Aujourd'hui nous ouvrons une nouvelle rubrique dans le blog d'Electraumatisme où la parole est donnée (en anglais la plupart du temps) aux membres des groupes qui font l'actualité du podcast sous un angle purement technique.
On va donc parler de synthés, de softs, de méthodes de production et de composition, découvrir comment est cuisinée la musique qui nous fait pulser.
Designer Violence ouvre le bal avec une quantité impressionnante de détails sur les ingrédients qui ont permis la réalisation de la bombe queer-indus-vénère Television State Lies.
Un immense merci à Gaya et Nina pour avoir pris le temps de répondre à ces questions.
Today we open a new section in Electraumatisme blog where we let band members talk on a purely technical side about the releases we praise here in the podcast.
So we will speak about synths, softwares, production and arrangement methods, we will discover how the music we love is being cooked.
Designer Violence kicks it off with an impressive amount of details on the ingredients it took them to release their furious queer-indus Television State Lies.
A warm and big kudo to Gaya and Nina for the time they spend to answer these questions.
Gears and software
What gears/software did you use for this album ?
- The setup we used differs per track, we used:
- Korg ESX-1, EMX-1 and Microsampler
- An Akai S-1000 rackmount sampler and old Akai mic
- An Elektron Octatrack and Machinedrum
- An Atari Mega4 ST and 1040STF for sequencing through Cubase 2 (only on Revolution, Total State Terror and Illuminate)
- An E-mu Emax 2
- A Roland SP-404
- A Yamaha MT-4X Multi-track tape machine, REX-50 multi-effects unit and a Reface DX
- An Ensoniq Mirage, SQ-80 and EPS Classic
- Waldorf Blofeld (2x)
- A Dave Smith Mono Evolver Keyboard, Pro2 and Prophet 12 module
- Two Audix OM7 mics and two Shure SM58 mics
- A Moog Sub37
- A Stratocaster clone tuned to D-A-D-A-A-D
- An Inkel Power 800 mixer
- A beaten-up oil barrel
- And a bunch of other stuff that was primarily used as raw sample material for the S1000 and ESX
Your favorite gear(s)/software(s) ?
Our favorite software is the one we just mentioned, PreSonus Studio One. We’ve been using Studio One ever since we started seriously mixing our music and are still using it to this day. We also used Cubase 2.0 for the Atari ST as a midi sequencing program which is one of the tightest and easiest to use midi sequencing programs in our experience.
Any evolution in your setup ?
Do you use/tweak presets ?
Do you design you own sound ? On which synth/plugin in particular ?
Any personal synth story ?
What would be your main writing/composing method ? Do you start classical rythm/bassline then arrange around it ? Do you already have structure in mind ? Do you improvise, record sessions then select ?
With Not Dead Yet, the structure gradually came together, while the other tracks structures were written on the spot, with us sometimes adding additional elements later on (in the case of Illuminate and Total State Terror). Liminal was a jam Nina did on the Ensoniq EPS Classic and the Moog Sub37, with the Moog providing a steady pulse and the EPS providing the weird distorted “screaming” sound. The rest of the track was later improvised over the top. Head Trauma was first jammed out multiple times before we decided on which elements to add where and how the structure would be. The main bass in that track is another trigger pulse bassline while the pulsating faster bass track is a Pro 2’s arpeggiator played by Tessa over the top of the already recorded track, as is the final arpeggio that comes up in the track’s crescendo.