Here’s a video of the old Gas studios taken around 1999 or 2000.
The video is quite blurry, so it’s a good way to test your synthesizer naming/ geeking skills. Name all the gear you can in the comments and I’ll send three copies of Gas 0095 on CD+MP3+Flac24 to the three geeks who guess/ identify the most gear correctly. You don’t have to name it all, just one more than the person next to you.
Comfortably untidy, with old Macs and PCs in bits in the background, unpaid bills and three plate fulls of spaghetti. This is most of the gear used for the Gas 0095 album, plus a few new additions, all obsolete and still creating beautiful noises.
John Carpenter, film-maker and electronic musician, predicted the Yamaha Tenori-On back in 1981. In his film, Escape from New York, which was shot in 1981 and set in the bleak future of 1997, he predicted that by 1997 all government agencies would have their own Tenori-on visual sequencer. It still needed a little more work to fit all the electronics into a more manageable hand-held device, but it was mostly there.
He also showed the prototype handheld Tenori-On-Red, but it was scrapped as it had too few lights.
It even came with a vectored flight sim as an easter egg.
We’re very pleased to tell you that there is a 3 page feature and interview with Mat Jarvis talking about the Gas 0095 album in this months Future Music magazine for their Classic Albums series.
Talking to Roy Spencer, Mat goes through the album track by track explaining the stories behind each.
Business is never usual for Gas producer Mat Jarvis. This highly-collectible and experimental electronic album for the now defunct Emit label is proof enough of that. It’s the sound of a man in love with sonics, given free reign to invent a new language in sound. There are no rules.
The interview was transcribed a little strangely, so some of the grammar appears to be a little odd. There are also details of equipment used, working methods, Emit Records, Square Dance Studios, the stories behind the names…
It’s just the sound of robots talking to each other. What are they saying? I don’t know. I just record it.
In future posts we’ll upload some of the material that never made it to the feature, such as quotes from influential artists talking about the album, videos and photographs.