TN:62 Bicep

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By In The Woods

TN:62 Bicep

Monday, 15 February

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In quite possibly one of the most synth-heavy episodes ever, John catches up with Matt and Andy of Bicep to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ‘Isles’.

Unravelling the mystery of how they do what they do, Matt and Andy talk us through the countless demos and subsequent iterations, exploring the abundance of sounds and samples sent to them from collaborators and how this influenced the direction of their music. 

From hours spent experimenting in the studio to what they did when creativity hit a low, we hear stories of mixing vintage gear with the latest kit, the intricacies of using drum machines to trigger synths, and anecdotes on how they both became masters of the modular synthesizer.

Listen to find out how they ended up with a ‘Kenny G’ version of a track, why they bought every kids Casio keyboard they could get their hands on, and why there is no such thing as a warm-up set in Belfast.

Tracks discussed: Atlas, Apricots, Saku, Lido


Listen to 'Isles' here.

'Isles' - Ninja Tune 



Akai MPC Sampler

Alesis Andromeda

Deckard’s Dream

E-mu SP-1200

Intellijel Metropolis

Intellijel Atlantis

Juno 60

Korg Mono/Poly

Korg Poly 6

Lexicon Reverb

Make Noise Modular Synthesiser

NIIO Analogue Filter

Nyle Filter

Roland SH101

Roland Jupiter

Roland Super JD

Roland TR-909

Roland TR-808

RS-909 Rimshot

Verbos Harmonic Oscillator

Waldorf Microwave

Yamaha Portasound

Yamaha SC80

Eventide Effects

Valhalla Reverbs

Casio Keyboard




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