22 episodes

From modular synthesis, standalone synthesizers and Eurorack, to unusual electronic instruments, Buchla, Ciat-Lonbarde and the arts. Esoteric Modulation is a fortnightly podcast that is about all the latest exciting gear and news of electronic music and the arts. We cover a wide array of interesting equipment, synths, modular and the slightly unusual esoteric side of electronic instruments. We have regular guests covering news, instruments, and art projects that merge sound and visual arts together in interesting ways! We answer listener questions, feature our favourite acts on Bandcamp, and look at the latest up-and-coming events not to be missed! So keep your finger on the pulse, and don't miss a show by subscribing to our Podcast on your favourite service or hit our website for more information!

Esoteric Modulation Ed Ball

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    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

From modular synthesis, standalone synthesizers and Eurorack, to unusual electronic instruments, Buchla, Ciat-Lonbarde and the arts. Esoteric Modulation is a fortnightly podcast that is about all the latest exciting gear and news of electronic music and the arts. We cover a wide array of interesting equipment, synths, modular and the slightly unusual esoteric side of electronic instruments. We have regular guests covering news, instruments, and art projects that merge sound and visual arts together in interesting ways! We answer listener questions, feature our favourite acts on Bandcamp, and look at the latest up-and-coming events not to be missed! So keep your finger on the pulse, and don't miss a show by subscribing to our Podcast on your favourite service or hit our website for more information!

    EP22: Patch C.V!

    EP22: Patch C.V!

    In this week's show, we have a great conversation with David Elliott Johnson the creator and Director of Patch CV! We talk about his creative rebirth through modular equipment and the community. How he was inspired to create Patch CV. We talk about editing, lighting, videography and the collaborative vision and workflow of Patch CV. We talk about the inspiration David took for the many artists he interviewed, and much, much more!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP21 'redstripedown'

    EP21 'redstripedown'

    In this months show, we talk to Cory Sterling aka (redstripedown) We talk about his background, starting with the bass guitar before finding the freedom of electronic music. We talk about his deep dive into modular and hardware integration in his workflow. We look at gear and his stint at Nerd Audio and Chicago Music Exchange. And we end up looking at what he is up to now both creatively and also his passion for instrument and music education.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP20: ‘The Nervous Squirrel!'

    EP20: ‘The Nervous Squirrel!'

    In this week's show, we have Dave Cranmer a mechanical sculptor and freelance engineer that has his roots firmly in sound. He is truly an adventurous multimedia artist, designer and builder that has created all kinds of beautiful, bizarre and exceptional machines! We look at his road to being 'The Nervous Squirrel', we talk building modular and focus on some of his amazing projects and commissions! From a Radioactive Xylophone to the renowned Badgermin (a theremin in a badger!) we talk about it all!

    • 54 min
    019: 'For The love Of The Magnétique!'

    019: 'For The love Of The Magnétique!'

    On this week's show, we have Scott Campbell, a musician, sound designer, instrument-maker, & graphic designer based in New Orleans, LA. We talk circuit bending in the ’90s and his history. Of course, we talk all about the OM1. Then we move on to instruments in general and his musical journey and output.

    • 1 hr
    018: 'Machines of the night'

    018: 'Machines of the night'

    In this week's show, we talk to Cologne based artist and Youtuber Felix, the man behind 'The Tuesday Night Machines' Youtube channel. We start off with giving him a little grief about selling his Ciat Lonbarde equipment :-) Then we get down to a great...

    • 51 min
    017: ' A Suitcase of Drone'

    017: ' A Suitcase of Drone'

    In this week's show, We talk to Portland base sound and visual artist Amulets. We have a great conversation on his journey of tape! We talk tape equipment, artistic approach, his lineage of visual art and how his music has been part of his therapy. We touch on a lot of stuff in this one, sit back and grab a coffee!

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

rptduffy ,

So good!

Treasure trove of information and inspiration.

hightowersdeepwells ,

My new favourite podcast

Excellent podcast, with a real focus on process and intention rather than just “gear talk”. Great guests so far and interviews benefit from considered and well-thought-out questions. I was already familiar with Ben from his YouTube modular reviews, but am finding Ed an absolutely captivating guy to listen to as well. Keep up the amazing work gents!

Prof Si ,

wonderful

New best podcast on modular synthesis - combination of thoughtful (and thought provoking) discussion going beyond the usual musical topics and into the sound art world more widely, alongside detailed and *very* authoritative discussion of equipment. The hosts are smart and engaging and complement each other well (a visual artist on the one hand, and perhaps the most respected technical voice in the modular world on the other). Feels to me like the best bits of mylar melodies’ and the sound and process podcasts combined.

One thing I do wish is that some musical/audio examples could be edited in (although I realise that’s quite a bit of extra work) to give some context. The Sound and Process podcast does this beautifully.

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