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For the next interpretation of quiet details, we have a true innovator active in the music world since the late 70s - the pioneering composer and sound artist, Ian Boddy.


Since the early days experimenting with synths and tape machines inspired by the likes of Tangerine Dream, Ian has forged a career at the leading edge of analogue synthesis, digital sound design and beyond - recording many solo albums and running the iconic DiN label, bridging the gap between the early synth records and modern explorations.


He’s also a highly-accomplished live performer - playing all over the world to much acclaim.

With Modal Operandi, he has made a truly wonderful and deeply thoughtful interpretation - entirely in the analogue domain, with each track based on a highly- processed field recording.

The album is constructed in the key of C Major, with each successive track moving through the musical modes of that scale - as is apparent in track names - Ionian, Dorian and so on.


Ian is a master synthesist - each track uses a stunning array of classic and modern synth and effects - from classic Roland and EMS, to Serge and Eurorack modular, to modern Moog and Buchla to name a few. Vast and strange worlds are conjured with rich and highly textured synthesis and by using multiple reverbs and delay, again all analogue to create organic and beautifully vibrant soundscapes.


Ian is one of few technical geniuses that has the capacity to use these skills in a uniquely musical way - melodies and harmonies blend perfectly with each other as each track develops - this is an album of beauty in every respect.


As Ian says: “a sonic journey in seven musical modes”.


Full kit list:
Roland system 100-M, Serge & Eurorack modulars

Moog Matriarch & Voyager
Buchla Easel Command, VCS3 & Resonant Garden

French Connection & 0-coast
Treated field recordings
Analogue phaser & flanger
BBD & tape echo
Spring reverb


Huge thanks to Ian for this wonderful album and being a part of the series.


The artwork was made as always influenced by the music and idea behind the album - we started with an original piece of art by Ian’s partner, Wendy Carroll, a hugely talented artist, which was then captured with analogue photography and processed here at quiet details studios.


As usual, the album is presented on the physical edition, a custom 6-panel digipack with a separate fine art print too.

The CD also has a special long-form continuous mix of the album, representing the music in its purest form.


Music by Ian Boddy
Mastered by Alex at quiet details studios
Artwork by quiet details in collaboration with Wendy Carroll

Design by quiet details
copyright © quiet details 2024
all rights reserved

qd14 Ian Boddy - modal operandi

  • product info

    Bandcamp discount code sent after purchase (makes total price the same in both places)

    6-panel soft-touch matte digipack on recycled heavy card stock

    Translucent quiet details wrap

    Includes fine art print of the album artwork and Bandcamp download code of the individual tracks

    The CD has a special long-form edition of the album

    We love extended pieces and feel this is a wonderful way to experience the album as the artist intended

    One per customer

    After purchase, if you'd like a download of this version, please get in touch

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    If you are unhappy with a product, you can return it for refund within 14 days after delivery. The buyer is responsible for return postage costs.
    If there is damage to the item, please contact us and we'll do our best to remedy the situation.

  • shipping info

    All items will be shipped out within two weeks of purchase unless otherwise stated. EU orders will be shipped from within the EU to help ease current issues.
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