Thirteen Systems

by Benge

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Sascha Bachmann
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Sascha Bachmann Absolutely love this album. Years ago I bought Twenty System and it was so inspiring to listen! Thirteen Systems is on my heavy rotation.
Listen more Benge!!! Favorite track: 1970-ARP Tonus 2500.
NEIL FELLOWES
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NEIL FELLOWES Loved "Twenty Systems" and this is more of the same but in modular form.

I had the pleasure of visiting and photographing Benge's old studio in London a few years back and "met" some of the synths on this album. It's a genuinely great exploration of different modular sound systems and a more than worthy successor to "Twenty Systems.

"Favourite track? I closed my eyes and clicked. Favorite track: 1971-Buchla 200.
robinrimbaud
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robinrimbaud An outstanding collection of works that shows the various voices that each instrument offers, and beautifully done!
graham marsh
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graham marsh Track 12 is worth the entry price alone. This album really does get better with every listen. Looking forward to the video!
Jussi Piekkala
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Jussi Piekkala Excellent tracks that bring out the delicate particularities of each synth. Love the white noise recorded from the Roland 100M on the last track.
vcf4012
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vcf4012 another ripping release, thanks Benge!! the polysynthi sounds like it belongs somewhere in the Bladerunner universe
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Thirteen years after the release of his original synthesiser concept album, Twenty Systems, Benge brings you a follow-up of sorts, the similarly themed Thirteen Systems, an album of modular explorations, showcasing his evolving fascination with these modular machines

The pieces were originally commissioned by the newly formed Modulisme radio broadcast, Philippe Petit’s project to bring the music of underground modular artists together and provide a platform for the burgeoning electronic modular music scene that has been building momentum in recent years

There is one significant difference in the approach Benge took in the creation of this new Systems album compared to his first incarnation. The previous album used overdubbing techniques to layer the sound of each synthesiser upon itself to build up the tracks, but on this album Benge took the decision to play each piece in real time, without overdubs or edits, creating each piece as a live performance. This meant setting up each instrument in advance and either letting it play along by itself, or interacting with it as the pieces developed in various ways. Each performance was filmed and there is an accompanying 60 minute video that goes with the album

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released June 5, 2020

Written and Performed by Benge
at Memetune Studios, England

Designed by Benge
Published by MemeSongs
(C) Expanding Recordings 2020, All rights reserved

Originally created for the MODULISME radio show
first broadcast in February 2020

Special thanks to:
Philippe Petit / Modulisme (modulisme.info)
Steve Malins (@randommanagement)

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