In early 2010, what would eventually become Antique Electronic Synthesizer Greats was simply a concept for a live set. Fluorescent Grey, aka Robbie Martin, cut almost a thousand tiny samples and loops from works dating from 1955 to 1984, limiting his sources to strictly electronic and/or synthesized recordings. His rules allowed for non-synthesized compositions (e.g., Delia Derbyshire’s tape cutting based tones) as well as synthesizer audio of any kind, including the Hammond Novachord. And far from simply a stolen sample collage, or meta-mash-up project, Robbie wanted to allow the mix he composed to preserve and highlight the eras’ best sounds in a comprehensive backdrop. Some of those painstakingly found and excised snippets may be all but indiscernible to most, while some tease with their familiarity (Depeche Mode bass drum? YMO hi hat?), and some are nakedly in homage (synth lines from Vangelis, Giorgio Moroder). All are as playful as the puzzling track names, one of the most obvious of which are pieces that re-imagine the sound of John Carpenter’s best synth-centric movie scores. From the uneasy sounds of horror to the sweet spot of vintage synth-pop and industrial, to the brief satisfyingly bizarre vocal cameos by Alan Vega and a Spanish industrial/noise outfit, it runs the gamut of its chosen time period exhaustively.
Intro AS1 - In The End E.R.P. - Sensory Process (plant43 Remix) Sync 24 - Resynth (Plant43 Remix) ElectroBerlin - Fallout Deemphasis - Basic Taste ESS (Electronic Speech System) - Vintage Future Vadz - The Key DJ Mirage -Into The Void Pip Williams - Field Studies Neonicle - Hz Max Durante - Electro Punischer Max Durante - Time Max durante - Digital Dream Max Durante - I Cant Get No Satisfaction Computron - Destroy Technology Robots On Acid - How Can Any Race Be So Stupid(Alavux Remix) Silicon Scally - The Silent Years Boris Divider - Electronics 2 (Erekutoronikkusu) Boris Divider - Let You Down Moon Disco - 60659 Max Durante - Robot Edit DVS NME - Animation datacrashrobot - metaprogramming Euphory Action - +5 Exit To Heaven Morphogenetic - Ancient Mind MCU - Space Invaders Sync 24 - We Rock Non-Stop (Scape One Remix) Max Durante Aux 88 - Body Work (max durante’s lysergic mix)
Komarken Electronics - Spaciousness Sync 24 - We Rock Non-Stop (Heuristic Audio remix) AS1 - This is How Luke Eargoggle - Split Personality Impakt - Flying Home Rawtary - Sleeper CPU - Signals From The Dark R21 - Minimum (R21 Slow & Low remix) Blotnik Brothers - Dont’t Worry You Won’t Dissolve Funker Vogt - Seelenwanderung Das Muster - Die Verlorenen Jauzas The Shining - Nautilus (CPU remix) Gab.Gato & Keith Tucker - Global Surveyors (Dark Vektor remix) AS1 - Kill The Drama Hadamard - I Want To Know