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Industrial Music Electronics, formerly known as The Harvestman, has made its mark on the modular scene for over a decade. The company was founded by synthesizer mastermind and audio deviant Scott Jaeger as a means of addressing fundamental aspects of synthesis and sound design that were being ignored at the time. Consequently, the core of IME’s aesthetic is decisively digital, even though a fair portion of their products are entirely analog. This conscious decision was intended as an all-out assault against marketers and purists who have fetishized analog designs and consequently view digital devices as regressive and inferior.
The first IME release, a voltage-controlled bit-crusher known as the Malgorithm, fundamentally reshaped the game and provided inspiration for future industry titans like Make Noise. Subsequent work was equally prolific: Jaeger worked closely with Alessandro Cortini in 2011 to develop the SuOnoio synthesizer—which accompanied the release of Cortini’s Sonoio RED album—and collaborated with veteran designer Vladimir Kutzmin to forge the Iron Curtain Electronics System system, a Eurorack incarnation of the latter’s infamous Polivoks synthesizer.
Sonically, IME’s modules are well-known for their resolutely abrasive and broken-by-design qualities, something that renders them ideal for power electronics and harsh noise applications. However, despite this relatively common association, their modules are by no means bound by such esoteric categorization. In fact, one of their most significant qualities is their inherent versatility, something that enables them to be used effectively within the parameters of just about any genre.
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