Batch 0008 by New Tendencies on SM-LL


Over the last six month’s I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with @pokk to put together this full length release for his label, SM-LL.

It’s being released on pre-order limited edition 12" clear vinyl and download as part of their Batch series, maybe @pokk can say more about what the series is all about.

This album began as a set of sound experiments as I was building pieces of my Serge system. With each new modules or panel, I spent time trying to understand its possibilities, limits, and edges. From these experiments I learned techniques for “patch programming”, using the patching of the instrument to specify what each component is meant to do in that specific context. I wanted to play with the raw electronic sound of the Serge but still make pieces that hold together as compositions and are unique from one another.

For this collection of pieces, I used patching as the sole means of sequencing and composing the music.

I started with a series of short and really sparse raw experiments just exploring the patches, recording everything I did. Then I emailed them to @pokk who provided some of the most thoughtful input and feedback on what are some really abstract sounds, including sending me links to recordings that it reminded him of. These really became reference points of developing the music, along with my usual big influences from Panasonic and that 90’s minimal scene.

I think I’ve posted this picture elsewhere, here’s the system used on these recordings:

I also used OTO Bim and Bam as the main effects, but a little bit of other stuff including Bugbrand PTDelay and COFilter.

I hope people find something in this, I really enjoyed making it and am grateful/excited to have it on SM-LL.


Samples sound lovely. Will there be any American distro? Shipping costs appear to be absurd.


That’s a good question. Maybe there’s a way we can do a group order to save on shipping and I can ship them to North America from here? Or download :wink:

Maybe @pokk has a suggestion.


I’ve been very intrigued by what kinds of sounds you might be making with that system as you’ve been building it. Preordered and looking forward to hearing the full album. :v:


Can’t wait to listen. Thanks for sharing!


Love the SM-LL stuff and I’m very keen to get the download on this. The sample sounds great


It looks like if I increase the order size on Bancamp the shipping gets a lot cheaper, but then we’d have to ship them around North America, so it might only end up saving about $5 for shipping on each order.

I did ask Martin, but not sure if there’s any other option since it’s being cut in the UK.

So it looks like either a group buy for USA people, or download only are the best options if shipping is too much.


If you’re in the Toronto area (I think a number of people here are?) then you can come see me play the Serge live at the release show for this album.

Handlebar (in Kensington)
Jan 31, 8pm.
With naw and Invisible Out

I’m also going to try to record the show, at least audio. So if anyone’s interested in hearing a raw performance on the Serge system I’ll post that here in a couple of weeks.


I’d be really interested in seeing/hearing the performance!


Hey all, I see some chat about postage to the US, sorry to only pick this up now, I’ve been out of Lines forum a bit (mainly work taking over my life).

I always trying to find ways to make things more accessible both in cost and in music, but yes, postage is a tricky one and I totally agree @sellanraa it is absurd.

It currently costs about £8.50 standard internal post to US for a single 12" plus we have a bit extra (55p) for the thick mailers we use. The mailers we use you can slide in 2 copies ok, and the postage works out ok I think about £11, however, once you go to 3 or more copies the main issue is it going over 1kg and the price ramps quite a bit, which isn’t reflected in the Bandcamp pricing, which is + £2 for each addition. It simply doesn’t work that way. However, I think at that point we would just bite the bullet and look at a different internal postage service or something. It’s not happened yet as presumably because the records are quite expensive anyway.

It’s a very small run for the Batch releases as individually cut, so although we have international distribution (SRD) and although we have the option, we don’t run the Batch releases through this for a few reasons, one being shrink wrap reasons, another being the pure cost of moving stuff around and also it would still run the risk of returns, but the main reason is we have these releases for those who support us directly. Once they have sold out we don’t cut in clear vinyl ever again, we move to black or not at all. However, Andrea’s LP is pressed and running through SRD and that is available internationally, Forced Exposure being one stockist:

We basically feel if the demand for a Batch record or Default is such that we can get a small run of records pressed then we consider it, but at the moment it’s just an expense and process that arguably does us more damage than good.

We’d say the hand cut 12" for the Batch is just on those occasions you really want something special on a physical format, then there is that option and it’s a bit more pricy than your normal record but then it will be. Alternatively, the digital is what helps us loads more financially, as often this offset the costs of physical stuff and paying people.

If anyone has any suggestions I’m very open to them and obviously more than happy to chat more or answer any questions. I am pretty transparent so ask away.

Also, I have to say, thanks for all the support and love on here, it really does feel strange to hear people supporting what we do but very pleased that you do. And thanks for listening to Matt’s release, it really is a great release and @emenel is great to work with.