Cavern of Anti-Matter is the Berlin-based project lead by Tim Gane (Stereolab) with Joe Dilworth (Th’ Faith Healers/Stereolab) and Holger Zapf. They have announced the release of a new album. Hormone Lemonade is out on march 23rd via Duophonic. It sees the band heavily utilising the sounds of modular synths and home-built drum machines, with minimal guitar melodies and live drum kit. “Make Out Fade Out” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
The album’s genesis was in the self-constructed rhythm machines of band member Holger Zapf – the Taktron Z3 and Taktron Z2 – being recorded to tape during three one-hour sessions. These sessions also included the use of 70s Hohner and Eko drum machines. Holger played his parts in a free-form way and the BPM varied wildly, as it wasn’t possible to sync it to any outside controllers.
Tim Gane edited these initial jams into useable chunks and proceeded to overdub each new rhythmic part with basic musical ideas, keeping in tune to the hum of the machines and retaining the feel of the inherent pulse. Joe Dilworth arrived to lay down a beat over these minimal backing tracks, going with the flow as best he could.
In the following months the music was fleshed-out using various synths and sequencers from Roland, Arp, Oberheim and Holger’s modular synth set up. As well as many of the bass and sequencer parts the modular also supplied the chords, by tuning each one of its five oscillators to specific notes and intervals.