Tag Archives: microchip junky

D.E.F. Radio – 2nd August 2016: Best of Depeche Mode (excluding singles) (part 1)

As selected by listeners:

Doncaster Electronic Foundation – D.E.F. Theme 2016
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (for Jay Smith)
Deviant UK – Access Denied
Depeche Mode – Surrender (for Samantha Smith)
Depeche Mode – Should Be Higher (for John Peacey)
Microchip Junky – Punk Out
Depeche Mode – My Joy (for Sebastien Deruwez)
Shiny Darkness – Bitter Kiss
Depeche Mode – Shout (for Rob Green)
The Department – Skin Vultures
Depeche Mode – Something to Do (for Dean Clarke/ Jason Pearson)
Brutalist Architecture in the Sun – Popular Lies
Depeche Mode – Told You So (for Chris Mines/ Jamie Jamal)
This Human Condition – Telepathic Heights (Club Mix)
Depeche Mode – Route 66 (for Barbara Moser)
Darksynth FX – Neon Melancholy
Depeche Mode – Alone (for Ilya Vitalysson Blinov)
Depeche Mode – In Your Memory (for Mat Handley/ Keith Whitham)
Natasha Cobold – Galactican
Depeche Mode – Puppets (for Nina Dove)
Damsel in the Dollhouse – Forever Knight
The Overload – Concrete Island
Depeche Mode – Nodisco (for Steve Lamb)
Voxtrot Alpha – Want You To Stay
Depeche Mode – Pipeline (for Simon Helm)
Depeche Mode – Clean (for Emese Árvai-Illés / Geoff Martin)
Black Nail Cabaret – Criticial Cult of Dora
Blott – Things Will Never Be The Same
Depeche Mode – Blue Dress (for Andrew Heighway)
Depeche Mode – If You Want (for Mike Cooper_
Depeche Mode – Lie To Me (for Mark Brooks)
Your Silent Face – Sun and the Rainfall (ft Parralox)
Night Club – Bad Girl
Depeche Mode – Nothing (for Andy Buckle)
Icicle Boy – End of Days
Ds73 ft Amanda Jane Rogers – Recovery
Depeche Mode – Dangerous (For Lee Lambeck)
You & Me Both – Your Love

Leave a Comment

Filed under podcast

D.E.F. Radio 24th August 2015 – Passion Play’s Icelandic Day


1. D.E.F. Theme by Doncaster Electronic Foundation
2. Girl and the Robot by Robyn + Royksopp
3. Hexatony by Hexamoten
4. Hvernig á að særa vini sína by Múm
5. Brighter Days by FM Belftast
6. Hrafnar by Samaris
7. All is Full Of Love by Bjork
8. Svörtu Augun Þín by Úlfur Úlfur
9. Indendaro by Hekla
10. Desire (Live Airwaves 2004) by GusGus
11. You Again by Árstíðir
12. Monster Forest by Berndsen
13. Hypnose by Ólöf Arnalds
14. Perfect Menagerie (Ft Countess M) by Nature of Wires
15. Dirty Electronic by Microchip Junky
16. Then and Now by Touching the Void
17. Full Moon by Lucky + Love

Leave a Comment

Filed under podcast

Doncaster Electronic Foundation Radio 20th July 2015 – New Releases Show

1. D.E.F. Theme by Doncaster Electronic Foundation

2.Change by Daybehavior
Official Site

3.I Believe by Lola Dutronic

4.Difficult Times by Blott

5.Mars b y Lucky & Love
official site

6.We Kill All (Ft Countess M) by Nature of Wires

7.Disengage by Teslacoil

8.Kill Your Demons by The Alpha Video

9.Sicko by Kevin Lux
Official site

10.Who Stole My Chips by Microchip Junky

Leave a Comment

Filed under podcast

New release news 5th May 2015

Our good friend, Microchip Junky has put out a a new release of delightful analogue bleeps and bloops called ‘Spot Wobble’. You can grab it for a ridiculously cheap £1 and that gets you 6 different mixes and that’s basically like getting it for free. Have a listen to it here:

One of Yorkshire’s best new synth bands last year was Berlyn Trilogy headed by Dorian Cramm. He opted to leave that project behind and has now begun a new one under the name of Promenade Cinema where he is joined by Blurred Girl, who as you may recall joined us for a euro cheese special at the end of 2013 and was briefly a part of Jan Doyle Band. To us it sounds like the perfect evolution from the work he did within Berlyn Trilogy, keeping a sonic theme but moving on into even greater more expressive territory. Here’s a Chemical Haunting, it will delight your ears muchly.

Bluetown Electronica’s Paul Randall released a new EP yesterday as his excellent Tesla Coil project. It’s called Beltek and continues his delight form for superb off kilter unusual beat arrangements. What’s more is it’s totally free. Can’t get cheaper than free. Also it was his birthday yesterday so happy birthday Paul! Keep up the creativity

Jan Doyle Band played live in Lancaster at the weekend and also did a dark DJ set of goth and other things which you can listen to on mixcloud here:

Jan Doyle Band Dj set @ Dark Side of the Lune 2nd May 2015 by Defsynth on Mixcloud

That’s all for now, until next time!

1 Comment

Filed under News

Hypernoise 30XX Mode (yeh!)

Before I continue, you must agree that the title got you intrigued, right? Hypernoise 30xx mode! Read on, and all will be revealed.

During a recent conversation with a certain Mr Williams, it was suggested to me that I write on here about my synthesizers. What I didn’t want to do was write yet another synth review on each that I own, as the t’interweb is awash with such articles. So I wanted to either reminisce about buying synths, or talk about their aesthetics, or how they sit in my setup; give a user’s perspective rather than just a rundown of their specs.

I’m quite sure DAW (Derek) wasn’t expecting this post. I think he was rather hoping to read about some 30 year old analog monster, but I’m going to rant about a recent addition to my family instead :) (I’ll save the analog monsters for another time)

The Nebulophone.


Designed at Bleep Labs in Austin, Texas early 2010, the Nebulophone has been described as a “Stylophone on crack.” Indeed, a stylus is used to play, but sound-wise, it leaves the Stylophone dead in the water. It’s an Arduino (Even I don’t know that one. I presume it’s this – Ed) based synth that is the size of a credit card, yet it sounds massive. It comes in kit form and costs around £50.

For something so cheap, and so small, its features are impressive; 8 waveforms, 6 arpeggio modes, adjustable portamento, adjustable decay (How long a sound takes to return to its initial level – Synth Explaining Ed), a light-controlled analog low-pass filter (LPF) (used to cut higher frequencies from sounds. It’s how you get those weeeownnng sounds; reducing it to zero – Synth Explaining Ed). with 5 adjustable LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator – used primarily for making cyclic modifications on things, like say vibrato or making the brightness of a sound vary up and down over time – Synth explaining Ed) modes, perfect tuning over 6 octaves, and keyboard mapping (To make it play notes when you press them on a keyboard – Synth Explaining Ed).  What’s more, you’re able to program sequences of up to 32 steps, control the arpeggios, sequence and LFO via infra-red (from similar devices) and it’s also possible to sync with the Korg Monotribe and the Korg Volcas (which are recent ‘pocket’ sized synthesisers – Synth Explaining Ed). Oh, and then of course there is hypernoise 30xx mode, which adds distortion and bit-crushing effects.

Example here:

Admittedly, its not the easiest of ‘keyboards’ to play, being so small and played with a stylus, but this does not make it any less usable. I’ve had mine a couple of months now, and have had it synced to the Volcas, with some very impressive and usable results. I’ve also had it fed in to the MoPho and had the Neb’s light controlled LPF modulated with the Curtis filter (A type of Analogue Synth Filter Chip made by Curtis Electronics that became abundant in the early 80s. Found in such as the SH-101 among many many more. More info here if here if you’re interested – Synth Explaining Ed).  Again, some very interesting results.

The Nebulophone may not be to everyone’s taste; you’re not going to get warm pads, or dual oscillator fatness (unless you sync with another), but for the money it’s a very welcome addition, certainly to my studio. At a time when I’m composing for my “Analog Punk” album, this beast has certainly paid for its keep; it looks the part and sounds fantastic. Think Atari Punk Console with far more scope. Search “Nebulophone” at YouTube and soundcloud> for more examples (or by clicking the links I’ve now added – Ed).

Where’s your soldering iron?

Leave a Comment

Filed under feature

Hello, I’m a Microchip Junky

Good evening,

Some of you may know me, some of you may not, so I should introduce myself and tell you why I’m here. I record under the name Microchip Junky and you can find some of my music here https://microchipjunky.bandcamp.com and also here https://soundcloud.com/microchip-junky

On a more personal note, my name is John, I’m a 40-something-year-old living in County Durham and I have had a love affair with the synthesiser ever since I first heard it

I was propositioned by a Mr Derek Williams (fnar – Ed) this weekend, asking if I would write some content for the Doncaster Electronic Foundation site. This was after I recently started blogging about the recording of my forthcoming album which is due in may. Derek had asked if I would write here, or share here but I’ve decided I will retain my blog but also add things on here. For those interested, my latest post regarding my album can be found here. (So are you just using this site to advertise yourself? DAMN I’VE BEEN DUPED – Ed)

A synthesiser. For reference.

For the synth geeks amongst us (I’m guessing there may be a few?) you can check what synths I use here

I tuned in to D.E.F. radio earlier this evening to show my support for the new Meter Bridge album release, Slow Motion (first CD I’ve bought for about 5 years!) – get your copy here.

I have a mixcloud show (The Microchip Junky hour) that I put together every couple of months. The next show is due out around the end of this month and focuses again on Meter Bridge; Jill and Richard introduce some of their favourite music and there will be an exclusive collaborative track between Meter Bridge and Microchip Junky. The first mixcloud show can be heard here

The microchip junky hour #1 by Microchipjunky on Mixcloud

That’s all for this inaugural post, thanks for reading!


Microchip Junky’s views are his own and should not be considered indicative of the views of Doncaster Electronic Foundation. Unless they are really good views  in which case they are entirely due to us.

Leave a Comment

Filed under feature

Doncaster Electronic Foundation Radio 23rd Feb 2015 – Alles in focus

Alles – Masy

Tokyo Witch Hunt – Toxic Nursery

Microchip Junky – Ten Times Worse

Caretaker – Hochkultur

The Webb – Kill Someone

Jan Doyle Band – Confusion

Alles – Cokolwiek
official site

Murmus – Cafe Culture

The Subterranean – Your New Favourite Fear

Fatal Casualties – Skrik Tyst

Eaia – Velvet Shuriken (ft The Boy and the Sine)

Alles – My

1 Comment

Filed under podcast