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An awesome post from the synth list!
808 state on a TV program in the early 90’s!
ARP 2600,
ARP Odyssey,
ARP Sequencer,
Maplin 5600,
Moog Opus-3,
Moog Prodigy,
Oberheim 4 Voice,
Roland JD-800,
Atari 1040ST running Cubase as sequencer.

::: IF :::

This is amazing…



“I took the head off a snare drum and started whacking it with a wooden ruler, recording it through a Shure 57 microphone,” he says. “As I did that, I started twisting the hell out of the [API 550] EQ around 1 kHz on it, to the point where it was starting to sound more like a crash. I blended that with a snare I found in the Linn itself, which was a 12-bit machine, so it sounded pretty edgy to start with.” But the coup de grace for the sound was when Z pumped the processed and blended sample through an Auratone speaker set upside down atop another snare drum, which rattled the metal snares and gave the result some ambience and even more high end. The whole thing was limited slightly and then sent to a track on a roll of Ampex 456 running on a Studer A800 at 15 ips. Only a slight amount of reverb was added to the track later on. The sonic result was closer to a hollow wood block sound than any snare found on a conventional rock record, and in becoming, along with Gift’s vocals, the signature of the song, it would go on to have many lives of its own subsequent to the single’s run up the charts.”


The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up


Pile of Lego

A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today – offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.

“Let me see if I can find a cutlass,” says Tracey Williams, poking around some large rocks on Perran Sands with a stick.

She doesn’t manage that, but does spot a gleaming white, pristine daisy on the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall. The flower looks good for its age, seeing as it is 17 years old.

It is one of 353,264 plastic daisies dropped into the sea on 13 February 1997, when the container ship Tokio Express was hit by a wave described by its captain as a “once in a 100-year phenomenon”, tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back.

As a result, 62 containers were lost overboard about 20 miles off Land’s End – and one of them was filled with nearly 4.8m pieces of Lego, bound for New York.

No-one knows exactly what happened next, or even what was in the other 61 containers, but shortly after that some of those Lego pieces began washing up in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. They’re still coming in today.

Lego cutlass
Lego octopus

A quirk of fate meant many of the Lego items were nautical-themed, so locals and tourists alike started finding miniature cutlasses, flippers, spear guns, seagrass, scuba gear as well as the dragons and the daisies.

“There’s stories of kids in the late 1990s having buckets of dragons on the beach, selling them,” says Tracey, who lives in Newquay.

Tracey with Lego haul on beach

“These days the holy grail is an octopus or a dragon. I only know of three octopuses being found, and one was by me, in a cave in Challaborough. It’s quite competitive. If you heard that your neighbour had found a green dragon, you’d want to go out and find one yourself.”

She says the ship’s manifest – a detailed list of everything in the containers – shows a whole range of Lego items, not all sea-themed. After all this time “it’s the same old things that keep coming in with the tide”, particularly after a bad storm.

Lego seagrass

Tracey runs a Facebook page which documents the Lego discoveries, and recently received an email from someone in Melbourne who found a flipper which they think could be from the Tokio Express spillage.

US oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer has tracked the story of the Lego since it was spilled. “The mystery is where they’ve ended up. After 17 years they’ve only been definitely reported off the coast of Cornwall,” he says.

It takes three years for sea debris to cross the Atlantic ocean, from Land’s End to Florida. Undoubtedly some Lego has crossed and it’s most likely some has gone around the world. But there isn’t any proof that it has arrived as yet.

“I go to beachcombing events in Florida and they show me Lego – but it’s the wrong kind. It’s all local stuff kids have left behind.”

Since 1997, those pieces could have drifted 62,000 miles, he says. It’s 24,000 miles around the equator, meaning they could be on any beach on earth. Theoretically, the pieces of Lego could keep going around the ocean for centuries.

Ocean currents visualised

“The most profound lesson I’ve learned from the Lego story is that things that go to the bottom of the sea don’t always stay there,” Ebbesmeyer adds. The incident is a perfect example of how even when inside a steel container, sunken items don’t stay sunken. They can be carried around the world, seemingly randomly, but subject to the planet’s currents and tides.

“Tracking currents is like tracking ghosts – you can’t see them. You can only see where flotsam started and where it ended up.”


Lost Lego Pieces

Cargo included:

  • Toy kits – Divers, Aquazone, Aquanauts, Police, FrightKnights, WildWest, RoboForce TimeCruisers, Outback, Pirates
  • Spear guns (red and yellow) – 13,000 items
  • Black octopus – 4,200
  • Yellow life preserver – 26,600
  • Diver flippers (in pairs: black, blue, red) – 418,000
  • Dragons (black and green) – 33,941
  • Brown ship rigging net – 26,400
  • Daisy flowers (in fours – white, red, yellow) – 353,264
  • Scuba and breathing apparatus (grey) – 97,500
  • Total of 4,756,940 Lego pieces lost overboard in a single container
  • Estimated 3,178,807 may be light enough to have floated

Source: Beachcombers’ Alert, vol 2. No 2 1997


But there’s also a dark side to the story, he says. If Lego is on land then it’s fun. If it’s on the ocean it’s deadly, a poison for birds. If you lose one container with 5m pieces of Lego in it, that is a catastrophe for wildlife.

Lego sea-themed items
Lego daisies

Lego spokeswoman Emma Owen says the Tokio Express incident “was of course very unfortunate, however this had nothing to do with the Lego Group activities”.

“We share an overall concern for the environment and we are very focused in our environmental efforts at our production sites to eliminate the waste that potentially could become a marine litter problem.”

Elsewhere in Cornwall, Martin Dorey of Bude is all too aware of the Lego being washed up. He runs the 2 Minute Beach Clean group which encourages people to pick up litter on beaches, and gets in touch with companies whose produce ends up on the shoreline as a result of this kind of accident.

“I know it’s not their fault, it’s the way the ships are stacked,” he says. “But while container spills are all resolved from the insurance point of view, it’s not resolved from the marine point of view.” The 2 Minute Beach Clean group has a Twitter hashtag and an Instagram page, which Dorey says allows litter pickers “to see that their work is adding to the work of others”.

Claire Wallerstein runs the Rame Peninsula Beach Care group, which cleans up beaches in south-east Cornwall. The group has collected more than 1,000 sacks of beach debris since it began its monthly collections in March last year, and one recent intensive clean up led to 576,664 pieces of plastic being recovered from a cove (including 42 pieces of Lego).


Container losses

  • About 120m containers carried on world’s oceans in 2013
  • 2011 survey by World Shipping Council estimated an average of 675 containers lost at sea each year between 2008-10
  • 2014 survey says average annual loss between 2011-13 was approximately 2,683 containers
  • Both surveys took “rare catastrophic losses” into account – losses of more than 50 or more containers in a single incident

Source: World Shipping Council

Lego dragons
Witch's broom
Lego daisy
Black Lego dragon

“The Lego isn’t a one-off thing – it happens all the time. There’s a certain type of cigarette lighter that’s from a container spill more than 20 years ago which is still washing up on Cornish beaches today.

“If you look at the washed-up Lego, it looks perfect, like it’s just come out of the box. Plastic in the sea is not going to just decompose and go away.”

This Nord Lead 3 has been sitting in a corner for a few years now.  It was abandoned by a tech that was down the hall after the client didn’t want to pay to ship it to a Nord service center for repair.  But that was a few years ago!  Now it’s possible to get Nord parts from third parties like Syntaur!  So for 20$ in parts ( a new data encoder ) and an hour of work this Nord is Back To Life!



Divergences & Contradictions of Electronic Music



“My name is Eduardo De La Calle, and I have been making music and DJing for around 15 years, playing in many cities around Europe. About two years ago, I started two labels, including Analog Solutions, a vinyl only electronic music label.

I am now developing a new Project: a documentary on electronic music called BEATZ.  The idea of the documentary came to me while travelling during one of my shows in Berlin. I realized that I had been in electronic music for so many years but I still had unanswered question and lot of preoccupations about the industry I was moving in.

This led me to buy a camera and with the help of a few friends, try to interview as many people as I Could, whenever I could. Camera on hand, I decided to find out more and get some answers from Paris to Berlin, Amsterdam to Barcelona, Tokyo to London and all the way to the island of Ibiza.

There was no money, no budget and I used the opportunity of each of my travels to DJ to meet as many people involved in this industry, behind the scenes finding out about the divergences and contradictions of electronic music nowadays.

My preoccupations and doubts have resulted in more than 150 people being interviewed and compiled in an audiovisual experience.

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CARL COX                                                         PACO OSUNA


With this documentary I intend to give to the public a general overview of electronic music through the interviews of the different actors shaping the scene. From artists, distributors, shops, labels, bookers, and club and festival promoters: all the people who make this industry exist.

I hope to take viewer on a journey about electronic and techno music, from its humble beginnings to its actual state, where it is much accepted and fully part of our society. The documentary intends to tackle questions such as its impact on society, the influence of technology, the image conveyed by the DJs and the industry etc… all of this through the contributions of the people interviewed.

The documentary has been written with the help of Daniel Arasanz, writer, director and producer of “Venid a las cloacas: La historia de la Banda Trapera del Rio” which won two prizes at the Inedit Film Festival in Barcelona. (”