Rare Emit – Gas 0095 Cassette Promo

I was searching the Season 9 cassette archives for some old Woob stuff when I happened upon this Emit Gas 0095 preview cassette.  Produced in very Limited numbers there was one for every Emit release and they were used as advance promotional copies. I used to own a Woob one but couldn’t find it – probably gave it away! [Read more…]

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Mat Jarvis – Gas, High Skies Interview Part II – ‘Breeding Mutant Synthesis’

This is Part II of an Interview with ex-emitter Mat Jarvis who runs the Microscopics blog and records under the name High Skies. (Part I here)

S9: What are you currently working on?

MJ: I’m working on videos for some of the Sounds of Earth tracks. When I was writing them, images and visual ideas would pop into my head, so I thought I’d create them to make them real. I’m editing lots of glowing lights at the moment.

S9: You mentioned you dont use many softsynths but where do you see the future of synthesis? and what would be your perfect synthesised future?

MJ: I think the immediate future is more of the same, but more refined, so more VA softsynths and more classic analog synth recreations, but with more depth and more life. I think they’re already good and in a mix would be hard to tell from the real thing, but unfortunately a lot of my sounds are very exposed so the differences are more obvious.

In the long term I can see more resynthesis, so the starting point would be a sample of say a trumpet, which would be analyzed and the software would separate the trumpet from the vibrato and tremolo and envelope etc. Quite boring for recreating trumpets, but feed it with weird sounds and you could deconstruct sounds a molecule at a time, selecting which harmonics are used, or pushing the harmonics to sound more like glass or a vibrating steel plate. You could feed it an OBX pad and Moog bass and it would take elements from each, which you could select -kind of a Breeding Mutant Synthesis (BMS?)

My perfect future would be to have a few perfect analogue recreations but with one hardware surface that reconfigures to whatever you’re using, a Jupiter 8 one moment, a mixing desk the next.

The Microcopics Moog available from Microscopics.

S9: What do you listen to / what do you avoid listening to?

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Season 10.

Wow that was quick, a year 367 days of Season 9 already.

Here’s my top 5 favourite posts so far (not including interviews)

No.5 Build your own DeLorean

No.4 Light Stage 5

No.3 Woob Repurpose / Available Now

No.2 Voice Coder

No.1 The last v8

Special mention goes out to the post Russian tea which is second only to Woob posts to bring people to the site by way of google search.

Interviews are a recent addition heres the list so far.

Mat Jarvis – Gas/High Skies

Martin Jung – Kritzelmusic

Iloobia – Cinema Iloobia

There’s a part 2 of the interview with Mat Jarvis coming up later this week.

Gas 0095 – Quotes

Matt Jarvis continues his 15th anniversary celebrations of Gas 0095 with quotes from a variety of electronic music legends… and me.

here’s the list, click the name to read the quote at the microscopics site.

Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order)

Alex Paterson (The Orb)

Richard Barbieri (Japan, Porcupine Tree)

Robin Rimbaud (Scanner)

Ian Boddy

Paul Frankland (Woob, Max & Harvey, Journeyman)

Richard Pinhas (Heldon)

Dylan (DF Tram, The Sound Capsule, Jump/Cut, Dylan McChillin)

Magnus Birgersson (Solar Fields)


Mat Jarvis – Gas/High Skies Interview

Mat Jarvis is currently celebrating 15 years since the first release of his seminal album ‘Gas 0095’. In February of this year he released a new E.P, Sounds of Earth under the name ‘High Skies’. I recently got a chance to ask him a few questions about it:

S9: Tell me a bit about the recording process.

MJ: Recording and mixing was done pretty much all in the box (inside the computer), I don’t use many softsynths at the moment, although sometimes I will sample an analog synth or noise and put it in a softsampler. I have a few external effects and old delays and phasers, so some sounds go through four or five generations being sampled and resampled through this old gear to take the edges off, and sometimes become unrecognisable until I finally get the sound I’m after, which was a lot of processing for the percussive bass sound on the track ‘Sounds of Earth’.

High Skies – Sounds of Earth

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