Electronic Elegance

This month’s guest is Sascha Ring. He first released an album as Apparat back in 2001, on Shitkatapult, a label he runs with Marco Haas.

Since Multifunktionsebene he has created Duplex (2003), Walls (2007, The Devil's Walk (2010), and now LP5. This album is Apparat’s first release since 2013’s Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) – a music adaption based on a score for a theatrical production of War and Peace.Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre). –  and follows two studio albums by Moderat, the trio he founded with Modeselektor.

From ethereal techno to deep orchestral pop ballads, Apparat‘s music is the epitome of electronic elegance. This album saw him embrace a more holistic approach to production.

“It’s called LP5 because I didn’t wanna make up a bullshit title and a story to go with it. It is about music and only that. And about trying to find that joy in making music again. That moment when things just seem to happen magically on it’s own and all you do is trying to not get in the way. LP5 is the result of many little ideas, bits & pieces and lots of recording sessions. It has moments of early Apparat nerdyness, hints of Moderat, some film score and, as usual, a lot of trial and error.”


Burial - Night Bus

Arovane - Aussen Vor

Appleblim - Fountains Of Paradise

Blursome - Time

Axel Boman - Barcelona

Skeemask - Reduct Live

Kev Sheridan - Samhain

Moritz Von Oswald - Sounding Line 3

Burnt Friedman - Skies Okay Blue

Overmono - O-Coast

Carl Craig - The Melody (Ishmael Ensemble

Rolando Simmons - Wanderer

Retape - Coir

E-Unity - Morty

Alex Tannhauser - Dxmountains

Polygon Window - Untitled

Monic - Deep Summer

Synth of the Month:
Yamaha CS-80

The Yamaha CS-80 is a polyphonic analog synthesizer released in 1976.

It supports true 8-voice polyphony, with two independent synthesizer

It has exceptionally complete performer expression features, such as a layered keyboard that was both velocity-sensitive and pressure-sensitive but unlike most modern keyboards the aftertouch could be applied to individual voices rather than in common, and a ribbon controller allowing for polyphonic pitch-bends and glissandos. This can be heard on the Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis, in which CS-80 is featured prominently, as well as the composer's soundtrack for the film Chariots of Fire

Production of the instrument ceased in 1980. Vying with the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, and Oberheim OB-X polysynths, the CS-80 is regularly described as the pre-eminent polyphonic analog synthesizer, and commands amongst the highest prices of any polyphonic synthesizer.