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hi all,

iNDEX04 is the fourth DiN compilation album and includes two tracks each from the titles DiN31 - 39. The artists on show are Ian Boddy, Parallel Worlds, Markus Reuter, Erik Wøllo, Bernhard Wöstheinrich, ARC & Mazmoneth.

As with the previous three DiN samplers (iNDEX01 - DiN10, iNDEX02 - DiN20 & iNDEX03 - DiN30), DiN label boss Ian Boddy has mixed and cross-faded the 18 tracks into a continuous ambient mix that not only showcases the albums on the disc but presents an exciting and varied CD in it's own right. It also highlights the varied and intriguing music that the DiN label offers on it's releases from deep analogue synth grooves through vibrantly melodic instrumentals to powerful, epic ambient atmospheres. An intoxicating mix of the old and new beautifully presented in a slimline cardboard wallet with an extra flap which just adds to the value and collectibility of this disc.

more info and details here:

DiN40 - iNDEX04 the fourth DiN label CD sampler is NOW available from the DiN web store (5 GBP).

DiN40 - iNDEX04 is also available for download from the DiN Bandcamp store. (5 GBP)

for the gear heads:

of course many modulars and analogue mono and poly synths have been used in most of the tracks from this compilation:

Doepfer A100, Euro, Metalbox/CGS, Serge, Roland System-100m, System100, Analogue Systems Integrator, Oberheim 4 Voice, OB-MX, Technosaurus Selector, ARP Odyssey, EMS VCS-3, KORG MS-20, Trident, PE-1000, Waldorf Microwave I, plus many more...

DiNDDL12 Strange Attractors by Ian Boddy

"Strange Attractors" is a milestone for the DiN label in that it is the 50th album release (38 physical + 12 digital). As such it is only fitting that it should be by the driving force behind DiN, label boss Ian Boddy.
Recorded live in April 2011 at the Awakenings series of electronic music concerts the album showcases Boddy at the top of his game. Employing almost exclusively analogue sound sources he crafts a seamless blend of electronica spanning 76 minutes of sonic exploration.
The album opens up with "Amongst Dark Clouds" with it's nebulous, spacey atmospheres and wash of glorious, epic chords. Tracks such as "Crossing The Range" and "Return Vector" see Boddy pulling off the feat of live sequencing and keyboard playing, a difficult task in a solo concert environment. As the tracks build you can literally hear Boddy building the pieces brick by brick to a sonic crescendo before tearing the musical structure down again. A fascinating experience that uses his years of experience using analogue modular synthesisers to the full. Other tracks such as "Parabolic Excursions" & the encore piece "Trip The Light Fandango" use studio created trippy sequencer grooves. Over these Boddy plays a range of subtle keyboard parts which feature his analogue "Ondes Martenot" style controller. These soaring lines are built up using a looping device into beautiful ambient beds and phrases. The title track "Strange Attractors" is an all together different affair. Like some proto-sequencer soundscape it's organic pulsations seem to drift in and out of phase. Overlaid with darkly shimmering ring modulated textures it's dark, unsettling atmosphere is punctuated with beautiful mellotron flutes. Building to an intense climax Ligeti like choral intrusions heighten the sense of unease.
One of Boddy's best and most intense concert performance of recent years "Strange Attractors" showcases one of the UK's leading electronic musicians. With almost 150 concerts under his belt such experience really shines through on the complexity and inventiveness of this live show.
More info + track player here:

Video of Strange Attractors Promo photo slideshow:
Strange Attractors

The download album includes extra bonus material:
Full resolution artwork
Concert photographs
Promo text pdf
Strange Attractors Promo photo slideshow movie

btw, only 80 copies of Exit Strategy (DiN37) are left before they are sold out, so, if you like physical cd's, hurry up and order one:

 ;D ;D

Why is this one so limited?  The new Mazmoneth got 1,000 copies.  I would think Exit Strategy would sell more copies.

we thought 600 copies would be ok, but they are selling much faster than we though...

more great reviews of Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds (DiN37) 'Exit Strategy' cd album:

(rating 9 out of 10)

review from sonic curiosity:

review from Connexion Bizarre webmag (9 out of 10) :

info and clips from the album here:

and you can hear the whole album on the Bandcamp website of course...

sounds very interesting!

a new great review of the Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds 'Exit Strategy' (DiN37) album (rating 6 out of 6 !) :

DiNDDL10 Submission 01 Now Available For Free Download From Bandcamp

DiNDDL releases are digital only albums that are being presented alongside the physical CD releases of the parent DiN label. As such DiNDDL is following the path set by it's parent label in that every tenth release will be a sampler compilation album showcasing the previous nine albums. Thus Submission 01 is the first such sampler release and features one track (or in some cases an edit) from each of the first nine DiNDDL titles. Artists featured on this compilation are Ian Boddy, Dub Atomica, Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Markus Reuter, ARC, Zero Ohms and Memory Geist. Six of the tracks are taken from concerts performed by a selection of these artists.

By releasing music on the DiNDDL sub-label it is possible for DiN to continue to present a wider range of electronic music titles that supplement and compliment it's core label physical releases. Submission 01 is free to download in a variety of audio formats (including 320K MP3, FLAC, AAC & ALAC) including full quality artwork up till September 30th 2011.

i participate with my collab (with Steve Law) project, 'Memory Geist' in this compilation. its track 9, and its full of Serge modular.

now on Bandcamp, where you can listen to the WHOLE album before you buy it:

$12.74 is awfully steep for a download album!!!
Is there some reason for it being this high?

do not know about this. i do not set the price...

album now also on Bandcamp (where you can listen to the WHOLE album before you buy it!) :

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 10, 2011, 09:55:47 AM »
Alio Die - Honeysuckle
5000 Spirits - Towards Edentea
Enten Hitti - La Solitudine Del Sole
Alio Die & Aglaia - Vayu Rouah

and more great reviews and more charting of 'Exit Strategy' (DiN37) cd album by Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds ... review(US) :

Pingthings webmag review (Canada) : webmag review (DE) :

Sea Of Tranquility webmag review (US) :

the album made it into the Echos 'best of 2011 so far' chart:

and one more great review from 'Dead Earnest' ( ) webmag (UK) :


Latest collaboration from the UK synth music pioneer Ian Boddy and Greek synth maestro Bakis Sirros, who's previously released two great albums on DiN, Ian's label, gives us an album that's both dark and beautiful, accessible yet complex and highly engaging from start to finish. For those who need to know such things, it's a predominantly analogue affair, but if you're thinking what I think you're thinking, then don't - this is innovative and accessible music of great quality and changes on every listen. It opens with just under five minutes of sinuous synth flowing over a tide of Sirros' darkly hammering rhythms, the effect both claustrophobic and absolutely riveting as the textures rumble, soar and drive along, all highly charged with the all-important sense of emotion and feel that runs through Boddy's music like lifeblood and is the reason why his electronica stands head and shoulders above most. This segues right into the 8 minutes of "Impresario" where, after a slowly rising intro of great electronic depth, the electro-percussive rhythms shudder, wheeze and hammer as this mid-paced river of rhythm underpins the myriad layers of space synths, darkly textured electronics, distant resonant fx and then this almost melodic top layer of string-like, almost middle-eastern sounding synths that changes shape as the rhythms also change shape and the whole picture goes from dark shudder to open-ended gallop, only to come to an abrupt stop as the piece suddenly drops the rhythm altogether and enters this haze of cosmic light, only then for those juddering beats to return, add the melody lines and drive to what you'd think would be the finale but then the musicians take you by surprise and give you a celestial, rhythm-free outflow that's absolutely riveting. The near 7 minute "Soliloquy" could well be what an other-worldly Vangelis would have used throughout the "Bladerunner" film had it been a much darker offering, and the result is something that echoes the beauty of that work yet here retains the element of crunch, of solid structure and almost menacing intent. At just over 7 minutes, "Entwined" is one of those deep, dark, shifting, sliding, flowing worlds of multi-textural blackness that's infused with shafts of light just to let you know that there is hope on the other side of the universe through which you're travelling as the assorted electronic layers give you drift and drive in a rhythm-free environment. As is the case on the whole album, without a break, it's right into the 10 minute title track and from the end strains of the cosmos unfolding, the duo provide a track that chops and changes throughout, from galloping darkly percussive rhythms and undercurrents to top layers that are positively joyful, and all point in between. They manage to mix melody, rhythm, exploration, a river of glissando-like top layers and more, to come up with something that's as unnerving as it is breathtaking, never standing still, always changing its path and, almost no matter how many times you listen to it, completely unpredictable - yet it works, thanks to the passion and feelings that they inject into what, in anyone else's hands, would be an unstructured set of unfinished ideas. The 5 minute "Hidden" is another multi-layered space-synths track but really solid stuff with that all-pervading darkness running through its depths. Finally, there's the near 10 minute "Return" which starts in a kind of richly menacing, orchestrally shimmering space thunder, as assorted sounds and percussives rattle around, ushering in this enormous sounding sea of bass synth texture, flowing oceans of strings and a solid, seriously ethereal, expansive soundscape that rises up then almost disappears as a new set of sounds comes from the distance before the previous landscape returns, only this time more distant, but growing louder by the minute as it ploughs a path of ever strengthening menace. These waves of layers and rhythms enter and return, mixing space and drive, texture and melody, rhythm and cosmos, all in one mighty, flowing finale.

It turns out that much of the music was played by Sirros and "sculpted" by Boddy, who added what I call the "top layers" and the glissando-like textures, so it's a collaboration but, in keeping with what Ian does, something quite extraordinary.

I used to review tons and tons of synth music releases, but they lost their flavour when everything became just an endless sea of recycling Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze - with anything on DiN and anything with Ian Boddy's name attached to it, you can be sure that every release will be something new, an adventure, something exciting - you may not always like every single album, but you'll always appreciate the work of a true pioneer who refuses to conform - even on an album such as this collaboration where he's integral in the sound and construction of a guy like Sirros' template, it hits the spot to perfection.

Info / Clips / Purchase:

There seems to be only parallel worlds in this thread.  ;D

Immediately liked the samples and took delivery recently.  I wasn't disappointed.

What's it like working with Ian?  He seems to produce one brilliant collaboration
after another.

Nice photography by Geigertek aka Neil Fellowes.
thanks.  :D

Memory Geist - 'Benthos' is also available as a 99 copies limited edition handmade digipack art-cdr from Hic Sunt Leones the label of Alio Die:

Memory Geist - 'Benthos' (DiNDDL09)

DiNDDL09| Release date 04/07/11

"Benthos" is the second album by Memory Geist, the collaborative project of Steve Law (of Zen Paradox, Starseed Transmission & Black Cab) and Bakis Sirros (of Parallel Worlds & Interconnected). Their first album "Funereal Cavern" was released in 2007 by the well respected Italian experimental label Musica Maxima Magnetica.

The creation of "Benthos" has been a long process initiated in mid-2007 when Law visited Sirros in his home town of Athens, Greece and the duo recorded some initial material together comprising a variety of soundscapes, sequences, analogue rhythms & organic atmospheres. On his return to Melbourne in Australia, Law sculpted this raw material into a set of 6 tracks which were augmented by further soundscapes, rhythms and arrangement ideas sent across to him by Sirros. The gestation of "Benthos" took 4 years in total and has resulted in the birth of a complex and fascinating ambient electronica album. The pieces range from dark, industrial rhythmic tracks to cosmic style slabs of ambience and showcase the duos use of modular analogue synths alongside computer software manipulation.

info and clips here:

the album will soon also be available as a limited edition (100 copies) digipack CD-R from Alio Die's label Hic Sunt Leones.

(for the gear-heads: this album is full of various modular and analogue synths, including ARP 2600, Doepfer A100 / eurorack, Integrator, Serge modular, Technosaurus Selector, Metalbox/CGS, MS50, System-100m, Trident, etc, etc... )

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 05, 2011, 06:44:11 AM »
db - Analogue (great solo album from Dave Bessell of NODE)

another great review of Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds 'Exit Strategy' album, on Eclyclopedia of Electronic Music (RU) :

also the album makes it into the Echoes US radio show Top-25 for May:

and in the Top-20 of May of Galactic Travels US radio show:

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