its name means roughly "The Great New City" or "The Big New City".
the city is called Veliky Novgorod, between Moscow and St. Petersburgh.
i have been in contact with a fellow there from whom i obtain Soviet synths and drum machines.
if they are analog components
they were made there in a military facility in or around 1983.
since Russia was not able to trade with the United States or Japan, they were forced to engineer their own synthesizers that are thought to be contemporaries of the early Roland machines. they have not engineered anything close to the Roland tb-303 but have instead topped the famed Roland sh-101. although similar in many ways the Soviet synths have their own character much more unique than what we are used to hearing in most electronic music.
this is a photo of my LELL UDS, i don't know what i'd do without it.
it's an analog drum machine, with no quarter inch inserts, it's all 5-pin DIN cable connections.
Control- written for a show at New Brookland Tavern 3months ago, contains samples from a record i got from Sindoolah that talks about all the benefits and dangers of nuclear power as they knew it back in the olden days.
at the afterparty- written for the fun of it, contains a sample of the song Lady Judy by Fuck Pony.
last night i wrote this track and discovered/exploited the naturaltremolo effect that occurs when you over saturate a cassette tape.
i also took a few samples from my jambox, having the Fast Forward button depressed while dropping the jambox's reader head(playbutton) down on the tape so that the Fast Forward action was audible.
i also ran the 303 through the flanger, distortion, as well as compressing it on it's own before sending it into the mixer then back into the another compressor with the rest of the mixdown. this took some of the nasty edge off of the over-processed 303 sound.
so i was up all night and most of the morning working on this one track called [Hard Snuggle]. the last two tracks that i wrote were chugging house numbers, so i thought it was time to work on something more straightforward. most of all the samples came from tapes of my own songs done earlier this year and some exclusively written for resampling for this tune. i even cut and spliced in some pieces of tape from the dj sets from THE WHIG's Space Invader Tournament.(with lord byron on the play-by-play).
that's about all i can really explain, the rest of the work was a lot of listening, drinking, and smoking.
Happy Sunday. -adam maybe i'll get some sleep soon.
Jamie and I are working together to combine both digital and analog components to create a raw and new jak'n sound. The project is called "Data.Ram" I'll post tracks up as soon as possible. Also new A Shlon tracks will be coming very shortly . . . Stay Tuned.
both of these tracks were written last saturday night and this sunday morning. the wealth of the samples were taken from records from a mix i was doing saturday afternoon. this morning i grabbed up some more samples from a "Learning German" cassette tape and a couple more from NINA's "99luftballons" cassette tape i found at GoodWill thrift store. even though i sampled others works, you'll not be able to recognize much of the original artist's work.
the dark mix is a stripped down version of the original, it required much less composing but much more live and on the fly filtering.. very minimal and... well... dark.
please enjoy these two tracks at next to full volume. if not full blast.
this is a new track i just made jamie,(the guy who maintains my internet presence)wrote a stark drum loop.
it was recorded onto cassette tape and hand delivered before i sampled it. this does not however dictate the drum track i composed even though it makes up a large part of the feeling of the song. it was filtered almost beyond recognition
the rest i don't have the time i'd like to explain so give this track a listen and find out all the rest.