Modular music may be associated with densely-layered, sometimes-indecipherable ambiences, but Jimmy Edgar weaves funk and synthesized electro-dance into songs fed by his Detroit roots. (Jimmy’s now on Hotflush, formerly Warp Records, !K7, Poker Flat) In a studio tour with boutique analog maker KOMA Elektronik, he shows off their FT-201 sequenced filter and gestural control on the recently-introduced Kommander X/Y CV controller. I hope Jimmy’s natural musicianship also comes across; having watched him make some quick connections in the studio, this really is a rack he plays like an instrument, not just a fascinating spaceship control panel for sound design. (Not that that isn’t great fun, too, of course.)

Modular or no, you could use this filter sequence and X/Y control with any musical source. But what a modular Jimmy’s got: it’s not the biggest rack setup ever, but it’s full of some of the nicest recent offerings in Eurorack form.

CDM joins KOMA for a second video, looking closer at how he makes use of the filter, in a vid just launched today. (I know, because I did the final edit while on a visit to KOMA’s office, to share some of the moments I wanted to see with our readers.)

This is also a perfect time to look at some of the Michigan native’s latest musical efforts. Apart from being a producer and dance floor mainstay, Jimmy has made a name for himself in photography and design, too, and his hand is in this music video’s visuals as well as in what you hear. (The video, as a reader notes, is modeled on the opening title sequence from the film Enter the Void.)

[warning: not for people who are disturbed by rapid flashing text, and not ideal for work!]

From the Hotflush release Majenta, released this year.

And, for making filters dance with the wave of a hand, the second installment of the studio visit:

About that KOMA Kommander:

And yes, in case you’re wondering after watching said music video, a filter sequence will definitely make you a sex machine.

http://jimmyedgar.com/
http://www.koma-elektronik.com/

  • scottr

    peter – on the Let Yrself Be Video, you really need a serious warning about possible seizure inducing visuals. i’m not epileptic, but i couldn’t stand it myself after a bit.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Warning added. ;)

  • mercury

    whoa they basically copied this video (3rd time now i’ve seen it copied, i think kanye copied at as well but that’s his business model)!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL0lNGXoP8E — not to mention the movie enter the void (from which this is copied) was scored by thomas bangalter of daft punk so it’s not exactly a secret underground theft either!

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Yep, I added this reference to the post. I am fond of the song itself, though.

    • eke

      thanks for the reference to the movie! It seems indeed deep. TX

  • Robster

    Why is that most of the gear/artists vid’s you see on the net are shot by people who don’t know how to A) get decent sound into a camera or b) get external sound and sync it up and C) actually get a shot in focus…..shocking and real basic stuff.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Getting really good videographers isn’t always easy – and some content is better than none. For us (and I should add, this isn’t our video), I’m definitely interested in improving quality. It just costs money to hire a proper videographer. But I agree on getting the basics right.

  • Andy

    Maschinenmusik.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Nice. Can I use that? ;)

    • Random Chance

      Should you decide to become a naturalized citizen of Germany, you can start using Germany words all you want. ;-)

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Actually, they would really prefer I start doing that as a resident. ;)

    • Andy

      sure