In the last couple of years there's been a big jump in the amount of synth in my musical diet. The "retrosynth" genre, fuelled by the re-release of soundtracks from the 1970s and 1980s by John Carpenter, Goblin and company, as well as modern practitioners such as Umberto and Crypt Vapours have boosted the profile of all things blip and Moogy. There are plenty of synth-fanciers in Ottawa, with House of Targ hosting the first "Switched On Synths" night last Thursday, with sets from RAAS, Goldeneyes and Nick Doyle. Goldeneyes kicked things off. I can't say much more about him, though I have my suspicions his stage-name is inspired by the classic N64 James Bond game.
On to Nick Doyle, whose performance was certainly fun to look at as he manipulated a bunch of modular synths all wired together.
It sounded good, too.
RAAS (a.k.a. Michael and Kerry) concluded things with some audio-visual noise-making.
There was also some guitarwork near the end.
Things are off to a good start, I'd say.