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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

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.

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 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.

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....

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 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?

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:


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.

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.


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. 

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....

New release from Donnacha Costello that got my attention done on a EMS Synthi portable modular....
And this stunning music performed on the Buchla Music easel....

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.

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!

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.


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! 

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

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.


Patch 32

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 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 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.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 09, 2016, 03:30:13 PM »
Came across this today....really good quiet ambient, for a modular.   Love the secret agent man brief case 8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 07, 2016, 03:18:23 PM »
Not modular related but Moog related......Noisebug in Pomona announced that production of the Voyager was ending....and of course they had plenty in stock to sell.  ;D ::)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 07, 2016, 03:05:11 PM »
Very fine set of oscillators Scott, and still looking good. 

I have been staring at them for 20 minutes imagining the sound.  The Moog speak is interesting....Clamp trig, clamp point, rectangular which would be square wave or is this something unique to Moogs and is really a rectangle in shape.  Strong & weak sync.....who would dare to put the word "weak" on a product electronic or not, today, though it describes what it does it perfectly.

The 921A....Oscillator Driver.... 8), What is it?  Rectangle LFO, yet there are only inputs no outs.  Is it internally wired?

THe 921 has a lot going on and good job on the led, looks like it was supposed to be there. Aux outputs with selectable waveforms - or +, interesting.

Thanks for sharing this special instrument with us......perhaps at some point when your patching the Moog you might record a phrase or two...would love to hear it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 06, 2016, 05:09:02 AM »
Julio,  Never got to play with an original Buchla unit, but saw one up close when the Exploratorium had a Buchla exhibit years back.  I interviewed Morton Subotnick when I was in college for an article that never came out and he was crazy about Buchla gear back then.


Buchla exists because of Subotnick...well Im sure Buchla would come out with his modular in some shape or form but it was Subotnick and the San Francisco Tape Music Center that was the driving energy. I always like that Buchla was fist a Nasa engineer that went on to build a modular synthesizer.  He's helped many people travel the galaxy. 

What an experience for you to have interviewed the man. Happen to have the transcript handy?  I enjoy watching interviews of him.....his energy at 81 yrs old is wonderful. 

I Dream of Wires really does cover the whole modular history and the rise of the east coast, west coast philosophy.  Good to see you in action Scott!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 05, 2016, 06:26:29 PM »
Heres the Buchla 259 Complex Waveform Generator from the 200 Series

These are the eurorack complexed oscillators inspired by the original Buchla 259

Make Noise Dual Prismatic Oscillator

The Sputnik Dual Oscillator

The Verbos Complex Oscillator

Endorphines  Furthrrr Generator

This wild and crazy looking oscillator is the closest to the original Buchla 259 in function.

I have had the DPO and currently use the Sputnik.

Here is a link to an overview of the 259 by Todd Barton.....simple videos explaining a complicated oscillator.  I found them very helpful

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