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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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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!

    EP23: ‘From Baroque to Buchla!'

    EP23: ‘From Baroque to Buchla!'

    In this months show, we have the mighty Todd Barton gracing our podcast. We talk about his album metaScapes and the inspiration behind the album, the MetaSynth. We chat about the compilation Buchla cassette he has been involved with, and we take a deep dive into Todd's creative process via some art talk! Then we round the show off talking Hordijk system, Serge and of course, Buchla!

    Ben And Ed's pre-talk Timings
    0.00 Show Intro
    0:47 What Ben's Been up to - Modular Meets Leeds
    2:47 FELT Instruments Wolno
    3:55 Ben's Sound Example
    6:07  Chat about example
    7:00 What Ed's Been up to -  Piano
    7:47 Nord Drum
    9.25 Bacteria Evolution
    9:46 Ed's Sound Example
    10:54 Chat about example
    12:39 Audio problems with the Show

    Guest Show Timings  
    13:29 Guest Into
    17:02 metaScapes and MetaSynth Software
    25:47 Genome 1 - Sound Snippet form metaScapes
    27:20 Terrain Sound Snippet form metaScapes
    28:10 metaScapes and MetaSynth
    33:38 Compilation Buchla cassette
    36:50 The Marriage of Tape, Buchla and Vinyl   
    38.19 The creative process
    44:30 The Love for Art and music
    48:40 A deep respect for the sound
    50:20 Hordijk system - Serge - Buchla
    59:06 Show round-up

    Show info links

    Todd Barton:

    Website: https://toddbarton.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/synthtodd/?hl=en
    Bandcamp: https://toddbarton.bandcamp.com
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/synthtodd
    Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/user7621213
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn5s_5aF2xvt6IVSiaNUR5A
    Existing Interviews with Todd -
    https://sourceofuncertainty.audio/podcast/episode-1-266-todd-barton/
    https://dotwave.fireside.fm/toddbarton
    https://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-215-todd-barton
    https://theplayfulmusician.com/341-2/
    http://martinyammoller.com/9oddquestionsformusicgearjunkies/todd-barton-the-don-of-buchla/

    The Buchla cassette compilation has been released yesterday (300 copies) and was sold out in a day!

    Signing off
    Isolation streaming resource - https://bit.ly/coronastreams
    Hosts
    Ed Ball Website:https://www.edwardball.co.uk
    Ed Ball on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Edwardball
    Ben Wilson aka DivKid: https://www.youtube.com/user/DivKidVideo

    • 1 hr 2 min
    EP22: Patch C.V!

    EP22: Patch C.V!

    In this months 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 from the many artists he interviewed, and much, much more! Sit back and grab a cuppa, you are going to enjoy this one!  
    Show Timings
    0.00 - Show intro
    0.40 - Ed and Ben's pre-show chat: 
    Ben:
    1.23 - Loosfruit GodsBox
    2.00 - The Gnarly Crust/Noise Memory:) 
    Ed: 
    3.37 - Art Project - MPC Beats
    6.09 - The Gnarly Crust2/ :) Bacteria into Microgranny 
    This Weeks Guest: 
    9.05 - Guest intro 
    10.51 - David Elliott Johnson 
    12.04 - The Unmistakable Creative Podcast 
    15.13 - Inspirations behind creating Patch CV
    37.35 - How did you piece PatchCV together creatively 
    43.25 - Editing, lighting, shooting and mood 
    49.34 - From series to film 
    52.57 - More films on the horizon? 
    59.42 - Where can you buy it?
    1:00.52 - David's new show on creativity 
    1:03.00 - The vinyl series 
    1:04.00 - Bruse Springsteen 
    1:04.30 - Show round-up 
    Show info links
    Godsbox Loosefruit
    David's Interview with The Unmistakable Creative Podcast


    Patch CV Website  https://www.patchcv.com
    Patch CV on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/ondemand/patchcvfilm
    Patch CV on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patch-CV-
    Signing off
    Isolation streaming resource - https://bit.ly/coronastreams
    Hosts
    Ed Ball Website:https://www.edwardball.co.uk
    Ed Ball on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Edwardball
    Ben Wilson aka DivKid: https://www.youtube.com/user/DivKidVideo

    • 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. 
    Show Timings
    0.00 Show intro
    Ed and Ben's pre-show chat: 
    1:10 Live Stream Tardis
    1:52 Singal Aalt Sysnthasis Ciat Lonbarde 
    2:38 Bens Arpedigios 
    5:10 Haken Continuum Loops 
    12:56 Guest Intro
    14:11 Welcome Cory Sterling redstripdown
    14:20 Cory's Background 
    17:00 Journey into electronic music, synths and Modular 
    20:40 The integration of hardware into modular  
    30:10 how he found his voice with his system 
    37:00 Working at Nerd Audio and Chicago Music Exchange 
    40:40 Modules that have connected with Cory
    43:20 Modular is about modulation 
    48:10 Patch CV 
    54:40 Patreon, education and music releases 
    58:49 Modular compilation for NWAPC and Black Life Matters
    1:01.00 Show Round-up 
    Show Notes
    Cory's links:
    Cory Sterling (Redstripedown) 
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=9154267
    Bandcamp: https://redstripedown.bandcamp.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrJye_8jfj99y3ylDM-icmg/featured
    Instagram: @redstripedown 
    Show info links
    Links Patch CV https://www.patchcv.comhttps://www.patchcv.com
    Signing off
    Isolation streaming resource - https://bit.ly/coronastreams
    Hosts
    Ed Ball Website:https://www.edwardball.co.uk
    Ed Ball on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Edwardball
    Ben Wilson aka DivKid: https://www.youtube.com/user/DivKidVideo

    • 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!

    We could not get all the show notes on this so page so head over to www.esotericmodulation.com for the full show notes.
    Show Timings

    0.00 Show intro
    Ed and Ben's pre-show chat:
    00.59 Accents, Currys cast and gear,
    02.31 Dreaming of gear
    03.18 New module tease,
    04.15 Echoplex is fixed!
    08.45 Valhalla Supermassive reverb and examples
    16.20 Guest intro
    18.10 Welcome to Dave Cranmer
    19.01 The Road to Nervus Sqirl
    20.21 Building the skills
    21.59 First commission
    23.00 Ring modulator, modular - the musical path
    27.20 Radioactive  Giger counter random source and Radioactive Xylophone
    32.00 logistically tricky designs
    33.55 Enjoying working on commissions
    35.29 Aero Chocolate dipped grammar phone
    36.31 Most technically challenging project
    40.00 A favourite fun project
    41.00 The Bagermin
    44.00 How do people find Dave
    44.30 The alpaca sound system
    46.46 What Dave likes to build
    47.50 The Wether controlled electromechanical sound installation
    50.20 Future projects 
    52.25 Roundup

    Show Notes

    Dave's links:

    Dave Cranmer - 'The Nervous Squirrel' Information
    Website: https://www.nervoussquirrel.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thenervoussquirrel
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nervoussquirreldotcom/

    Intro Links
    OM-1 - http://www.ondemagnetique.com
    Folktek Resonant Garden - http://www.folktek.com/instruments/electrocoustic/lastgarden
    tanh[3] video with the echoplex - https://youtu.be/W1AKzau1608
    Valhalla DSP Supermassive - http://bit.ly/SUPERmassive
    DivKid presets for Supermassive - http://bit.ly/SUPERmassiveDIVKID
    Virtual CZ - https://www.olilarkin.co.uk/index.php?p=virtualcz
    XILS lab - PolyM - https://www.xils-lab.com/products/polym-p-160.html
    XFER Records - Serum - https://xferrecords.com/products/serum
    Felt Instruments - Wolno - https://bit.ly/Wolno
    Guest Links

    Original Dalek Ring Modulator circuit - http://www.nervoussquirrel.com/ringmodulators.html
    Signing off
    Isolation streaming resource - https://bit.ly/coronastreams
    Hosts
    Ed Ball Website:https://www.edwardball.co.uk
    Ed Ball on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Edwardball
    Ben Wilson aka DivKid: https://www.youtube.com/user/DivKidVideo

    • 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.  
    Show Times:
    Intro and me and Ben talk the goodies we have been working with 0.00
    Guest intro 12.35
    Scott's history and background 13.20
    The OM1 22.37
    Scott's musical sound techniques 33.20
    Instruments scot likes working with 35.35
    Scott's Music Journey 42.30
    Tips on his music production 55.30
    Round up 57.30
    Scott's Information:
    All of Scott's information including Stillness and the Remembrance video we talk about can be found at https://linktr.ee/scttcmpbll - and his Instagram where he is most active is at: https://www.instagram.com/scttcmpbll/
    Additional Notes: 
    http://www.mysterycircuits.com/melloman/melloman.html
    https://mysterycircles.bandcamp.com/a...

    Hosts
    Ed Ball Website:https://www.edwardball.co.uk
    Ed Ball on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Edwardball
    Ben Wilson aka DivKid: https://www.youtube.com/user/DivKidVideo

    • 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 conversation of what equipment speaks to Felix and His creative process with different gear. We then chat about and journey through a raft of synth formats and find time to talk Gotharman's Little deFormer, and his old school MPC 500! Grab a cuppa, sit down and press that play button. 
    Show Timings
    Intro what we have been up to: 0.00
    Guest intro: 5.20
    Felix of 'The Tuesday Night Machines': 6.23 
    Feedback loops with effects peddle: 7.02
    The selling of Ciat Lonbarde: 9.44
    Equipment that speaks to Felix: 13.14
    Musical experiences 16.44
    The creative process with gear: 20.54
    An investigation into Ciat Lonbarde: 24.13
    What gear has connected with Felix over the years: 26.08
    Circuit bending and building: 29.40
    Synth formats: 31.11
    Hordijk modular systems: 33.30
    Gotharman's Little deFormer: 37.35
    MPC500: 44.10
    Round-up: 47.00

    Show Notes

    'The Tuesday Night Machines' Links:
    https://nightmachines.tv
    https://www.instagram.com/tuesdaynightmachines/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtXBWHrQvC19PehB-Yu2-Vw
    https://nightmachines.bandcamp.com

    Hordijk Modular
    https://thehordijkmodular.blogspot.com
    Rob Hordijk Presentation & Synth Tutorial:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzW6pTzATG4&feature=youtu.be

    Gotharman's Little deFormer 3
    http://www.gotharman.dk/LD3.htm

    Hosts
    Ed Ball Website:https://www.edwardball.co.uk
    Ed Ball on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Edwardball
    Ben Wilson aka DivKid: https://www.youtube.com/user/DivKidVideo


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    • 51 min

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18 Ratings

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Love this

Just discovered this. Brilliant insights into electronic music and gear. Sadly it seems to have stopped tho - pls do some new episodes!!!

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So good!

Treasure trove of information and inspiration.

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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!

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