Pure audio-visual abstraction or true synesthesia? For his new studio album, UK experimental artist Russell Haswell tackles the complex world of analog modular synthesis, alongside his regular live kit of electronics and pedals, or computer. At the same time as recording, the artist also monitored his material visually with an X-Y oscilloscope, revealing the movement of the stereo signal and phase correlation (try it for yourself). However, this is no hipster noodling, but a whole album crammed full of tracks that explode hard. Brutal acid lines fight for room against insane noisescapes and face-melting electronics, severe dynamics, brain-floss, collision-edits, oscillographic pervery, as well as a smattering of genuine, dark, metallic oddness and grimey immersive voids! ACID nO!se Synthesis could be your most fulfilling multi-sensory experience from a piece of plastic this year. Comes with a 16-page booklet with text and 15 vector oscillograms. Improvisation on either modular synthesizer, computer or electronics and pedals. Recorded and simultaneously monitored on stereo/phase scope (visual) and speakers or headphones (auditory). Performed, recorded (direct to HD - 2 channel - no overdub, no midi), edited, compiled and mastered by Russell Haswell in Suffolk, 2010-2011. For a multi-sensory experience (seeing sound, in this case, Lissajous patterns), connect a stereo/phase scope (Oscilloscope X-Y view or software equivalent) to your audio player: www.fluxhome.com/products/freewares/stereotool, www.audiofile-engineering.com/spectre. Recommended reading: Oscilloscope at work. Alfred Haas, Ralph Watson Hallows (Wireless World/Iliffe & Sons Ltd. 1956); Audio Metering. Eddy Bøgh Brixen (Focal Press. 2011).