Modular synthesis artists

What artists do you like who work with modular synths?

I made this playlist on Spotify: Modular synthesis - playlist by timothejb | Spotify

Datach’i comes to mind.

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I wrote about two modular artists I enjoy in another thread - Thomas Lehn and Don Hassler.

Here’s a link to save duplicating the same thing here.

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although keith fullerton whitman appears in good place in your playlist, i add this live (which is to my humble opinion a very good period of his work) :
https://vimeo.com/51847769

i also like Nelson Baboon’s work a lot (ancient eyeball recipe).

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Rastko is one of my favorite Serge artists - http://rastko.bandcamp.com

Also there are a few netlabels worth looking at Vicmod http://www.vicmod.net/artists.html and gameoflife https://gameoflife.bandcamp.com

other artists are Alessandro Cortini, Richard Devine, Charles Cohen, Morton Subotnick, Suzanne Ciani, Benge, Venetian Snares, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, John Chantler

http://flypaper.soundfly.com/discovery/8-artists-making-brilliant-exploratory-music-using-modular-synths/

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Richard Devine always reminds me of this…

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thanks! i added some of your suggestions to the playlist

I suspect many of the ones I really love don’t identify as modular synthesists :open_mouth:

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yeah ‘modular synthesis artists’ is an problematic category… where does the modular stop and the computer begin? does aalto count as modular for example? the artists i added to the playlist on spotify work on the modular, but also with a ‘modular mind’: experimental, with the focus on timbre variation and complex rhythms.

edit: and where does my need to categorize in the first place comes from?

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I’ll say James Holden as usual :slight_smile:

I like that piece.

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thanks totally forgot about him. listening to this now and it’s great:

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I so think of categories like “great guitarists” so why not also for modular synthesizer players? To answer my own rhetorical question, I think part of the reason that I don’t like the category “great modular artists” is that modular synthesizers are all different instruments and so it’s harder to compare modular artists in the same apples-to-apples way that one could imagine comparing guitarists. (Disclaimer: I play guitar and modular synth and I greatly respect many artists that use one or both instruments. I’m just a nerd enjoying a discussion of semantics.)

check this performance…


also monome+arc user btw

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spotted an arc around 12 mins in :slight_smile:

Anyone some suggestions that aren’t included in the playlist?

I just made this playlist open so you can add things too if you want to :slight_smile:

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found geoff thru local venue rhizome
havent made it to one of his shows yet tho
https://geoffwilt.bandcamp.com/

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great stuff, mostly Serge: https://shastacults.bandcamp.com/album/arguments-for-trivialism

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I know him… it’s all old Buchla systems

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