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Summer Solstice Synth Celebration

It's butt-ugly!

After yesterday’s posting I was informed that the whole output from the band Escape From New York has been recently re-released on a 12″ EP. In these times of knowledge moving so fast, it seems to be harder all the time to find any true obscurities or rarities to post. Every song that is somehow worthwhile has already been made into a disco edit or just rereleased. So I had to dig a little deeper and I came up with this.

T. Laitila & Teutorit is the early eighties finnish new wave project of it’s namesake Terho Laitila who did the vocals and played guitar. It seems that they released only one album –  Teutorock –  in the year 1984 and a couple of singles were taken from that album. I am the proud owner of the band’s Nainen vai Auto, Rakkaus vai Raha (Woman or Car, Love or Money) seven inch single which looks very much like a self-released punk single. However it was released by Music Production Company POWER from Helsinki, but there’s very little information besides that.

Nainen vai Auto, Rakkaus vai Raha starts off with a fast synth riff that reminds me of Devo, The B-52s or some other edgy & nerdy american new wave group. The verse is first class stuff in it’s own genre. The pulsating synth riff keeps repeating with some eastern style synth flourishes & effects and nervous spoken vocals about the difficulty of choosing between a car and a woman. Then comes the b-part which rockets the track into a completely progressive new territory. This far everything is perfect, but then comes the chorus, which is really really unspeakably bad. It’s annoying when this happens. The band has made a perfect finnish amalgamation of Ohio’s late 70’s punk/new wave/synth-movement and then destroys it completely by gluing on a bad Suomi Rock-chorus. Well at least that confirms that there will be no represses of this track made, ever! The B-side is worse than the A. It’s a track called Automerkkitietokilpailu, which is even more firmly rooted in the Suomi Rock-tradition.

But then to a completely different thing. Just yesterday when we were out in a bar playing foosball with Jori Hulkkonen he suggested that we should have a pagan celebration of the summer solstice today. And by celebration, of course he meant that we should carry our synths into Dynamo, form a proverbial Stonehenge with them and start improvising in a very new age -ambient vein. There were thoughts about building a huge synthesizer out of straws and twigs, filling it with Casio-gear and old unwanted drum machines and putting it to fire to satisfy the sun god and all the other pagan deities.

Anyways, if you’re in Turku, Finland tonight at 21:00, I suggest that you come to Dynamo to see and hear our Summer Solstice Synth Celebration. There’ll be about ten more-or-less well known synth-players each taking only one favourite piece of equipment with them, improvising in the style of Vangelis or maybe if it get’s out of hand we’ll reach the apocalyptic tones of Aphrodite’s Child. From what I’ve heard there’ll be at least one Prophet 600, a Jupiter 8, an MS-20 and a whole list of other sexy gear on display. It’ll be a blast. We’ll probably make a recording of the gig and I’ll try to post it here on a later date.

Have a good one,

Tomi / Turku Synth Club

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Episode II, A new hope

Hello my dearest synthpeople. I’ve missed you.

It’s been quiet here on our blog for well over a month now. It’s all because I got a real dayjob for a change. And not just any dayjob but one that is a measly 100 kilometres away so when I’m not working I’m either on my way there or on my way back home. Luckily my job as a graphic designer is situated in my old hometown of Rauma and that means that I can at least save some money and spend a couple of nights now and then at my parents’ house. The upside is that now I can maybe afford to buy some new synths now and then (without selling any of the old ones) and the downside is that we haven’t had a proper synth meeting since I started working.

A lot of things have happened synthwise in my life since april fool’s day. I bought an old dear friend (Yamaha QY70) back and have been utterly blown away by it’s quality and ease of use. I also bought some other interesting stuff in a second hand shop and that got me to listening to my old cassettedemos and finding a pile of songs I didn’t remember ever recording. More on those things later and some new synth-rarities from my 7″ shelves too, I promise, but for now I want to post this small documentary about, well, me. Three lovely journalism students had to shoot a 5 minute documentary on a subject of their liking, and of all things they picked my synth-enthusiasm. The documentary is completely in Finnish with no subtitles, but there will be a dvd with director’s commentary and multiple languages and camera-angles released for the christmas market 2011. The film is called “Hunting For The Perfect Synth” and it’s amazingly brief. The two Annas and Jonni shot 90 minutes of raw material which they edited into this 5 minute shortie.

Usually when you see yourself on screen you feel squeamish and uneasy, but for some reason this little movie didn’t make me look like the complete idiot that I am. So, please enjoy tonight’s movie and I’ll promise to try to find the time to write new synth stuff here more often. The worst part is over and now I feel quite relaxed in my new job. It’s going to be a good ride. (Did I mention that Rauma has probably the best second hand shops I know…)

Tomi / Turku Synthesizer Club

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March meeting

Sometimes, when there’s nobody else around I get all excited and try to talk about synths to my girlfriend, Emmi.  Needless to say, she doesn’t much care for voltage controlled oscillators, envelope generators or low frequency oscillators. Then again she could talk for hours about this spring’s women’s fashion. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s just the way we are built.

That’s why we at Turku Synth Club have this habit of going out once a month, having a couple beers and talking about synths and synth-related stuff. This month’s meeting is scheduled to take place in Bar Kuka next monday 14.3.  at 17 sharp. Write this date down in your calendars.

As always, new members are extremely welcome. It’s free (except for the beer -part) and it’s unbeliavably good fun. You don’t have to know anybody from the group beforehand. I myself have met wonderful people through these meetings and heard amazing stories about different people’s synth collections and of new and innovative ways of using them. I’ve made a couple of new friends and even sold one or two of my unwanted synths through these meetings.

You can take part if you have ever owned a synth or have ever wanted to own a synth. You can come to the meeting even if the only synth you have ever owned is a MicroKorg or a pirated software synth. As long as synths interest you and get your pulse racing, you’re entitled to take part in our meetings.

I’ll see you people in a week,

Tomi / Turku Synth Club

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Turku Synth is born

Hello synthpeople

Yesterday we had our more or less monthly meeting with the Turku Synth Club and we had the pleasure of having Jori Hulkkonen attend it. After the meeting Jori suggested that we should develop our activity in a more outgoing fashion and start – for example – some kind of web-based community. I’ve been thinking about these things for a long time and agree with Jori. Talking about synths with good buddies and a couple of beers is all fine and dandy and an excellent way to spend an afternoon, but if we want to get more out of this hobby we should branch out and spread the message.

I, myself can’t get enough of synth-themed websites and I go through vintagesynth.com, analogsweden.com, synthfind.com, matrixsynth.blogspot.com and other sites at alarming regularity. I’m always looking for hints on repairing synths, programming them or just old analogue gear for sale. Turku Synth Club was started by me (Tomi Tuominen), Jesse Juup, Matti Ikonen and Juha Pesonen sometime last year and we’ve been seeing each other irregularly ever since with new members popping up every now and then.

Couple of the guys have been bitten by the modular-bug and they enjoy meeting other people in the synth-building-business. Others just enjoy talking about their latest findings in hardware and sometimes even software. There’s been talk about building CV/gate inputs into our Korg Monotrons and then there’s the usual debate on which synth is the best… All in all, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being an active part of Turku Synthesizer Community and this blog is merely a new way of spreading knowledge about our activities and informing members of future meetings and happenings.

There’s been talk about writing a synth-book, starting a classified ads section that’s only for vintage audio gear, building and selling our own custom effects machines and also about starting a synth-repair-shop, but those are all dreams that’ll materialize later. For now, I guess we’ll mostly keep writing about small synth-related things that happen in our lives and maybe this blog will someday develop into a big and popular site like the ones mentioned earlier.

So, welcome people and a heartfelt welcome to our meetings too. If you’ve ever owned a synth, are thinking about getting one or maybe you’ve built your own like a mad scientist, keep your eyes peeled. We’ll inform you of our future meetings on this very site and also in our facebook -group.

Tomi / Turku Synth Club

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