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Tone Science is a DiN sub-label featuring artists working in the field of modular synthesis. Tone Science Module No.1 Structure And Forces is the first in a series of releases featuring artists and musicians working in this ever fascinating and varied musical field.
Boddy has curated both the artists and tracks on Tone Science Module No.1 to flow in a musical way.
DiN was initially set up in 1999 by well known UK synthesist Ian Boddy to bridge the gap between the analogue music of his heritage and the emerging digital possibilities of the future. This label has always forged it’s own independent path and to date has released 54 physical CD albums as well as 19 download only releases.
In 2016, Boddy released his most experimental album Tone Science (DiN48). This album comprised five long, slowly evolving self playing compositions realised entirely on his vast arsenal of modular synthesisers.
Inspired by his Tone Science release, Boddy has set up a sub-label to feature artists and performers working in the field of modular synthesis. The first release - Module No.1 Structure and Forces - is a compilation album featuring nine artists from different musical backgrounds with the common thread being that all the tracks were composed entirely with a modular synth system.
The album opens and closes with the ambient soundscapes of two tracks by DivKid and Matthew Shaw who run the well respected Modular Podcast. Boddy himself follows the opening track with an extension to his original Tone Science album with another aleatoric self playing composition in Tone 6. Paul Lawler and Nigel Mullaney are both heavily involved in library music and soundtrack composition and their two multi-layered compositions showcase the cinematic possibilities of the modular synth world. The remaining four tracks are more rhythmic in nature with the beautiful ambient washes of If Wishes Came True by Scanner leading into the hypnotic ostinato patterns of Ghatam by Richard Scott. French Buchla wizard Lyonel Bauchet ramps up the intensity with an elegantly constructed pulsing track before Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle) ends the rhythmic proceedings with the grimy, dubby bass powered Frieze Relief.
1. Natural Minor Sines - DivKid
2. Tone 6 - Ian Boddy
3. Virus - Paul Lawler
4. If Wishes Came True - Scanner
5. Ghatam - Richard Scott
6. Un coq a Esculape - Lyonel Baucher
7. Frieze Relief - Chris Carter
8. Spherfear - Nigel Mullaney
9. Harmonograph - Matthew Shaw