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- My EMS Synthi modifications
- Download T&Z's 1st album (2009) for free
- Fungus Imperator
- Kriminal Hammond Inferno
- T&Z EMS Synthi demos
Soundcloud's mp3 compression is seriously harmful to the tracks, please download the .wav files.
Trap & Zoid is formerly a one-human electronic solo project, using mainly legendary EMS Synthis and some modular synths.
It's based on a simple constrain : one take live recording and no mix nor overdub. The only postprocessing allowed is cut and fade to select and to compile the tracks. This way of working stimulates immediate instant creativity and leads to a music that is trully antipodal to most usual electronic releases.
The sound is very present and spontaneous, not really easy listening.
It's raw, wild, dark, alive... and it's just next to you !
Heady melodies and drones install some hypnotic environments, creating an unique sonic universe, while organic sounds and noises summon unexpected weird entities.
The sound's subtle and powerful sharpness is fully enjoyable in .wav (please download it) on quality speakers.
MP3, in-ear and headphones are not recommended.
"Trap and Zoid – The Puritan.
Constantine was a friend I made on MySpace, an environment once very successful on the internet. Like Ballard’s decaying island, it is now seen as abandoned and a shadow of its former self. The Belgium artist had taken two antique EMS suitcase – synthesizers and produced a series of tracks under the name Trap and Zoid.
They were simple, basic monosynth sounds. Square waves, modulated and filtered. Some soared and others meandered. They spoke of the soundtracks of 1950’s science fiction films; of old Doctor Who adventures and of when using synths in this was seen as radical, mysterious and weird. Moving atmospheres made with cold electronic circuits.
Exactly what I was trying to do, only more basic. Back to the raw source. The heart of my heartless vision. The endless early 80’s experiments with a friends bank of Korg’s, several Wasps and the Odd Yamaha. Stripped of the tyranny of verse/chorus, Trap & Zoid simply celebrated the machines in a way I’m still coming to terms with.
He really captured the essence of what I loved in the early synth musicians, and in Metamatic. Monosynths, capable of only one note at a time, wailing strangely into delay lines and effects units. The cold predictability of the machine, the hum of the engine, the bleep of the indicator of so many gadgets we take for granted now. Square waves, sine waves, saw tooth. Who but a few like me know this vocabulary? Homo hydrogenenesis. The pre third. Ballard had his own language too."
Paul Wady - Model Aircraft Museum
In the booklet accompanying his great album "The Terminal Beach" released on Linear Obsessional, 2012. Download it, is excellent and is free :
Thank you very much for reading so far and for your interest in our sonic escapes.
Let's hope this sound will make you happy, smart, peaceful and open.