I’ve not heard of Josh Mason will check that out. Glad you are enjoy the patches.
Yeah, the Nord Modular is pretty versatile once you start digging into it. I definitely found taking that plunge a hard one, well, obviously hence the blog, but it is super rewarding once you do, and also things become pretty quick once you get into it. It helps loads that the Nord has a sound to it out of the box that is rewarding I feel.
I’ve been a big fan of Taylor’s stuff since hearing on Clicks & Cuts compilations and then hearing Stil and later Polr etc. I found Marcus’s earlier stuff sitting somewhere between Sawako and the early Motion stuff, although approaching that more organic, tape saturation space than the glitch-inspired stuff of the late 90’s into 2000’s.
It’s been super interesting watching the label evolve, especially presumably influence and connected to where Taylor lives. I think the Mono-log stuff definitely captures a similar type journey for me, although arguably one that starts with 12k and the Mimosa Moize Dragons Eye Recordings stuff and moves into the label beginnings.
The SonuoS Pokk! 12" came out I think halfway through the blog, the original patches and sketches are in amongst them, and the Pokk! album was trying to consider Richard Chartier but at a higher volume. I really love that first Line release. I think you can hear that stereo-shifting thing and also the tonal movements in the opening track are definitely coming from that sort of world. I forget what release it was, but a later Chartier one has some amazing movement and sound-shaping going on, super subtle obviously, as all his stuff is, but yeah, super amazing. Love his stuff.
Also, I live in Tottenham, London so it’s pretty noisy here sometimes, and I found taste and the environment really shapes the sound. Not surprised of the 12k direction. Although I gotta say, it would be amazing if Taylor moved away from the forest to make some more pure electronic-based stuff again, or his shifting techno-based stuff. I want him to explore that more and the structures within it.
I say all this as I assume, we have some similar paths that are crossing and you might be hearing something in the label stuff that comes from the places I mentioned. It is super interesting though, how it is all connected.