2 posts tagged vintage
Black Devil Disco Club Presents Bernard Fevre: Max Stroke/Bamboo Disco (Fresh Up)
Ed DMX’s Fresh Up label recently released this split between Bernard Fevre (aka Black Devil Disco Club) and Tokyo-based Yellow Peril Disco Group. “Max Stroke” is a frantic, short piece of noodly portamento synth horns and skittering, pitch-bent hihats, once again coming off vintage in a way that’s completely beguiling. As with most Fevre productions, it’s hard to tell whether this was made in the 70s or last year; presumably all made on old gear, his music always sounds both dated and timeless in a really unique way. (Fresh Up confirms that this is a vintage track from 1975.) That said, it’s the tippy-tapness of it that is most charming, with a weird synth jazz-hands quality. On the flipside, “Bamboo Disco” is much more staid, with its conventional synthy disco template. Punchy snares and vocoder hooks make it more of a sure thing with dancefloors; it’d slide up nicely next to the Flirts, Giorgio Moroder’s synthiest tracks, or, dare I say it, DMX Krew’s more infectious moments.
by Bob Ostertag
Bob Ostertag: Motormouth (SoundCloud)
Bob Ostertag posted this set of tracks to SoundCloud as a free download. These are the same tracks that Sandwell District artist Rrose used to create the Motormouth Variations LP last year, to great effect. Well worth grabbing for listening and tinkering, especially for anyone interested in modular synthesis and old school electronic music.
All this music was played on a Buchla 200e modular synthesizer. The 200e is Don Buchla’s recent reincarnation of the Buchla 200, which he created in 1970, which was in turn the heir to the Buchla 100 he created in 1963.
Everything was recorded in one pass with no overdubs.
Track 5 was mastered by Thomas Dimuzio at Gench Music.
Cover art and design by Alex Culang.
All Bob Ostertag’s recordings can be downloaded for free at BobOstertag.com. You are welcome to sample, slice-n-dice, and remix this music however you want. If you release what you made, please note what the source was.