Acid Test TB-303
It may be Sunday night. Work may be in prospect in the morning. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be losing ourselves to the acid. You take the Elektro Punkz ‘Acid Test’ compilation. This is a tribute to the classic Roland 303 Bassline Synth. It’s not all furious techno, battering you to submission. It’s a lot more sophisticated than that but still packs an essential acid punch.
I didn’t know until reading the accompanying blurb that “The TB-303 (short for “Transistor Bass”) was originally marketed to guitarists for bass accompaniment while practicing alone. It was not until the mid- to late-1980s that DJs and electronic musicians found a use for the machine in the context of the newly developing house and acid music genres.”
With so many good tracks in this comp it’s hard to pick a winner. It’s be easier to pick the ones that aren’t good. The comp gets off to a welcome wrong-footing start with the Electro Punkz’ ambientish brief history lesson Acid Test Intro. There are quality offerings from Redshifter, Ron S and Nachtkind.
Acid Test Intro
Blurb: The 1st instalment of the Acid Test compilation is a tribute to the classic Roland 303 Bassline Synth, built from 1982 to 1984. This synthesizer had a defining role in the development of contemporary electronic dance music.
The TB-303 (short for “Transistor Bass”) was originally marketed to guitarists for bass accompaniment while practicing alone. It was not until the mid- to late-1980s that DJs and electronic musicians found a use for the machine in the context of the newly developing house and acid music genres.
For this compilation, we present you a selection of 16 outstanding Electronic Music Producers, that we gave one simple mission. To create an exclusive track for this compilation, which glorifies the various uses of the Roland 303 Synthesizer, There are no genre restrictions.
Each producer is specialised in their own genre. Industrial, Dance, Acid, Breakbeat, House, Techno, IDM, Tech House, Ambient, Minimal, Deep House, Electronica & Crossover. They have got it al covered. Each producer used their own equipment, hardware, software or hybrid set-ups. And now they show us what they can do.
On this compilation you can hear the real Roland 303, many software emulations (by the likes of D16, Audiorealism, Propellerheads, Uhe, Native Instruments) but most producers used hardware or one of it’s clones, like the Aira TB3, Bassbots, Grooveboxes, MB33 Retro’s, Microbrute’s, MInilogue’s, DSI Mopho’s, Electribes & Volca’s. And we are curious, if you can hear the difference?
No restrictions, no limits. This compilation is Indeed a decisive, critical test.
To keep everything universal and in line with the compilation, all songs are simply named Acid Test. The number behind it, is chosen by each individual producer. Be it their lucky number, favorite Synthesizer, Birthday of a child or birthyear of their wife. If you follow the description and links provided with each track, you probably find out a lot more.
We wish you much pleasure listening to Acid Test …
The Elektro Punkz Team.