Yep, this is about to get as awesome as you think it is. Time for some Belgian bots banging beats.

Disappointed our electronic music present didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to when it was still the future? Sad you didn’t get shiny, knob-laden synths, robot masks, blindingly-colorful lens flares, funky-crisp electro jams, and beloved music distributed on cassette?

Well, you could sit around getting all wistful, or you could simply make that future happen.

Belgian synth collective Chrome Brulée chose action over nostalgia, constructing the universe seen in glossy Roland and Sequential ads from Keyboard Magazine, circa 1983. And the music video they’ve produced is just the teaser: stay tuned for music on, of course, cassette tape.

We’re treated to no small quantity of vintage pr0n – all looking, sorry, better and strangely more futuristic than most of the gear available on the market today. Maybe, in the hands of the right musicians, its time has simply come. Watch:

The whole thing is, of course, quite silly. It’s almost as though people are making music in order to enjoy themselves and have a good time. (Dangerous.) Micha Volders writes CDM:

I’m teaching Electronic Music together with Arne Van Petegem (styrofoam) here @ PHL Music University.

I recently started a synth collective called Chrome Brulée, with some graduated students as well as fellow musicians from Belgium. It’s a very oldskool/authentic project, without computers and a lot of interfacing with drum machines/cv/gate/clocks etc… and live playing of course…We’re releasing a Chrome Cassette Tape soon.

It’s a wonderful collective of artists: Robert Magnet, Ricky Sunset, Tony Johnson, Michael Shredlove, Alex Mayhem, Kid Supreme, and Club Cannibal. (Not to be confused with Kid Sundance from yesterday, but they’re in Holland, these kids are in Belgium … maybe we should all get together for chocolate and synthesizers. Mood elevator, that is.)

There’s also this great manifesto:

In a world where music has become irrelevant, in a time where quantity comes over quality…a new force rises from within…armed with magic machines of ancient times…driven by pure passion and devotion…..fueled by the craft and skills of their forefathers….they will fight to make music free again…they will rage until the spirits of old will have their revenge….they go by the name….Chrome Brulée

We’ll be watching for the tape to drop.

Give them some love on Facebook, because, well, you couldn’t have done that in the 80s:

  • Bob Bell

    Without doubt the best thing I’ve ever seen and heard on CDM. I absolutely love those sounds and that video was as hilarious as it was gorgeous. ACE!

    • Nan Creationss

      I agree that it was hilarious and gorgeous, though IMHO, can’t possibly be close to the best seen or heard in this blog. My advice, go through the archives. This is a wonderful little place in cyberspace. 😉

    • Bob Bell

      Yeah but that’s just it, that’s your opinion. In mine it’s exactly what I say. I grew up in the 80’s and had no idea where these sounds were coming from and didn’t even care, hell even notice them but over the years I hear stuff that takes me back, Com Truise does it to me too. I don’t remember where I was but they’re familiar sounds that I feel and they’re awesome sounds to boot regardless. The video too, it’s again something I instantly connected with from stuff I used to see as a kid, that guy reading the book at the start I was reminded of Terrahawks, remember that?! The emotionless masks, all of it man! Oh and yeah, I have seen some amazing stuff on here before now and outside of this I’m a fan of some of the most glitchy futuristic sounding electronics going but idk, just really resonates somewhere within Y’know?

  • Brian Stevens

    Well Bob, run over quick to Wire to the Ear, his blog is chock full of this kind of thing. He seems to be spending all of his hard earned money on tons of hardwear.

    • Bob Bell

      Cool! Cheers Brian :)

  • Blipsford Baubie

    Awe heck yeah! I’m so glad i went through the archives to see what i have missed. And i share the same sentiment as Bob Bell. I’m 37 and i too didn’t care about hearing these sounds growing up. But lately i appreciate it much more and i LOVE the humor.