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John Foxx & The Maths
The Bunker Tapes (Live at York Cold War Bunker)
Release Date: 05/08/2016creditsJohn Foxx – Korg synthesizer, vocals, vocoder
Benge – computer programming, Buchla Music Easel
Recording and live sound by Ben Eyes
Mixed and designed by Benge at Memetune Studios
Management: Steve Malins at Random
(c) + (p) 2016 Memetune Recordings
All rights reserved
*Download available as WAV & MP3*
Are You Listening To Me?
Benge: “Every so often something comes along that is so awesome that it’s scope defies the limitations of a simple blog post, but here goes anyway. I have just produced and co written a track called Talk (Are You Listening To Me?) that is a collaboration between John Foxx, Me (i.e. The Maths) and Gary Numan. Let me repeat that: I have just produced a track that is a collaboration between John Foxx & The Maths and Gary Numan!
Whats more, I’m not sure GN has been on a track featuring so many vintage synths since he recorded Cars! (well, maybe a bit later than that, but you get the point). I do know that he is a big fan of Foxxy, and is on record as saying John was a huge influence on his early synth-based work. So I guess it makes sense that he would want to get involved in this collaboration, which is essentially a reworking of our original track Talk from our Shape Of Things album. So I sent Gary the individual tracks from Talk, and he added a brand new vocal part and some synth drones and then I added some more synth parts and mixed it all at Memetune Central. It will be coming out in a little while on a new album of JF collaborations including some new JF&TM tracks on Metamatic Records.”
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Here’s a new remix of ‘Blood Diamonds’ by Simple Minds. Available as a digital download on iTunes, Beatport, Amazon . . .
Stylish new ‘Tokyo noir’ video filmed by Japanese movie director Macoto Tezka.
Taken from the album, Evidence.
Available from the Official John Foxx Store.
Darker video filmed by Japanese director Macoto Tezka in Tokyo, 2013.
Taken from the album, The Shape Of Things.
Available from the Official John Foxx Store.
John Foxx & The Maths recently remixed a collaboration between Items & Things label boss Marc Houle and Grenoble born techno/electro legend Miss Kittin. According to Kittin: “When Marc told me John Foxx would do a remix, I couldn’t believe it, like back to the roots. It’s exciting to hear a new wave legend can bring his punk touch to a minimal modern track, when our passion for analog synth and irony merges together!”
The 6 track EP “Where is Kittin?” iS available HERE
John Foxx And The Maths’ Rhapsody album is now on sale through the Official John Foxx Store. Featuring 10 tracks recorded live at MemeTune studios at the end of 2011, the band line-up is John Foxx (Vocals/Keyboards), Benge (Percussion/Keyboards), Hannah Peel (Keyboards, Violin) and Serafina Steer (Keyboards, Bass).
01. The Good Shadow (Instrumental)
03. He’s A Liquid
04. The Running Man
05. The Shadow Of His Former Self
06. Hiroshima Mon Amour
08. Burning Car
10. Just For A Moment
The limited edition Exponentialism EP is also now available and includes 4 tracks recorded by I Speak Machine and Gazelle Twin. These beautifully executed cover versions strongly relate to their own work as well as exploring John Foxx’s themes and ideas.
01. My Sex (I Speak Machine)
02. I Want To Be A Machine (I Speak Machine)
03. Never Let Me Go (Gazelle Twin)
04. He’s A Liquid (Gazelle Twin)
Rhapsody and Exponentialsm are available as individual items or as a discounted multi-buy HERE
The new re-issue is available HERE
‘A brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music’ – Brian Eno
20 tracks made on 20 synthesisers spanning 20 years, accompanied by 60 page colour book with a foreword by Robin “Scanner” Rimbaud, Twenty Systems is Benge’s acclaimed concept album, first released in 2008.
His tenth solo album, this ambitious project combines an audio CD of new music with a hardbound full colour book containing photos and diagrams of the electronic instruments used, along with a detailed history documenting the development of synthesisers between 1968 and 1988. Each track is the pure sound of an individual instrument, with no additional processing, sequencing or effects applied to any of the recordings. If a system was equipped with an in-built sequencer, it was used, and there are several examples of sound-on-sound processes, where a track is made up of multiple layers of the same synthesiser recorded in parallel. To put it simply, Benge lets the instruments speak for themselves and influence the way each piece is composed.
‘Indicates what a deliriously desirable thing the synthesis of sound has historically been’ – The Wire
‘Absolutely cast iron irrefutable proof that synthesisers are better than guitars’ – Vice Magazine