Welcome to legowelt.org - a free haven for all freaks - floating around in a bubble of cyberspace minding its own business since 1998 ***** Back in Holland thank you to all the wonderful creatures at the @sustain_release festival and the @TheBunkerNY New York I had lots of fun!!! ***** Still something very very exciting-> The Swiss Museum and centre for Electronic Instruments in Fribourg - the largest collection of synths, drummachines, fx, organs numbering around 5000 is doing a kickstarter to raise money for a Playroom so everyone can play with the instruments - to support this project I will be doing an exclusive vinyl album recorded there - the only way to get your hands on this album is by participating with the kickstarter it will not be availabe in any shops - still 12 days to go before the kickstarter ends ! ****OUT NOW ---> Legowelt OMNIBUS BABYLON EP on Clone Records - check it out below!!! ********** Also out now ---> a 2xvinyl LP re-issue of my 2015 RISING SUN - OBERHEIM SPACE album on the Australian ambient SOLANDER records label****** The Agenda section has been updated -> Some upcoming gigs -> 21st of September I play in The Hague at the opening of the Todays Art Festival at the Grote Markt in the Volharding building and the 22nd of September I am in Barcelona to play at the NITSA club with DJ TLR -> Later this year I will be doing an Asia tour playing in China, Japan and Korea - more info about that soon! *************** Ok thats it for today laterzzzzzz !!!!!! ********

STAR SHEPHERD SYNTHESIZER

Enter the STAR SHEPHERD a synth I Build/bent/hacked/modified from old guitar pedals FX and EQ boxes, a small AM radio and a 1981 Casio 403 keyboard. The oscillator section is made out of Pitchshifter/Harmonizers/Sub Octavers and a graphic EQ pedal to create complex harmonic tones – transmorphed from the simple keyboard sounds fed by the Casio. The sound then goes through a bunch of circuitbend Analog delays, reverbs, Tremolos & Vibratos (figuring as makeshift LFO sources) and Wahwah pedals as filters. The AM radio is figuring as a random noise source. There is also a very simple keyboard style ‘sequencer’ made from a looper pedal.

The case is made out of cheap plywood and everything is held together with screws, glue and tape. There are also some LED strips pulsating from the inside for some extra intense magic.

It is very noisey, crackley and sometimes starts doing its own thing like some sentient synthesizer being that is alive. This makes it quite an adventerous experience.

Here are some sound samples recorded directly from the synth. With no overdubbing nor external processing:

Dream Drone
Extreme crisp lo-fi breathing ambient pads. The endless array of delays, wah filters and pitchshifters create unknown harmonic content – almost giving it an early 90s rompler 8/12 bit effect.

Satyr Meadow
Just mucking about

First Contact
The radio white noise is filtered through the wahwah pedal circuitry and lots more stuff – creating almost Ridley Scott ALIEN like talking sounds

Twin Otter Through Snowstorm
Sometimes the radio picks up distant voices that sound almost ring modulated due to all the interference of the circuitry inside – here it slowly transforms into the sound of an airplane flying through a snowstorm.

Poldertechno 154 style sweeping pads
Typical 90s style dutch ambient techno sounds (also known as ‘Poldertechno’)

And here is the synth’s logo:

And here is a video of the STAR SHEPHERD in action: