WeLcOmE tO LeGoWeLT.OrG ---> Thanks to all the freaks for the supercool party in London it was awesome! I will be back in London 2 march in Fabric with Peggy Gou and more ********* Issue 7 of the Shadow Wolf ASCII Cyberzine is out, check it out below. I got a Yamaha PSS480 during the holidays check out the little blurp, hot pix and sounds below! ******* Also if you didnt check it out yet there is a new SAMPLE PACK, this time with 385 16 bit WAV samples from the Kawai K4 free for you to use in your productions or whatever ******* This week I will travel to the SMEM Swiss synthesizer museum in Fribourg to make their kickstarter reward LP using a selection of their instrument collection and on Friday I will play a live gig at at the MoutinNoir ******** Due to popular demand I will do another performance of my live soundtrack for Werner Herzog's 1979 NOSFERATU this time at the EYE film museum in Amsterdam Friday 15th of February info how to get tickets etc. will be here on monday!!!!!!!! ******* Ok thats it for today laterzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz *********

Synthstuff Casio CK500

 

13 january 2015 – I recently acquired this in a shady deal behind the Rijswijk central station. The Casio CK500 “Electronic Musical Instrument” is a 1980s casio keyboard with a double tapedeck and a SW/FM radio build in and one of the few keyboards with an antenna!

The wet dream of any 80s LO-FI retro dork.

The cool thing is that you can overdub tracks on the double cassette recorder, i.e.: Record blankets of casio woolleyness on a tape, put that tape in the player tapedeck and record yourself playing over the stuff you taped earlier…and record that again too on the recording tapedeck. Etcetera…Imagine the levels of tape disintegration possible!

This overdubbing business is a bit theoretical – the individual tapedecks ‘wow’ and play speeds differ so much from eachother that you might get problems being in tune.

Strangely you can’t play the keyboard when the radio is on. You could, ofcourse, first record it on the tapedeck and then play over it…

The keyboard part is quite basic, 12 preset sounds with a vaguely warm character but at the same time very infantile, plastic YET overall, SINISTER. You can’t change much in the sounds, if nothing at all actually…you can put vibrato, sustain and reverb over it.

There is a drumsection too with some cool analogue-esque rhythm box sounds and accompaniement bass patterns with a variety of preset rhythms.

The cassette recorder is of such worn out quality that you can use it for ultimate crappy tape mastering. Instant smacked out extreme NOISY minimal wave vibes and tons of fun, though the novelty wears of quick.

Here are some demo songs made with this keyboard (and some outboard FX in some tracks such as the, yet unreleased, SMACKOS SPACE EXPANDER reverberation system)

True Beach comber

Electric Piano sounds

Laughing Windows (with Jimi Elektrovolt)

Tradewind evensong (with Jimi Elektrovolt)

Atlantic Seafood Tavern

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