Archives for the electric Witch


The 12 Days of Dronemas – Day 1

The 12 Days of Dronemas begins today!
(What?)

Every day for the next 12 days a different Dirty Knobs album will be made available for FREE. From the 8+ hour goliath Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell to the quantum-scale Higgs Boson and more, you can experience all of the time-bending, ear-obliterating gloom for free. Grab them for yourself or gift them to a friend (or pay what you want if you’d like…everything goes directly into making more music.)

Oh, and speaking of Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell, that’s the first 12 Days of Dronemas selection! Listen to it and get it for free now!

To keep track of which album is made free and when, follow Dirty Knobs on FacebookTwitterTumblr or on the XeroMusic.com blog. We won’t be bothering you here again for a while.

AS AN ADDED BONUS, all three albums from The Electric Witch are free right now and will remain so for all 12 days. Enjoy the dream-synth Nintendo nostalgia of NEScapism, the synth-noir of Assassin and the bleak-pop of …So We Burn right now for free. (And again, we recommend sending them as a gift! THEY don’t need to know they’re free, right?) And follow TEW on FBTWTB and the blog as well for news on the next album, out soon?

Thank you for making this past year remarkable. More is on the way, thanks entirely to your support. Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

‡ Zac ‡ Xero Music ‡ Dirty Knobs ‡ The Electric Witch ‡

The Electric Witch – …So We Burn

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The Electric Witch – …So We Burn

Released: July 30, 2013

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KUMD Interview 10/31/12

Zac spoke with KUMD about Dirty Knobs, The Electric Witch, The Surfactants and much more. You can listen here:

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kumd/.jukebox?action=viewPodcast&podcastId=17564

Direct MP3 links:

Part 1
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kumd/.jukebox/media/kumd/1021039/mp3/sessions/podcast/17564/1021039.mp3

Part 2
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kumd/.jukebox/media/kumd/1021040/mp3/sessions/podcast/17564/1021040.mp3

The Electric Witch – NEScapism

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The Electric Witch – NEScapism

Released: September 4, 2012

NEScapism is a love-letter to the video games I grew up with. The games whose music meant just as much to me, if not more, as the escapism they provided my isolated imagination. These are the songs that I would let play over and over, ignoring whatever might have been happening on-screen. Letting them loop and spiral outward. I’ve tried to capture that feeling on this album, adding my own inner echos.

Full album download comes with 3 variant album covers.

The Electric Witch is Zac Bentz.

Synth: Animoog, Sunrizer (iOS)
Drums: DM1 (iOS)

Illustration of The Electric Witch by Tubbypaws. Design by Zac and Steph Bentz.

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REVIEWS/PRESS:

“wonderful” —Kotaku
kotaku.com/5954014/

“…a drifting, space-age journey through the mind and soul.” —Destructoid
www.destructoid.com/belated-alert-buy-zac-bentz-s-nescapism-synthpop-album-237169.phtml

“NEScapism becomes a best-selling album on Bandcamp with remade NES game themes” —Polygon
www.polygon.com/2012/10/26/3560580/nescapism-becomes-a-best-selling-album-on-bandcamp-with-remade-nes

GoNintendo:
gonintendo.com?mode=viewstory&id=184783

IGN Denmark:
dk.ign.com/news/186/NEScapism-er-retroguf-for-%C3%B8regangene

“…the music is genuinely ace.” —Nintendo Gamer
www.nintendo-gamer.net/2012/10/23/electric-ambient-nes-tribute-is-all-floaty-and-lovely/

“…a highly recommended download for anyone with a fondness for the music of the NES era.” —Nintendo Life
www.nintendolife.com/news/2012/10/take_an_ambient_musical_trip_through_8_bit_history_with_nescapism

“…beautifully calming soundtracks” —Nintendo Fans Online
www.nintendofansonline.co.uk/2012/10/news-escape-to-nes-era-with-nescapism.html

“‘NEScapism’ succeeds gorgeously in borrowing the looped themes from the games of our collective childhoods, and create something amazing.” —Complex
www.complex.com/video-games/2012/10/nescapism-is-a-synth-pop-journey-through-your-childhood

“…the purpose of NEScapism was to capture the memories he had listening to the classic tunes, and I think he’s done an excellent job doing so…” —Zelda Dungeon:
www.zeldadungeon.net/2012/09/synthpop-tribute-to-the-legend-of-zelda/

“That Final Fantasy track made the hairs on my back tingle!” —comment on Wii’s World
www.wiisworld.com/news/nescapism-music-album.html

“Escape with The Electric Witch into a world where NES games are always playing, and their music breezes across your ears like a soft wind.” —Game Music 4 All
gamemusic4all.com/wordpress/2012/09/the-electric-witch-nescapism-album-release/

Synthtopia:
www.synthtopia.com/content/2012/09/07/free-music-from-the-electric-witch/

“…a mesmerizing rendition of my 8 bit favorites!” —Infendo
www.infendo.com/nescapism-captures-the-sound-of-8-bit-music-and-gives-it-life/

“Mejor escuchen!” —Wii4Everybody
www.wii4everybody.com/2012/10/nescapism-por-electric-witch.html

“…a slick little album” —Treon’s Realm
treonsrealm.blogspot.com/2012/10/treat-your-ears-to-some-nescapism.html

“beautiful” —Alea Iacta Est
portal.aie-guild.org/2012/10/24/nescapism-the-electric-witch/

The Electric Witch – Assassin

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The Electric Witch – Assassin

Released: September 4, 2012

The Electric Witch is:
Zac Bentz: Synth, Vocoder, Bass Guitar, Programing, Vocals
Marcus Matthews: Vocals

All music written, performed and recorded by Zac Bentz (ASCAP).
All lyrics written, performed and recorded by Marcus Matthews (ASCAP),
except “Back to You,” written, performed and recorded by Zac Bentz.

Synth: Animoog (iOS)
Drums: DM1 (iOS)
Vocoder: MicroKorg

Photography and design by Zac Bentz. Logo by Steph Bentz.

Full album download includes lyrics, liner notes and art.

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REVIEWS/PRESS:

“Pounding the synth noir electro button for all its worth till the vocoder effect rips through your throat…Robotic non stop and exquisite.” —Fokkawolfe
fokkawolfe.blogspot.com/2012/11/assassin-by-electric-witch.html

Synthtopia:
www.synthtopia.com/content/2012/09/07/free-music-from-the-electric-witch/

The Surfactants – Our Dead Bodies

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The Surfactants – Our Dead Bodies

Released: October 31, 2011
©2011 Xero Music
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All music written by Zac Bentz (ASCAP) and all lyrics written by Marcus Matthews (ASCAP) except “Pentagram,” words and music by Greg Cougar Conley and “Hawaii,” words and music by Haley Bonar / Spit Comet Music (BMI).

The original version of “The One, The Wayward” appears on the album Diminishing Returns.

Recorded by The Surfactants. Edited, mixed and mastered by Zac Bentz.

The Surfactants are:
Eric Anderson – Bass
Zac Bentz – Programming, Drums
Greg Cougar Conley – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Vocals on “Pentagram”
Marcus Matthews – Vocals
Brett Molitor – Guitar
Also featuring Steph Bentz – Live Keyboards

Photography and design by Steph and Zac Bentz.

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PRESS:

“BRAIN DOES NOT COMPUTE. Still, I really dug their hard-driving songs and would recommend checking them out.” —Andrea Swensson/The Current
blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/05/duluth-homegrown-2012-highlights-14th-annual-twin-ports-festival

“Five Local Bands to Watch in 2012”
—Duluth Superior Magazine

“…one of the most exceptional albums to come out of the area,”
—Reader Weekly

“…a really unique sound and the energy is just crazy.”
—SoundOut

The Surfactants – One Time

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The Surfactants – One Time

Released: October 31, 2011
©2011 Xero Music
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All music written by Zac Bentz (ASCAP) and all lyrics written by Marcus Matthews (ASCAP).

Recorded by The Surfactants. Edited, mixed and mastered by Zac Bentz.

The Surfactants are:
Eric Anderson – Bass
Zac Bentz – Programming, Drums
Greg Cougar Conley – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Marcus Matthews – Vocals
Brett Molitor – Guitar
Also featuring Steph Bentz – Live Keyboards

Photography and design by Steph and Zac Bentz.

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The Surfactants – All That Burns Is Burning

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The Surfactants – All That Burns Is Burning

Released: October 31, 2011
©2011 Xero Music
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All music written by Zac Bentz (ASCAP) and all lyrics written by Marcus Matthews (ASCAP).

Recorded by The Surfactants. Edited, mixed and mastered by Zac Bentz.

The Surfactants are:
Eric Anderson – Bass
Zac Bentz – Programming, Drums
Greg Cougar Conley – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Marcus Matthews – Vocals
Brett Molitor – Guitar
Also featuring Steph Bentz – Live Keyboards

Photography and design by Steph and Zac Bentz.

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