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09 MARCH 2016

Swedish TV Documentary: New Order 'The Story Of Blue Monday'

"I år är det 30 år sen New Order släppte Blue Monday. I Hitlåtens historia berättas det om hur New Order reste sig ur en personlig tragedi och med Blue Monday tog ett slutgiltigt kliv från rock till dansmusik. Låten är en modern klassiker men också en stilstudie i bandbråk, klantigheter och hur man kan slå försäljningsrekord och samtidigt gå med förlust

Många låtar vill kallas klassiker och banbrytande. Få förtjänar det på riktigt. Men New Orders Blue Monday klarar alla testen. Den lät som ljudet av framtiden när den släpptes. Och 30 år senare har den fortfarande inte passerat bäst-före-datum.

Blue Monday är också ljudet av ett band som hittar sig själva. Tre år tidigare spelade medlemmarna i New Order i Joy Division. Men när sångaren Ian Curtis tog livet av sig 1980 fick Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook och Stephen Morris starta om. Det skulle till ett publikupplopp för att få dom att hitta sin egen identitet.

Med Blue Monday byggde inte bara New Order helt nya instrument. De byggde en bro mellan rocken och dansmusiken. Men om New Order gjorde alla rätt i studion, gick desto mer fel utanför. Blue Monday har ett av musikhistoriens mest mytomspunna omslag. Bland annat för att det sägs ha varit så dyrt att tillverka att skivan gick med förlust.

Och sen många år tillbaka är New Order ett splittrat band efter ett infekterat bråk. Men i Hitlåtens historia pratar samtliga medlemmar om Blue Monday, en av musikvärldens piggaste 30-åringar.

Måndag 16 december 22.15 i SVT2 och SVT Play"


[2013 Sveriges Television (Swedish television) documentary about the seminal New Order single 'Blue Monday'.]




12 inch cover • 12 inch vinyl LP1980s2013Bernard Sumner • Blue Monday • dance music • Donna Summer • drum machineelectronic musicfloppy disk • Gillian Gilbert • Joy DivisionManchesterMichael Jacksonmusic • musical influences • New OrdernightclubPeter HookPeter Savilleseminal worksStephen Morris • Sveriges Television • Swedish television • television documentary • The Hacienda • Tony Wilsontv documentary


Simon Perkins
12 MARCH 2012

ReBirth for iPad: the legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected

"ReBirth is back! Propellerhead Software's legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected and customized for the iPad. ReBirth faithfully emulates dance music's three backbone devices: The Roland TB–303 Bass synth and the Roland TR–808 and 909 drum machines. Combine these with FX units, fully featured pattern sequencers and a gorgeous–looking interface and you're ready to make killer tracks on your iPad. Share your music with friends on Facebook, Twitter and more using the built in sharing features."

(Apple Inc., 2011)



2011app • AudioCopy • AudioPaste • computer musiccomputer simulationdance musicdrum machineelectronic instrumentsemulatorFX unitsinterface designiOS appsiPadiPad apps • iTunes App Store • killer tracks • legendarymusicmusic instrumentationmusic softwarepatternPropellerhead SoftwareReBirth (software) • ReBirth for iPad • ReBirth RB-338remediationretro • Roland 909 • Roland TB-303 Bass synth • Roland TR-808 • Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composersequencer • sharing features • simulationsoundsynthsynthesizerTB-303 • Techno Micro Composer • TR-808TR-909


Simon Perkins
22 OCTOBER 2011

A mixtape of animation and musical styles

"To celebrate the Red Bull Academy World Tour, the Academy produced a music film that encompasses musical styles from around the world.

Berlin: The soundtrack for this clip is inspired by one of Hansa's iconic album's Iggy Pop's Lust for Life. Like the creation of the music in the studio, the cityscape is built from the many organic, analogue musical artifacts used in the recording studio. Tape creatures climb across the concrete city jungle towards the Berlin Wall–a nod to the studio's physical location.

Paris: The visual inspiration for the Parisian leg of the tour is an collision between the flesh and blood textures of the African soul and funk that comprised the concert, and the architectural backdrop of Paris–the home of the Afrobeat Picks event. Musically, the rhythm builds and the acoustics echo and bounce off the city walls as we travel across the avenues.

Detroit: Inspired by the Detroit automotive industry, from the start the viewer is immersed inside the iconic TR 909 drummachine–a nod to the intersection of man and machine central to the city's musical innovation. As we travel through a CG circuit board city, the cyclical nature of the assembly line process is increasingly apparent transitioning us from the hey days of Motown R&B to the minimal stylings of techno. The theme of repetition was also carried through to the construction of the musical score.

Toronto: The animation style here is directly referenced from the iconic soundclash album Scientists meets the Space Invaders. The four superhero characters battle it out across the streets of Toronto–each one representative of one of the four soundclash crews competing in this event, Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation, Mad Decent, LuckyMe and Toronto All Star. The beginning of the battle is marked by the sound of the airhorn, a nod to the dancehall musical score underpinning this piece.

Melbourne: The bright, visually rich palette of this section is inspired by the coastal location of Melbourne city. Like the experimental nature of the event itself, the narrative of this film explores the relationship between sound and space. The audio of the Melbourne tram chimes set off a wave of fluid illustrated animations that bounce around the screen, visually inspired by traditional aboriginal paintings.

New York: When hip–hop first emerged in the 70s it was the ghetto blaster that amplified the sound of New York streets to the world. To pay hommage, the setting of this film was built from the original tape deck devices. We see a Hudson River constructed of unwound mixtapes. The trains all disappear to one of the five boroughs, a nod to the albums and boroughs celebrated in this event.

Rome: Italy and the Cinecitta studios are credited for producing some of the most influential cinematic masterpieces ever. To celebrate this we created a film that paid tribute to the different genres, from comedy to spaghetti western, 70s cop films & blood–filled horror flicks to psychedelic animations, in one narrative mash–up. A Spaghetti Western inspired track provides the aural backdrop as we pan across the scene culminating in a classic Sergio Leone shot. Along the way we reveal a chaotic assortment of villains, ghouls and policeman all participating in one comedic battle conducted to the tunes of a dead Mexican mariachi band.

London: Inspired by the event theme, Revolutions in Sound, we wanted to create a dominating creature that visually embodies the innovative qualities of the event itself. As the camera cuts around the robot's CG body we see it is inspired by components of modern London architecture. His head is a pulsating subwoofer, an iconic musical artifact central to London's influential bass music scenes and inside his chest we see the magnificent London Eye, the heart of the event itself."

(Red Bull)

Fig.1 'Red Bull Academy World Tour' (2011). Passion Pictures



20112D3D • airhorn • animation • animation style • architectural backdrop assembly line • automotive industry • BerlinBerlin WallCGcircuit boardcitycityscapecoast • concrete jungle • cut-up • dancehall • Detroitdrum machine • ghetto blaster • hip-hophommageIggy PopItalyLondon • London Eye • low-fiMelbournemixtapeMotownmusic videomusical scoremusical stylesNew YorkParisPassion Picturespsychedelic • Red Bull • Red Bull Academy World Tour • repetition • Revolutions in Sound • robotRome • Sammy Bananas • Sergio LeoneSpace Invadersspaghetti westernstop motionsuperherotape deck • techno • Toronto • TR 909 • tram


Simon Perkins

ReBirth RB-338: legendary electronic music emulator discontinued

"Propellerhead Software's ReBirth RB–338 pioneered a new era of music instrumentation that merged the principles of 'virtual reality' with historic synthesizers and drum machines. This concept seemed impossible at the time, but has since become a common trend in music software.

Since its introduction in 1997, ReBirth has influenced numerous companies to take advantage of contemporary technology by incorporating computer simulation into the latest generation of products.

The world has come to embrace the sound of electronic music, thanks to a long tradition starting in the 1960s with the popularization of Moog Synthesizers. It deepened in the 70's and 80's, and the sound of drum machines was introduced in music as electronic instruments adopted microprocessor technology.

As technologies continued to evolve in the 90's, the subsequent role of computers in music ushered in a digital age of composition and recording. Early in the decade, trends in electronic music and their significant effect on popular culture converged with the rich heritage of synthesizers, drum machines, and computers in the software application known as ReBirth. ...

While there have been plans to resurrect the 338, far too much time has passed, and realistically, the economics of software development prompted the decision to terminate ReBirth. Even after a decade of operation, Propellerhead Software is a relatively small company, and must focus their efforts on future technologies. The company contemplated outsourcing ReBirth, but quickly determined that those plans would consume valuable time and energy best spent on priority projects. Finally, ReBirth was discontinued with the parting gesture of making it publicly available. Ernst Nathorst–Böös stated the following:

'We think we serve the community better by concentrating the small development efforts we have on creating new exciting stuff than keeping what we feel is essentially a stale concept alive. ReBirth was a great achievement in its day and we're very proud of it.'"

(Propellerhead Software)



1997archetype • composition and recording • computer musiccomputer simulationcomputers in musicconvergencedance musicdigital agediscontinueddrum machineelectronic instrumentselectronic musicemulator • Ernst Nathorst-Boos • FX unitsinterface designinterface metaphoriPadiPad appslegendaryloop • Marcus Zetterquist • microprocessor technology • Moog • Moog Synthesizers • music instrumentationmusic softwarepattern • Pelle Jubel • Propellerhead SoftwarerebirthReBirth (software) • ReBirth Museum • ReBirth RB-338remediationretro • Roland • Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composersequencersimulationsoftware applicationsoundSwedensynthsynthesizerTB-303TR-808TR-909 • transistor rhythm • virtual reality


Simon Perkins
24 FEBRUARY 2004

Micro Music: Gameboyzz Orchestra

"The reason for creating the "gameboyzz orchestra" was the total lack of any artistic initiatives and activities connected with the cult GameBoy console. The GameBoy console is an 8–bit handheld computer. Its unusually weak (archaic) technical parameters were a challenge and became the reason for creating the "gameboyzz orchestra."We are not an orthodox group and we utilize the latest technologies along with the retro ones used by musicians associated in the MICROMUSIC society whose key word is "low–tech music for high–tech people"– The employed software is written specifically for the GameBoy console [trackers, sequencers, drum machines, etc.; sounds generated live and games]. The sound is accompanied by video projections, lights, smoke, etc."
(Jeroslaw Kujda)



consoledrum machineGameboy • GameBoy console • gameboyzz orchestra • handheld computer • lo-filow-tech • Micro Music • micromusicmusicNintendoretrosequencervideo projection

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