Tag Archives: EMS

Moogulator Live Action (2016)

just played some shows recently – upcoming concerts are these:

– 4. 6. 2016 Aachen – Bunker Noise Three
– 11. 9. 2016 Noise Berlin
– 13. 9. 2016 Playground A/V Berlin, audiovisual art festival

here’s a mixture of things to listen to..

in Berlin

in Essen with Synthi A (a very minimal set)

from 6:30 (at Modular Meeting)

thanks for listening, support and appreciation!

Bunker Noise III



Synthesizer Movie “Bright Sparks”

this is about the pioneers of electronic instruments including the tape based Mellotron-Family (Streetly, Chamberlin, …) and even EDP is amongst the ones that Dave Spiers asked about everything, you may know him from his GForce software synths, his studio and talks with Nick (sonictalk) and others.

this movie mentions musicians we all know, if we had access to the 80’s music scene: Underworld, Portishead, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, The Normal, NIN/Alessandro Cortini  – we hear Daniel Miller talking about the punkeeeness™ of Non-Moog(ue)-synths and all that is available for 12€ – add 7€ more to have really nice and unconventional synth demos that mention everything from the iMonster people.

I really love(d) to see Mr “ARP” Pearlman in here !!

it’s so worth watching, so just check this out:

Ein paar Worte dazu auf Deutsch habe ich schon hier verfasst -> Bright Sparks – Film über Synthesizer-Geschichte

Köln 11.2. Live: Thomas Lehn (@EMS Synthi A) & Yann Leguay (DIY HardDrive)

Thomas Lehn ist bekannt für seine Performance am Synthi A, er führte dieses Mal eine 4-Kanal-Beschallung vor mit live gespieltem EMS und dem Rechner als Positionierung im Raum. Die kleine Platine, die man auf dem Bild sieht brachte rauschhaftere noisigere und knacksendere Ergebnisse…

Yann Leguay hat mit einigen geöffneten Festplatten mit Klinkenbuchsen rein “analog” durch drehen der Platte Töne erzeugt, diese entsprechend gesteigert und mit den Leseköpfen Rhythmen erzeugt, außerdem 2 Tonabnahmesystem (Plattenspieler) um insgesamt den Sound noch vielfältiger zu gestalten.

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today I just saw these 2:
– Thomas Lehn – performing on his EMS Synthi A via a quad speaker system (with help of the computer routing 2 channels from the EMS to the 4 of the PA)

  • Yann Leguay prepared hard drives to work as an analog sound source (by speed creating tuned sound and turning the head creating rhythms) and added some turntable kind of technique to add more texture to it.

it all happened in Cologne (Köln, Germany) in the Stadtgarten – at a concert series called Reihe M

19.11. Köln (Kalk) – Modular Event 19:30 – Papageorgiadis/Sicault (Trap & Zoid) – Machida – Niggemann

Für Kurzentschlossene.

vintage modular event köln
pics – from the event:

Eine herzliche Einladung zum Konzert mit:
Yoshio Machida & Constantin Papageorgiadis aka Trap & Zoid;
LCDrone (Laura Sicault & Constantin Papageorgiadis aka Trap & Zoid)
Kai Niggemann (Paradeiser Productions) – Live

Modularsynthesizer (EMS SYNTHI AKS, Buchla 200e),Fieldrecordings, Geräuschchor, selbst gebaute Klangerzeuger und akustische Instrumente, …

Wir freuen und über Spenden bei freiem Eintriit

this evening is entirely dedicated to showcasing the sounds and improvisations that come exclusively from modular synths. the four musicians perform in various constellations, to complete the evening all artists will join together for a stunning jam session. 
donations are very welcome 

Constantin Papageorgiadis aka Trap & Zoid und Yoshio Machida arbeiten mit den seltenen Vintage Modular Synthesizern von EMS SYNTHI AKS. Sie werden einen Synthi 100 spielen und ein spezielles Interface zwischen zwei Synthesizern, das von Papageorgiadis gebaut wurde. Während Machida sein Instrument als Rhythmusmaschine versteht und damit Pattern kreiert, beginnt Trap & Zoid bei Null und baut progressiv einen einzigen evolutionären Strang, um den Synthi zu unterstützen.

Kai Niggemann arbeitet mit Buchla Modularsynthesizer und Fieldrecordings, Geräuschchor, selbst gebauten Klangerzeugern und akustischen Instrumenten, leitet das Theaterlabel “PARADEISER productions” zusammen mit Ruth Schultz, ist Mitglied von “The Dorf”, improvisiert mit “Great Big Noise” und gründete das Internet-Computermusik- “European Bridges Ensemble” (EBE) sowie das elektroakustische Duo “Resonator” mit. Er performt solo und mit Partner*innen, hat einen Lehrauftrag an der Kunstakademie Münster und gibt Musik-Elektronik-Workshops (“Löten unter Aufsicht”). http://kainiggemann.com/

Yoshio Machida (JP) is well-known as an electronics artist and steelpan player. In his later work he focusses more on the use of analog modular synths which resulted in his latest solo album ‘Music from the SYNTHI’ on French label Baskaru in 2014. The album was made using only his SYNTHI AKS, without any effects and outboards, displaying a very organic sound. Using the flexibility and characteristics of SYNTHI, he improvises contemporary rythmic patterns, glith, clicks… without any usage and sounds from a computer. Machida studied minimal art, music and film at the Tama Art University. In the 1990s, Machida worked for an international cooperation in Asia and Africa. Machida’s first album Hypernatural (1999) had been featured with Brian Eno and Oval (band) on David Toop’s article about Generative music. In 2001, Machida started to play improvised music by Steelpan with computer program Max/MSP. In 2004, Machida founded an experimental music label Amorfon.

Trap & Zoid (BE) After playing rock’n’roll bass and upright bass for 20 years, Constantin Papageorgiadis is today a well-known figure in the EMS Synthi world, on both musical and technical sides. He serviced tens of EMS instruments, including the IPEM’s rare Synthi 100 in Ghent, and imagined an original way to expand their features that was great success and led him to be on regular and friendly touch with numerous Synthi users from around the world. He recently released a vinyl and uses to perform with his favorite suitcase as a one-human electronic solo project named Trap&Zoid. His live approach is to start from nothing, progressively create a single evolutive patch and support the Synthi through it. No computer, no preset, no cheating. Trap & Zoid recently released a new vinyl solo album ‘Synthi Lag’ which can be purchased at

LCDrone (BE) (various modular synths)
From Belgium we present to you the duo LCDrone. Enjoy the raw live sound of Laura Sicault and Constantin Papageorgiadis – aka Trap&Zoid, her SEM, his Synthis, some other gear (no computer of course!), a few effects and weird inspiration… You’ll be suprised of the end result!

kuratiert von Georg Dietzler in Zusammenarbeit mit der Baustelle Kalk.

Raumklänge – Ortsbezogene Musik ist eine Plattform für raumerforschende Musik, Hörstudien und erweiterte Aufführungspraxis, wie lassen sich Musik und Orte immer wieder auf’s Neue erleben. Vorgestellt werden Auftragswerke, improvisierte Musik, Hörstücke und Klangkunst für Orte in Pulheim-Stommeln und Köln.

Baustelle Kalk | Kalk-Mülheimer Straße 124 | 51103 Köln


Xils-Lab announces XILS Vocoder 5000

Xils-Lab announces XILS Vocoder 5000 /  EMS  Emulation
to be released on 17.12.2014 – the EMS Vocoder 5000 as software for Macs and PCs.

added some comments to quotes – XIls Lab are the ones that did the EMS VCS Emulation with double feature – and it’s Xavier Oudin, former Arturia.

  • Authentic emulation of the most complex Analog Vocoder ever produced – maybe the digital/soft Vocoder by NI Vokator was the most complex seen so far..?

  • Organic and realistic sound with clear and understandable Vocoding – rearranging the bands..

  • Hundreds of midi automatable parameters 

  • Frequency Bands Pin Matrix, genuine analog oscillators, 0df Filters, Pitch Shifter

  • The true sound of analog Vocoders, and much more

XILS 4 Upgrade : 2x VCS3

The EMS Emulation XILS3 got an upgrade- and it is the first one to try things that a normal VCS3 / AKS can’t do . or to be honest – which may be possible but no one has this at home – a double VCS3 that has

12 OSCs
2 filters

4 envelope generators / with repeat – loop

5 LFOs (poly)

4 outputs

some FX

this is a nice FM monster .. so if you loved “The Klinik” and those more classic early electronic guys like David Voorhaus..

XILS 4 Upgrade : Needs a XILS 3 license - Xils-Lab

the upgrade is 49€- and if you hurry up it’s 29€ (10th june) XILS 4 Upgrade : Needs a XILS 3 license – Xils-Lab.
XILS Lab3.. was the first one emulating the EMS synths from XILS.

The Hornet – EMS Synthi cloned

The HORNET is obviously a Synthi A but warped into todays components world – so the Matrix and Case is Ghielmetti and todays-stuff. But nevertheless it is hand made and still 5k€ by Derek Revell but made by some guy in Bremen / Germany. Looks nice, huh? Yes – it does.

looks quite the same specs..

and with Sample and Hold. Filter with 18 and 24dB/Oct.

seems located in germany – the land of golden synths.