Back in 2008 we came up with the idea of creating an album that would recreate the unique audio soundscape that is generated by analogue synthesisers while bringing back the nostalgia that we heard through instruments from the 70's and 80's. The plan was simple: collect together and record only from analogue electronic instruments, coupled with the live composing restrictions that ageing technology brings to the table (detuning issues, bad chips, broken keyboards, no MIDI etc) while a call was made for other Cosmonaut fans and collectors of retro gear to guest on the album showcasing their own distinctive gadgets. This COSMONAUT music release also commemorates and coincides with the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin - the first human to journey into outer space, after his spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Although the original music was composed in the 90's and had been sitting in hypersleep since then, the actual recording started in September 2013. After 6 months graft the final product is a very organic and improvised sound; everything was designed live and nearly all of the sounds you hear were not saved (and some old synths don't have that ability!) as a more raw experience was deliberate.
Our featured COSMONAUT space travellers include:
Mirai (Retro Synths, Drums & Music), Ms. Hypnotique (Moog Etherwave Pro THEREMIN), Morley Robertson (SERGE Modular Music System), Christopher J Wray (PROPHET 600) & James Munro (Elka SYNTHEX & Roland Vocoder VP330).
Elka Synthex, Serge Modular Music System, Theremin (Moog Etherwave Pro), Roland VP330 Vocoder, Juno 106, JX3P, 808, 909, Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, Six-Trak, Yamaha CS5, CS30, Voice Spectra Vocoder, Doepfer MS404, Simmons Drum SDSV, Bias BS-2 Percussion, Boss DR110 Drum, Small Stone Phasor, Korg Minipops 7 Drum, Linn Drum LM2.