Breton based artist Yann Tiersen is releasing his newest album 11 5 18 2 5 18, which is set to release on 6/10 via Mute on CD and digital platforms with a vinyl version dropping on September 30. Following the release with fresh tour dates stretching across North America.
Yann has so far released 2 tracks from the 9 track album. 16 15 21 12 12. 2 15 10 5 18 where treated piano samples bend and drift through hypnotizing pulsing electronics.
While 11 5 18 2 5 18 begins with sparse textured electronics propelling the track forward as elements from the original start to gradually open out, and spiraling piano patterns give way to pulsating beats. The album can be preordered here.
The Man Himself
At the age of 4 Yann received classical piano training, then adding the violin to his repertoire at age 6. Receiving classical training from reputable academies in Rennes, Nantes, and Boulogne until about 13 when he decided to break his violin into pieces, purchase a guitar, and form a rock band.
Afterwards, Yann was on the hunt to curate his own sound, guided by his intuition and vision to create what he calls “musical anarchy.”
Yann Tiersen Uses The Octatrack
The process for his newest collection of tracks began while working on a live, non-piano on stage version of his album Kerber. Yann began to see a whole new concept for an album come to light.
While sampling the original sounds Yann was inspired to create something new.
Using the Elektron Octatrack as the center piece for this album he began chopping samples, sequencing, and laying down the melodies.
Yann’s Elektron Analog Rytm
Yann’s Elektron Octatrack
Yann’s Digitone, Octatrack, Keyboard, and ContinuuMini
More beat oriented aspects come in from another Elektron power house the Analog Rytm Drum Computer.
With assists from the Endorphin.es Queen of Pentacles drum module.
A 7 voice analog drum/percussive synth module which takes circuits and ideas from the legendary Roland TR-909 drum machine, and the BLCK_NOIR module also created by Endorphin.es.
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Tuned to the sound of dark wave and techno.
Endorphin.es Queen Of Pentacles
Yann Tiersen’s Secret To Organic Sound Design
More modular sounds are added by the French made, ribbon controller synth engine ContinuuMini made by Haken Audio.
The Ondes Martenoti is used for a sine wave. Sent to a looper then to a Beads from Mutable Instruments module. Providing texture using live granular processing on the incoming signal.
Beads Module by Mutable Instruments
Yann’s Contiuumini by Haken w/ Elektron Digitone and Octatrack
The Power Of Modular Synthesis
The ContinuuMini and the Octatrack tag team duties controlling the Instruo Complex Oscillator.
The Furthrrr Generator, created by Endorphin.es, appears on the album as well. Which is controlled by the Elektron Digitone keyboard.
Yann swears by the Digitone for its FM capabilities.
Instruo Complex Oscillator
Yann expresses his love for 303s, a Roland baseline synth that has been around since the mid 80s.
On this album Yann used a Baseline by Erica Synths to fulfill the normal 303 duties
Pictured below the Baseline in euro rack form.
Here is the desktop version.
If you’re loving this organic analog sound expect the rest of the album to be an absolute treat for your ears.