For the past month, I’ve been listening heavily to two albums by Sonoio (pronounced so – no – ee – oo). This is a solo project by Alessandro Cortini, who you may not know, but may have heard before. He played synthesizers with Nine Inch Nails between 2004 and 2008.

There is a commonality between the musical choices of Sonoio and my favorite NIN songs. (Hint: I’m less into the thrashy-screamy, and more into the industrial-melodic.) If you enjoyed Ghosts, and the more melodic sing-along (feel good) Nails tunes, check these out.

There are two Sonoio albums out: Blue (2010) and Red (2011). Both are fantastic. Very synth heavy. And I can remember remarking aloud how, a while back, I stated that I would never like or even APPROVE of vocoded vocals. The world does not need another vocoder. Well, he proved me wrong. This is the most tasteful usage of vocoder in pop music that I have ever encountered. I was wrong. (Imogen “Hide and Seek, you’re #2)…. (of a list of 2).



[The Topspin embedded players don’t seem to translate to Google Reader. Go hear to here the music I was sharing.]

I’ve gathered that the color-theme is Buchla related. And we can expect the next release to be another Buchla color. I think that’s green and orange? (Looking forward to Orange. Sounds juicy.) What.

If you are interested in hearing Cortini talk about his artistic process, experiences, and a bit about his Buchla system, have a listen to this talk he gave at Concordia Univeristy. I was in New Zealand at the time, and so pissed that the Electroacoustics guys brought someone so cool in, so soon after I graduated and left Montreal. Esti.

Can’t afford a Buchla 200e, but you’re curious for a software emulation? (Bearing in mind that the whole point of a hardware synth is to get your hands on, and your mouse put away.) Still, I’m saving my pennies for Aalto, a soft synth – inspired by the Buchla.