Welcome to legowelt.org floating around in a dusty corner of cyberspace since 1998 ******** Here we go a new Legowelt Sample Pack -> This time from the Japanese 1989 Kawai K4 Synthesizer!!! Check it out below! ************ Upcoming gigs: 21 December Dada Bejing China - 22 December Tokyo Japan - 24 December Seoul Korea - 29 December Berkely Suite Glasgow Scotland - 30 December Rashomon Club Rome Italy ---> More dates TBA! See you there!!! ********* There is a new issue of the SHADOW WOLF CYBERZINE coming up - if you have any content that you want to have published hit me up with it! *************** Ok thats it for today laterzzzzzzzzzzz ************

15 December 2018

Legowelt Asia Tour 2018

Coming weekend I’ll do a little Asia tour – I will be playing in China for the first time ever, in Beijing at DADA on 21st of December. 22nd of December I return to Tokyo to play at the VENT club, chill for a day and then fly out to Seoul Korea to play at FAUST on the 24th of December. If you are in the area come and say hello! 

 


13 December 2018

Legowelt In Groningen

This Friday 14 December I will play a live set at OOST Groningen Holland, see you there!

tickets and info -> http://www.komoost.nl


3 December 2018

Legowelt Kawai K4 Sample Pack

Here we go a new sample pack!  385 16-bit wav samples from Legowelt’s Kawai K4 synthesizer. Artisanally hand programmed by mr.Wolfers himself.

Feed your sampler with some fresh juice -> Load them into your DAW, Fruityloops, Ableton, MPC, Reason, Octamed Tracker, Electribe ESX, Ensoniq ASR, Maschine Octatrack Analog Rhythm, S900, EMAX, Roland TR8S whatever you use!

Kawai is now only known as a Japanese piano manufacturer but they made some classic synthesizers in the 1980s and 1990s. The K4 came out in 1989 and was a cheaper alternative to the likes of the Roland D50 and Korg M1 – that it is a cheaper alternative can definitely be heard in the sound of this instrument, its more lo-fi and grungy then its contemporaries – but this is – definitely – a good thing!

Whats under the hood??? Four oscillators selected from 256 digital waves – are fed into two extremely rough digital filters with a beastly almost uncontrollable self oscillating resonance. 

All the ingredients to stir your imagination into a porridge of granulated spaced out FAT succulent digital bliss are in your hands with this machine. Capable of a broad range of colourful sweet spots from thumping fast envelope Moog-style basses, penetrating 303 style acid to crystal harp-like analog tones to evolving dreamy hazy textures. If any synth would be a stoner this one is guilty as charged. Its a bit like Roland’s L.A synthesis but not as sophisticated deeply programmable and more rougher on the edges.

Digital artefacts like crackles and noise pop up at their convenience. In fact the first batch of Kawai K4s came with a ‘bug’ that made the filter behave in an strange way when the resonance was turned high. If this a good thing or not is for the user to decide, later models had this fixed but they are still pretty squelchy sounding.

Absolutely magnificent is that it has aftertouch which you can assign to a lot of stuff (Filter!!!)

This was probably Kawai’s most popular synth together with the K1 and IMO its their most interesting and cult one. Kawai left the synthesizer market after their 1996 K5000 additive synth series which were on paper (and also in reality) extremely intriguing sophisticated deeply programmable machines but somehow it didn’t have the sparkling fun ‘life energy’ of the K4 and even K1. It didn’t sell well and was the final straw for Kawai before moving out of the synth market all together.

The first 250 patches I programmed on the K4 itself, which was a bit of a daunting task since the upper row of knobs don’t react very good and sometimes they don’t react at all – I was too lazy to open it up and fix this. Fortunately I discovered there was a hardware programmer for the K4 from Stereoping so I ordered that one and made the rest with that.

An extremely fun colourful adventurous synth that covers a broad range of the sonic spectrum anything from hard industrial terror noise to hypnotic new age.

This Kawai K4 was used intensively on the 2017 SMACKOS – A Vampire Goes West album where it was used in almost every track, check out the album here

You can use the samples freely, if you make a big hit with it and make lots of $$$$$$ you can always donate some money to me through my paypal adress -> wolfers@xs4all.nl you will be rewarded with a good conscience and live a happy fulfilled life afterwards – that is if you don’t waste all your hard earned money on whack harddrugs, stupid decadent self indulgent crap like Louis Vutton bags, 30000$ champagne bottles, holidays in Dubai, chiwawa dogs with 20000 euro jackets or dumb sportscars to show off you have a small weiner etc.etc.etc. you will be jinxed with the North Sea overmind curse of  Paimon . This curse is also applicable if you use these samples in larval EDM music.

Merry christmas happy Chanoeka etc.

and remember:
SIDE BY SIDE WE RIDE AGAINST THE HORDES OF EDM

Download the sample pack here (187.4 Megabytezzzz)


Upcoming new Issue of the Shadow Wolf Cyberzine

Later this month the 7th Issue of the Shadow Wolf cyberzine will be released, if you want to participate you got till around 16 december to send in your writings. For the ASCII Art, text format and email to send your article to -> check this infosheet I made for the Shadow Wolf workshop at Worm Rotterdam earlier this year.

 


18 November 2018

Legowelt On Bass Agenda Show

I did another talk radio thing – seems I get asked a lot for those lately because I can go on shoreless rants for hours! This time for the cult electro BASS AGENDA show check it out:

 


17 November 2018

Live Soundtrack on Synths for Werner Herzog’s 1979 Nosferatu

This Saturday 17 November I will score Werner Herzog’s 1979 Nosferatu – Phantom Der Nacht live on synths at the KINO cinema in Rotterdam its almost sold out so get your tickets here!
SOLD OUT

Here is the setup for the live score:

Lots of Yamaha DX -> DX21, DX100 and a Reface DX, Korg Microstation, Waldorf  Pulse 2, Custom Doepfer Mixtur Trautonium/modular system, Boss Shimmer Reverb and lots more


6 November 2018

o u t   n o w

STAR SHEPHERD – CURRENT EXPLORATIONS IN STAR SYNTHESIS

A new album on my Nightwind Records label made with my Star Shepherd synth – available on cassettetape & Digital.

If you thought you heard it all get ready for the Star Shepherd! Legowelt teams up with The Hague’s misfit consortium Baglover and presents 11 songs made with the self built Star Shepherd synthesizer. From sing-a-long existentialist exotica to power-noise ambient to woolly hypnotic saturated melodies – embrace this new dawn in lo-fi counter culture synthesis and wash your virtues away! Check out the infomercial on soundcloud:

Get the tape at clone records also at the IntergalacticFM store (and some others) – Digital version at the Legowelt Bandcamp page – the digital version comes with scans of the cassette inlay booklet, photographs, the original Star Shepherd demos & the infomercial!

Cassette tape comes in ivory colored norelco case with inlay booklet – cassette itself is of a deep ruby translucent complexion

update:
The intergalactic FM store has some fresh stock of Star Shepherd t-shirts in various sizes:


1 November 2018

Legowelt in London & Belfast This Weekend!

This weekend I sail westwards to that ancient Atlantic archipelago again -> Friday I play at PHONOX in London with Willow and Saturday I return to the Insula Nobilis to play BELFAST with DJ Haus at Thompson’s Garage – see you there!!!

Tickets & Info for PHONOX LONDON show here

Info for Belfast show here (FB)


23 October 2018

Legowelt in Bergen Norway

This Saturday I play in Bergen Norway @ the EKKO festival with Hieroglyphic Being, Kaukolampi & lots more!!! Sunday I’ll do an artist talk at 19:00 at the Vestre stage – I’ll bring new tapes LP’s & shirts & sweaters 2 sell – See U There! More info and tickets here