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    Sing alongside glistening digital textures. Add paraphonic harmonies to external sound sources. Scatter spoken word across sprawling modulated sequences. This is the uniquely unpredictable MicroFreak formula but not as you know it.


    A new look, a new configuration, a new sound. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this exclusive limited-run Freak tick...

    Gooseneck microphone
    Easily adjustable and removable, the mic connects to the headphone socket, designed to fit snug against MicroFreak’s rear connectivity panel.

    Limited-edition finish
    MicroFreak Vocoder Edition has been given a makeover, featuring a sleek, eye-catching white design with a unique Swan graphic.

    New 16-band Vocoder engine
    Accurately detect, filter and replicate the complex harmonics of the human voice. Sawtooth, pulse width and noise waveforms, with 16 new presets to boot.

    Connect external sound sources
    Process an external sound source like a drum machine/synth via the headphone socket for glitchy vocoder sound processing.

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      Erik van Vliet och Michael van Der Kuy.
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      For a Swedish version of this article, please click here.
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      Erik Van Vliet, founder and producer of Laserdance.
      Founder of Laserdance
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      Soon, Erik himself was releasing his own disco synth medleys and mixes, and he had a vision of recording and producing songs also. One song had long fascinated and inspired him, and that was an almost unknown b-side on a vinyl, of a band called "Sponooch" and the song was called “Laserdance” from 1979. Watch the video of Sponooch's "Laserdance" on Youtube here:
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      – It took about six months to complete “Force of Order” - from composing to distribution. Now Michiel had already previously composed a couple of unreleased songs that are on the album. The response of “Force of Order” has been fantastic. Fans really like it, and everyone is happy that me and Michiel are back making music together again.
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      Now when Erik and Michiel are back, starting with “Force of Order”, they have already talking about another Laserdance album. Erik has artwork for it, the title of the album, and the titles of the songs.
      – We hope to release an album a year, but we have a contract with ZYX and they also have to want us to do it. ZYX of course look to how the sales will go. I will soon have a discussion with them. It is now April, and I need to know in a couple of months if we can plan ahead for a new album.
      – For maybe 25 years I have been trying to convince Michiel to set up a Laserdance concert - a tour perhaps? Michiel never been so interested to do that, though, but I think it would be a fun adventure for the both of us. Naturally, it has to be done together with the right people, in the right places and context. Perhaps as an opening act for Kraftwerk?
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    • By Fredrik Hollander
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    • By Nils Erikson
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