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synchronize or die

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Emancipators
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Emancipators I bought Frozen Radios and Nodular on disc back in the day when first released. Loved the analogue 'dirty' bass sequences that few can master. This delivers again. Rhythmic but dark. Hanging Gardens is a masterpiece. Favorite track: hanging gardens.
lint_filter
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lint_filter ....because of its unique atmosphere... Favorite track: synchronize or die.
noanpach
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noanpach fantastics sequencers.
Beautiful dark ambient...
To be continue.. Favorite track: 2600.
qwave
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qwave This is the perfect example, why hardware synths can't be substituted by software. You might get sometimes the very same sound. But you would use it different. You would be lost controlling all and every detail on the screen, while in the hardware world you just move a knob slightly. And when you own a good analog vintage synth, you learn how to use it in every detail. This is not boring EM. This is a handmade Berlin School album full of vintage sounds. But not sounding boring for a second. Favorite track: 2600.
Richard Hodgkins
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Richard Hodgkins Listen to hanging gardens and turn up the bass! Wonderful track :) Favorite track: hanging gardens.
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    this is the official cd album, limited to 222 hand-numbered copies. factory-pressed, comes with four-page booklet and, of course, with stunning music on it.

    grab one while you can, gone is gone.

    Includes unlimited streaming of synchronize or die via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    i am happy to have some copies of the double vinyl set, released in collaboration with adansonia records on 19th february 2018. they are numbered (will be sent out randomly as i had no influence on which lot i would receive) and limited to 250 copies.

    for the time being, i am offering the marbled orange edition through my bandcamp store -- at first sight, the album appears to be black but when shining a light through the vinyl, it shows some lovely cloudy marbled structure. beautiful.

    and it sounds terrific imho.

    apologies for the excessively steep shipping costs -- DHL, in their infinite wisdom, have massively increased shipping rates earlier this year which makes sending around 12" vinyl as a large letter impossible. them bastards!

    Includes unlimited streaming of synchronize or die via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • rather than buying items separately, you can have cd and vinyl as a neat package of stunning music and stunning looks (if you haven't got the cd yet, that is).

    apologies for the excessively steep shipping costs -- DHL, in their infinite wisdom, have massively increased shipping rates earlier this year which makes sending around 12" vinyl as a large letter impossible. them bastards!

    Includes unlimited streaming of synchronize or die via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 1 
    Purchasable with gift card

      €40 EUR or more 

     

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torque 11:09
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godzilla 18:00

about

after five years of silence, i am delighted to present ['ramp]'s tenth release to you: synchronize or die. in order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ramp's first-ever live concert in 1997 and celebrate twenty years of unsolicited noise, the album will be released officially on 29th august 2017.

those past twenty years were busy not only in terms of musical adventures: artistically and personally, some more or less desired changes took place, and here and there some obstacles and new challenges had to be dealt with – not only on a musical level.

this was the very reason why i decided to pull all plugs after the 2012 concert performance at bochum planetarium and the subsequent album release astral disaster: i simply realized i was running out of stamina and steam as the past ten years had taken their toll on me. rather than carrying on, releasing half-baked albums just for the sake of it, i decided to have a sabbatical for an indefinite period of time, to recover from the strain and to focus on new musical visions.

synchronize or die is the result of this sabbatical. i decided to elaborate on the technique i had discovered for creating complex sequencer tracks and multi-layered rhythmical patterns, without employing computers running audio software: making use of some old-fashioned synchronizers from the 1980s, i recorded multiple layers of sequences onto a digital eight-track recorder, using a clicktrack to tie in additional sequencers while overdubbing or mixing down to stereo. this is the reason why the trusty old friendchip src units adorn the album sleeve.

most of the tracks were created on my own in the seclusion of my dachgeschoss recording space, with one notable exception: torque was created in collaboration with fellow synthesiser enthusiast axel jungkunst who helped me out with his massive modular synthesiser rig and additional sequencer backings which resulted in one of ['ramp]'s most accessible titles of all time – whatever that means.

orders for physical cds will be shipped after 11th september 2017. thanks for taking this into account when ordering.

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released August 29, 2017

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['ramp] Germany

Originally founded in the spring of 1996. The name refers to the Dutch word "de ramp" which means "disaster" or "catastrophe".

Between 1997 and 2003, ['ramp] released a string of albums and played a couple of concerts in the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany before Parsick went entirely solo in 2009.

Stephen's slot at Bandcamp: stephenparsick.bandcamp.com.

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