty much always and from there came love for electronic music. In the late 90s he has been making some tunes on an old clunker of a computer (VST wasn’t even a word back then) and performed in local clubs. In the 00s, Rost continued his music career in the USA. At that point it was all about Progressive House. Measurable success came along with releases on labels such as Release Records, Hooj and SOG, at the time under the moniker “Delikate Imposters”. Since then he took a loooong break but then the modular synthesis bug bit him in 2014 and now he is back as Bomb of Hope (among other things)!
Boodaman - Producteur de musiques électroniques depuis 1997
Boodaman (Switzerland) first followed a classical training, and was initiated to the joys of electronic music production shortly after adolescence. After a first vinyl EP release in 1998, he skims Swiss halls and clubs with his exclusively hardware setup. “At the end of the 90s, I had to play under a garbage bag sometimes, because the rooms were so crowded and so small that drops of condensation fell from the ceiling on my machines.” His productions have common points: simplicity, repetition, melody, emotion
Cinematic Laboratory is a YouTube channel dedicated to modular synthesis. It was founded in January 2020 and is now a highly appreciated resource for modular music with a ‘cinematic’ touch. The Lab is run by Robert Pabst (NL), born in 1963 and raised in one of the richest musical eras in history. Robert fell in love with synthesizers after hearing I Feel Love for the very first time, and he has been feeling it ever since.
Fouro3 is one of the musical alter ego’s of Dutch based electronic music producer and sound designer Kees Kroon. Kees used to live in a galaxy between triphop and techno. For his latest work he is using a modular that is partly DIY. The modular music of Fouro3 is a journey between dub and ambient with a touch of four-to-the-floor.
“If the moon could act as a giant speaker, imagine these sounds blaze through the sky at midnight ”- Fouro3
Halfgeleider is Belgium based Maarten Voeten who started out in drum&bass to evolve towards IDM music using hardware over to DAW and back for more than 20 years. Came in contact with modular trough a music buddy, and for his latest alias he found the ideal source for his music in this environment. " I'm just scratching the surface on the modular but already this way of creating music means absolute freedom which i always wanted, also the fragile / volatile aspect is appealing. Not to mention i just like to wire things up" Inspired by the close connection with technology and nature, the sound of halfgeleider is often breakbeat driven carrying melodies, speech samples, and clusters all covered with a detuned blanket, to give it a nostalgic feel.
HHNOI is Cologne (Germany) based Marco Petracca. Marco discovered his love for electronic music production at the age of 15, by watching a VHS tape about Depeche Mode, where Alan Wilder explained how he created sounds. It was the start of a very diverse music life: 25 years later, he did nearly anything possible, from making soundtracks for erotic hotlines, short thriller films and tv adverts, to electro punk on big stages and in small clubs with his first band Les Mercredis. As member of the gloomy-adult pop duo HEARHERE, he cleverly continued what bands like Massive Attack or Portishead abandoned in the post millennium years. HHNOI is the modular synth alter ego of Marco Petracca, swinging between unpredictable dark ambience and emotionally gripping electronica.
Igor Yalivec is an interdisciplinary artist from Ukraine with 20 years of experience in the field of media art. Sound designer, inventor of electro-acoustic instruments, synth geek, video blogger. Also, he is a co-founder of the Gamardah Fungus and Submatukana electronic bands. The author of many audiovisual performances and a participant of various international festivals. Igor’s music is fragile, dreamy improvisational canvases created on modular synthesizers, influenced by academic composition and modern electro-acoustic music.
J Daniel Cramer (Canada) has worked as a musician most of his life and at an early age developed a keen interest in creating electronic music with modular instruments. J Daniel Cramer's music is deeply rooted in the human condition and his works are often based on humankind's notable historic upheavals. Joining the explosion of Eurorack based music making over ten years ago, J Daniel quickly became known for his unique 'PolyKrell' patches; large, generative, multi-voice polyphonic ensembles reminiscent of other worldly chamber music. His complex patching style is well documented on his informative YouTube channel. He looks forward future tours, and he continues to compose his uniquely organic sounding music in his western Canadian based studio.
JUNGLE OF WIRES
Jungle of Wires aka Mandy Bakker (Netherlands) used to be a drummer in several bands. Since discovering modular synthesizers she is always seeking the impossible in her ever changing setup. She loves to experiment with rhythm and melodies. She likes to build up a story from her present mood, and has a preference for downtempo and trippy beats.
Markt (Mark Thomson) has been involved in composing and recording music as a guitarist for a number of years but has recently changed focus to experimental generative modular sequences and the wider palette of sounds and timbres available to him from utilising modular synthesisers.
Nordlys, aka Gregory Delabelle, is a Belgian multi disciplinary artist and producer. He is one of the driving forces behind the Brussels modular scene. Building almost all of his instruments himself in search for that sweet spot in the sound he makes.
Nueve Vidas aka Luis Trasto (Mexico City) improvises with generative algorithms, crossing the borders between digital and analog domains. His sound consists of dense layers of textures created by saturated digital and analog oscillators processed by rhythmically sequenced filters. In his live sets, he explores sound by means of hardware and software modular synthesizers. Never Vidas performes live on festivals like Mutek and NEAM.
Olan Galactica is a Berlin based modular techno live act and the brainchild of musician/producer Olivier Zurkirchen. Those who have witnessed him playing will note his incredible diversity of sub-genres, all held together by the sounds of his steadily morphing modular synthesizer. When he is on stage or in the booth he reads the room and reacts accordingly: his improvised live sets range from villalobesque minimal-escapades to proper berlin high energy techno. A broad horizon of styles is always present in his productions which range from experimental ambient music to techno.
Onsturicheit is Peter Moorkens from Ghent (Belgium) who's experimenting with different music genres. His music is often perceived as film music because it evokes images. Before Ontsturicheit, Peter played guitar, sax and synthesizer in different rockbands, followed by his own one man project Electric Loopstation and surrounded by electronic gear. At some point there was a schism between the psychedelic pop direction and the electronic direction. Onsturicheit (dutch for wildness, uncontrolledness, makingashitloadofnoiseness covers the electronic side of Peter. Creating tracks is a dynamic live experience for Peter, where he discovers unpredictable results on his way, just like it also happened with the early electronic machines. Be prepared for samples, sequences and textures.
Pulse Mandala is a project of Wim Daans (Belgium). Pulse Mandala returns to the source, to the fabric of space and time itself connecting to the fundamental essence of life: Vibration. The transformative power of this paradigm transports to inner and outer space, reaching out to other worlds, both real and imagined. These are ambitious soundscapes, free from the weight of the world with a serious sense of play that is abstract yet deeply personal. The compositions range from delicate shimmering auroras to experimental and sometimes apocalyptic themes. Like being drawn into a vortex, Pulse Mandala empowers a sense of cosmic space, from slow and majestic to acceleration towards an omega point of transcendence.
Sebastopol is the brainchild of Marc Debroey. Since the start of this project, 3 albums have been released:"Sebastopolis", "The Landing" and “Moondust & Blackstars", long journeys of emotions and nostalgia. Sebastopol tries to create tranquility, a search for inner calmness offering room for the listeners to enjoy this peace. No messages, no indictment, no protest, only trying to create a space and an environment to stop and contemplate, without reservation and in complete freedom: everything is allowed, nothing is mandatory.
Stefan Robbers (Eindhoven , Netherlands) is one of the most versatile and productive musicians in the field of electronic dance music. His project Acid Junkies has released 5 albums and many singles (Djax-up-beats) and Stefan performs at parties and festivals all over the world. He experiments with modular synths under the name Sierra Romeo. Mixmag refers to him as ‘’Eindhoven’s own microchip Mozart’’.
Since 1992 he operated Eevo Lute Muzique, a record company specialising in abstract and modern electronic music. After 40 releases, it was followed by EevoNext Recordings: a fully digital web label.
SONICrider (Jurgen Winkel) is a producer, musician, artist & performer from the South of The Netherlands. He started as a member of the band BLIND, an underground electro- rock band during the late eighties and nineties. Currently he produces experimental danceable tracks in a range of styles by combining electronic music & analog sounds. His live performances are a combination of sound & vision. In addition, Jurgen Winkel is initiator of Ableton User Group Eindhoven and initiator/organizer of Modulab Eindhoven.
Thanos Fotiadis is a classical pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer with Greek roots living in the Netherlands. He has recorded several albums as a guitar/bass player with post-rock/metal bands, as well as with his solo guitar ambient project ‘Owlbites’. Since 2018 he has released 6 albums with electronic music compositions. He has performed in many places in Europe. As a composer and sound artist his goal is to create immersive and playful environments by sculpting silence, in the hope of creating inspiring vibrations and meaningful connections.
Federico Intrisano (Milano) is an electronic musician, an audio circuit designer and co-founder of Jolin Lab (an electronic laboratory based in Milan) specialised in sound art installations and modular synthesizers.
Since 2019 he has been part of the collective Milano Modulare.
His modular live project name is Their Pet Dog: the animal is the modular system, played during performances in an acoustic key as a percussive and generative instrument.
Thierry Holweck is a French electronic and multi instrument musician, whose thematic music is based on sound exploration made with his modular system. Recordings are captured performances of tracking the white rabbit down a sonic worm hole that share time between mono and polyrhythmic layers, twisted by Euclidian and random parameters. This results in a conversation between tension and release and a mix of simple and gentle melodies. Natural sounds like a wooden floor, animals and any natural element fed into the sampler add depth and humanise the soundscape.
Fascinated by the hypnotic power and physicality of the sound they produce, Valentin Rocher plays electronic music on modular synths. Parallel to the live project Silicon Vallée with Fausto, he explores his instrument in search of the accident, playing with the digressions it allows. He distorts the sound by hand with sensitivity. Surprises and the unexpected are the driving force behind his playing and compositions. He takes us with generosity in his soundscapes where we walk with curiosity.