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Messages - Julio Di Benedetto

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: Yesterday at 04:29:06 PM »
What you may ask does an Akai APC 40 Mk2 Ableton controller have to do with modulars...well nothing, but for me it does because each on of those colored soft buttons represents a patch or part of a patch.

I saw Morton Subotnik talking on a video about how he uses Ableton live and a few controllers for his live performance.  What this meant was that he could have a small Buchla system and use Ableton to record, process and send back out into the live system while performing.... at least thats my understanding of it.  This idea appealed to me to expand the system without adding more modules and use the daw in a live and spontaneous manner. This has completely opened up Live for me in very new way.

I dont use the APC with the computer, that is, it's connected but located as part of the modular system.  As a patch evolves its sections are recorded into Live.  The patch is dismantled and a new one created as a continuation or the first patch. Then this patch is recorded and spread across the controller.  This patch is taken down and a new......you see the pattern.  I have 10 channels coming out of the system so technically I can have 10 separate events (not voices) happening simultaneously.

I had wanted to only produce/perform music from the modular with just the modular and its limitations and keep it "alive" and spontaneous as was expressed with the "Modular Musings" thread, so this maybe a compromise if one could call it that but Im hoping the music will be that much more.
         


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personally I have always enjoyed long tracks that develop over time, how much time is a matter of preference.  A cd will give more or less 72 minutes of time to use.....downloads presumably infinite.

recently a good deal of my listening has been rather short track times...in a way snapshots, not fully developed or refined but more here it is now....this is not a criticism or a slight on musical quality and production, on the contrary it is all superb. perhaps when I say not fully developed Im referencing myself who enjoys taking the music I make and really working it outwards to see how far I can go.  early eno ambient for discussion sake has always been on the short side....so

an album of snapshots can make up a unique whole...a deep immersion of limited change is another experience and maybe monotonus to some.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

perhaps this has more to do with our changing listening patterns and attention span as we (the world) is bombarded from without in our everyday life.

your thoughts are most welcome.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja - Milky Way
« on: June 21, 2016, 02:46:06 PM »
Hi Jana,

I did not realize you and stargazer are the same....reading you recent posts here on the hypnos forum I sensed that stargazer was involved and very knowledgeable about ambient space music.  Now I understand.  I have not come across you since rM. Good that you are here!

I have been listening to part one - under the stars...so beautifully quiet.  Looking forward to part 2 & 3


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 20, 2016, 04:21:10 AM »
Thats a good looking bass Pete....beautiful wood.  Loved bass guitar though I dont play.  Rickenbacher are a name I grew up with used in my favorite bands, Rush and Yes.

Interesting adventure to incorporate the playing and sound into ambient compositions.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: June 17, 2016, 04:20:23 PM »
Hi stargazer

Glad you found this and had some time to listen....."sound universes"....I like that, aptly put.

Thanks

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 16, 2016, 04:23:35 PM »


This new music has a quality to it that one might expect from 12K, but then it stops, that is something happens....melody dominates with elements of ambient for certain as well as subtle jazz and a soft pop feel to it.  The music is gentle, quite exquisite and tracks are short.  There is no chaos.  All ambience melts together with performed instruments to create a unique place to be.....12k meets ECM

https://12kmusic.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-lens

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:21:23 PM »
Heres a podcast and poor quality unfortunately with Mark Verbos talking about all things random with emphasis on Don Buchla's genius and how it arrives into the new Verbos Random Sampling module. Some interesting history.  Its long and demanding but well worth the headache, but then I love randomness.




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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: June 12, 2016, 09:58:36 PM »
I have decided its time to focus on a studio project and a future release in the usual sense so Im going to put this Modular Musings on the shelf.

There is a part of me that does not want to stop because I so love the immediacy of this format....work on patch, get to where its interesting and publish. Doesn't mean its good but that was not what this was about.  It was about me sharing my new modular experiences to those that might have some curiosity.  So thanks to everyone who did stop by.

I have discovered along the way that this is a special and in the moment way of sharing music and I will do it again.

Until the next.

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Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: June 12, 2016, 09:25:06 PM »
DeepR, all the way with you on Xpander but this is the version I love, a tad slower than most but just feels right for me



And my all time favorite, the rawest and so full of energy mix Ive heard....


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 08, 2016, 04:37:50 AM »
Been away on vacation and stayed off the net intentionally...

Its encouraging that you both have good things to say about the Waldorf NW1 wavetable module as I have disliked every demo I have heard and that may speak more about the demos than the module.  I have the iPad app Nave which as I understand the nw1 is related.  I liked using Nave but it was very brittle in sound which seems to carry over into the nw1, again these is based on net demos so.....it would seem this module really needs to be experienced in the flesh from what you are both saying.  Always been a waldorf wavetable fan so Im interested.

Loren, any chance your live set will be recorded?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 21, 2016, 08:41:57 AM »
.Im intrigued how most piece that I have listen to start with  long single note drones out of the left channel and the right comes in a fair bit later. Curious and at first annoying in a way or better put attention demanding.

Julio, I think some of her pieces may have been intended for multi-channel playback or for at least speaker playback.  I prefer headphones, too, for the detail, though I'm probably missing some of the effect of having the sound bounce around in my space.

Another album you might like from an early 70s EM pioneer is David Behrman's On The Other Ocean.  He uses algorithmic software to interact with live musicians (oboe, cello).  Some of it is very beautiful:

Forrest

Yes she talks about quadraphonic setup in the interview, makes sense now.

Thats a beautiful piece Forrest......thanks, I will look into Behrman,s music.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 05:55:39 AM »
Thanks, Julio.  Radigue is very unique.  Once I got past my initial reaction ("test tones??"), I could hear more subtle textural things happening on almost a subconscious level.  I'm also just getting into her "Jetsun Mila" release on Lovely Music.  Will have to check out transamorem transmortem soon.

Forrest

Yes Forrest, her music does require some work or patience to get past the "test tones"......Im intrigued how most piece that I have listen to start with  long single note drones out of the left channel and the right comes in a fair bit later. Curious and at first annoying in a way or better put attention demanding. Also struck by how the outside world of sounds work with her music....Im listen on open back headphones. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 19, 2016, 06:13:08 AM »
Just these last few days I have been listen To Eliane Radigue...Beautuful drones that seem to do nothing and yet.....transamorem transmortem is what Im playing

Eliane Radigue interview.....

Also I have been streaming Davachi,very good....https://sarahdavachi.bandcamp.com/album/dominions

New release from Donnacha Costello that got my attention done on a EMS Synthi portable modular....https://donnachacostello.bandcamp.com/album/mouvements
And this stunning music performed on the Buchla Music easel....http://donnachacostello.bandcamp.com/album/stay-perfectly-still

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 16, 2016, 05:54:06 AM »
May I chime in with a noob question, Julio?  ;D

Can you say a bit more about the link between the mic or line-in and the computer? I've read that one wouldn't want to simply plug a device straight into the computer without what you called the "audio interface." What exactly is that? Is that akin to a nice sound card? Is it a separate piece of equipment? Is an "analog to digital converter" something that doesn't natively exist in most computers?

Hi Chris...... Anthony covered it well so no need for me to elaborate, unusual for such a gear head as myself who loves to talk about his gear or anyone else's  ;D

Still heres a picture of my audio interface.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 15, 2016, 05:59:19 AM »
Hi Spunknik,

Its quite simply yet can seem complexed.  Heres the most common signal chain used to record music:

Instrument - Microphone (if needed) - audio interface which is the bridge between the outside world and your computer and contains mic pre amps, instrument inserts, analog to digital converters - computer - digital audio workstation, such as Live, Logic or Pro tools, which is like a recording studio inside your computer.  This is the recording signal chain...heres the playback signal chain once you have actually got music recorded into the computer.

Digital audio workstation - computer - audio interface where the digital signal is converted back to audio - studio monitors / headphones to hear your creation.

The audio interface as a bridge between the analog world and the digital one inside the computer is very important, the computer you use is not so important just that the operating system specs are able to communicate with your audio interface.

There is just so much info out there in the www......with lots of helpful videos.

Lastly consider your budget.....entry into the recording world is very affordable but its important to have an idea of the necessary equipment that you need and what you dont need....this usually requires experience but as I said there are plenty of places out there to help with these specifics and naturally encourage you to purchase from them ;)

Good luck....its an amazing journey!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 13, 2016, 06:02:05 AM »
FYI.....all the recordings on the Modular Musings soundcloud page have been made available to download.  All recordings are 16bit @ 44.1, cd quality.

https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

Enjoy.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 12, 2016, 05:46:22 AM »
Im glad you enjoyed this piece Forrest & Anthony.

Its interesting what you said Forrest about a "soundbed for a longform piece" as I have been think about when the time will come to stop this thread because Im ready to create an actual complete body of music for release in some form.  Its actually hard to imagine that point of crossover as this format seems to work for me where I am experimenting and recording hopefully at least interesting music/sounds with the occasional decent piece coming through.

The idea of sharing this process....this evolution, has really appealed to me and I think it has change the way I compose music. Certainly the modular synthesizer has change the way I create.

The immediacy of a sound sculpture being in the moment and shared rather quickly seems to have a live feeing to it.....not like a physically experienced performance but perhaps close......anyway I could ramble on for a while as theres now a philosophical aspect to music making that I have not had before, at least consciously.

Thanks for tuning in! 


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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 11, 2016, 02:55:33 AM »
Thanks for your kind words Scott.

Yeah thats happened to me on soundcloud while preview some of my music except the opposite, I hear a change and  say to myself...oh thats good but I dont remember this part, only to find out its not me  :o >:( ;D

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:16:08 AM »
Patch #32 came to me much more quickly then past patches......started out by doing some basic self teaching patches of a complex oscillator to learn features and function which then lead to what if I sent this out to that and......well in no time at all the entire system got involved.

As patches seem to have more confidence as I continue to learn the challenge is the live performance.....keeping it interesting, flowing and controlling levels as random modulation runs free and unchecked.

Enjoy!

Patch 32 https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/patch-32?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:50:30 AM »
Fascinating look into your Moog Model 15, Scott......I understand now when you said you have a relationship with this instrument and a very long one.
Im quite happy staring at Oscillators, Envelopes et el, but then I need to get a life....no this is my life ;D

Theres all sorts of unique modular speak appearing on eurorack modules......Air, Span, Quality, Influence, Texture, Structure, just glanced over at the modular and read these off.  However there is still something unique about the Moog language and it was created alone though Buchla's modular was being created around the same time on the other coast.

Gorgeous track Scott...love the way you took this powerful monophonic instrument and created so much deep space, textures and delicate timbres.

Im enjoying how the Modular thread is becoming more personal and historic and not just a gear fest.

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