Modular synthesis artists


#1

What artists do you like who work with modular synths?

I made this playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/timothejb/playlist/0Ny8dOnWXODzYOwDbQXwiy


#2

Datach’i comes to mind.


#3

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.


#4

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).


#5

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/


#6

Richard Devine always reminds me of this…


#7

thanks! i added some of your suggestions to the playlist


#9

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


#10

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?


#11

I’ll say James Holden as usual :slight_smile:

I like that piece.


#12

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


#13

#14

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.)


#15

check this performance…


also monome+arc user btw


#16

spotted an arc around 12 mins in :slight_smile:


#17

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


#18

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


#19

found geoff thru local venue rhizome
havent made it to one of his shows yet tho


#21

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


#22

I know him… it’s all old Buchla systems