PMB214: Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Goat (Belbury Poly, Ananda Shankar, Pandora Orchestra, Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra, Lenny Dee, Yvette Horner, The Belafonte Singers, Mandingo, Tony Carey, Maxo, DJ Rekha, Señor Coconut, Balsara & His Singing Sitars)

PMB214: Chinese Zodicac - Year of the GoatThursday sees the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Goat. We had thought of doing an all-goat show but there’s a disappointing lack of good goat-based music out there. So instead we take you on a journey around the whole Chinese lunar calendar, with a track for each of its 12 animals, including a bonus goat track for good measure.


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The Music

1. Belbury Poly: Goat Foot from The Belbury Tales Buy on Amazon The Belbury Tales - Belbury Poly
2. Ananda Shankar: Monkey’s Tea Party from Sa-Re-Ga Machan Buy on Amazon
3. Pandora Orchestra: Cock Of The Roost (theme to Stop, Look, Listen) from Girl In A Suitcase (Upgraded) Buy on Amazon
4. Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra: Roobarb from Top Dog (A Retrospective Of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982) Buy on Amazon
5. Lenny Dee: Cincinnati Dancing Pig from In Dee Mand Buy on Amazon
6. Yvette Horner: Rat cha cha from Yvette Horner joue Yvette Horner No. 2 Buy on Amazon Yvette Horner joue Yvette Horner No. 2 (Mono version) - Yvette Horner
7. The Belafonte Singers: The Ox Drivers from Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall Buy on Amazon
8. Mandingo: Tiger In The Night from Mandingo/Sacrifice Buy on Amazon
9. Tony Carey: Rabbits from Explorer And Yellow Power Buy on Amazon Explorer and Yellow Power - Tony Carey
10. Maxo: Dragon Ball / Hokuto no Ken from FAKEBIT 2010 Buy on Amazon
11. DJ Rekha: Snake Charmer (feat. Panjabi MC) from Basement Bhangra Buy on Amazon Basement Bhangra Continuous DJ Mix - DJ Rekha
12. Señor Coconut: White Horse from Around The World Buy on Amazon Around the World - Señor Coconut
13. Balsara & His Singing Sitars: The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music Buy on Amazon

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PMB213: Revenge of the Robots (Kim & Buran, The Aquabats!, 8-Bit Arcade, Meridian Brothers, Logan 5, I Am Robot And Proud, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, The Earthlings, Quinton Sung)

PMB213: Revenge of the RobotsWe have already done a whole show about robots (PMB049 to be precise) but it’s quite hard to keep them down and so we welcome our future overlords back for a second bite at the cherry.

There’s music from behind the Iron Curtain, robot music from Central America, two chiptune tracks about our metal friends, electronic music arranged for human beings and a track from an album which some (ie: DJ Bongoboy) think might almost be mainstream.


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The Music

1. Kim & Buran: Rock’N’Robot from Rock ‘n’ Robot Buy on Amazon
2. The Aquabats!: Robot Theme Song from Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 Buy on Amazon Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 - The Aquabats!
3. 8-Bit Arcade: Escape From the Planet of the Robot Monsters (Main Theme) from Classic Atari Games – Greatest Themes & Sounds Buy on Amazon Classic Atari Games - Greatest Themes & Sounds - 8-Bit Arcade
4. Meridian Brothers: Salvadora Robot from Salvadora Robot Buy on Amazon Salvadora Robot - Meridian Brothers
5. Logan 5: The Giant Robot from Bedroom Cassette Masters 1980-89 Volume Five Buy
6. I Am Robot And Proud: Circles (Band Version) from People Music Buy
7. Tonto’s Expanding Head Band: Cybernaut from Zero Time Buy on Amazon Zero Time - Tonto's Expanding Head Band
8. The Earthlings: March of the Robots from Who is Doctor Who? Buy on Amazon
9. Quinton Sung: Paranoid Android from OK Computer (8-bit) Buy

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NAMM 2015 Highlights

This year’s Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) finished just over a week ago and there were so many great new/old products being launched that it’s taken us a while to catch up.

Of most interest to retro-futurists like ourselves, there’s been a whole series of reissues of classic synths following Korg’s reissue of the MS20 last year.

Korg remain at the forefront of this activity with a reissue of another classic, the Arp Odyssey, with help from the designer of the original:

Tom Oberheim is bringing back his 1975 Two Voice as the Two Voice Pro:

and Dave Smith (inventor of the first programmable poly-synth, the Prophet 5, and also the co-inventor of MIDI) has been given back the Sequential name by Yamaha and has used the occasion to launch a follow-up to the Prophet 5, the Prophet 6:

Not to be out-done, Moog have done the unthinkable and relaunched three of their enormous modulars, the System 15, 35 and 55 – and here’s none other than Suzanne Ciani taking a ’55 for a run:

Hardware sequencers also seem to enjoying a renaissance, including two particularly extraordinary specimens: firstly the KOMA Elektronik Komplex Sequencer:

Don Buchla, pioneer of the more abstract “West Coast” approach to synth design is still going strong and this year introduced his own eye-boggling rotary sequencer:

(in case you’re wondering, no we don’t actually get to hear it in that video but it certainly looks pretty)

One of the most exciting announcements was at the all-too-rarely explored “affordable” end of the spectrum in the form of three new calculator-style music machines, namely Teenage Engineering’s new Pocket Operator series:

Roger Linn (the other co-inventor of MIDI) has come up with a whole new way to interact with your instrument using a new interface, the, er, “LinnStrument” (we particularly like the very weedy sound Roger uses to demonstrate his new invention):

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