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Peter Zinovieff – about EMS @ Klanglabor KHM Köln / Cologne

Peter Zinovieff, (Co-Founder of EMS with David Cockerell, Robin Wood, etc…) gave us some words on 9.July.


His first pre-EMS works with computers in the 60s, studio work and founding of EMS – Electronic Music Studios, the Putney Studio and the product that never made it – a very deep filter system – which was actually not produced, but prototyped and the musical works – and q&a at the end of the speech. Thank you Peter for coming and permission to post the speech – note that this wasn’t made for posting – it’s just a phone and was just intended for me to remember it. The Eurorack-Modular and that Computer was / is part of the cologne lab at the khm for the students. we were a small group of data-hungry humans – and we were fed.
(the concert “yesterday” he mentions was this one.)


the EMS Synthi A(KS) looks like this (nothing special just for those who’ve never seen one)

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8.7. Köln – Peter Zinovieff (EMS Founder) & Lucy Railton, Matt Wand

Köln (Cologne), Alte Feuerwache – Reihe M:
(im Forum angekündigt: 8.7. Köln, Matt Wand, Peter Zinovieff (EMS) und Lucy Railton)

-> the KHM Klanglabor Q&A with Peter Zinovieff is here

Peter Zinovieff, Gründer von EMS (in den 70ern) hatte heute eine Vorführung und Konzert mit Cellistin Lucy Railton. Er spielte einige seiner Werke. Ja, einige Nerds waren sicher auch wegen der Gründung der Electronic Music Studios hier, aber daran erinnerte Peter primär mit seiner Kleidung.

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thank you Peter for the EMS Synthi AKS
Bunker Noise III

Ein anderer EMS User spielte schon in der Reihe M in Köln, Thomas Lehn..

Davor baute Matt Wand langsam im Saal Nanoloop-Minigameboys aus, die kleine Sequenzen und Noises spielten. Jeder davon in einem Gefäß mit Minispeakern. Man konnte (und sollte auch, so Matt) umher gehen und sich alles ansehen und hören, von wo welche Sounds kamen. Ein Spiel mit dem Raum.

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I just saw Matt Wand, who placed little gadgets with nanoloop in the hall, to make them sound from everywhere – they played sequences and noises and everyone was invited to stand up and have a listen within the room – after that Peter “EMS” Zinovieff showed us where it all started, played and explained some of his works – he stopped in 1975 and started over in 2K, Lucy Railton joined to play the Cello in the last works. nice fluffy atmosphere, not like the german “neue musik” performers / composers / conductors like Stockhausen ;)

thank you so much, Peter, for the EMS..


more-> the KHM Klanglabor Q&A with Peter Zinovieff is here

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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



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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

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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

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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


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