Author: Mat Ste-Marie

Modular Adventures

For the last while, I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with Eurorack modular synthesizers. Here are a few recordings of those experiments. All tracks are recorded live and unedited.


It wouldn’t be fair to make fun of this guy without due respect. This is Legowelt and you can see how he makes music below.

Opening United – Vancouver 2006

#inthemix @ Bassline 10-17-2015

I Dream Of Wires

This is about a year old already but it’s worth talking about nonetheless. If you’re even remotely interested in electronic music of any kind, make sure you watch the Canadian documentary I Dream Of Wires. It basically tells the (his)story of the modular synthesizer in a super captivating way. Kudos to the director, Toronto’s own Robert Fantinatto.

I Dream Of Wires 2014 documentary Trailer – Official from I Dream Of Wires on Vimeo.

Don’t you f***ing look at me!


Frank doesn't want you to look at him

When did the focus on documenting a DJ performance, which is more about the music than “Seeing” the DJ in action, become more important than living the experience in the first place? When did people forget that a DJ is there to play music? The moment is completely lost as people focus on snapping the shot that will get them the most Instagram likes rather than losing themselves in the music. How I relish having been to clubs long before cell phones were everywhere.

One doesn’t need anything when stepping on a dance floor. No camera, no phone, no attitude. At a bare minimum, all one needs is a desire to dance and have a good time.

Thump contributor Angus Harrison agrees with me. In his recent piece If You’re Facing the DJ, You’re Doing Dance Music Wrong, Angus dissects this questionable trend and comes to the right conclusion:

The DJ isn’t there to be stared at. They are there to be forgotten completely.


[via Thump]

Online Acid Machine


Check out this online Acid machine!

Powered by Errozero.

Should have been at the Oscars: DJ WH1PLA$H

If you haven’t hit spacebar enough to make your fingers bleed, you shouldn’t call yourself a DJ.

Danny Tenaglia: Perfect Balance

My personal favourite, Danny Tenaglia, recently gave an excellent interview to DJ Times. If you’re even remotely interested in underground music, read up.

In the meantime, if you haven’t heard his latest Balance mix, you can listen to an excerpt below, or buy the double CD here.

Kraftwerk: more influential than the Beatles?

According to Andy McCluskey, lead singer of 80s electronic band OMD, yes. And I agree wholeheartedly.

[via BBC]