MOOG MUSIC BATTLES, NEW ALBUM & MOOG DRONE LAB

At Hopscotch Design 2015, Moog Music collaborated with Battles to present a special interactive synth-building workshop and ambient drone performance before their set at the festival. Workshop attendees, including members of the band explored the fundamentals of synthesis through building a Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer. The newly built synths were then used by Battles in a unique live drone performance in which the roles of audience and artist oscillated throughout the afternoon. A video of the performance will be released soon.

Special thanks to Battles, whose unique artistry, experimentation and singular focus resulted in a majical performance for all in attendance. Their new album “La Di Da Di” is now available here.

BATTLES’ DRONES
Battles’ synth drones are available for download for use in your own projects here.


MOOG SOUND LAB | SYLVAN ESSO

Sylvan Esso return to the Moog Sound Lab to re-imagine “H.S.K.T” from their self-titled 2014 release.

Using Ableton Live to route MIDI messages to an array of analog synthesizers, Nick Sanborn controls his Minitaur for basslines as well as a tower of Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Editions to produce H.S.K.T.’s percussive track. Ableton’s master MIDI clock locks the arpeggiator tempo of a Moog Sub 37, which all ran through an MF-104M Analog Delay.

Vocalist Amelia Meath played a Werkstatt running through the Minifooger Delay, and sang through another MF-104M Analog Delay. Nick then sequenced the whole thing with his Akai APC40. The only prerecorded sound was a loop of of Amelia singing “wanna get” from the original track.