The Analog Session
The Analog Session
is a music project conceived in February 2009 by Maurizio Dami (aka Alexander Robotnick) and Lapo Lombardi
The Analog Session:
Release date : May 6, 2013
1) Effai (Late night RMX)
2) Ascension (Late night RMX)
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Shortly after the release of "April" The Analog Session is ready for another go with 2 remixed tracks from its latest
The Analog Session : Effai - Ascension (late night rmx) cuts by The Analog Session
1) Ascension (127 bpm)
2) Effai (128 bpm)
3) Strange Fruits (127 bpm)
4) April (120 bpm)
5) Amigos (126 bpm)
6) New Mandarins (132 bpm)
7) Little Grunge (140 bpm)
8) Distant Voices (124 bpm)
Produced and composed by Alexander Robotnick & Ludus Pinsky
Mixed & mastered by Tommaso Bianchi
Alexander Robotnick and Ludus Pinsky deliver their album 'April' as The Analog Session. A journey into electronic music, from the early 70s to modern techno, performed only with vintage analogue synths.
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Concrete Seq 1 (Club Mix) - 5' 24"
Fun-Fare (Club Mix) - 5' 09"
N5 From Outer Space - 7' 36"
Promenade Am3 - 10' 37"
Sunday Morning - 6' 14"
In My House - 5' 58"
It.122 - 5' 46"
Concrete Seq 1 (video version) - 8' 11"
Fun-Fare (video version)" - 6' 42
LAPO (Ludus Pinsky):
This is a modular with 1970s technology. These are the original of a project of the mid70s by a magazine called “Electro Formant” that I restored and assembled. And these are chlone filters. This is a Moog chlone , this is a Polimoox chlone, which is a Russian filter, this is an MS 20 chlone etc. etc.
Then there’s another Formant oscillator, the original one and several Formant envelope chlones. VCA is also a chlone. Then there are these ring modulators, this one in particular is really old technology, it’s a passive coil ring modulator .
This is a sequencer that I assembled. It’s a mix including a TB303 slide. It has 8 steps that can extended to 16 , and 4 lines.
Then there’s this controller, made of 4 ribbons to control the voltage of whatever you need. There’s an LFO and a Joystick taken from an old Yamaha controller.
Ant this is the good old Logan from the 70s.
It’s all technology developed before 1980 because apparently in the late 70s a law was passed that banned the use of several metals, such as lead, in manufacturing transistors, and indeed all synths manufactured after the law do not sound exactly like those made before . Only experts and real lovers of that sound know and understand .
Maurizio (Alexander Robotnick)
This is a mix of the things I used in the 80s and stuff that I acquired more recently.
I recently bought this biphonic Oberheim from the late 70s. , the famous SEM.
Then I got this WASP from a friend , which I used also in the early 80s.
This is Korg Mono-Poly , an instrument I’ve always used , also to compose “Problèmes d’Amour” as well as A.Robotnick’s early works.
Here we have - kind of hiding in here - a classic Roland TB 303, which does its job in this session with the typical TR 808.
Here below we have a Korg Stage Echo that I’m using to transform the sound of the WASP and the resulting effect is really great.
Maurizio & Lapo:
Hi, I’m Alexander Robotnick and he’s Ludus Pinsky, my faithful pal in elechtro-madness and a true elechtronics wizard: he succeeded in restoring and assembling
several analog synths, very difficult to handle, and so we decided together to do this purely analog session…..different kinds of tracks, from house to techno. The common denominator of these tracks is that they make no concession whatsoever to present time digital sound . For that purpose we used the modular that you can see at our back - which Ludus assembled with a lot of patience and self-denial - and some old synths that I used in the early 80s.The characteristic of this session lies in its sound which is closer to the 70s’ mood than the 80s’.
Of course the 70s mean both good and bad. We immediately realised the negative side when we started to put together all this stuff because after three days we were still struggling with technical problems of all sorts. First of all the cabling itself: we went down to the basement to dig out hundreds of cables to connect and interface everything. And then each instrument presented some problems; we had to tackle some quite difficult technical problems.
But finally we made it , we managed to produce sounds first and the music we composed was essentially just some notes, because the main feature of elechtronic music of the 70s was improvisation, so we didn’t write down every sequence on the computer, some sequences were written directly on the instruments.Then of course there’s also a laptop with some MIDI sequences, not many though; these MIDI sequences were then transformed into CV and GATE to pilot analog synthetisers. On top of that we transformed MIDI-Sync into an old Sync, an analog signal that allowed us to play also TB 303 and 808 sync.
We used a recorded audio trigger by which we controlled the sequencer of the modular you can see at our back.
You may like this session or not, it’s up to you; we had fun and trouble as well but we believe it was worthwhile. I don’t know whether we’ll repeat this experience in the near future. But we wish to encourage others to repeat it because the “softness” of the elechtro-sound of the 70s certainly pays you back for the hard work done.
|The Analog Session are:
Alexander Robotnick & Ludus
All tracks composed by Alexander Robotnick (Maurizio Dami) & Ludud Pinsky (Lapo Lombardi).
Audio and Video recorded at Robotnick's Studios.
Thanks to: Stefano Fuochi.
Ludus Pinsky web site
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