Thanks to the diverse, complex nature of modern controllers and sequencers, there are plenty of ways to get expressive and creative with electronic sounds, whether you’re a virtuosic keyboard player or somebody who lacks the dexterity to cope with anything beyond a simple triad.
In this issue’s cover feature, we’re looking at taking control of software, hardware and – most interestingly – both at once, in order to unleash your full creativity. There’s plenty of inspiration to be had in this issue’s artist features too – from Buchla-driven jams with Floating Points or Alan Braxe, to the tribal grooves of Fuck Buttons and pop sensibilities of Jaded. We hope you enjoy the mag!
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Lapalux – Brainfeeder artist Stuart Howard talks Eurorack, disappointingly un-spooky found sounds and new LP Amnioverse
Floating Points – Sam Shepherd squeezes in a chat with us about his much talked-about new album Crush
Alan Braxe – The French producer on stripping back his sound and Buchla love
The Track: Jaded – The UK-based house outfit on how they made the semi-culinary-themed hit, Pancake, with special focus on vocal processing
Classic Album – Fuck Buttons break down the tribal electronic grooves of Tarot Sport
Control & Sequence – Explore new and not-so-new ways of getting hands on with your sequencing, from the latest MPE tricks and analogue devices through to classic MIDI controllers
Producer’s Guide – Work smarter with other musicians with our guide to collaboration
Modular Monthly – Add some stereo interest with the Make Noise X-Pan
Creative Inspiration – Get your tracks finished with our guide to beating writer’s block
Pioneer DJ Toraiz Squid
Antelope Discrete Synergy Core
Roundup – Lofi Effects
Korg Nu:tekt NTS-1
SSF Stereo Dipole
Beyond Breakbeats – Bored of the same old sampled breaks? Put a fresh spin on your grooves with our forward-thinking pack of hits and loops
Dread & Doom – Get the party going with our bundle of intense drones, dread-inducing soundscapes and dark, atmospheric loops and lines
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