8 of the most important modular synthesizers in music history

It’s Modular Synth Day on FACT! We’re marking the first birthday our Make Music section with a celebration modular synths, the artists that patch with them and they music they make. Find it all here. The modular synth has evolved from a gigantic, impractical musical instrument to something that’s regularly seen in the studio and on stage. But how does a modular […]

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Jamie Lidell on his new music production podcast, Hanging Out With Audiophiles

The veteran UK vocalist and producer tells us what to expect from his new podcast about the music-making process. Today (September 18)  sees the release former Warp artist Jamie Lidell’s new EP, Extended Beginnings. It’s the second record to be released on the IDM experimentalist-turned-soul singer’s Jajulin label since he struck out on his own late last year, but this month […]

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The Necessaries' Event Horizon is Arthur Russell's forgotten power-pop album, and it's fucking great

FACT reviews are back! Stay tuned every weekend for our writers’ takes on recent releases deserving dissection, and head to our all-new reviews section to keep track. Arthur Russell is best known for his experiments in folk and minimal avant-garde, but in 1982 he took a more conventional pitstop. Contributing keyboard, cello and vocals to New York quartet The Necessaries, the late musician helped create a power-pop gem that’s been wrongly […]

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Fabio Frizzi scores vinyl edition of a classic H.P. Lovecraft horror story

The legendary horror composer provides music for this proto-Texas Chainsaw Massacre classic. Cadabra Records, a label focused on spoken word releases, has gotten a head-start on Halloween with a new retelling H.P. Lovecraft’s horror story The Picture In The House soundtracked by beloved Italian composer Fabio Frizzi. Predating the influential cosmic horror Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos stories, this 1921 story follows […]

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Stream Zola Jesus's new album Okovi

The singer returns to Sacred Bones with her harrowing and thrilling fifth album. Zola Jesus, aka singer Nika Danilova, releases her new album Okovi tomorrow and you can stream it in full now. Danilova has previously discussed writing and recording Okovi (the Slavic word for “shackles”) in the midst a difficult personal time as she “endured people very close to […]

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How Tara Busch's I Speak Machine used Ennio Morricone to inform a 1980s zombie movie soundtrack

Synth maven Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis have been collaborating with each other as I Speak Machine since 2003. Their latest is Zombies 1985, a film set in 1980s Los Angeles with a vintage synth soundtrack to match. Layne Weiss spoke to Busch and Lewis about the new film and their Morricone-inspired methods collaborating. Tara Busch and Maf Lewis […]

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