The Formant recently interviewed me about the creative process behind the Rainflow EP.
Rainflow is a change in approach for DROX, one that sees him move away from the contrapuntal raw machine music made for dancing we’ve come to know from the Australian producer and step into ideas of atmosphere and an aural feeling. “There’s definitely that feel — well for me anyway — of that idea of background noise and things in the distance which is what I was trying to convey,“ explains Adrian. It comes together through four magnificent tracks that progress with the ease of a Sunday morning, enveloped in a wispy, fragile atmosphere that crunch just beneath the surface. Like the sound of rain filling every moment of silence, Rainflow bounds with a distant noise, filling in the gaps between the beats as drum machines and synthesisers pulse with repetition like a mantra.
The fourth release on the Analog Cabin label is out today which is also my first solo EP for the label.
These tracks were inspired by one recent rainy winters day.
Here is my recent guest mix for Tracklistings. It is a blend of Techno, Electro and Miami Bass tracks, new and old by Marco Bernardi, Alden Tyrell , Electro Nation, Scratch D, Mr De, Dj Assault among many others..
I was recently gifted a suitcase full of old cassette tapes and a twin deck from a friend who was moving overseas.
I've managed to digitize and upload some of them, with more to come.
It was great to reminisce about parties and local DJ's gone by, some still active today, with others I am unsure what they are up to these days. If you know please add a comment or send me a message.
The uploads so far show a real diversity to what people were playing at the time. Enjoy the music!
Patrick HAF | Alien Mind Seed (Biz / Torquemada) | PH
This weekend we go bush with the whole Cabin crew representing Felix Warmuth, Mike Witcombe, Robert Erskine (Illbot) & Myself (Drox) at Trench goes DooF w/ Nihad Tule (Sloboda/Sweden)
Loads of local talent playing along with Nihad Tule headlining. It's going to be a great extended weekend.
See below for set times.
I will be donning the headphones from 11.00 -13.00 Saturday morning for an ambient and dub techno excursion.
See you on the dancefloor!
The third release on the Analog Cabin label is from the mysterious Nude Dude with the Crab Dance EP.
Who is the nude dude, and why is he nude?
We are not sure but whoever it is makes some deep dance floor material.
A Nice little feature on the history of Analog Cabin in this months Audio Technology Magazine
I know it's a bit hard to read so can download a pdf of the article here..
ANALOG CABIN Bearded Tit take over - For lovers of machines
COme and enjoy an afternoon and evening of record selections and live electronic performance by your friends from the Analog Cabin.
DJ sets from myself Drox, Mike Witcombe, Felix Warmuth & Rob Erskine (aka Illbot) + live electronic experimentations.
Come relax in the beautiful environs that is the Bearded Tit and have your earballs massaged by sounds from far and wide.
We are very excited to present the first release of many on our new Analog Cabin record label.
This release includes tracks from all of the team at the Analog Cabin Recording Studio - Mike Witcombe,
Felix Warmuth, Illbot (Rob Erskine) and myself (Drox) Adrian Burns
If you buy the new Analog Cabin t-shirt you also receive the release for free.
All round awesome guy and DJ Matt Lush asked some of Sydney's DJ's what their top releases of 2016 were including my own favorites via Decoded Magazine.
My top 5 included some dancefloor tracks but the real stand out for me was the almost meditative Echospace plays Michael Mantra - Sea Shell City is mesmerizing with so much detail and movement that I keep noticing a new nuance or detail on every listen. With each track clocking in at over 23 mins it's become part of my morning ritual to listen on headphones, when I have some quiet alone time before the busy start of a day or when I am looking to wind down and relax before bed. The digital and CD release is still avaliable via the Echospace Detroit Bandcamp. page.
With so much new good music being released that I may of missed (and this list is testamant to that), I'm interested to hear what you keep coming back to from 2016. Please provide links in the comments.
As part of the 2016 Electrofringe program Analog Cabin will be showcasing an afternoon of all original music and live electronic production on the rooftop of 107 Projects to celebrate the launch of the Analog Cabin Record label.
Collectively we have been very busy releasing on a slew of labels in 2016 alone, along with recording and engineering other artists in the Analog Cabin studio.s
DJ sets from Adrian Burns (Drox), Mike Witcombe, Felix Warmuth & Rob Erskine (aka Illbot) All original productions and unreleased projects will be the sound track over the course of the afternoon.
Later on in the evening see a rare improvised live set from all four of us utlising a mix of hardware and software which may include two laptops, Ableton link Allen & Heath Zed R16 mixer lots of XOX and a bunch of synths.
Electrofringe’s annual flagship event EF16 features a one-day showcase of experimental work and performance, with a second day of workshops and demonstrations.
Entry is by donation, vibes will be high & excellent sound will be provided by Buzz Speaker Hire Sydney with a great location for a party. COme along and support the local Sydney experimental music scene.
Please do join us for a few drinks, a boogie and catch up.
If you would like to donate towards the running costs of Electrofringe 16 you can do so via this link.
We are very happy that the studio and a project we were very happy to be a part of is featured in in depth interview on the recording process at Analog Cabin for Trus'me's new album 'Planet 4' in SynMag - Das Synthesizer-Magazin.
The release is out now on Prime Numbers and the magazine is available in Germany.
This is a great opportunity for producers based in Sydney that want to learn more about the Roland TR-8 or even check it out for the first time..
Each month we take a glimpse of one product (this month will be the ROLAND TR-8 Drum machine) with a 1hr intermediate class followed by a nice selection of talented Sydney producers where we will hear their live electronic instruments put to use. Each month focuses on new equipment and we will choose different upcoming artists.
This night is about acknowledging the power that these instruments can have when combined with an amazing sound system and musicians. Support Analog Undergrounds growth and be there for the birth of a new community gathering of like minded creative people who appreciate music.
9-10PM TR-8 Masterclass with David Whitehead (ROLAND)
10-2AM Live performances with:
Simon Mann (Buxton/ETUI)
Drox (Analog Cabin)
Felix Warmuth (Analog Cabin)(DJ/LIVE HYBRID SET).
$10 9-10PM - Master class (GO PRO setup with projection)
$5 AFTER 10PM - Live performances
Jam Gallery 195 Oxford Street, Bondi
Felix has been invited to play a set on the SPIRAL tomorrow night.
Five turntables play samples on an endless loop, creating a sonic chaos that is simultaneously cut to vinyl.
There might be some synth / drum machine action in there too. Come join the party!
The Spiral will transform Carriageworks into an experimental sound recording studio and performance space. Visitors can manipulate looping beats and electronic sounds to record tracks on a vinyl-cutting machine.
The person who cuts the record becomes the main attraction, while people can observe the entire process from the seats that form a ring-like area called “The Spiral.”
I'm happy to announce that one of my tracks Bass Frequency has been included on the Dalekovod (power lines) – series of electro music compilations released on Crobot Muzik.
This is the fifth release in the series including 40+ leading electro artists, united under the name: We Are The Crobots!
Includes my track Waterworld Dub, a mammoth compilation of excellent electronic music..
It is great to see so many in the electronic music community rallying together to contribute music or purchase this compilation to assist with medical and then sadly funeral expenses..
His music will live on!
All money raised was going directly to Andreas Gehm for expenses incurred by severe health issues; since his passing on 20 June 2016, it now goes to a friend of Andreas for funeral and other expenses.
Thank you to all who contributed, donated, and helped.
Compiled by Andrew Duke
Around about this time last year we had the pleasure of recording Trus'me's forthcoming album, 'Planet 4' at the Analog Cabin Studio. Here's a little insight behind the inspiration for the album..
Analog Cabin, Sydney
Here I could submerge myself in a new alien environment, with engineers I had not previously worked with. The array of new synths and a new methodologies, helped to create something progressive and exciting to work with. I feel that comes across in the LP by the energy in the arrangements and production.
Going through some old music projects I recently came across some mutisamples for a couple of the analog synths I had at the time in Logic EXS format for the Sequential Circuits Pro One and Oberheim Matrix 1000.
The samples include some of my own patches for the Pro One and whatever was in the Matrix 1000 at the time, I didn't have any way of editing it so really just used some of the sounds as is. I recall not loving the timbre of it and selling it off after a few months. Included in the pack are 22 multisampled patches which you can download here..
The Pro One on the other hand was the main mono synth used on almost every track and sketch I put together for at least 10 years. I loved the tone and the fact that it could be driven by the gate pulse from the TR808 and the basic inbuilt sequencer was great. Even running audio through the CV in would produce some crazy results. I ended selling it along with a bunch of other gear to fund a move from Australia to the UK. The build quailty was pretty terrible but so much character.
It must have been an interesting time at Sequential HQ with some quirky design decisions such as the Budda etched into the circuit board along with some mushrooms among other things. If you have one open it up and have a look.
Unfortunately we were all having so much fun using the synth that there are only a few multisamples which you can download here.
Drox has built his own niche as one of Sydney’s most distinctive and respected mavens of electronic music. A DJ, live act and producer,