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Machida, Yoshio / Constantin Papageorgiadis: Music from the SYNTHI 100 (Amorfon)

Japanese artist Yoshio Machida and Belgian artist Constantin Papageorgiadis recorded these 12 tracks on an EMS Synthi 100 keyboard, a modular analogue/digital hybrid synth designed in 1971 of which 31 were constructed, this one being on loan from Gent University in Belgium, here manipulated without keyboards to create these rich electronic "Generations" and "Experiments".

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UPC: 4562144189035

Label: Amorfon
Catalog ID: YM1701
Squidco Product Code: 24994

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at IPEM in Gent, Belgium, in November, 2015.


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"Yoshio Machida (町田 良夫 Yoshio Machida?, born 1967 in Japan) is an experimental musician, a steelpanist, composer, and visual artist.

A member of ASCAP, Machida studied minimal art, music and film at the Tama Art University under Kuniharu Akiyama, Yoshiaki Touno, Sakumi Hagiwara and Kishio Suga. In the 1990s, Machida worked for an international cooperation in Asia and Africa.

Machida's first album Hypernatural (1999) had been featured with Brian Eno and Oval (band) on David Toop's article about Generative music. In 2001, Machida started to play improvised music by Steelpan with computer program Max/MSP. Machida has been invited to perform in ISEA2004, Sónar Tokyo, MaerzMusik and other venues. In 2004, Machida founded an experimental music label Amorfon. In 2007, Machida formed an electric Dub band miimo with tatsu and Norihide Saji. Machida also organized "Japan-Macedonia exchange art exhibition" and some workshops for children.

As a visual artist, Machida has produced Photobatik like Photogram technique using photographic paper. Photograms are produced by partial exposure and development of the entire photosensitive surface. Photobatik is "whole exposure and partial development." Machida has expanded his technique to overexposure of the photographic paper followed by only fixing the image, resulting in a pink image."

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Constantin Papageorgiadis, aka Trap & Zoid, is a synthesizer experimenter associated with the We has performed in rock bands, including his own Fungus Imperator.

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track listing:

01. Experiment #01 7:11

02. Experiment #17 4:44

03. Generation #15 2:37

04. Generation #02 3:01

05. Experiment #22 4:07

06. Generation #06 2:43

07. Generation #04 3:18

08. Generation #17 3:10

09. Experiment #04 5:49

10. Generation #08 2:40

11. Generation #10 2:27

12. Experiment #21 4:25
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The duo of Japanese artist Yoshio Machida and Belgian artist Constantin Papageorgiadis working together on the Synthi 100 keyboard, a modular synth used by Stockhausen, John Mcguire, Eduard Artemiev, Aphex Twin, &c. The instrument, one of only 31 created by Electronic Music Studios Ltd (EMS) was loaned to the duo by Gent University in Belgium, and was manipulated without keyboards.

"The EMS Synthi 100 was a large analogue/digital hybrid synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd. The ground-breaking analogue and digital engineering was designed by David Cockerell and documented in detail in 1971. The cost at that time was £6,500. The last unit built by EMS was number 30.

Developed from an initial concept of three VCS3 systems. The analogue modules alone look more like six VCS3's. Add the 256 digital sequencer circuit cards and the card count is 85 (28 times larger than a VCS3 by circuit board count), with 12 VCO's and eight VCF's Two monophonic keyboards (both keyboards together produce four control voltages and two key triggers simultaneously). The digital sequencer has three (duophonic) layers, 10,000 clock events and 256 duophonic note events. Two 60 × 60 matrixes were used to connect the different modules by using patch pins. The keyboard spread could be adjusted, making it easy to play a tuned equal temperament scale as well as alternative microtonal tunings up to 61 divisions of each semitone.

The Synthi-100 was developed a few years after the first VCS3's. Both filters and oscillators were much more stable in the Synthi-100. There is an oscillator sync function that can sync the 12 main oscillators to each another or from an external source.

The Synthi 100 also had an add-on computer interface known as "Computer Synthi" which contained a PDP-8 minicomputer and 4Kb of random access memory. It featured an LED display, twin digital cassettes, Two 24 × 60 matrix patchboards, and a switch button control panel. Only three were sold.

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