Throughout the pandemic, people have been looking for ways to cultivate new skills and explore their creativity (or, to see how many times Netflix asks, "are you still there?"). At the dawn of the stay-at-home orders, Moog Music launched an app to encourage music experimentation right from your palm. Now, almost exactly a year later, they've kicked it up with the Moog Sound Studio, a "semi-modular synthesizer experience" that comes complete with all the equipment, cables, and accessories you need to get started. The Moog Sound Studio comes in two varities: the Mother-32 & DFAM synthesizers (which features a step sequencer and 64 slots of sequence memory) or the Subharmonicon & DFAM (which offers six-tone subharmonic chord shapes and polyrhythmic sequences).
To launch the new home-studio system, Moog has released the seven-song EP Explorations in Analog Synthesis, inviting artists like Bonobo, Julianna Barwick, Ela Minus, Dan Deacon, Martial Canterel, and Peter Cottontale to contribute tracks they created using it. Today, KEXP is premiering the contribution from artist/activist Madame Gandhi, who wow'ed us with her performance at our 2019 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival broadcast.
We asked Madame Gandhi about her experience crafting her track "Bending Time." As a former drummer for M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, we knew she'd utilize the percussive features in a fascinating way. (And, we learned what DFAM stands for!)
Sound & Vision host Emily Fox spoke with artist and activist about gender parity in the music industry.
Kiran Gandhi talks activism, feminine energy, using art for social change, and her new EP 'Visions.'
Our second day at Kex Hostel represented the diverse array of music and nations represented at the festival – from American feminist hip-hop and Finnish post-punk to teenage Icelandic punk and a fiery slowcore act with members from all around the world.