Modular synthesisers are a big mystery to DESIGNSIGH: wires, blinking lights, big units and (usually) a chap controlling the various knobs and buttons that make the analogue sound. When performed live, the producers/musicians make it look like electronic wizardry. Bringing the live element of guitar music to the electronic world, each note, tone or sound is created on the hop – while you gaze at the illuminated boards and the guys controlling them, or dance your damn pants off.
At a recent party at Hackney Wick’s The Yard theatre, we got the chance to do just that – and meet the team involved. London Modular Alliance is a trio of audio geeks – Simon Lynch aka Yes Effect, Gavin Pykerman aka Koova, and Pip Williams aka Phil Ventre. As sound engineers and tinkerers of modular synthesisers, they met just a few years ago via a forum for like-minded audio friends. Today, London Modular run one of the only dedicated modular synthesiser stores in the country, and regularly perform together and with others at gigs, clubs and institutes.
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