Monthly Archives: September 2011

New track ‘September’: Dubwave? Chillstep?

September by Jed Skinner

I’ve made a new track.  I think it’s quite good, and it’s the first one I’ve made for eight months.  I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to make one, but finally it’s done.  The creaking hardware that I use to make this has been stretched to the limit, so I’m sorry there’s not granular synthesis or extremely well-defined LFOs at 63Hz (which rattles your ribcage, apparently).  Nevertheless, I think it’s better than quite a lot of other things I’ve made over the past couple of years.

Fellow weirdos may spot the sounds of a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 in there, and a Prophet 10 too.  Regrettably, they aren’t mine, but taken from free sounds online, but that’s it as far as sampling goes.  Produced in the late 70s and early 80s, they make wonderful sweeping sounds due to their analogue circuitry, and were probably most successfully used by the electronic musicians of that era such as Kraftwerk, Eurythmics, New Order and so on.  I’d love to own one, but they’re ridiculously expensive (about 2 grand) and prone to going out of tune when they get warm.  Also the lack of MIDI means that nowadays modifications have to be done at the back, but I don’t think I could trust myself to so much as look at a Prophet wrong for fear of it falling to pieces.

There’s one.  Nice, aren’t they?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the track, and feel free to share your thoughts if you like.