Renmei

Renmei

When my synthesizer recordings started becoming good enough to share without apologising for their amateurishness - a result of my increasing competence & confidence - I decided that rather than continue to release them under my own name I could create a 'band' to do so. One of the attractions was in breaking the direct link between myself and the resulting works, I have a fair idea of what I like but who knows what this new entity would pursue & produce? It's a common failing (or fear) of mine to be too close to my creations to objectively assess them so crediting them to a third party, even a fairly abstract one, will (hopefully) give me a bit more critical distance.

Renmei is a transliteration of the Japanese word 連盟 which translates as Federation, alliance or union. I first came across it in the anime Haibane Renmei ('Confederation of the charcoal feathers') where it refers to a strict, formalised & paternalistic organisation who turn out to be highly caring & supportive towards their charges and dedicated to seeing them fulfil their potential. As my own creative process often feels like a turbulent interaction between different aspects of my personality this felt like a nice simile - multiple 'players' with the invocation of a higher (but not controlling) overview. And it's a great sounding word.

At some point I'd like to use a more literal interpretation and collaborate with other musicians - I've always enjoyed providing accompaniment or backing - but that remains a future plan for now.

Since starting the Renmei project in the summer of 2017 I've produced a series of albums, you can listen to (or buy!) them on Bandcamp.

Eden
Eden

ASM Hydrasynth
Waldorf Iridium
Arturia KeyStep Pro

July 2022
Play
Play

Waldorf Iridium
Arturia KeyStep Pro

June 2022
Microfreak
Microfreak

Arturia Microfreak
Arturia BeatStep Pro

November 2020
Tintinnalogia
Tintinnalogia

Modal Argon 8
Arturia BeatStep Pro

August 2020
Lux
Lux

Modal Argon 8
Arturia BeatStep Pro

May 2020
Intempate
Intempate

Modal Argon 8
Arturia BeatStep Pro

March 2020
Witness
Witness

Waldorf Blofeld

October 2019
Vigil
Vigil

Waldorf Blofeld
Korg Volcas

August 2018
Past lives
Past lives

Waldorf Blofeld
Korg Volcas

June 2018
cloven
cloven

Waldorf Blofeld
Korg Volcas

February 2018
Tryst
Tryst

Waldorf Blofeld
Korg Volcas

January 2018
Tribe
Tribe

Waldorf Blofeld
Korg Volcas

October 2017
Stonechildren
stonechildren

Waldorf Blofeld
Korg Volcas

September 2017
Stavro
Stavro

Waldorf Blofeld

July 2017


Curly Flat Studios

My current setup consists of:

Waldorf Iridium synthesizer
ASM Hydrasynth synthesizer
Modal Argon 8 synthesizer
Arturia Microfreak synthesizer
Korg Volca Drum percussion synthesizer
Arturia KeyStep Pro sequencer

I use a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 to provide an audio interface into a MacBook Pro, where I use GarageBand for recording & mixing.