The late Richard Lainhart talks about modular synthesis, his Buchla 200e and the 3 year patch!
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I agree that curious musicians and listeners are needed to move the modular sound forward. I hope that it transcends its current faddishness and evolves into something deeper and more meaningful. I am somewhat space-challenged at the moment, so I doubt a modular is in my future, at least for now. I think a loyal audience could develop for the current modular iteration, if it can move beyond the obvious bleeps and blops that tend to be associated with Modular 1.0 of the 60s and 70s. But first and foremost, have fun with it, anyway!
I have chosen, for now, not to use any quantizer or chord generators...I dont want anything to constrict possibilities within the system and predetermine structures would I feel lead me back to the black and white keyboard and I prefer to use my ear to tune VCO's. I have nothing against the keyboard I just want to explore other scenarios that have more accidents
This is what led me to explore fractal and algorithmic music in the 90s. I wanted to rely more on my ears and less on the physical limitations of my fingers to find interesting "seeds" from raw sonic material to develop further into a composition. There is also a spirit of discovery in this approach (and in yours) that makes it more fun to create music.
I ask about the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator as you show it in your modulargrid rack so I thought you had it.....often the only way to really know is to actually use the module.
You are right it is in my modulargrid rack. I see a few other modules that I don't have in there as well, I thought I took them all out, oh well. I sometimes put modules in my grid rack to see how they would fit if I were to purchase them so my grid is always changing. I mean that's really the beauty of it, you can test out things and move them around without having to actually move any real modules. My photos show what I actually have at the moment, except for the new module that I just purchased in the last few weeks.
Loren, what are your thoughts on the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator... lots of very positive comments abound but not heard any demos that really grab me, yet I like the synthesis idea behind it.
I've heard some great demos of it. It is on my short list of modules to get.
Read my last couple posts. Short version: go to his website, email asking if they have Planetary original CD.
Julio, did you read the previous posts? You can get this for $17.50 total from Stearns site, if they have any left.
Thanks for writing this review. Ended up picking up the album digitally through Bandcamp. Lovely stuff.
can he be friends with all of us??
A very good friend of mine wrote these words to me in an email after listening to these modular soundscapes...
I feel you like a galaxy explorer, traveling alone on its spaceship, crossing various dimensions for the first time.
Very poetic. I'd go further and say you're creating your own universe.