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Tone Science Module No​.​8 Tone Science Live (DiN​:​TS08)

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themilkman How can you realistically select just one set as your favourite in this absolutely awesome collection? Even by the standards set by previous volumes in the series, this eight volume is outstanding. Each set is absolutely perfect but I must admit Nigel Mullaney’s took my breath away and had me punching the air at around the 22 minute mark. This is the essence of what attracted me to electronic music way back when I first heard Jean Michel Jarre’s Oxygène 4 in the late 70s. Just beautiful Favorite track: TSL Set 2.
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Martin Doudoroff I find most live modular sets tedious, but curator Ian Boddy can put together a 2.5 hour live record I’ll actually listen to and enjoy. Favorite track: TSL Set 2.


Tone Science sub-label, from DiN records, continues to explore the world of modular synth music.

The first seven volumes on the Tone Science sub-label featured 63 musicians (9 on each album) with varying backgrounds and styles, showcasing the wonderful richness and variety inherent in the world of modular synthesis. The next step was to transfer this concept to a live performance and hence the inaugural Tone Science Live concert, which took place at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool on the evening of 22nd April 2023.

All five musicians were set up onstage simultaneously and each played solo before joining together at the end. Field Lines Cartographer opened the evening with a beautiful set full of glistening textures and pulsating oscillations. Next came Nigel Mullaney with a more upbeat performance, featuring the famous “Pale Blue Dot” speech from Carl Sagan which seemed very appropriate as the 22nd April was Earth Day. After a short interval, Polypores took to the stage with a breath-taking display of modular synth virtuosity, with him constantly shifting and morphing the myriad sequencer patterns and tones emanating from his modular system. DiN label boss Ian Boddy followed with a sonic trip through four ambient sections, seamlessly mixing minimal ambience with vibrant pulsing sequencers before falling away to a tranquil conclusion. After another short break, Scanner played a stunning set featuring field recordings and disarming vocal samples and building up a monumental industrial rhythm from the simplest of ingredients.

The evening ended in fine style with all five musicians taking to the stage and performing an ambient drone piece inspired by the early American minimalist composers. At the helm was Scanner, mixing and shaping the overall sound of the music as it slowly grew in intensity to fill the hall with a mesmerising wash of tones. A fitting end to what was a fantastic evening of music from five musicians coaxing such varied and beautiful sounds from their small modular systems.

The entire evening is presented as a double CD in a 6-panel Digipak with accompanying 8 page booklet. A must-have album for followers of the Tone Science series.


released October 6, 2023

Mastered by Ian Boddy.
Peformed at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool on 22nd April 2023.

Thanks to:
Neil Campbell at the Capstone Theatre
Mark Wagstaff for PA & lights
Ben “DivKid” for MC duties
Alan Smith & Phil Booth for photography
Wendy Carroll & Meghann Mullaney the Merch Queens

AJH Synth
Electronic Sound
Sound On Sound


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The DiN ambient label was set up by Ian Boddy in 1999 to release ambient electronica that bridged the gap between the analogue sound of the early 70's synth pioneers and the digital soundscapes of the more experimental modern exponents of electronic music. ... more

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