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Matthew Bourne - Moogmemory


CD: £8.99

Label: The Leaf Label

Release date: 04.03.2016

LP: £15.99

Label: The Leaf Label

Release date: 04.03.2016

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'Moogmemory' is the latest album from multi-award winning pianist and composer Matthew Bourne, who has turned his considerable talents to the world of analogue synthesizers. Very much in demand as a collaborator and co-conspirator, Bourne has his fingerprints on a huge number of projects, having worked with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Annette Peacock, Nils Frahm, Nostalgia 77, Amon Tobin and Broadway Project. Growing from spontaneous improvised live performances, the album took shape in the studio as Bourne explored and moulded the vast sonic possibilities of voltage-controlled oscillators, creating beautiful, brooding landscapes of thick impasto and translucent sunbursts. The seed for this project was planted when Bourne acquired an uncooperative 1982 Memorymoog, having it painstakingly modified and upgraded by Rudi Linhard in Germany . Created without the use of computers or sequencers, moogmemory is the first album to be recorded using only the Lintronics Advanced Memorymoog. Bourne will tour moogmemory in collaboration with brilliant visual artist Michael England, who has worked with Autechre, Bola, Leila, Demdike Stare and many more. The album follows the critical success of Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited, a visceral live audio/visual experience created to mark the 40th anniversary of Kraftwerk's seminal album, with Franck Vigroux and video artist Antoine Schmitt.

Staff Reviews


Matthew Bourne creates an entire album on a vintage 1982 Memorymoog synthesizer. Rather than an excursion in nostalgia, Bourne's bleeps, tones, drones and melodies feel determinedly modern, even otherworldly, as he pushes his machine into new ground staked out via his improvisatory skills. Excellent record...

By Adam Gillison

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