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A graduate of Berklee’s Music Synthesis programme, Matt Lange carries the torch of innovation through his infectious love of technology and flair for sound design. MusicTech speaks to the experimental techno producer about his creative technology workflow and his newfound love of modular systems…
Lange’s studio is dominated by both the outboard rack and modular system

LA-based producer/DJ Matt Lange was inspired by the aggressive industrial programming of early Nine Inch Nails and Aphex Twin’s brutal contrast of ambient and jungle. Packed off to Boston’s Berklee College by his parents, Lange undertook a music production course and began home recording on an old laptop. Introduced to BT by one of his college mentors, Lange worked as an engineer on the trance producer’s Grammy nominated album, These Hopeful Machines. He then began developing sample libraries before striking out on his own to create official remixes for The M Machine and Usher, while co-producing Glenn Morrisson’s platinum-selling progressive house album, Goodbye in 2013.

BT didn’t have modular synths at the time but then Richard Devine came over and he had one in his car…

Self-produced releases arrived under the pseudonym Altered Tensions alongside the collaborative project Above & Beyond. Then, to his surprise, Lange was handpicked by renowned Canadian producer Deadmau5, who released the album Ephemera (2015) on his own mau5trap label. Both this and the following year’s Patchwork demonstrate Lange’s heavily textured production aesthetic, based on a love for analytical programming and an increasingly modular-based setup.

MusicTech: Tell us about your interest in electronic music…

Matt Lange: I was introduced to Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James album in the late 90s. Around the same time, Nine Inch Nails’ The Fragile came out and it really pushed me in the right direction. It combined orchestrated elements with cool electronic programming and songwriting. I pretty much grew up being a metalhead, so it was a combination of many different styles I loved. It really pushed me in terms of electronic music programming, production and the marriage of acoustic and synthetic material.

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In the new issue of MusicTech magazine we grant you all the tools, production tips and inside knowledge you need to enable you to create a chart hit! Also in this issue we’re hands on with Spitfire’s BT Phobos, we speak to Matt Lange about his career and production ethos. We present 6 of the best modern microphones and review Loopmasters’ Loopcloud, Steinberg’s Cubase 9, AKG C7s, Arturia MatrixBrute and many more. Plus tutorials for Ableton Live, Logic and our latest modular guide.