Friday, October 23, 2015

MuzikElektronic: Mysterymen Gear

The MysteryMen are Mark Hand and Jez Nichol from Hartlepool, Britain

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Mysterymen were born in 2001 out of the industrial North East of England, and set up their studio on the banks of the river Tyne. Soon being hailed as the new techno-opera-futurists, they are well versed in producing accomplished and unusual electro. Mysterymen have transcended from a twisted personal setting. Comprising the industrial landscape but giving way to the romance lying there in-between, it leaves pretty much of the debut out of the field of comparable producers. To no surprise the tracks inhale the congeniality of analogue synthesizers, drum machines and vocoders, all synchronised by a trusty Atari computer.
Their debut album ‘Everything but an Answer’ on Disko B, features a compact diversity of tracks such as ‘Fast Bitches’, with its trashy noise beats and ominous Atari vocals, to the warm melodic beauty of ‘Sleepy Elvis’. In most of the cases of the instrumental compositions they take up the fight with death disco, but are way ahead of big-city-packed aimlessness, enjoying the advantages of post-twenism. ‘Ploink’ takes you out for an escape-flight into almost fairy-tale coloured green leaving you awaking on top of a carbon-black hill with the broken beats of a vapour trail writing: `Is it real?` Mysterymen won’t leave you without a helping hand and offer warmth in brutality. They show you both sides: the imaginative, but into the face-truth, the escapism and the dirt. But hey, that’s how it is up in the industrial North.
Amazon Editorial Review: Mystery Men - Everything but an Answer

Warm Yet Brutal Sound

Dynamic Label

Mysterymen are on the Disko B music label:

Disko B Music Label

Munich-based electronic music label "Disko Bombs" was founded in 1991 by Peter Wacha aka Upstart as a "dance-department" of his independent label Sub-Up-Records. After the fifth release the label was renamed to "Disko B

It was founded by Peter Wacha:

Peter Wacha

Peter Wacha, born in 1962, named after its first punk fanzine Upstart 1979th
In 1982, together with Upstart Peter Blaha the Punk / New Wave record store Optimally, still the most important musical input for Munich. 1985 Foundation of Sub Up Records in 1991 followed by the Electronic-dance label Disko B, later with DJ Hell International DJ Gigolo Records and together with Alex Murray-Leslie, Melissa Logan and Jürgen Söder Chicks On Speed ​​Records. From `91 organized Upstart with friends in the Culture Station the first Ultraworld -Parties, from which the famous techno club ultrasonic emerged. However, his first musical influence and also limitless opening of the fantastic horizon of experienced grassroots Munich visionary and DJ by punk, new wave and industrial, including concerts in the Old Post Office in Ampermoching.
In 2005, he opened with a new team, the Red Sun in Munich.

Peter was part of the Upstart fanzine and music store in Munich:

Upstart Music Store

1982 by Peter Blaha and Peter Wacha (aka Upstart) as part of the DIY (Do It Yourself) / punk / anarcho movement, both had just come of age, and with a capital base of just 7000 Märkern and good contacts in itself nascent network of independent labels distributors established. In network with young stores like RipOff (Hamburg), Censor (Berlin), Normal (Bonn) and Rough Trade (London) created a new sales structure that allowed the Now as mushrooming out of the ground new "indie labels' sales figures reach, from which you previously did not dare to dream that until now were only the major labels possible, which thus lost its monopoly position.

Right time, Right Place: So you began in 1982 in the first optimum in the Hans-Sachs-Str. 13 the latest Indedpendent productions, especially in the fields of punk, new wave, reggae and world music. Soon you sold the first tape recordings of Afrika Bambaataa, direct imports from USA and England. The first singles of the Toten Hosen or Nirvana went here just over the bar as the first issue of Spex or FrontPage. In 1985 the company moved into the Jahnstrasse because the clientele and the volume level displeased residents. There, the team was soon by Christos Davidopoulos amplified and Rainer Hoinka, both music freaks with academic diploma. It was followed by two parades, and finally, the outsourcing of exploding HipHop department in the courtyard of the Colosseum. Today the store with more than 200 square meters of retail space is one of the largest Independent Record Stores in the world, more than 10 employees and freelancers provide expert information and so many tip has opened many customers completely new (sound) worlds.

The influence of Optimals on Munich's music and club culture is very large, and no music Interessierter get away from this store. It is a meeting place and information center of Munich bands, promoters, DJs, club and pub operators and of course for anyone interested in music a never-ending source of new, unusual and rare recordings.

Many of the employees are very active in the Munich music scene worked, Christos Davidopoulos is one of the most specialized music professionals in this city, set for Trikont a music historically significant Rembetiko compilation together, Lester Jones published several techno compilations, Richie operates the highly respected Pasta label and last but not least enterprising Upstart was and is in charge of numerous concert events, represent the label Disko B, Sub-Up Records, Chicksonspeedrecords and partakers of ultrasound Electronic Music Clubs, who brought the elite of techno and electronic producers in the city.

Vintage Synths

Korg Mono/Poly - Circa 1981-84

Quick Take: ElectroMusic favorite known for its polyphonic (actually paraphonic not polyphonic) sound due to its four Voltage Control Oscillators.

Korg Poly800 II - Circa 1986

Quick Take: Known for its moody, atmospheric sounds. One of the first truly affordable polyphonic, programmable synths with MIDI.

Moog Prodigy - Circa 1979-84

Quick Take: Widely used as a bass synth in electronic and techno music.

Jen Electronics SX-1000 Synthetone - Circa 1978-82

Quick Take: Italian Screamer used for lead parts not bass parts.

Fender Rhodes 88 - Circa 1970's

Quick Take: From the inventor of the electric piano, Harold Rhodes, gleaming concert hall quality sound used by some of the biggest acts of the day. Hammer weighted keys that struck and amplified tone bar allowed for touch sensitive control.

Drum Machines

Roland TR808 Rhythm Composer - Circa 1980

Quick Take: Iconic drum machine known for the artificial sounds of its low frequency bass, crisp snare and spacey cowbell.

Roland TR707 - Circa 1984

Quick Take: Poor man's TR909. Underrated. Has many of the advanced features of the 909 like the matrix display.

Roland TR606 Drumatix - Circa 1981-84

Quick Take: Drum machine sidekick to the Roland TR303 Bass Line. Primitive yet packing a punch. Analogue synthesized sound instead of samples.

Roland TR727 Rhythm Composer

Quick Take: Latin version of the TR707. Also great for tribal and Indian beats.

Electro Harmonix Super Space Drum - Circa 1978

Quick Take: Simple gadget with some neat sounds. Not programmable so you will probably want to use with a sequencer.


Akai MPC2000XL - Circa 1999

Quick Take: Professional grade sampler and sequencer. Used by numerous hip hop and trip hop artists as the centerpiece of their production studios.

Akai CD3000XL Circa 1993

Quick Take: World's first CD-ROM sampler. Some of the worlds best 16 bit synth like samplers.

This is a clip of the similar S3000XL model


Atari 1040S - Circa 1985T

Quick Take: One of the first MIDI capable computers making it a good choice for vintage electronic music enthusiasts for use as a sequencer and controller. In fact popular music software such as Cubase and Logic Pro originated on the Atari ST. Due to its low cost, good memory for its day, MIDI ports and music programs developed for it, the ATARI ST was one of the most popular computers for professional and amateur musicians during the 80's.

Here is a video of an Atari ST running Cubase:

Alesis ADAT

Tascam DA-20

Revox A77 - Circa 1972

Quick Take: The Panzer of reel to reel recorders. High performance, hand built and reliable.

Mixing Console

Yamaha RM800 - Circa 1995


Makie HR824


Electrix Warp Factory (Vocoder)

Electrix Filter Factory (Analog Filter)

Lexicon MPX100 (Reverb and Effects)

Lexicon Rephlex (Reverb and Effects) - Circa 1995

Yamaha EMP100 (Reverb and Effects)

Vesta Delay

Boss DM-300 (Delay Machine, Echo, Chorus)

Zoom Delay 1201 - Circa 1997

TLAudio C1201 (Valve Compressor)

BOSS PS-2 (Pedal Pitch Shifter/Delay) Circa1987-94


Roland System 100 Sequencer - Circa 1975-79


Kenton Pro Solo

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