You’d have to be either a madman or a genius to make music with two obsolete Atari ST computers in 2016.

But this kind of constraint is essential for the artistic approach of Nat Fowler, aka Novo Line, who likes to push old synthesizers and archaic software to their limits while placing restrictions such as how many notes to use at a time.

The result is a hybrid of raw Chicago house and Belgian new beat made only with mangled FM synthesis, recorded in a studio that looks like the inside of a Radio Shack store circa 1989.

His one-of-a-kind style makes Fowler’s Against The Clock session is an instant classic, offering a look at his painstaking process and what it’s like to record a track in a “pure 3:2 ratio Pythagorean scale centred on 432hz” in just 10 minutes.

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