We mostly cover guitarists and guitar-player culture at Musicpsych.com but every now and then something (or someone) gets in touch who is doing something interesting - not with guitars….
The “50 Weapons” label was set up by Berlin electronic music duo Modeselektor to release no-nonsense techno, and Ben Damage is one of their star finds. When it comes to fearless beat-making and stripping sound back to the barest rhythmic essentials, Ben is an absolute master.
He decided to expand on his diet of DJing by putting together a live rig with which he could improvise with sequences and sounds in real time. The arrangement and triggering of sounds is driven by a Sequentix Cirklon sequencer, with a Roland TB-303 and MFB-522 Drum Machine generating the actual sounds, alongside an Akai MPC 1000 for audio samples. His Strymon Timeline joins an Eventide Space Reverb, a Niio Iotine Core 2 analogue filter bank and an FMR compressor for effects processing.
This is a pretty paired back rig when you consider how heavily dance music draws on time based effects. Ben describes the configuration: “The Timeline is on a mono send from the Mackie with stereo returns. I use it along with the Space to give the synths a bigger sound with more stereo and also to bring some movement into the tracks.”