Articles By: Robert Galbraith

Mountain Oasis 2013 :: Electronic Music Summit

The first edition of the Mountain Oasis was wonderful and the mix of artists made for an interesting festival. This October 25th-27th marked the first Mountain Oasis festival in Asheville, North Carolina. This weekend had previously held the Moogfest for the last three years so the expectations were set pretty high. While the name may […]

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Skinny Puppy :: Weapon (Metropolis)

While all of Skinny Puppy’s post reunion albums have had their peaks, Weapon is their strongest and show the band in prime form. Maintaining a political edge, the album is still quite accessible and dance floor oriented. Skinny Puppy is a band who has never shied from controversy. From their start in the early 80’s they […]

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Patscan :: Mollycoddlers EP (Acroplane)

Mollycoddlers is one of those releases that doesn’t attempt to be the life of the party with gimmicks and tricks. It is more interested in bringing the goods via the way of well-crafted songs full of off-kilter melodics and solid beats. Patscan (aka Pat Hime) Mollycoddlers is one of those releases that doesn’t attempt to […]

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Richard Devine :: Risp EP (Detroit Underground)

Music which has all but the rudimentary ties to humanity stripped out of it. The machines have a dialogue and language all of their own and Mr. Devine speaks it well. Richard Devine‘s Risp is machine music. Music which has all but the rudimentary ties to humanity stripped out of it. The machines have a […]

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MOOGFEST :: Asheville, NC (2011)

Robert Galbraith summarizes Moogfest 2011 as Thomas Fang (portfolio) offers a visual archive of the festivities. [Moogfest October 28th-30th, 2011] Asheville North Carolina’s annual Moogfest is a three day music festival dedicated to Bob Moog and the wonderful influence that his instruments have had on electronic music. Asheville is the current home of Moog Music […]

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Haujobb :: Dead Market (Tympanik Audio)

While the sound may not be groundbreaking, Dead Market will definitely appeal to Haujobb’s existing fan base as well as fans of EBM in general and provides a nice appetizer for their upcoming full length. [Release page] Haujobb returns after an extended absence with their new single, Dead Market (a precursor to their upcoming New […]

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Voltek :: Power Tools (Acroplane)

Voltek has produced a wonderfully schizophrenic release with Power Tools; even though the tracks touch of a myriad of genres, they are all very solid in their own right. Power Tools is a musical mixing pot; an album that refuses to stick to one genre throughout and starts off with two ambient pieces, “Hz_Volt” and […]

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Sonoio :: Red (sonoio.org)

What sets Sonoio out from the pack is the warmth of compositions; nothing sounds over processed or compressed giving the music room to breath. [Release page] Alessandro Cortini has been very busy over the last year with his Sonoio project having released his excellent debut Blue, companion remix album Non Sonoio and a portable synthesizer based […]

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Solypsis :: Boiling Ambergris (Sunwarped)

Solypsis was clearly not out to make an album for the masses. From this perspective, this release is most definitely a success and recommended for those who like their music on the dissonant and noisy end of the spectrum. [Listen | Purchase] On Boiling Ambergris, Solypsis presents us with seven original tracks of noisy percussive […]

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Venetian Snares :: Cubist Reggae EP (Planet Mu)

Cubist is an apt descriptor because the way the sounds are presented are analogous to the abstracted forms within cubist painting. Much like the rounded edges are turned to polygons and triangles within Picasso’s works, the vast delays are cut off before their natural ending and lazy back beats are pulled in closer. [Listen | […]

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FL Studio Mobile iPad (HD)

FL Studio mobile may fit-in best as an entry level DAW for new musicians; a quick sketch-pad to jot down ideas on the go, or as a supplement to a DJ’s arsenal. The original Fruity Loops had rather humble beginnings so there is hope that this app will live up to its lineage. [Purchase] The […]

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MOVEMENT 2011 :: Detroit, Michigan

Movement had a staggering lineup up of some of the biggest DJ’s and live acts spread across five different stages in Hart Plaza. Trying to take in the entire festival would be almost impossible, so I spent a fair amount of time bouncing from stage to stage checking out a few tracks and moving on […]

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ohGr :: unDeveloped (Metropolis)

unDeveloped sounds like a musical anachronism; an album that would have fit in perfectly in the early 1990’s. A time where you could hear Killing Joke, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Sisters of Mercy and the KLF in the same DJ set. [Listen | Purchase] When it comes to industrial dance, Ogre has always been […]

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Burial :: Street Halo EP (Hyperdub)

This is music that is far more personal and intimate; mood music for late night drives or headphone excursions in the rain. Burial’s sounds are muffled and distressed giving all the tones character and warmth. [Purchase] While Burial is a name that is often dropped when discussing Dubstep, his tracks seem out of place in […]

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Ruby My Dear :: Ginkgo EP (Acroplane)

The melodic elements are primarily of a sampled nature and cover quite a bit of territory; Reggae, Hip-hop, Classical, and even some Opera samples are all bashed into each other (sometimes within the same track). Despite the chaos and disparate elements, the tracks do somehow fit together quite well as a whole. [Listen |Purchase] Subtlety […]

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Somatic Responses :: Disruption Of Space (Photon Emissions)

Dubstep, breakcore, gabber, and IDM are all ran through the Somatic Responses blender across the albums 11 tracks. [Download] Hot on the heals of December’s wonderful Clone Aware album on Acroplane, Somatic Responses are back with a brand new free album via their Photon Emissions imprint. Never content to pigeonhole themselves, this is probably their […]

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Fluorescent Grey :: Antique Electronic / Synthesizer Greats 1955-1984 Pt 1 (Acroplane)

Highly recommended for lovers of vintage electronica and people interested in a history lesson of where the music they listen to came from. [Download] From Acroplane, comes this wonderful mash-up by Fluorescent Grey, chronicling the golden age of synthesizer. Released on their for free portion of this label to avoid the licensing nightmare, the tracks […]

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Photek :: Avalanche EP (Photek Productions)

The bass wobbles are lacking the punch and intensity of dubstep’s current maestros and comes across as a caricature of the genre. [Listen | Purchase] In the mid/late 90’s Rupert Parkes (aka Photek)  was one of the innovators of intelligent drum n’ bass pumping out classics such as “Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu” and “The Hidden Camera”.  After his […]

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FM3 :: Buddha Machine III – Chan Fang Soundbox iPad version (FM3)

While the Buddha Machine 3 may be quite limited, its iPad counterpart gives you six simulated machines to play with (each with 18 loops). Its slick and simple interface allows for simple creation of ambient soundscapes. [Listen | Purchase] For those unfamiliar, the Buddha Machines by FM3 are small cigarette pack size sounds machines preloaded […]

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Somatic Responses :: Clone Aware (Acroplane)

All of the tones used are unique and very deeply processed; one would liken it to an alien life form trying to interpret the music of earth, pulling in the elements that make sense to it and then spitting it out using its own language and technology. The prolific Somatic Responses (click here for Igloo […]

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Exillon :: Mean Rich Mud EP (Detroit Underground)

Embracing the sound of classic IDM, Exillon’s Jay Fields infuses this six track EP with healthy doses of acid, electro, and dubstep. Exillon’s Mean Rich Mud is one of the more refreshing electronic releases that have hit these ears as of late. Embracing the sound of classic IDM, Exillon’s Jay Fields infuses this six track […]

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V/A :: Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outerspace (Tectonic)

The original tracks are a sharp contrast to the Scientist mixes; most of them sitting on the more minimal end of the spectrum. This is the dubstep of deep sub bass, half time rhythms, and locked delays; crazy wobbles and “filth” are nowhere to be found. This compilation is a meeting of the minds, a […]

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SuONOIO Synthesizer (Gear review)

Looking more like a VGA card than a Moog, the SuONOIO is capable of pumping out all sorts of glitchy noise and madness. The SuONOIO synthesizer is a collaborative effort between Alessandro Cortini (Modwheelmod, SONOIO, NIN, etc.) and The Harvestman (maker of modular synth equipment). It is quite a bizarre little beast of a synthesizer. […]

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SOMATIC RESPONSES :: Electronic deconstruction

Robert Galbraith exchanges a few words with John and Paul Healy, also known as Somatic Responses, and engages thoughts on composition process’, the art of collaborating together, software, hardware, vinyl vs. digital, and their past, current and future projects. (November 2010) SOMATIC RESPONSES are a name that should need no introduction to fans of electronic […]

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MOOGFEST :: Asheville, NC (October 29-31, 2010)

“…this year’s Moogfest in Asheville, NC was one of the most impressive buffets I’ve ever been to with live acts, DJ’s, and presentations spread across six venues and three days. The celebration of Bob Moog’s legacy coupled with the energy and costumes of Halloween made for an amazing time…” Article by Robert Galbraith, photo’s courtesy […]

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Solenoid :: Reduced to Data

David Chandler of Solenoid has been a busy man lately. Releasing 3 albums on various imprints over the course of a couple of months. He takes a few minutes off to discuss with Igloo his creative process, his influences and what the future holds for Solenoid.. ::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Igloo When writing tracks what do you think […]

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L’Usine :: Covering as much ground as possible

Igloo: First off, why the different names L’Usine and LUsine ICL? Jeff: I had an agreement with Isophlux and at the time I didn’t really want to lose all attachment to the name. I’ll probably think of a different alias in the future. Maybe for the next Zeal release. Igloo: Zeal? Jeff: A guy named […]

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Activating the Proem Sequence

Igloo: Could you provide us with a kit/gear list? Do you find that this setup provides you with the necessary flexibility? Pros/Cons: At the moment I am using a 450mhz p2 128mb ram, awe32 sound card, and tons of audio wares. It’s been a bit of a constraint, due to the limitations of most software. […]

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Rob Galbraith :: Component Records

Luomo :: Vocalcity (Force Tracks) Cex :: Role Model (TigerBeat6) Tad Mullanix :: Winking Makes A Face (Ghostly International) Lusine ICL :: A Pseudo Steady State (U-Cover) Dryft :: Cell (Unit) Phthlocyanine :: 25 Tracks for 1 Track (Planet Mu) Noisex :: Serious Killer (Flatline) Unagi Patrol :: Elevate + Pool (Carpetbomb) Photek :: Solaris […]

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