Tuesday 1 December 2009

Jan 2010 UK Nano-Tour

Here are the dates from the January UK Nano-Tour!

Friday 15 Jan 2010 - Manchester, UK (with DMX Krew)
10pm-4am, I'm on @ 2 am. Doors open at 10, close at 12, at 'The Music Box', 65 Oxford Street, central Manchester.
Tickets £10 on the door, £7 online here. More info: http://www.groundzeropresents.co.uk/

Saturday 16 Jan 2010 - Bristol, UK
Micro_Rave, Level 7 - Circuit-Bent Hero Special, 9pm-3am. I'm on around about 12.30 - 1ish.
Boneyard Bar, The Old Firestation, Silver St, Bristol. £6. With residents: Mulch & Brother Wetlands.
More info at: http://microraves.tumblr.com/
The theme of the party is something about defending the earth from banal music using circuit bent instruments, sounds good!

I'm looking for any opportunities in London on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th or Sunday 17th! If you have some ideas then please get in touch @ dj_cylob@durftal.com

(updated 2, 16, 17, 20 Dec)

Monday 16 November 2009

iPod SC & OSCemote Demo

There are a few Open Sound Control controllers available on the iPhone platform now, the way they are usually used is to join the same network as a computer and send messages there to perform (for instance) synthesis tasks. Now that SuperCollider itself is available on the iPhone / iPod Touch, even the synthesis can be achieved on the same machine. Usually it's impossible for the user to run two programs together, but there is a program called Backgrounder, available on Cydia for jailbroken devices, which lets you do this. The video demonstrates OSCemote and SuperCollider running simultaneously: everything you hear is coming from the iPod itself.

The code is pretty crude but it demonstrates the principle of using the OSCemote multi-touch screen and is available here:

Wednesday 11 November 2009

DJ Cylob @ Berlin, 27 Nov 2009

[UPDATE] I'm supposed to be on at 4AM!

A mini-gig in Tacheles, which will be my first and probably last time playing there - I thought it had already been shut down but it's still hanging on, the last little piece of anarchy left in the centre of Berlin.

Freitag 27 November, 2200 Uhr @ Tacheles, Oranienburgerstrasse, Berlin-Mitte.
Cylob (Rephlex, Breakin’, Cylob Industries)
Puzzleweasel (Tigerbeat6, Sublight)
Quip (The Centrifuge)
Vertical67 (Acroplane)
Nexus (The Centrifuge)
Herv (Acroplane)
TCO (The Centrifuge)
Loom (Acroplane)
Atlas Moth (Rock Paper Scissor)
Phlex (Rock Paper Scissor)
missaw (The Centrifuge)

More info: http://www.thecentrifuge.co.uk/

Sunday 8 November 2009

DJ Cylob @ Brussels, Fri 4 Dec 2009

The punishing winter tour schedule has yet another date crammed in, so be sure not to miss out on witnessing my Belgique Freak Technique (this paragraph will end here due to sudden increase in nonsense.)

BOYA Tones

Acid Kirk (live)
Squeaky Lobster (live)
Ucture (live)
BIshop Dust (live)
Al Capile (live)
BOYA sound system

KultuurKaffee (VUB)
Pleinlaan 2, Brussels.

4 décember, start at 22h
Entrance: 7€

More info: http://www.myspace.com/boyaentertainment

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Tiny Music System

You can now get SuperCollider on your iPhone / iPod Touch. I have an iPod and so last week iProdded RedFrik to install it for me, and now a new software project has begun, the Tiny Music System. So far there is just a drum synth / sequencer, demonstrated in this little video I just made.

The CPU load % of real time synthesis on this first generation device (running at 412 mhz) is about 10 times that of my laptop (2 ghz) which is about what you'd expect. It's a sort of miracle that it exists at all, and one I intend to exploit.

[UPDATE] Part 2

Friday 25 September 2009

Banal Picture

I'm not sure when I took this picture, it must have been when I was 9 or 10. The boring subject matter, wonky angle, bleached out and uninvolving colour pallette, lack of focus and balding man somehow make for a weirdly compelling exercise in banality that surely deserves to be rendered in oil paints on a huge canvas.

Friday 11 September 2009

DJ Cylob @ Moscow, Thurs 17 Sep 2009

Moscow gig is back on! If you are in the area then please come, if you have a friend there then tell them about it, because this doesn't happen every day. Less than a week's notice from me, sorry, I had to wait until everything was sorted out for sure before making an announcement.

17 September 2009 "ADD Noise" @ Solyanka club. 23:00 – 06:00
featuring Cylob, Novel23, Salfetky and dj-residents.


Wednesday 19 August 2009

Ambient News CSR 007

Ambient News is a new 14-track album on Cylob Industries that has just come out on Bleep. You can buy it as MP3s or 24-bit WAVs, i.e. the actual master files themselves. The rest of the label back catalogue in this format will shortly follow.


Ambient News on MySpace
Ambient News dot com

Full preview download available here.

Friday 7 August 2009

Saturday 1 August 2009

Catching Up With Pods Fully Cast

(image from Vintage Synth Explorer)

I've been a bit lazy about checking them out, but EDMX's podcast series is now up to number nine, although then again it's not so bad to have an extended session of the ones I haven't heard yet. If you're unaware, they feature tracks being played one after the other with Ed talking inbetween, musing about the history of the music and people he has encountered. It's like Radio 2 only with decent music. Plus there is this ancient page from the site that hasn't been updated in at least 18 months!

[update] Just found out I'm a human sex machine (@ Podcast 8) glad to hear it!

Thursday 23 July 2009

Big Shot

I answered a few Q's for this DJ focussed magazine and here is the result:


(p.s. despite pleas to the contrary, the photo is unattributed, for what it's worth it's by Taavi Tulev and thanks again to him.)

Sunday 19 July 2009

DJ Cylob Berlin 18 July 2009 on MP3

It was a nice little party, the sound was good and I had the video display on the go as well, which was cool. The crowd were rocking which made it a lot of fun to play. My recorder underwent some sort of temporary operational meltdown so there are a few minutes missing early on.


Wednesday 8 July 2009

DJ Cylob @ Berlin, Sat 18 July 2009

OK so I'm playing this little Berlin party in a week and a half. I got the call from friendly Mr. Jackson and couldn't resist his charming invitation. Unfortunately the name of the party isn't so charming (and I thought "Skid Mark" a couple of months ago was bad!) I'm told it's a quote from GG Allin, who was quite good value for money when he was alive, and that it is to test the legendary Berlin sense of humour. Personally I am not down with the use of the second F-word, but I'm an old man so naturally out of step with what the kidz say nowadays. I play at 3AM (based on current info subject to change at no notice.)

"BLUE SPERM" presents

"Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies"

Event curated by JACKSON (Warp)
in partnership with .HBC & TILT!

2 over-floors > all-night-long:
- 1_Wonderfull & Tiny Terrace in Open air
- 1_ Panic Room for angels & demons

Start Time: Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 7:00pm
End Time: Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 11:00am
Location: TERRASSE & JOSEF (@ Club Maria)
Street: Schilling Brücke
City/Town: Berlin, Germany

Upcoming Line-up //

________________________ JACKSON (Warp - De)
PLAPLA PINKY - live - (Fr)____________________
__________ABSTRAXION (Biologic rec - London)
MARCOS DOS SANTOS (Paris rec - Paris)______
______________NIKI (Broken Heart club - Berlin)
EM//E (TILT! - Paris)_________________________
_______________________PETULA (.Hbc - Berlin)

** UPDATE ** And here's the flyer:

Thursday 11 June 2009

Gig Update

*UPDATE 29 June* Portugal gigs are off for the time being, but keep your fingers crossed for the future!

[original post follows]
Moscow got pulled, I've agreed to play Lisbon next month with a possibility in Oporto but I don't have full details yet.

DJ-ing in the usual bleeding edge way!

Fri 12 June: Seattle, WA, USA (details below)
Sat 13 June: Portland, Or, USA (details below)

XXXX (Maybe some future time): Lisbon, Portugal
XXXX (Maybe some future time): Oporto, Portugal

Wednesday 10 June 2009

DJ Cylob @ Seattle, WA 12 June 2009

Bonkers! @ Re-Bar, 1114 Howell Street, Seattle WA 98101
June 12 10PM+
$9 - 13
Cylob / Hecate / Cursed Chimera / Citizen Mori

Friday 5 June 2009


This is what my visuals system looks like these days, it's been tweaked a bit over the course of the last year. Made with SuperCollider as usual. Thanks to Chris Moss Acid for the pics and video!

Sunday 31 May 2009


Thanks to SCImage ... can now make pretty pictures out of my cheap and cheerful spectral analysis.

The "spectral flatness" is expressed in pixel height, going down, so it has the appearance of icicles, I like it.

Thursday 30 April 2009

DJ Cylob in Portland, Sat 13 June 2009

with bot23, Catalog and D-Lyte

@ Groove Suite, 440 NW Glisan, PDX
9PM - Late / $5 / free before 10PM / 21+

Monday 27 April 2009

DJ Cylob - Re:Fest, Belgium Fri 15 May 2009

Location: De QUBUS
Lindestraat 45
9700 Oudenaarde

I'm playing on Friday night at about 2am in the *cough, gag* IDM Room.

DJ Cylob @ Exeter, Fri 22 May 2009

Here's the lowdown on the UK Leg:

ticket outlets: phoenix box office 01392 667080


tickets: £10 in advance subject to booking fee , £12 on the door

Monday 20 April 2009

Index Of Channels

<a href="http://cylobindustries.bandcamp.com/track/index-of-channels">Index Of Channels by Cylob</a>

"This track contains the results of experimenting with home made resynthesis. A short sung phrase has been analysed in 24 bands for pitch, amplitude and "spectral flatness" (a scale which would have at one end a sine wave, and at the other white noise.) This information is used to play oscillators of various kinds. The control data may be transposed, slowed down or speeded up, slewed, skewed, quantised, thresholded or otherwise altered. The track begins with the original recording, followed by several resynthesised results, played live with SuperCollider and containing no additional processing."

Friday 17 April 2009

DJ Cylob @ Berlin Sat 9 May 2009

The party is called "Skid Mark" (!)

Raum 18, Ziegrastr. 11, Sonnenallee S-Bahn

The DJ Cylob Comeback World Tour Summer 2009

Imagine if a hyperbolic turn of phrase was written here, and that it had generated an excited response in your brain and body.

Note to self: don't forget to turn up for these gigs. (You think I'm joking, don't you?)

Sat 9 May: Berlin, Germany
Fri 15 May: Ghent, Belgium
Fri 22 May: Exeter, UK
Fri 12 June: Seattle, USA
Sat 13 June: Portland, USA
Wed 24 June: Moscow, Russia

[UPDATED 20 Apr to include Portland date.]

Wednesday 1 April 2009

FBS Demo 3

<a href="http://cylobindustries.bandcamp.com/track/fbs-demo-3">FBS Demo 3 by Cylob</a>

Monday 30 March 2009

FBS Concept

How "new" Frame Based Synthesis is, I couldn't say for sure, as elements are clearly present in FFT and possibly some forms of speech synthesis, not that I've done enough research to say so with any authority. Anyway, here's what's going on with the sound clips below.

With many synthesis systems, most of the parameters will determine the basic timbre, and then you might have a few elements to play with in order to change that over time, such as an envelope mapped to a Low Pass Filter in a classic Analogue design. My method takes an entire synth patch - which could involve an FM matrix, additive harmonic synthesis, granular sample playback or anything else - and saves it to a slot, or a "frame." Further timbres are created and saved, and then these patch changes are played back over time, creating movement in the sound. So essentially it's quite simple: instead of having to contend with 30 envelopes or something like that, you just design the timbre as it will be at a particular moment in time. For each step, varying degrees of lag can be applied to the parameters, creating smoother transitions if required.

The fun comes when having created a sequence with many steps. Pitch, rhythm and timbre have been rendered together in a kind of playlist, which I call a page. Pages can be recalled at will. They may be instantly loaded, or a smoother interpolation between the current page and a new page may be enacted. This "morphing" between pages can be specified as any number of steps, and given a curve argument, so that changes at the start and end of the transition period are more (or less) subtle that those in the middle.

There is clearly a lot more scope to this technique, not least that now an entire musical sequence along with its timbre is specified in full as simply a series of numbers, many different transformations can be applied for interesting results. Using this method to create melodies would be made easier with the use of a more intuitive interface, rather than the current grid of numbers. Also I'd like to work on making the code itself more efficient, as at the moment, faster transitions suffer from timing problems. As usual, I've made this stuff with SuperCollider.

Frame Based Synthesis

Here are a couple of new demonstration tracks for the concept I've been fiddling with lately. A more in-depth explanation will follow.

<a href="http://cylobindustries.bandcamp.com/track/frame-based-synthesis-demo-1">Frame Based Synthesis Demo 1 by Cylob</a>

<a href="http://cylobindustries.bandcamp.com/track/frame-based-synthesis-demo-2">Frame Based Synthesis Demo 2 by Cylob</a>

Thursday 26 March 2009

England In Late May

Hi, I'm in the process of arranging a gig in Devon on Friday the 22nd of May. If you are a promoter in England who might like to sort something out on the day before or after, please contact me a.s.a.p. Cheers!

Thursday 12 March 2009

Couple O Gigs and maybe more.

Hi, happy new year!
I'll be DJ-ing in Dr. Pong again this coming saturday 14th March, going head to head or back to back or whatever with usual Pong resident Skkatter, and I recently said "yes" to Re:Fest in Ghent, Belgium, where I'll be playing a set on the 15th May. DMX Krew is playing the same festival but I'm not sure if we'll be playing on the same day.
It's also looking on the cards that I'll be making it out to Seattle in the middle of June, with the shadowy possibilities of appearances in Portland and Chicago.