Former Sound Engineer for Earthquacke
Me in Harmony Road with my Vox Continental and Roland keyboards
few years of piano lessons and exams soon gave way to pub work (barman at
The Orange Footman - Harlow, England)
and experiencing life on the other side of the bar (drinking).
Eventually met up with a college mate (Chazz) and formed a group calling ourselves Four-Wheel-Drive (inspired by Bachman Turner Overdrive).
Those were the days of high-heeled shoes and flares!!!!.
Eventually we signed up with an agent and renamed ourselves Harmony Road. We were a 4-piece band and played songs from the 60's and 70's.
The band consisted of Graham (Drummer/Singer), Kevin (Bass Guitar/Singer), Chazz (Lead Guitar) and myself (Keyboards)
and we performed at events like Weddings, 18th/21st parties, corporate evenings and clubs.
arriving in Australia (1984)I have not touched a keyboard, until my musical
interest was revived having listened to some Jean Michel Jarre albums.
I then set about completing my first mini-Synthesiser (ASM-1) since my experiments back in the UK with the PE Sound Synthesiser and The Elektor Formant.
a phone call from Mark (Quack) I became the resident Sound Engineer
and roadie (now that was one reason I got out of the band thing in the first
I can still remember plodding home at 3am on a Sunday morning having left home at noon on Saturday for a gig....... groan!!!) for EarthQuacke a 16+ big band
am tall, dark and handsome (I wish!). In reality I am 5ft 10", have dark hair
(DID, see above!), brown eyes and am easy going!!!!!
I like having a good time and, like all good keyboard musicians,I like playing with my organ when I get the chance!!!!!!!
The workshop for ELBY Designs
was set up in early 2003 in an attempt to support the SDIY market by providing
access to a range of
component kits for a number of popular PCB designs. Although the PCB's were readily available, gathering all the components to
construct the design often required multiple sourcing for components and, in some cases, minimum-order-quantities.
At the time, the ASM-1 from Gene Stopp was the main focus but the range gained a lot more momentum with the addition of the
Cat-Girl Synth from Ken Stone.
Since then I have expanded the scope of the ASM-1 with the introduction of the ASM-2 and the addition of a front panel.
The main intention
of ELBY Designs is to offer as near to a one-stop-shop for popular PCB designs
panel components and, where possible, PCB's and front panels.
A few years
back, working with Ken Stone I introduced the Panther family of EuroRack modules
mainly based around the Cat-Girl Synth.
And now am pleased to add the Serge family of modules to the line in the form of our Euro-Serge system.
Recently we have created a EuroSynth Specification that is aimed to provide define the basic design aspects of a professional grade
3U modular system and are slowly bringing our whole rpoduct range in to that specification.
And for the
curious, the name ELBY Designs is simply a play on the initials of my first
and last name.
Laurie Biddulph = L B = El Bee = Elby
is a representation of an oscilloscope showing a squarewave modulated high-frequency
This image evolves from my earlier interests and work with mains-borne remote control systems or Ripple Control Systems as we called them.
This involved modulating a carrier of around 110kHz with an on-off signal generating a stream of data and imposing it on the
the mains power wiring and was used to control mainly lighting, but also air-conditioning and security systems.
Installations included The Garibaldi Inn in Hunters Hill, IBM Australia in Pennant Hills, and Kingsford Smith International Terminal.