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Dark, unexpected sounds of Triple Sun, Jonáš Gruska (Berlin Wednesday)

Triple Sun – Sprint from Martin Blažíček on Vimeo.

From Bratislava, the duo Triple Sun are making spontaneous, ethereal music with a combination of modular and computational tools. Against a flickering black-and-white film, this video last year is one of my favorites.

We’re inviting Triple Sun this week to Berlin along with Jonáš Gruska as part of a live program, so I want to take a second chance to explore what they’re doing.

“Sprint,” the film at top, is a metaphor for “running into the future, changing view,” Triple Sun’s Adam Dekan tells us. Modular synthesis and improvisation in the opening morph into an earlier sound design landscape, Adam says, back in the days when Triple Sun was a quartet (with guitar and drums). On Wednesday in Berlin, they’ll also look to spontaneous improvisation.

Czech artist Martin Blazicek produced the visuals. The effect is entirely optical – motors rotate found photographs.

Triple Sun’s sound has apparently grown and morphed since then, so I hope we’ll get the duo to share their newer sounds with the CDM audience.



The moody, quirky and sometimes eerily-lovely record Triple Sun put out on Bandcamp-based Forum Absurdum is just the sort of obscure gorgeousness I like. The whole thing is worth a listen:


Meanwhile, Jonáš Gruska (whose name I will hopefully soon render properly on CDM – working on that), is working outside the box with performance. His musical practice also includes incorporating architecture and objects.

“I love finding and exploiting acoustic imperfections of objects and spaces,” Jonáš tells CDM. That has led him to a series of exhibitions/site specific performances – and we will present the latest. On Wednesday, he will amplify giant metal walls, the reused containers that form the space at Platoon Kunsthalle. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Jonáš Gruska: Rúry from Anna Gruskova on Vimeo.

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But of course, for the 95% of you not in Berlin, stay tuned to CDM for more on these and other artists.

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Graham Dunning’s Mechanical Techno

This video captures a ‘mechanical techno’ jam, by Graham Dunning. Dunning incorporates mechanical rhythm generators into his performances, to create an alternative to computer-perfect repetition.  “You get sick of hearing the same disco sample over and over again,” he explains. … Continue reading

Drahthaus – Notch

Vienna-based Drahthaus shared their latest music video, for Notch, a track that combines electronic and acoustic instruments.  Equipment used in this song: 4x Ableton Live Ableton Push Korg NanoKontrol Novation Ultranova Icon Neuron Roland E-Drumkick E-Guitar E-Bass Mute Piano Trumpet Carton … Continue reading

Rheyne Synth Jam & Studio Tour

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live looping synth jam, with Ableton Live, by Rheyne. Recorded in one take with no pre-recorded loops or samples. In the following video, Rheyne gives a tour of his synth studio and explains his set … Continue reading

Switched On Modular Synthesizer – Bach Fugue No.16 In G minor

This video, via Divkid, captures a EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) and modular version of Bach’s Fugue No.16 In G minor. David Hogan plays the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument from Akai), with MIDI to CV coming from the Vermona qMI. Here’s what they have … Continue reading

Take a beach holiday on an alien planet with these ambient videos


You’re under stress. Trapped in a fluorescent-lit prison of your own making, chained to your desk behind the cold glow of your computer. You dream of being a futuristic cosmonaut-tourist, truly getting away from it all.

French-born photographer/filmmaker Diane Drubay has what you need. Her hyperreal, dreamy videos use real seaside footage, warped into acidic colors. To gaze into her sunsets and rippling surfaces is to give yourself the holiday in the Alpha Centuari system you’ll never have. (Okay, it really is all Earth – maybe Earth is space-ier than you thought.)

And all of this is doubly worth mentioning because of the trippy, ambient soundscapes contributed by Diane’s friends – output of the late-night musings of Berlin’s hyperactive electronic set.

Turn down the lights and enjoy; links to the artists included, as this is a great excuse to go find them.

Skin Of Their Light – Spirabilis XVIII from Skin Of Their Light on Vimeo.


Skin Of Their Light – Spes Aeterna XXII from Skin Of Their Light on Vimeo.

Music: Zoè Zanias

Skin Of Their Light – Spirabilis XVII from Skin Of Their Light on Vimeo.

Music: Halv Dröm

Skin Of Their Light – Spirabilis XV from Skin Of Their Light on Vimeo.


Skin Of Their Light – Spirabilis XVI from Skin Of Their Light on Vimeo.


Skin Of Their Light – Spirabilis XIV from Skin Of Their Light on Vimeo.

Music: Zoè Zanias

Skin Of Their Light – Spes Aeterna XXX from Skin Of Their Light on Vimeo.

I’ve saved a really good one for last; it wasn’t in the screening I caught last night, but the production from earlier this year in Poland and Mallorca takes on an especially otherworldly quality.

Music, again: Halv Dröm.

Space out, star children.

Image from last night’s screening in a Neukölln club, in advance of the (far less interesting) Back to the Future 2. Maybe living in the future, 2015 is a lot more interesting than Hollywood imagined, after all.


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PS, top tip – when at the ocean, surfing the waves, Peter Kirn would like to remind you to watch for sharks.

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The Fractal Harp Is Part Harp, Part MIDI Controller, Part Bass, All Frankeninstrument & Awesomely Mind-Blowing

This video captures a performance by Jay Wasco on his amazing Frankeninstrument, the Fractal Harp. The Fractal Harp combines a 28-string slide harp, a 5-string bass, a USB keyboard MIDI controller with oak keys & the ‘Herb-Alpertron’ pitch-to-MIDI convertor. In the video, … Continue reading

Canon For Theremin & LoopStation

Sunday Synth Jam: Carolina Eyck is one of the world’s foremost theremin virtuosi, performing with orchestras around the world. She’s also created an excellent series of performance and educational videos. In this video, the second in her ‘Theremin Session’ series, Eyck … Continue reading

Miguel d’Oliveira – I’ll See You in My Dreams

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a video song style performance of I’ll See You In My Dreams, performed by Miguel d’Oliveira. I’ll See You in My Dreams was written by Isham Jones & Gus Kahn in the 1920’s. It was also was featured in the … Continue reading

Vile Electrodes – After The Flood

Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s another synth jam from Vile Electrodes, After the Flood, performed live in their studio.  After the Flood is a track from their debut album The Future Through A Lens.  The performance was recorded live in their studio in October … Continue reading