Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Colour of Terrible Crystal :: 13.10.17

New full-length release :: The Colour of Terrible Crystal
out Friday the 13th, October 2017 on Vince Clarke's VeryRecords

"Here you will find the same melodic sensibilities that coloured the two earlier Alka albums, but you’ll also hear the sound of a restless, mercurial musician unafraid of crashing together diffuse elements – faltering stop-start rhythms, glitches, drifting ambience, near-pop and crisp beats inflected with the boldness of early electro...

‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’ is an exercise in electronic eclecticism; dark and moody, at times broodingly cinematic, at times carrying subtle layers of delicate optimism alongside edgier, experimental moments. Few can make albums where so many apparently incompatible stylistic switches appear so coherent, or make music whose clashing juxtapositions continually reveal themselves with successive listens." - Mat Smith

“... and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. They move through the  firmament which is the colour of a ‘terrible crystal’, and around a throne like sapphire, on which sits Metatron, suffused in the radiance of the rainbow.” – Peter Lamborn Wilson

Friday, May 12, 2017

Three Won't Lock

Choreography: Hannah Naiman Dancers: Once Removed; Katie Major, Skye Nicolson, Penny Chivas Music: Alka This piece is called "Three Won't Lock", and it is part of a suite of dances inspired by english traditional rapper sword dancing. The suite of dances is called "Numerology". The 13th Hour Où le Fringe va faire la fête, où la débauche et les partys dansants se réunissent.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 12

Includes new track :: Multiple :: Multi-faceted as crystal. We saw this day come and go, like shards of colored light. The planets rise and fall, to nothing... to darkness. The stars glow in sync; appearing multiple | singular | modular | linear.

"They move through the firmament which is the colour of a ‘terrible crystal’, and around a throne like sapphire, on which sits Metatron, suffused in the radiance of the rainbow.” – Peter Lamborn Wilson

Produced and programmed by bryan.alka, additional programming Todd Steponick, lyrics and vocal elements by erika tele & todd steponick. additional primal outcries: matthew kirscht & micha'el horrible

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Inside the Rift: Session 35:Ruxpin

New deep electronica mix from Ruxpin for Inside the Rift..

Buspin Jieber – We Came As We Left
Ruxpin – Poly Polly
Ametsub – SkyDroppin
Kelpe – Eye Candy Bath
Christ – Toynbee
Gunnar Jónsson Collider – Transikh
Daveeth – Go Figure
Pastacas – Erikool
AFX – Diskhat
Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
Karsten Pflum – Com Sa Faerring
Generate – Lander
Alka – Twilight
Skurken - Hólmur

Friday, December 4, 2015

End of Years

2015, what's in a number...? This year saw continued production on an upcoming alka release: The Colour of Terrible Crystal, but nearly as important, 2015 (and let's throw in 2014 because it's all a blur) saw the completion of many DIY analog synth projects and the restoration of old favorites at the alka studio: Angels' Den which has become the Analog Hospital as of late:

  • MicroMoog restoration - a trash-picked classic, cleaned up and calibrated
  • SN76477 restoration project: an old copper faced wooden-boxed 70's arcade chip synth was brought back to life.
  • Buchla 258r build - for Electric Music Box project
  • Buchla 208r rev1 build
  • Buchla 208r rev2 build - for Electric Music Box project
  • Alka my glitch card design and prototyping for 208 edge connector interface
  • Moog/Realistic MG-1 restoration/rebuild
  • Bleep Labs - Bleep Drum build
  • SN76477 build from vintage Complex Sound Generator schematic :: Daemonous Scratch Box
  • Korg Poly-61 restoration/rebuild
  • Gieskes 3trinsrgb+1c analog audio/video synthesizer build
  • Gieskes Analog HD2, hard drive instrument build
  • Casio CZ-5000 restoration
  • White Noise Generator breakout board for Buchla DIY Electric Music Box





Korg Poly61: Before

Korg Poly61: During repair

Korg Poly61: After

Monday, December 29, 2014

New MultiTracks App

Mate, Roger O'Donnell (The Cure, Thompson Twins, Psychedelic Furs, 99x/10) is featured in a new app, MultiTracks. If you listen closely you can hear a bit of my synth and drum programming in there as well!

Roger O'Donnell's MultiTracks releases from "The Truth In Me" and "Songs From The Silver Box", each song delivered as eight synchronized stereo tracks in a mixer format. You can solo, mute, and adjust the volume on every instrument and vocal track! Only with the MultiTracks App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

MultiTracks App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for FREE here:

MultiTracks App:


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Synthi Group Volumes I, II, III

In 2009-10, I was fortunate to have been involved with the Synthi Group, a collection of vintage EMS analog synthesizer owners that came together for a series of collaborative releases via Clinical Archives label. Now permanently archived at the Internet Archive site, these releases will hopefully last as long as the instruments that made the tracks...

Formed in 1969, Electronic Music Studios (EMS) quickly became innovators for the recording, production and advancement of electronic music. The ideas and designs that bubbled forth out of the ingenuitive minds of Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary, David Cockerell and others, led to the creation of some of the most wildly original musical/sound design equipment ever conceived. The VCS3, Synthi A + AKS, Synthi 100, Synthi E, Synthi Logik and the Soundbeam are among these, almost unworldly, devices.

It is often said EMS gear has attained cult status, reaching a fervor of near worship among its users. The Synthi Group is an example and collection of such users. United through the Synthi blog and forum ( and located throughout the world, the group's members have come together for a planned series of compilation volume releases where the individuality and approach of each member towards their EMS instrument is showcased and broadcasted for all to experience. The listener will hear wildly different examples of styles and sounds that this original, and oft times, vintage equipment can create.

EMS were true pioneers from the very beginning, always looking beyond the culture and times they were surrounded and seemingly trapped in. Still around today, thanks to Robin Wood and Ludwig Rehberg, they are one of the few companies involved with electronic instrument production that have had a continued run since their inception. The Synthi Group have honed the original pioneering spirit and DIY ethic of EMS with their Volume series, a collection of sounds encompassing beautiful dreamscapes, synaesthetic visions, dark ambience, aural abstractions, sonic absurdities, pulsating analog, glitch, ring modulators, and envelope shapers generating trapezoidal geometry. Beginning with Volume 1, the Synthi Group compilations aim to ensure the story of EMS continues well into the future of electronic music production. (alka 2009)