album 'Event Horizon' is now available to download free from
the Earth Mantra netlabel. Many thanks to Darrell for
releasing this and writing such lovely things about it here:
This album was recorded live on 26th January 2011, as
episode 70 of Adventures In Sound.
Equipment used: Korg Wavestation fed through a Frostwave
Resonator filter, which then fed an FMR RNC compressor. The
resulting signal was routed through an Electrix Repeater
looper, and then through an Alesis Wedge effects unit. The
filter was used to control the harmonics of the Wavestation
sounds as they were played, and the looper feedback was set to
around 70% so that as new layers were added old layers
gradually died away.
Live performances scheduled for
Saturday 19th March: Awakenings
at Paget High School, Burton on Trent
Saturday 26th March: Sadayatana
on Stillstream.com at 3am GMT
Wednesday 6th April: Rammel
Club at Chameleon, Nottingham, with Simon Burd and Eli Keszler
Saturday 3rd September: One
Thousand Pulses, New Jersey, USA
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September: electro-music
2011, Huguenot, New York, USA
2010 releases: over the course
of 2010, the following nine albums were made available for sale,
primarily at live events but also through the Modulator ESP forum.
These have now been added to the merchandise page for mail order.
These are all live performances that I felt were interesting enough
to make more widely available.
forest observations - episode 9 of adventures in sound -
recorded live in studio on 17.11.09
VCS3 Experiment 1 - episode 43 of adventures in sound -
recorded live in studio on 14.07.10
outer spaces - recorded live at chameleon 18.11.09 for
in the USA 2009 - one long track featuring 2 performances
cross-faded together - recorded live at electro-music 2009 on
31.10.09 and at city skies on 7.11.09
- track 1, marakata, recorded live at rammel club #2 on
25.01.09 and track 2, acheron flow, recorded live at
awakenings on 21.11.09
horizons - episode 31 of adventures in sound, recorded live on
21.04.10, further recording and editing on 01 and 06.06.10 -
originally released on cassette by sloow tapes
space invaders - track 1, space invaders, recorded live at
rammel club #19 on 28.05.10 and track 2, rotating waves,
recorded live at rammel club #20 on 09.06.10
running - recorded live at awakenings on 18.04.09
unknowing - recorded live at ambient at the gallery on
have a new track, entitled 'Triangulation of Mysterious
Resonances' available on the Synthi Group Vol 3 compilation, released today:
It was recorded in one take using EMS VCS3 Mk I/DK2,
Electrix Repeater and Boss DD-20 during preparations for
Rammel Club 26 on 25.09.10
I am very proud to be part of this release as it is a great set of music and shows off the huge sonic
potential of the EMS range of synthesizers.
have a new track, entitled 'The Darkness of the Unending Void'
available on the Ambient Collective 'A Soundtrack for
Halloween' compilation, released today:
It was recorded in one take using Nord modular, Frostwave
Resonator, Electrix Repeater and Boss DD-20 and is dedicated
to my recently ex-girlfriend. There's some good stuff on this.
A few copies of the Sloow Tapes cassette edition of New
Horizon's is also available from some online retailers:
mimaroglu music sales blurb...'august 2010 release ; some nice,
almost raicevic-ian moves from jez creek, cut with decidedly
post-emeralds arb. seq. float ...'
The Sloow Tapes cassette edition of
New Horizon's is sold out at source, but I still have a few copies
left, will add them to the shop in due course, but until then email
me if you want one.
There is a succinct review here: http://www.hairentertainment.com/SloowTapes
Modulator ESP. "New Horizons". Really great stuff. --
|Here is the
performance from Rammel
Club 26, it is quite noisy and experimental. The program I
designed for the event is available to download: Rammel
Here is a
photo of me performing:
Here's my set from electro-music
2010, mostly dark and ambient, but with a rhythmic finale,
here's the Atmosphera
collaborative set, with Shane Morris, Steve Weinstock and Richard
Lainhart and here's the Adventures
In Sound collaborative set from electro-music 2010, with Shane
Morris, Steve Weinstock, Bill Fox and Bill Manganero.
|Here is a photo
of me performing at electro-music 2010:
Here's a photo of the Atmosphera
collab, featuring, from left to right: Richard Lainhart, Steve
Weinstock, myself and Shane Morris.
and here's the Adventures In
Sound collab, featuring, from left to right: Steve Weinstock,
Shane Morris, Bill Fox, Bill Manganero and myself.
|This is the setup
I will be using for the Rammel Club gig tonight, EMS VCS3 Mk
I, with DK2 keyboard, Electrix Repeater for looping and Boss
DD-20 for delays.
Modulator ESP will be performing a
VCS3 only experimental set at Rammel
Club on Saturday 25th September, supporting Muscletusk and Scrim.
Modulator ESP: US Tour 2010:
I will be performing in the US again, doing some live dates, radio
shows and internet stream collaborative performances, these are the
Friday 3rd September: Mike Hunter's Music With Space show on WPRB
Princeton, will be playing about 1am EDT (6am BST)
Saturday 4th September: Chez Mosc, live internet streaming
performance from Howard Moscovitz's house on http://www.radio.electro-music.com/
with Bill Fox and Dan Minoza 6pm EDT (11pm BST)
Sunday 5th September: playing a couple of sets at Bill Fox's
Soundscapes in Nazareth
Wednesday 8th September: Adventures In Sound, live internet
streaming performance from Howard Moscovitz's house on http://www.radio.electro-music.com/
with Howard, Bill Fox and Mel Morley from 6pm EST (11pm BST)
Thursday 9th September: Bill Fox' Galactic Travels show on WDIY
Allentown sometime after 11pm EDT (4am BST)
Friday 10th September: Solo performance at electro-music 2010 at 9:30pm EDT (2:30 BST)
Saturday 11th September: Atmosphera and Adventures In Sound collaborative performances
at electro-music 2010
page has been updated with the recording of my performance from the
electro-music.com Summer Solstice streaming event.
In Sound page has been updated with 7 new episodes, numbers 31,
33, 35, 37, 39, 41 and 43.
My first official label release is out
now, on the Belgian Sloow
Tapes cassette label. It can be purchased now from the label,
and from me in due course.
Modulator ESP - New Horizons
Tapes – Epiphi CS 60
Dark brooding synth exploring analogue space with Jez Creek (also
active in Astrogator, Cerberus and Quadra) behind the knobs. Time
dissolves in these hallucinatory fugues invoking the unnatural
dimensions of Klaus Schulze’s seventies work across the emerald
pond. 70 copies.
Due to a last minute cancellation, Modulator ESP will be performing at
Club on Wednesday 9th June, supporting James Ferraro &
Monopoly Child Star Searchers.
Strata 2: Three teams. Four artists to each team. Each
artist created a layer and then forwarded it to the next team
member. What you are about to listen to are end products.
Three stunning and beautiful ambient pieces of work.
Part 1 created by Tange, Annode, eigensphere, Modulator ESP.
Part 2 created by usr/sbin, Gregg Plummer, Sonoprint,
Part 3 created by Steve The Keys, Altus, Litmus0001, Jujigen.
Otherwise unreleased Modulator ESP
track 'Black Sun' features on the new release from EM Portal. called
Joint Efforts. The Album (factory pressed double CD) is now
available and can be ordered (Euro 18,50 excl. postage and packing)
by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
payment via PayPal or bank transfer
Due to a last minute bit of
re-scheduling, Modulator ESP will be performing an experimental
ambient set at Awakenings
on Saturday 17th April 2010, with Pollard, Daniel & Booth and
Peter Tedstone. See the gigs page for more
The latest two episodes of Adventures
In Sound are now available from the Adventures In
Sound page, one is a journey into the unknown, the other is a
solo nord modular improvisation.
A further improvisation for nord modular and 16 second panning delay
was performed on the first
electro-music.com Open Port Live night on the 3rd April 2010,
this is also available for download:
This improvisation used some of my newly programmed nord modular
patches which are available from this electro-music.com forum
Modulator ESP performed on the
electro-music.com Spring Equinox Streaming Event on 20.03.10. My set
was improvised using:
Yamaha CS-01 for analogue drones and leads
Yamaha VSS-30 for sampled granular sounds
Gotharman deMoon for main sequence
DSI Evolver for additional sequences
ipod touch using Curtis Heavy for granular sounds and nlog for synth
Frostwave Resonator for hi and lo-pass filtering
Electrix repeater for live looping and time-stretching
Boss DD-20 for delay
Alesis Wedge for reverb
It all came out a lot deeper and darker than expected
Here is the recording: Modulator
ESP - Spring Equinox 2010
Modulator ESP will be performing at Rammel
Club on Friday 28th May, supporting Stellar Om Source. More
details will be added when they are available.
A new page has been added to catalog
my episodes of Adventures In Sound,
featuring details of performances and links to downloads.
I feature on the new album by Mooch
main-man Steve Palmer, a new space-prog epic, The Pagan Year.
I perform two synth solos on the track Imbolc, one on Prophet 5, the
other on Nord Modular G2.
As before, the music is spacey,
progressive, rock and electronic. Covering eight tracks over two
disks, the album invites the listener to travel through a pagan
year, starting with the ancient festival of Imbolc, passing through
two equinoxes and the summer solstice, and the pagan festivals of
Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain, then finishing at the midwinter
Also featured: Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind), Alex Pym (Dream Machine),
Chris Gill (Band Of Rain), Cyndee Lee Rule, Jez Creek, John Sherwood
and Linda Harlow. Erich Z. Schlagzeug is the drummer.
The album is available from AmbientLive
Creek Haller - Singularity
The recording of the stillstream concert I
performed with Jim Combs and Kevin Haller is now available
free from Earth Mantra
here's the somewhat gushing blurb:
As we've written many times, one of the great pleasures of
running a netlabel is to meet new artists and release their
music. A related pleasure that is in many ways even cooler is
to be able to release something for the first time by folks
you already know and love. It is precisely that honor that we
have today, with this majestic new release called Singularity.
This magnificent two-disc
album was recorded live the evening of November 6 and into the
morning of November 7, 2009.
It so happened that Jez Creek, who
calls Nottingham in the United Kingdom home, was visiting in the
Atlanta, Georgia area as part of his USA tour, in order to perform
at the City Skies electronic music concert on November 7. Kevin
Haller, whose house Jez was staying at, was also performing at the
same concert. And Jim Combs, being the organizer and founder of the
concert series, was of course going to be performing as well. So
just for fun, the three decided to do a live concert on
StillStream.com the night before the big show. And the results were
so good that they decided to release the recordings as this album.
Amazingly, given the quality of the pieces, the music was completely
improvised. The musicians had never performed together as a group
before this set and no preparations were done prior to the broadcast
except for choosing keys and tempos. Somehow these three artists who
had never played together at the same time, and had done almost
nothing to prepare, immediately found a zone in which electronic
ambient music of the highest order started pouring forth. Needless
to say, the audience that night was blown away by the set, and we
think that our listeners are going to be similarly impressed by what
they hear in Singularity.
For indeed, this is some of the most beautiful live ambient music we
have heard in quite awhile. Earth Mantra has long been a fan of all
three of the artists' solo work, but we were dumbfounded by the
synergy the three artists found so effortlessly as they sat down to
play. Improvising live ambient music can be a challenging task, and
to do it really well, with the right balance of patience and
activity, is surprisingly hard. The fact that these three artists
could hit such a bullseye, with zero preparation and without the
benefit of knowing each other's live playing styles, is in our eyes
nothing short of miraculous.
We could attempt to describe this music to you, but ultimately we
would fail. Suffice it to say that it is beautiful, it is well
constructed, very competently performed, and it just plain rocks.
Better yet, why not download a copy of this album right now and give
it a listen for yourself. We are certain that any fan of ambient
music will be very happy they did.
Here's my set from the
electro-music.com NYE streaming event, I started a bit early and
went on a bit too long but I still don't quite understand how it
ended up being 75 minutes. This includes the couple of minutes while
the server re-booted.
I used most of everything in the studio, from the small stuff like
my Kaossillator and ipod touch to the big stuff like my Prophet 5
and Matrix 12. Sequences are pre-dominantly Zeit as I've been
getting back up to speed on it.
it is a companion piece to my
Adventures In Sound set from the previous night:
In Sound - Episode 15
Here's a couple of pics from the studiocam:
In my first show for 'Jez or Rob's
Adventures in Sound', '...and now for something completely
different' part one, I played a 30 minute modular improv, recorded
as the rehearsal for my AE09 set, then performed a live 30 min
In Sound - Episode 1
Further Adventures In Sound by
myself and Rob will be posted at electro-music.com
I will be doing a hour long radio show
on a fortnightly basis, alternating with a lovely chap called Rob,
called 'Jez or Rob's Adventures in Sound'
I'm going to be doing all sorts of stuff, including live sets and
playing mine and my friends music
It will be every other Wednesday at 11pm GMT (12pm BST) on http://radio.electro-music.com/
I performed live on the
electro-music.com streaming concert for the Autumn Equinox on
Saturday 19th September 2009. I played a half hour modular
improvisation, using only the Doepfer A-100, ribbon controller,
Electrix Repeater and Boss DD-20 Giga Delay, here it is for anyone
who missed it:
here's my modular patched up ready
for my set:
The Ambient Collective release, The
Serene Files Part One is now available, I contributed a track called
Planetary Conjunction, a live ambient improv, using Prophet VS,
Matrix 12, Nord G2, Wavestation and Proteus 2000, images and link to
the free download below:
I performed live on the Mysterious
Semblance show with Tange on www.stillstream.com
on Friday 14th August 2009. I played for an hour, with some spacey
droney bits, some melodic sequencey bits, and even some scarey bits,
apparently. Here's the recording for anyone who missed it:
ESP - Stillstream 140809
Unfortunately this year's Sonic
World Festival has been cancelled due to lack of support
The Ambient at the
Gallery gig went well, a 10 minute clip from my performance has been
added to the video
page. Thanks to Phil for uploading this. The set
worked out really well and I'm hoping to give this a proper release
at some point.
I am playing at Space Travel Is Boring: A
night of FREE music inspired by the 40th anniversary of the moon
landing, with What The Moon is Like, ModelFighter and Swallows on
Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 8:00pm - 11:00pm, at Light House,
Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton. Details on Facebook
Some more live dates, posters to
I will be playing live on radio.electro-music.com on
Saturday 19th September as part of the Autumnal
Equinox streaming event, details here: http://electro-music.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36091
US Tour 2009:
I am playing at electro-music.com 2009, 29th-31st October at
Star Lake Camp, Bloomingdale, New Jersey, USA. I will be performing
a solo set on Thursday and taking part in collaborations on the
Friday and Saturday nights. Details from: http://event.electro-music.com/
Whilst I am in the US I am also
playing at City Skies in Atlanta on Saturday 7th November 2009, with
Burning Artist(s) Sale, 84001 and Sensitive Chaos. Details from: http://cityskies.com/
On Saturday 4th July I went down to
London to meet a friend I knew through the electro-music.com
forum, EdisonRex aka Paul
Harriman, who does a radio show called Edison's
Ephemera every Friday night on radio.electro-music.com. One evening,
in the chat after his show we discussed meeting up to jam, and as it
turned out the next available opportunity was a party he was having
for July 4th.
In the end we ended up performing for around 6 hours, also
broadcasting live on radio.electro-music.com. After the party Paul
was flying back to the US for a month so we decided to use the
recordings for some of his shows whilst he was away.
The archive of Paul's shows is here: Edison's
Direct links to edits of
the recording are available here:
one (the first 2 hours, Paul and myself, edited down from about
2 1/2 hours to remove some crackles and other technical glitches)
two (1 hour or so of me solo, whilst Paul went off to cook,
edited from 1 1/2 hours, to get remove some bits that didn't really
three (last 2 hours, Paul and myself again)
Here are a few photos showing us set up in Paul's music room, photos
by Alexander Morris.
Another modular experiment has been
added to the Modular
Experiments page, this time using a ribbon controller to 'play'
notes, whilst controlling the sound via the joystick. Includes real
time looping/layering via the Repeater.
Youtube videos from the Relativity gig
on 23.06.09, with Peter Tedstone and the Awakenings gig, with Phil
Booth (Zeitlos) as Zeitlos ESP, added to the video
page. Thanks to Phil for uploading these.
Neusonik promotes 'ambient at the
gallery' live music event at The Hand & Heart Gallery, Derby
Road, Nottingham on Sunday 27th July 2009, featuring Spiraleye,
Modulator ESP and Peter Challoner, entry only £3, doors from 7pm,
and releases new ambient music sampler, neusonik.001a featuring the
acts who are performing, this is available to download free from the
Here's my set from the electro-music.com
Summer Solstice '09 event, played live at midnight on 21.06.09, this
is the full set, as I was cut short slightly on the stream as I
over-ran a bit, due to getting into it all a bit too much. This set
is the first time I've played in a major key since 2004, the set is
ESP - Summer Solstice '09
I've added a new Modular
Experiments page to
the site, for modular synth experiments, and have added a couple of
bits recorded today using my A-100 modular, and a couple of older
pieces recorded with my Nord modulars. These aren't really 'music'
as such, but quite interesting to listen to if you like more
I played another online concert early
this morning, taking over Shane Morris' show Space Port Zero Nine on
radio.electro-music.com. It was weird going on at 1am in the morning
as I was quite hyped about playing, but really tired and quite
nervous as I'd only just finished putting the studio back together
after a major re-shuffle. In fact half an hour before I went on I
was looking for my mic cable so I could introduce the show. Anyway
it all went fairly well and I managed to keep going for an hour,
doing a mix of ambient, experimental, berlin school sequencing and
even some melodic stuff. The show was the live debut of my new A-100
modular, used for all sorts of ring modulated weirdness, and my Zeit
sequencer, used for the end sequences
Here's the recording: Modulator_ESP_-
and here's the new modular:
In the process of re-organising the
studio, I have decided to sell off some gear that isn't seeing
enough use, to allow me to make better use of the limited room I
have. See the Gear for
Sale page for details.
Modulator ESP tracks Eos Flight and
Zeta Reticuli 2 were played on Mike
Hunter's Music With
Space show on WPRB
103.3 out of Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday 6th June 2009.
Two Ambient Collective releases I
participated in have just been released, along with a mix album
featuring the music I have contributed to the Ambient Collective. I
provided an ambient track for Capricorn for Zodiac and the 3rd layer
of 4 for the second part of Sonic Strata. Special thanks to Bluejooz
for organising these, especially the Modulator ESP mix These are all
available for free download. Images and links below:
My Zeit sequencer arrived this week,
I've only had a little play with it as life has been hectic as
usual, but I think it will integrate well with the P3 and allow me
to do some interesting stuff. Here's a recording of my first go,
just 2 parts from my Microwave II: Modulator_ESP
Here's a pic of it in the studio, taken just before I started
Ghosts in the Machine III has
unfortunately been cancelled. Instead I will be performing the set I
had planned for GITM III on the radio.electro-music.com show Space
Port Zero Nine on Saturday 13th June. I will be presenting the show
as Shane is away.
Youtube videos of 2 sections of my
Awakenings set entitled 'Silent Running' from April 18th added to
the video page. Thanks to
Phil Booth for the video
The next two volumes of the Historic
Edition series are now available to purchase from the merchandise
page. These both contain live sets from 2008, full details are
availble on their pages:
Four new live dates have been added to
the site, see the gigs page for
Awakenings, Burton on Trent 18th April performing a minimal
ambient/experimental set, also on the bill The Omega Syndicate and
Elektron 09 Redditch 25th April performing an ambient set
with Peter Tedstone and a Berlin School set with Peter and John
Sherwood aka 4m33s
Ghosts in the Machine III Swindon 13th June performing
an ambient/experimental set. Lots of other acts on the bill
including Ion, 4m33s, The Glimmer Room and Edge Effect
Sonic World Festival 2009 Ripley 4th and 5th of September
performing an ambient set on the Saturday afternoon. Lots of other
acts on the bill including Harvey Bainbridge, Whimwise, Loscoe State
Opera, Sendelica, Hashtronaut and Steve Palmer's Non-Existent Group
I'm also hoping to do a Nottingham gig in June sometime with Peter
Challoner/SpiralEye, hopefully some more Stillstream streaming
concerts and maybe even something abroad in October.
There are also some interesting possibilities for a new studio album
on the horizon.
Modulator ESP performed a live
improvised ambient/experimenta set on electro-music.com Winterstream
on Sunday 22nd February.
The recording, including announcements is now available
from rapidshare here:
Modulator_ESP - Winterstream_220209
Here's my very minimal set-up for the event, Nord G2 into Electrix
Repeater, two Evolvers, used for drones and some sequencing, SP-404
for effects and pre-recorded drones and effects, Boss RE-20 space
echo and VF-1 for reverb and delay.
Modulator ESP performed a live set on
the Stillstream show 'Mysterious Semblance' last night.(6th
February) Preceding the set was an interview recorded on Monday 2nd
February.The set got a very positive reaction and is available to
download, as is a copy of the interview.
ESP - Stillstream 060209 & Stillstream
I hope to do further sets every month or so. Thanks to everyone
who listened to the set live and joined in the chat and thanks to
Gordie aka Tange for organising it all, especially as it was the
first live set on his show by another artist.
The Rammel Club gig went really well
and I really enjoyed the whole thing. the place was full as loads of
people had come to see Emeralds.
I was on second, after Gareth Hardwick who did some droney/ambient
guitar looping stuff, joined on stage by Dan Layton aka Apalusa, who
I'd seen before an rather enjoyed. Their set was plagued by
technical difficulties at the start and took quite a while to get
going, but ended up much as I'd hope from hearing them soundcheck,
as a wall of chiming, droning guitars
I went on shortly after they finished, after a speedy equipment
change and played 30 minutes of improvised space music 'to help
propel you into the outer reaches of the cosmos', or something like
My set was improvised live using a Nord G2, Electrix Repeater and
SP-404 through a couple of Boss pedals, a DD-20 Giga delay and an
RC-20 Space Echo. It was my first gig using the Repeater to build up
loops and layers and it worked really well, I cam up with some stuff
that surprised even me and at one point I got a loop going that just
made me grin
I tried to keep things changing, playing live stuff over loops from
the Repeater and layering in some stuff from the SP-404, at one
point I even went a bit Vangelis, just for the fun of it
Recording of my set is on rapidshare here:
ESP - Rammel
After me came Birds of Delay who started out with a single bass note
drone that didn't change much for four or so minutes, when it was
joined by something that sounded like metal blades being sharpened
and then this all dropped out to be replaced by several different
versions of the word 'snap' repeated and layered in ever so slightly
out of sync loops for about 20 minutes. I stayed for a few minutes
but decided this was a good opportunity to retire to the bar
Emeralds were on last and they were what everyone had been waiting
for, myself included. They are three young chaps from Ohio, two with
synths (Korg MS10 and Moog Microomoog) and one with a guitar, all
three with lots of pedals. They played a set with huge walls of
synth/guitar drone interspersed
with sections of spacey melodic guitar and even a section of
sequences. It was all very loud and noisy but still kind of cosmic
and was over far too soon after only 30 minutes.
lots of people I knew turned up, so
many thanks to:
Rob Johnson & Jon Poole
Suzie and Ian from work
Dave Buxton and Geoff Kemm
Below, a couple of photos by Johnny
Scarr, showing me playing with the SP-404
Once more I played a live and improvised set for the electro-music.com
streaming radio New Year's Eve party. The recording is now available
from rapidshare here:
Happy New Year
Studio set-up for New Year's Eve
Jez will be appearing at the Hampshire
Jam 'Jam' at the Millenium Hall in Liphook on Friday 14th
November 2008 and as part of Astrogator at Awakenings
on Saturday 22nd November 2008, at Paget High School in Branston,
Burton on Trent, along with Hashtronaut and Create.
Dundee Live was great fun, though due
to major problems there was a last minute venue change, so my set
was amalgamated with the Vietgrove one to get us both on in the
reduced time available at the new venue.
I opened with a 20 minute
solo slot and then did 40 minutes of complete improvisation with
Norman and Mark of Vietgrove, which was great fun, if a little
chaotic in places.
DJ Gordon "Tange" MacMillan will be broadcasting his live
recording of the recent DundeE-Live festival on his "Mysterious
Semblance" program throughout the month of November, with
the Modulator-ESP/Vietgrove set on Friday the 7th, will be;
Altres on the 21st; and John Dyson on the 28th.
Youtube video of my solo set is available now on on the video
The Mantile gig went really well, I
felt my performance on the night was much better than any of the
practice run-throughs, everything just seemed to flow really well
and sounded great.
Got a great response from the crowd and the promoter and got some
very nice feedback from people I spoke to after the gig.
I managed to remember to hit record and have uploaded the set for
those who couldn't make it to the gig, download it from Rapidshare
ESP - Mantile 160808
Equipment used: Alesis Andromeda A6, Prophet VS, Nord
Modular G2, Sequentix P3, Boss DD-20 and Roland SP-404.
New Modulator ESP track entitled 'Broken
Orbits' appears on Awakenings
2008 vol 1
Video from the Awakenings gig on
28.06.08 is now available on the video
page has been updated to include photos from last week's Elektron
gig, the Awakenings gig in February and the Nottingham Live and Immersion gigs from
last year. There is also a small clip from the Elektron performance
on the video page.
is an improvised album,
featuring ambient sections, looping, sequences and more
melodic structured sections.
Recorded live in one take on Friday 13th June 2008, for release at the
Elektron Festival the following day.
It is now available to purchase from the merchandise
Clavia Nord Modular & Nord Modular G2, Dave Smith Instruments Evolver,
Doepfer MAQ16/3, EMU XL-7, Korg Wavestation, Roland SP-404, Sequential Prophet 600 & Prophet VS,
Sequentix P3, Studio Electronics SE-1, Waldorf Microwave XT
An Immersion images gallery
page has been added here,
featuring photos of all the acts that took part.
Modulator ESP has been asked
to open 'DundeE-Live 2008' at Hustlers in Dundee on
Saturday 18th October 2008
appearing with John Dyson, Ian Boddy, Ron Berry, Altres, Ion and
Vietgrove. See gigs page
for full details.
Well, that took longer than expected,
but Demon Star is
now available to purchase from the merchandise
The Modulator ESP website has
undergone a bit of an overhaul and visual re-design. I've also added
free downloads for all the first 4 volumes of the Historic
Edition, and if anyone wants to buy them on CDR they are also
available from the merchandise
Demon Star Update: Well, I've lived
with the latest version of this for quite some time now and have
decided I'm as happy with it as I'm ever likely to be.
I have spent some time trying to decide, how, if at all this should
be released, then all of a sudden I decided on the spur of the
moment to burn some CDRs to sell at the Awakenings gig, so it has
now been 'released' and is available to buy. I'll be adding some
samples to my Virb site in due course and some Paypal links to the
merchandise page should anyone actually want a copy
If you can't wait just send me an email and I'll sort something out
will be appearing live at 'Elektron 08' at the Kingsley Theatre
Saturday 14th June 2008
appearing with Peter Tedstone,
Create and as part of Astrogator. See gigs page
for full details.
will be appearing live at the Awakenings
at Paget High School, Burton on Trent on Saturday 23rd February 2008
See gigs page for full details.
Unfortunately, the slot was lost due
to technical difficulties. To make up for it I've just recorded a 40
minute improv, with all the gear and sounds I had set-up for last
night, which is available for download for those who may wish to
listen. It's mostly spacey ambient, but the sequencers and trons are
fired up about halfway through.
Download from Rapidshare:
Sequential Prophet VS
Nord Modular G2
Studio Electronics SE-1
Waldorf Microwave XT
will be performing a 45 minute improvised set
live tonight at 12am as part of the electro-music.com New Year's Eve
party. There are lots of other acts playing too. Details of the
schedule and link to listen at http://electro-music.com/radio/.
Schedule is in EST wich is 5 hours behind GMT, so add 5 to get times
of acts if you are in UK
Modulator ESP will be
performing at The Rose of England on Friday 16th November 2007,
supporting The No
National Mistrust and Digital Dave aka David Davies. I'd link to
the poster but it seems I'm a bit of an afterthought
Update: GIG CANCELLED
Modulator ESP released the
first four volumes of the Historic Edition. This makes
available some stuff that has been available in various places as
mp3s as proper CDs with artwork. These aren't really for sale as
they were originally just for friends and are a pain to put
together, but if you ask really nicely I guess it's possible you
might get lucky
[update - these albums are now all available to download from
rapidshare, links are on their respective pages]
|volume 1 is my
anbient collective stuff + a couple of unreleased ambient
||volume 2 is the
Rose of England 25.07.06 set + Eclipse + Mercury Rising
|volume 3 is the
Nottingham Live 26.08.07 set + Fear of Backwards (Awakenings
||volume 4 is the
Nottingham Live rehearsal + the 2 Modular Xperiments
Modulator ESP now has a Virb
site, where you can stream loads of my music, including some stuff
not available elsewhere.
got the urge to do another ambient drone project on Friday
night. Did all the basic recording mixing and processing in
about 3 hours. It's another 74 minute epic drone in the vein
of Zeta Reticuli.
It still needs some re-mixing and the odd tweak then it should
be ready for release.
Here's a preliminary cover design.
Produced primarily using the
Nord Modular G2
and now a review of Zeta
Reticuli 1 from Mr Walker
Recording review 10 June 2007, "Zeta Reticuli v1" v1, the subject of this review was created first, but begs review second, after v2. Both pieces are the same 74 mins long. The distinction is that v1 does not have the added instrumentation of v2 and the ambient bits are in the mix foreground. They are in character, two entirely separate works. v1 produces an anaesthetic heavy limb, out of body feeling that distinguishes it as "dronology" whilst v2 leans more towards early classic Berlin school synthesis.
There are some wise words in the Wikipaedia entry for artist Mark Rothko "It forces one to approach the limits of experience in the post-Kantian sense of the categories of space and time and awakens one to the awareness of one’s own existence." I would stick that label on the front of Zeta Reticuli v1.
New review of Zeta
Reticuli 2 by Alan Walker, a work colleague of mine, who also make
ambient music as Landschaft
Recording review 04 June 2007, "Zeta Reticuli" a 74 min, 106MB modem buster of a download available from the main Modulator ESP website - in two versions. The version I am reviewing is the second more developed version. ZR comes in two mixes - the original, and v2 with added instrumentation.
Like v early Tangerine Dream - Zeit era, only more minimal - truly space music. The first 8 minutes, a slow intergalactic soundscape, builds to the entry of a big metalic a-tonal slab of noise, rotating and evolving by minute 17 fading then rejoining in the mid left of the stereo field, almost forming into a melody - but never quite.
By the time you reach minute 19, the theme has crept over to the right before subsiding back into a distant re-statement of the opening black night storm. The sonic density up to minute 26, remaining mid right, middle distance while some very subtle, almost inaudible (I was listening to this quite loud on high-end headphone; Sennheiser HD580 that pick up everything) interweaving non-music tantalises at the edge of perception.
At min 30, the background wash drops suddenly to a bleak insistent single note that focuses in intensity and volume, rising, centre stage in the soundfield, pulling in another sonic blizzard in it's wake, evolving into a fragmented melody theme, in the manner of Klaus Schulze's Body Love/Mirage/Dune.
Minute 36 sees some lower register entering from the left and the main theme dissolving once more into a rising windstorm, that by minute 40, crescendos into intense clusters of tone. The melodic theme re-joins at minute 44, pleasingly distant, and at 46:31 a nice counterpoint emerges briefly holding onto a very long single note that sustains and modulates at min 54 into a new high, melodic line.
The piece starts it's descent at around minute 60. Briefly (in the context of the pace of the piece!) a shimmering shoal of tones swims around the stereo field, and a new melody is stated before fade to black. A deeply enjoyable work of great restraint and subtlety, and an absolute must for all space music followers.
|The fourth Modulator ESP
album Time Zero, initially released as a
limited edition of 25 copies, which is now long sold
out, has been re-released and is now available as a FREE
download from the Internet
Time Zero is a set of live studio improvisations
recorded between 2003 and 2006. Most tracks feature
improvised Berlin School style sequencing. All were
recorded in one take, with occasional minor edits and/or
overdubs to complete them. Further details are available from the
1. Tronic Pulse
2. Beyond The Sun
4. Eos Flight
5. Time Zero
sixth Modulator ESP
album Heliosphere is now available.
Heliosphere is a
set of spacey ambient drones, more cold than dark. These were produced using
processed improvisations recorded on 14th March 2007, originally
intended as background drones for another project. As they were not
used, further overdubs, recorded on 20th and 29th April 2007, were
added to complete the compositions.
Heliosphere is available to stream
and download free from the Internet
EMU XL7, Kawai K5000R, Korg Mono/Poly, Oberheim Matrix 12,
Sequential Prophet 5, Sequential Prophet VS, Waldorf Microwave
II and Processed Vocal Samples
New review of Zeta Reticuli by Artemi
Pugachov of the Encyclopedia
of Electronic Music added:
Right from the beginning of this album one gets to notice that this
work is something completely different for Jez Creek aka Modulator
ESP. Deep drones rise out of nowhere, transforming into a gigantic,
monumental, gargantuan wall of sound. The album is named after a
binary star system where both stars are somewhat similar to our
The system is known thanks to a
legend (for want of a better term) that says that there was once a
humanoid race living on one of the planets that orbited one of the
suns, but the planet was later destroyed by its own dwellers.
Therefore, these creatures started looking for a new home. The
legend also says that some of them reached the Earth, but the
information concerning the aliens was conspired by governments.
There's a group of people who claim to be the descendants of this
alien race or maybe even aliens themselves which of course can
hardly be trusted.
Anyway, the music is suitably
spooky, out-there and cosmic in a mysterious and menacing kind of
way. Not any sort of Berlin School by a long shot, stylistically it
comes as close to Dark Ambient drone music as it probably can.
Sometimes the drone is augmented by high-pitched sonic elements but
overall the sound is deep, hollow and intense with several layers of
drones making up for a very thick miasma of sound. All the changes
on this album are subtle but they are quite discernible if you
listen closely. Did Jez create his best work so far? It could be. In
any case, if you enjoy Dark Ambient music and especially Dark Space
or long-form Drone Ambient - you will find lots to enjoy here. This
is a work that needs to be heard. Well done!
Both versions of Zeta Reticuli
are now available for free download
from the Internet
Archive. Some nice comments received so far:
Zeta Reticuli 1 scared the shit outta me lol. Very dark... very. Great
drone though with really powerful undertones that sweep in and out
perfectly. Great production. A typical all round drone track that
does exactly what it should do. Great stuff! Again, people would be
crazy not to add this gem to their collection. It's a perfect
drone. Blue (Ambient
Well I've taken the plunge Jez, and listened to Zeta Reticuli
2 from start to finish. In fact although it is fairly dark,
it isn't that dark is it !? The addition of the more melodic
sounds, definitely facilitated my enjoyment of this album, as I'm
sure the original would have simply been too much for me. This
version though did work for me, and I was really quite impressed
with it. You've created some really nice effects and sounds,
that really keep this piece entertaining, so that not once did I
feel bored or twitchy. I particularly enjoyed the cosmic wind
effects, that swirl around and gather pace, a little like a roller
coaster ride for the mind... cool !! Yeah, this was an interesting and different musical
excursion for me, and although I won't be playing it everyday, I
will be returning to it at some point for another ride on those
cosmic winds. :) Nice one Jez, and thanks again for the opportunity
to listen to it. Roy Jackson.
Zeta Reticuli is VERY GOOD!! It is SO good that you should not give
it for free! You should release this as a dark ambient cd album!
Great ambience! Bakis Sirros (Parallel
My chum Jez Modulator Creek today passed me his new 74 minute epic
“Zeta Reticuli”, a huge swooping analogue-synth tone-scape. Very
Zeit era Tangerine Dream in flavour and my favourite Modulator piece
to date. Alan Walker (Landschaft)
"album" - 2 fine ambient soundscapes. Bert (Phrozenlight)
fifth Modulator ESP
album Zeta Reticuli is now available for FREE download
from the Internet
Zeta Reticuli 2 is one
74 minute deep space drone, based on a piece produced at the
end of last year, with added elements to provide a more
melodic contrast to the harsh oppressive monotony of the
The original piece, Zeta Reticuli
1, is also available from the Internet Archive.
The original source material was produced using layered
analogue sound sculptures subjected to extreme digital
processing. The second version features a variety of
additional analogue and digital timbres. The top pair of
waveforms below show Zeta Reticuli 1 whilst the bottom pair
show the layers added to produce Zeta Reticuli 2
ESP, Emkah, DJ?, Formication: Sat 13 Jan 2007, Orange Tree,
It's a while since I last saw Jez aka Modulator ESP play. His sound
has matured beyond recognition. He is in control of the machines –
and there are a lot of them. Jez has scoured the planet in the quest
for his racks of vintage instruments. This performance gave us a
dense wall of interweaving Phaedra era Berlin School. Lots of flutey,
choral mellotron and huge chunky analogue 8 step sequences. Jez –
this is no criticism, just my preference – I would have liked a
build into a classic Blade runner end-titles sequencer blow-out to
produce that tingly scalp perfection.
Emkah was not my reason for attending the gig. But a very
accomplished set. Just not my cup of tea – a bit too drum machiney
Followed, by a DJ that destroyed the mood and demolished the build
up that the two preceeding acts worked so hard to achieve. Why did
the DJ leave a ghastly sample loop playing for about 15 minutes
after he left the stage???
This left Formication with a lot of work to do. Coupled with a PA
and room acoustic that could not cope with the sonic complexity of
Formication's latest beat driven dark sample synthesis, the
performance did not reach out and captivate - the potential to do so
was clearly there. I had to leave half way through the set so this
review is very much qualified by a number of downer factors. I would
like to hear this performance again at high volume in an
acoustically balanced auditorium and then I would love it.
Finally, a plea to Modulator ESP and Formication – try and find an
esoteric venue that does your respective genius credit – you've
both moved beyond playing in pubs full of a reluctant captive
audience. How about this for an idea – look for sponsors that
stump up investment capital and save up for a bigger splash venue/PA
– you are both ready for the next step up. I would chuck an
unconditional 20 quid in the hat to get things started.
13th January 2007 gig report
Well, I think that all went rather
well. I got a good response to my set, which was quite dar,
with plenty of nasty drones and some pounding sequences, with
some nice ambient interludes as well.
The other two acts were also great, Emkah was doing fairly
commercial stuff, but with mad theremin and MS10 all over it,
Formication were kind of industrial ambient, with the occasional
ambient vocal courtesy of Kingsley and even a few nice sequencey
bits thrown in. I enjoyed this set a lot more than the one last
year, probably because I didn't get the wing mirror ripped off my
car and I didn't get a parking ticket. Oh and free beer and getting
I also gave out a fair few of the neusonik
samplers and got talking to quite a few people, so hopefully I've
made a few contacts who might be able to help out with promotion..
I might even be doing some collaborations with both Emkah and Alec
of Formication as they both wanted me to make them some stuff to
One of the high points of the night was when some girl came across
whilst I was playing and asked me if I'd be doing what I was doing
for much longer as she couldn't stand it, to which my reply was,
'I'm afraid so'. I was not unduly worried, actually I was quite
pleased as I was trying to do something a bit 'edgy' and 'dark' as
the gig had been advertised as 'a grand musical evening of
cacodaemoniacal dissonances; an exhibition of power and other
unimaginable experiments in acabre audio stimuli.'
One of the Formication guys had a
similar experience, some guy came up to him near the end of the
night, shook his hand and said 'you've ruined my evening'. Job done
But I sauppose that's one of the perils of playing a pub on a
Saturday night, lots of people who really didn't know WTF we were
playing. Having said that a few people I spoke to said it was great
because it was so different that it was refreshing.
Gear used: 3 keyboards (VS,
P600 and NM), 2 sequencers (P3 and XL7) one sampler (SP404) one drum
machine (ER-1) and my racks (MWII, WSSR, M-VS1, MS6)
|The Modulator ESP
track Chromium appears on the electronic music sampler neusonik.001
which was given away at the Orange Tree gig.
Full details from the neusonik
website. The full track
Chromengel - Floes
Zeitlos - Blue
4m33s - Daliesque in Steel
Brendan Pollard - Modac
Gliese 614 - Stranded
Hashtronaut - Bottle Universe (concatenated mix)
Create - Goodbye
The Omega Syndicate - Sequencing On A Grand Scale
Phrozenlight - At The Shore Of Antares
Eppie E Hulshof - Hunebed Roll Sequence
Xan Alexander - Layla's Theme
Corporation - Remaining Humanity
Modulator ESP - Chromium
appears on two new albums: the debut 2CD Quadra album
'First Contact' and the 2CD record of the Hampshire
Jam 'Jam' 2006. Both albums are available direct from
AmbientLive using the links on the merchandise
To help celebrate the New Year I've
uploaded a couple of bits of music, the first is a recording of my
gig at the Rose of England on the 25th July last year, the second is
with deep space drones called Zeta Reticuli, both are available to
stream from the music page. Also finally got
round to giving the gear page a long overdue
update. And finally my first gig of 2007 will be with Formication at
the Orange Tree on the 13th January, see gigs
page for details.
Happy New Year
[update - Zeta Reticuli
is now available from the Internet
Archive and the Rose of England set has been released on album Historic
Edition Vol 2]
|A new Modulator ESP
track, Firestorm (NGC 604) appears on the new Ambient
Collective compilation Infinite Space. This is
available as a free download from the Internet
Archive, the full tracklisting is:
01 - Protostar ~ Sonoprint
02 - Sunspots ~ Gregg Plummer
03 - Rings of Saturn ~ 4m33s
04 - Kuiper Belt ~ Philippe Chavaroche
05 - Oort Cloud ~ normal
06 - Vega ~ tf-drone
07 - Ursa Major ~ Mooma
08 - Pillars of Creation ~ Palancar
09 - Incident Report from The Triangulum, NCG 598 (Part I) ~
10 - Firestorm (NGC 604) ~ Modulator ESP
11 - Ultra Deep Field ~ Phrozenlight
12 - Red Giant ~ Michael Meara
13 - White Dwarf ~ Transmission '71
14 - (inside the) supernova ~ mystahr
The limited edition fourth Modulator
ESP album 'Time Zero' is now SOLD OUT
Modulator ESP is
appearing at the Rose of England, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
on Tuesday 25th July supporting Dave Davies. Admission
is FREE and doors are at 8:30pm. See Gigs
page for full details
New track entitled 'Time
Running Out' appears on Awakenings
2005 vol 2
Another review of Time Zero
starts with warbling & rasping synthesizers coupled with
mysterious Mellotron flute. After a while a sequence builds
and we are immediately in mid-70's Tangerine Dream territory.
"Beyond the Sun" has excellent deep intro. Jez made
an excellent job of synthesizing really out-there sounds on
this one. This is cosmic EM of the highest order. I just have
to wonder why they don't use this stuff in movies about cosmos
these days, going for some boring orchestral drek instead.
Excellent sequence starts and what a great sequence it is!
Coupled with a super-punchy bass sound it really has a bite to
it! The Mellotron flute appears in this track as well,
combining to great effect with synthetic textures. This is
Berlin School with a fresh attitude - top notch stuff!
"Quadratic", once again has quite an aggressive
intro, with harsh, raspy sounds and echoing clangs. After a
while a slow sawy bass sequence appears. Another sequence
joins the flow, making this a real wall-of-sound experience.
This is stark, dark and decidedly un-commercial Electronic
Music. The sequences are excellent while the overall nature of
the track remains absolutely otherworldly. I think if you're
into geometry - you will enjoy this. Jez has really managed to
express the beauty of simple geometrical forms with this one -
sort of a dry, naked beauty wrapped in intricate forms. And
where one would be without that Mellotron flute? There's a bit
of that too, but it only appears for the last several seconds
of the track.
Next is "Eos Flight" that initially sets the stage
with deep and mysterious effects & pads. A rhythmic pulse
starts but never dominates. Looks like it's the most laid-back
track so far. Various lead sounds and additional sequences
play on top but overall the track retains that relaxed,
The title track starts with echoes of unknown origin but after
a while we hear some whooshing sounds and very deep bass
throbs. Various other sounds can be heard and this is easily
one of those effective intro's you don't want to end. However,
as we are closing the 10 minute mark, a slow bass / rhythm
combination starts and takes us to the next section that is
dominated by ever-so-slightly shifting and morphing rhythms,
all of them of the laid-back variety. This is an unusual track
indeed and it's unlike anything I've heard from Jez so far. A
great lead line is heard around the 16 minute mark. Another
sequence appears as the lead line continues its play. Some
heavier rhythms can be heard after 20 minutes into the track
that has turned into quite a journey by now. Superb
analogue-sounding solos add a pleasant warmness and really
make me go "wow!" This is quite simply some of the
best neo-prog EM I've heard in a while. Fans of Berlin School
will be delighted, especially those who favour complex,
long-form compositions with great rhythms, lots of sequences,
atmospheres and a sparkling solo or two to boost. One thing to
add is that Jez' sound is now much more refined (compared to
previous efforts) and supplied with a good dose of reverb,
adding the pleasant "spaciness" to his compositions.
He seems to have put much more effort in his songs which are
now better thought-out and composed with a level of precision
and feeling that many would be jealous of. The last part of
the title track lets the sequences to shine in all their glory
and adds a new bell-like sequence that sounds very organic. A
mournful pad sound is all one needs to complete the mental
picture of traveling through space & time. The journey's
over and we want more.
But wait, Jez serves us a little dessert in the form of
"Chromium". It consists of typical "Modulator
ESP" atmospheres - all in a mysterious and a bit
claustrophobic setting. Interesting little track.
"Time Zero" is the best Modulator ESP album so far
and a real must for fans of Berlin School / sequencer music.
by Artemi Pugachov - Encyclopedia
of Electronic Music
Several old pieces and two new
pieces are available from the Modulator ESP ArtistServer
site. These are improvisation composed using just the
sequencers in the Nord Modular:
Xperiment 01 is an experiment using multiple layers of
shifting sequences, ebbing, flowing and morphing. One slot was
used for sequences and another was used for background noise
effects. This one turned out to be quite 'Berlin School' like.
Xperiment 02 is another experiment, this time with more
random sequences. Sort of minimal chaotic ambient. [update -
both released on album Historic
Edition Vol 4]
Reviews of Time Zero
Today I took delivery
of his fourth album,Time Zero.A very different beast and a
move to the dark side of the force, but the same brilliance
permeates this album too.These days Jez produces music and i
berlin school and progressive influences", and man does
he do this well too This has to be one of the best albums of
this type I have ever listened to.Jez is a hugely skilled
and talented musician and when he adds some of his
melodic touches to the mix from time to time, well it just
blows the top of my head off. The word genius comes to mind,
he's that good in my opinion..
I really do highly recommend this album to all lovers of
ambient, berlin school type music. Don't expect sequencers
cranked up to level 11.There are sequencers here but they are
used as part of the overall texture of the music, and rarely
dominate, and this is right up my street. Superb!!!
If you fancy getting a copy of this album you'd better hurry
as he's initially released it as a 25 copy limited edition,of
which i'm lucky enough to have no 3. Don't say you weren't
Review posted by Roy Jackson
on Beyond EM 05.04.06 - I think he liked it
Thoughts on "Time
Well, a very nice album indeed. Listened to it yesterday and
shall certainly be listening again. Anybody who has seen a Jez
set will recognise the character of these studio solo pieces.
Really well recorded, too. The lengthy title track is the
superb centrepiece of the set, but the standout track for me
is the gorgeous "Eos Flight", with its sequence,
faux-percussion and a wonderful solo over the top. Beautifully
judged. Nice one Jez, this is great stuff. "Eos
Flight" should be appearing on "The Best EM
2006" if there was such a thing!
Posted by Steve Palmer
(Mooch) on the Modulator ESP Forum
Been listening to this since
I got home.
Tronic Pulse - Great Flutey Tron sounds
Beyond The Sun - Very dark and brooding
Quadratic - Great sequencing and more fab Tron sounds at the
Eos Flight - The most orchestral track on the album. Another
great sequence lurks in the background with some cool spacey
Time Zero - Epic Ambient Fantastic
Chromium - Rounds the album off as perfectly as Sequent C
I have 3 other Jez albums but I think thia is going to be the
most played one. Considering the tracks were recorded over a 3
year period, they all fit together perfectly as though they
were all recorded at the same sessions. Up there with The
Lambda Variant as my favourite EM release so far this year.
Posted by Gus on the
Modulator ESP Forum
Well, I played it once and
immediately hit the "Play" button again once it had
finished - a good sign. All in all, a really enjoyable album
from start to finish. Highlights so far for me are "Eos
Flight" and also "Beyond The Sun" especially
the patient way the sequencers are introduced into the track.
"Time Zero" title track is aptly named as I just
float off and lose all track of time in the process, it is a
meandering epic with vast distances and moods being covered
over the course of its thirty six and a half minutes.
Rather like the works of Ken Martin, this is an album that
demands your total immersion to fully appreciate the nuances
and depth. Mr Creek firmly has his finger on the celestial
pulse with "Time Zero".
Posted by Steve Streeter
(Endorphin) on the Modulator ESP Forum
Time Zero the fourth album from Modulator ESP,
is now available to order from the Merchandise
page. It is a limited
edition of 25 copies, hand-numbered and signed. Further details are
availble from the Time Zero page.
next Modulator ESP album is due for release at the next
gig in Shrewsbury on 2nd May 2006.
The album is called Time Zero and will contain a
selection of unreleased studio and live recordings. The
provisional track listing at the moment is:
1. Tronic Pulse (Retro Improv)
2. Eos Flight
5. Undecided as yet (possibly something new, if not, one
of the catalog of studio and live improvs currently
residing on the hard drive)
6. Time Zero
It will be a
limited edition CDR release, probably of about 25
copies. Each copy will be individually numbered and
signed. Let me know if you'd like a copy reserving
New track Retro Improv added to
the Music page, this was
a just a simple improvisation using the Mellotron flute sound
from my new Roland MVS1 sound module. [update - released on
album Time Zero]
New track Quadratic added to the
Music page, this was a
tryout for the recent Quadra Jam at Brendan Pollard's studio
in Bedford. [update - released on album Time
Had a move round in the studio
over the weekend - new studio pictures added to the Images
Modulator ESP now has ArtistServer
accounts. Please check out my pages and my friends. There is
also a new Modulator ESP Forum
for the discussion of my music and Electronic music in
Photos from my secret rehearsal
gig at Bunkers Hill on Friday 13th January are now available
from the Images
Part One of the Modulator ESP
set from the electro-music.com
New Years Eve Event has been added to the Music
page. The piece is called Time Zero because it was performed
from 00:00 on the 1st January 2006 [update - released on album
Modulator ESP performed
a one hour improvised set at midnight on New Year's Eve that
was streamed live on
as part of the electro-music.com
New Years Eve Event. See screen grab below showing the
schedule for this historic event, possibly the worlds first
live international streaming concert. Will hopefully post mp3s as soon as I
have time to transfer the recording to my PC. Hopefully
the other performers sets will also be made available as there
was some great music.
Happy New Year
Modulator ESP has
submitted an exclusive track entitled 'Gynomatik' for the Awakenings
2006 Vol 1 set due for release in 2006.
ESP track Tsunami will also be featured on
the CD that accompanies issue 10 of the electronic music magazine e-dition.
Here's a review by Artemi Pugachov: 'Modulator
ESP gives us "Tsunami" that was created on a
Roland SH-101, a Roland Juno-106 and a Doepfer MAQ 16/3
analog sequencer. This track has a lot of Eastern
feeling to it, with a slow bass sequence, some oriental
sounding flute leads and no-nonsense fx. The second
part, however features a faster, stronger sequence,
while the track literally overflows with fx. This sounds
like a feeding frenzy after the serene tea-drinking
ceremony that preceded it. Sequencer heads take note -
this track will have your head spinning, it's so
sequencer-heavy. I think you will enjoy this one.'
Eos Flight an old track I
found lurking on my hard disk recorder, has been updated,
re-mixed and uploaded for your listening pleasure. Find it on
page. [update - released on album Time
ESP track Tsunami has been chosen for
inclusion in the Groove
The full track listing is:
Analogue Revival [8:02]
Remotion - Freeflight [5:17]
Loren Nerell, Steve Roach, Chuck Oken - Zone Patrol
Paul Ellis & Steve Roach - Where are you? [5:58]
4m33s - Elegy [3:56]
Gert Emmens - The Morning after [6:23]
Syn - Viking Mission II [7:52]
Russell Storey - Cosmic Kiwi [6:43]
Kees Aerts - Grey Keys [7:45]
Altres - Brain Flame [7:54]
Modulator ESP - Tsunami [5:18]
Ian Tescee - Aquamarine [3:49]
links to enable purchasing of all my merchandise have been
added to the Merchandise page.
Modulator ESP is
appearing at Bunkers Hill Inn, Hockley, Nottingham
on Sunday 4th September supporting Dave Davies. Admission
is FREE and doors are at 8:30pm.
gallery from the gig with David Davies at the Rose of England
on 04.06.05 has now been added to the Images
page. My account of the gig is on my blog.
Modulator ESP track Transpatial (from the Awakenings
2005 CD) was played on the US radio show EMUSIC
on 26th May 2005.
Modulator ESP is
appearing at the Rose of England, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
on Saturday 4th June supporting Dave Davies. Admission
is FREE and doors are at 8:30pm.
of Backwards, the first piece from my Awakenings gig last
month is now available to download from the Music
page. [update - released on album Historic
Edition Vol 3]
photo gallery of updated studio pictures added to the Images
page. Gear page updated and
gallery from the Awakenings gig at the Brudenell in Leeds on
22.04.05 supporting Ron Boots has now been added to the Images
page. More photos are available from the Awakenings
site and my account of the gig is on my blog.
ESP index page Hit Counter has passed the 2,000 hits mark
, which is quite spooky really as today is the day of my
'biggest' gig ever so here's hoping it all goes to plan.
and Gear pages have been updated, with
Dark Star Voyage finally uploaded to this site (in 4 parts)
and lots of gear added to the Gear page.
I've recently uploaded full MP3s
for all of part two of Random Fluctuations to the site (see Music)
and re-vamped several pages, including the recordings pages
and the Spiritland
Gus and Helen featured another of my pieces,
Dark Horizon, on the first programme of their new
Electronic Music show 'Static Interference' on AiiRadio.net.
The show is to air monthly on the last Thursday of the month between 2-4pm EST/7-9pm GMT
and is well worth a listen.
The AiiRadio All
Electronic/Synth show with Gus featured two of my pieces, Wardance
and Chromium, here's hoping there's another one soon as
it was an excellent show with a diverse range of music. Thanks
to Gus and Helen for plugging the Awakenings gigs.
ESP on AiiRadio.net:
of my music is going to be featured on AIIRadio between 2-4pm EST/7-9pm GMT on
Thursday 3rd Feb 2005. Click on the banner below - Realplayer
10 required. Drop me a line if you catch the show.
|Site Stats: in
2004 the best month was August with
716 visits, however in 2005 there have already been 793 visits
in January alone so it looks like things are looking up.
2005 3CDR set is now available
Modulator ESP has two tracks featured on the new
Awakenings 2005 3 CDR set.
CD1 features the exclusive track 'Transpatial' recorded
live during the practice sessions for my November
Awakenings gig last year and CD3 features 'Dark Star
Voyage', recorded at my first ever live
The full track-listing and details of how to order are
available from the Awakenings
Thanks to John Sherwood for organising this.
has now been online for one year.
I have just upgraded my hosting account and now have much more
web space so will be adding lots of stuff over the coming
months, including some older music and some more experimental stuff.
Astrogator, my joint EM project with Steve H (Create) now has it's own site
Thanks to everyone who has been supportive over the last year,
let's hope 2005 is equally successful. See you at Awakenings
Thanks, Jez C
Another Modulator ESP album
review by Artemi Pugachov has been added to the: Encyclopedia of Electronic
Music (review copied below for convenience, typos
Fluctuations (self-released, 2001)
Fluctuations' is a two-part electronic suite composed and
recorded by Jez Creek in 2001. Each part is divided into
several sections that all have their own subtitles, so in the
end it's kind of a musical story. By listening to Jez' music,
I'd venture that he has Prog rock background - there is a sense
of thematic development and multiple part transitions typical
of classic Progressive Rock works and also some classic EM
albums like Tangerine
Dream's 'Tangram' or 'Logos'. So, if
you like early 80's Tangerine
Dream or the music of Mark
Shreeve, then this CD is for you. It's also quite
symphonic sounding, with great dynamics and rhythms.
sounds get the first part underway. Soon subtle bass textures
are introduced as the soundscape becomes even more intense.
This is brooding music - very good stuff. After the 6 minute
mark the rhythms are deployed full-time as well as some solos
and sequences. I found my head nodding as I listened to this.
Great themes and melodies! All is quite and mysterious again
after 9 minutes into the track. Of course this section is a
transition to the next part that has some warm flowing pads
and is surprisingly gentle. Very, very good! Slow rhythm keeps
things tight, while the melodies do soar in the sonic ether in
a soothing and comforting way. There's even a hint of
solemnity in there. The rhythm becomes faster and there are
some symphonic textures that strongly remind of 'Tangram'-era TD.
This is uplifting EM at it's best. And, oh, those solos...! It
reminds me on EM from the days gone by. The track ends rather
The second part starts with dramatic string/ drum
section. Pretty suspenseful stuff. Some e-drums are introduced
along with a melodic sequence and we have a rhythmic section
that's halfway between sad and mysterious. The dramatic
strings and drums return after a while, sounding like an
orchestral movie soundtrack. This time the string sounds are
combined with the electronic rhythm and piano playing. Some
great synth soloing is also welcome. There's a short
intermission after which we get upbeat sequencer lines and a
fast theme depicting the war I guess (according to the
subtitle). Some very 80's electronic drums (Simmons-like) are
used to great effect here. A piano theme comes next, with the
sounds of wind in the background. The rhythmic elements do not
take long to appear and take control of the proceedings. It's
a mysterious and somewhat reflective part. Some processed
voices are heard as the screaming solo takes over after 17
minutes into the track. Everything fits perfectly - from
voices, to rhythms, to sequences, solos and atmospheres. It
all calms down and all we hear for a while are phased /
processed synth pads along with some recurring effects. But
after a while another excellent melodic motif appears. I loved
this part - very complex, even reminding a bit on some of Klaus
Schulze material from the 80's. The final section starts
with bleeping synths and upbeat rhythm. This is a bit techno
influenced (mainly in the rhythms department). I loved the
urgent electric piano motif although the main theme is a bit
too "techno" for my taste.
Fluctuations' is a darn fine album of melodic thematic
Electronic Music, that those into most of vintage EM will
enjoy, be it early 80's Tangerine Dream, the less sequenced Mark
Shreeve, some 70's Vangelis
or even Dave
Greenslade's 'Pentateuch of the Cosmogony'.
a bad review, well I'm happy anyway, the only shame is that he
likes the old stuff more than my more recent works. It looks
like I'm going to have to try to combine the new with the old.
In fact on reflection this is much better than I could ever
have hoped for
official Modulator ESP album reviews by Artemi Pugachov are available now from
the Russian site: Encyclopedia of Electronic
Music (reviews copied below for convenience, typos
Sequences (2004), Time Clouds Distant Memory (2004)
Modulator ESP is Jez Creek who
makes sequencey, largely improvised music. Both albums from
2004 are live minidisc recordings from concert performances.
All tracks are improvised using pre-prepared sequences,
vaguely in the Berlin
School mould. The sound quality is nice but I'd prefer
more reverb - the sound is a bit dry to my ears.
Excursion Sequences starts with 'Dark Star
Voyage', which is a lengthy suite with multiple parts.
The structure is a bit loose, so you kinda know this is a live
recording when you listen to it. Some nice textures, but as
I've said earlier I prefer a more spacey, reverbed sound. Nice
sequencing and solos, though. 'Silent Planet' is a
nice mysterious track (that also includes rather cheerful
sequences towards the end) with repeating bass motif and good
sequences / rhythm combination. 'Chaos Theory' is a
chaotic (pun intended) and busy sequencer track (which
initially makes use of sequence similar to that on the
The second live album starts with
Clouds' that has an atmospheric introduction with pads
and soundscapes, but after a while melodic motifs and,
subsequently, rhythmic sequences are introduced that drive the
rest of the track along in a relaxed, unhurried mode. You will
encounter some pretty tasty solos along the way. The second
track is called 'Astral Dreams'. There's an abstract
beginning with noises, soundscapes and stuff, but the
sequences ought to appear sooner or later, and voila! - they
do as we are nearing the 3 minute mark. Low threatening chords
are heard as we are propelled forward at a pace faster than
usual with Modulator's recordings. I think it's the best of
his live tracks (despite some use of preset choir sounds)- the
sequencing is very competent here - pure New
Berlin School, a bit trancey and yet more like prog EM.
The title of the last track is 'Dark Star Voyage' -
the same as the first track on Reality Excursion Sequences,
but it's a totally different version. It starts with a
reflective piano part that gives way to rhythmic notes and in
the end it's another mid-paced sequencer track, in typical
Modulator ESP style.
They're not bad reviews are they, my
sequencing is 'very competent' and there are some 'pretty
tasty solos', though it looks like I'm going to have to buy a
reverb processor and sort out some new choir sounds. It was a
different sequence for Chaos Theory, but probably quite
from Chesterfield Jam with Steve Humphries aka Create on 13
and 14 November 2004 have been added to the Images
page. [Edit 09.01.05 - moved to Astrogator website] Visit my blog for the full
track now available to stream or download from Soundclick. Entitled
The Eclipse this is an improvisation recorded direct to
hard disk on 2.11.04 during the preparations for my gig on the
und Drang II is now available to stream or download from Soundclick.
The Bio page has been updated with
some text on the Evolution
of Modulator ESP
track added to the Music
page. Entitled Sturm und Drang II this is the second
piece played at my gig at Peggers on Sunday 3rd October 2004.
Photos from the 7th November gig have now been added to the Images
page and the Awakenings
ESP Studio Pictures and new wallpaper have been added to the Images
page. Home page, Recordings pages and Gigs page have been
re-designed. Gear page has been updated and extended.
ESP index page Hit Counter has passed the 1,000 hits mark
page updated with new artist description and link to Retro EM
a Soundclick Radio station featuring Modulator ESP
track from my first live cd 'Reality Excursion Sequences' - Silent
Planet - added to the Music
page. This was recorded live at Bunkers Hill, Nottingham, UK
due to restrictions with the amount of webspace I have and the
large size of audio files, Modulator ESP mp3s are
hosted at http://www.soundclick.com/modulator
However a new Music
page has been added for linking to extra bonus tracks which
are stored on the Modulator ESP site. The first new track
added to it is a piece called Chromium
ESP is now a member of two webrings, the Electronic Music
webring and the Space Music and Floating Ambient
webring, links are on the home page. I have also just set up a
weblog for regular updates on Modulator ESP at Blogger,
link via top of this page and home page to http://modulator_esp.blogspot.com/
This will feature all the latest news and info on Modulator
ESP as part of my online journal. Please feel free to add any
have booked the week of 12-16th July off work to begin
recording studio versions of 'Dark Star Voyage', 'Silent
Planet', 'Time Clouds' and 'Astral Dreams'. The plan is to take
the ideas generated from the live improvisations and record
enhanced versions, using my newly acquired 16 track recorder.
The new versions will be planned improvisations, with overdubs
if necessary. Hopefully this will produce 1 or 2 CDs of
material for a proper release. There will probably be
extra tracks and maybe even some ambient guitar and hand
percussion [if I can still remember how to play the guitar
links have been updated with many extra links and split into
two categories, 'rock' and 'electronic' to aid navigation.
Contact me if you would like a link to your site adding, with
graphics if possible.
track 'Dark Star Voyage' is now available for FREE streaming and downloading
(click on music
to go directly to download page). Because it is quite long it
has been chopped into 4 parts. Part One recently reached
number 34 in the Soundclick Ambient chart.
page added for 'Time
Clouds Distant Memory' and Merchandise
gallery added to the Images
page from last gig at Peggers. Thanks to Peter Challoner
for taking the photos. Full report below. At present
there are no more gigs planned for a while, as I intend
to take a break from performance to re-record some of
the music generated from the gigs in the studio in order
to consilidate and hopefully improve on them.
[Gig Report for Peggars
A fairly average turnout to a free gig. Thanks to those who came,
particularly Pete Challoner for technical (roadie) assistance and
photos and first-timers Dan, Jenny and Joe.
Dave Davies once more opened the proceedings, stepping into the
breach at the eleventh hour after the Did didn't, with a set
of songs on acoustic guitar and vocals comprising
mainly of his own material.
For me this gig went a lot better than the last, perhaps because I was
feeling less nervous and perhaps because I had lots more new
material prepared for this one. Also for once there were no
technical problems, which had caused some trouble at previous gigs.
As Dave was only playing guitar I had room in the car to bring more
lights and even my smoke machine, which all added to the
The set comprised of three pieces: 'time clouds', 'astral dreams'
and version 3 of 'dark star voyage' and will shortly be available from
the Merchandise page as my second live
cd - 'Time Clouds Distant Memory'
gallery added to the Images
page from last gig at Bunker's Hill. Thanks to Nereta for the
photos of me 'in action'. Needless to say I took the
lovely gear shots :-)) New
pages added for Merchandise
and 'Reality Excursion
Website menu system has been re-organised to take account of
||[Gig Report for Bunker's Hill
A much better turn out than last time, in fact for
most of the evening the only people in the pub were upstairs
watching us perform.
Dave Davies was support this time round and his performance started
with a well received ambient
instrumental on keyboard, electribe synthesizer and drum machine then performed a set
of songs on acoustic guitar and vocals
mainly comprising of his own material.
Musically I re-used a lot of the main sequences/ themes from the
last gig, but also incorporated some new ones and as usual nothing
came out exactly as planned. After a false start I managed to set
the minidisc to record. I found this gig harder and less enjoyable,
perhaps due to actually having an audience this time.
The set included extended versions of 'dark star voyage' and 'silent
planet' with a completely different version of 'chaos theory' as an
encore, parts of which may be used in a future release.
Modulator ESP gig booked for 28/03/04 @ Pegger's - see Gigs
for details and brief review of last Bunker's Hill gig.
gallery added to the Images
page from recent gig at Bunker's Hill. Thanks to Pete
Challoner for the photos. The live recording of the gig
turned out pretty well, and initial reaction from those
who have heard it is very positive.
||[Gig Report for Bunker's Hill
Well, the gig was a success on all counts except one:
organisationally everything went very smoothly, with only minor
hiccups; musically I played for over an hour and managed to remember
to hit 'record' on the minidisc (so hopefully this will be available
soon, after a few minor edits); but unfortunately there was a very
low turnout. It seems no-one wants to go out and support live music,
well not on a Sunday in Nottingham anyway.
However, honorable mentions must go to Peter Challoner and Alan
Walker for services rendered in helping setting up and dismantling the
gear. Hopefully they also enjoyed the show. They both took photos so
if they turn out well some will no doubt be added to the images
page. Anyway time to start getting ready for the next one - for
details see above...
(the next one may actually take place downstairs in the main bar -
apparently the guy on the bar liked my set and told the landlady,
who thought it might go down well with those downstairs - well you
never can tell!!)
Dave Davies performed a well received set on acoustic guitar and vocals
mainly comprising of his own material then performed an ambient
instrumental on keyboard and drum machine.
Modulator ESP gig booked for 29/02/04 @ Bunkers Hill - see Gigs
for details and brief review of last Bunker's Hill gig.
Email Address, Guestbook and Hit Counter added to the site.
much preparation www.modulator-esp.co.uk is now online
and will be updated regularly.
music is now available for streaming and downloading from http:www.soundclick.com/shadowdancer
(click on music
to go directly to download page).
ever Modulator gig booked for 25/01/04 @ Bunkers Hill - see Gigs
music is now available for streaming and downloading from http://www.soundclick.com/modulator
(click on music
to go directly to download page).