Background video description:
It’s alive! This is an experimental drone/noise patch I was messing with on the Prophet ’08. LFOs modulating LFOs modulating LFOs for some self-perpetuating insanity. Music for asylums. The sun was setting so I just left it run for a while. Please subscribe, and feel free to post below with any questions or comments!
DSI Prophet 08
Alesis MIDIVERB II
Ableton Live, Audacity
A short video of The Ealing Feeder in action. This is a gigging instrument and gets a lot of use – hence the odd repairs with electrical tape. Instrument designed, built and programmed by Sarah Angliss.
The Sequential Circuits Prophet VS digital/analog hybrid synthesizer from 1986. This track is only using Prophet VS sounds. www.firechild.se
Moogfest has released this sneak preview image of the new Moog Werkstatt Analog Synthesizer, with a couple of interesting features:
- Along the right-hand side, there is a break-out patch-bay, allowing modular patching of the Werkstatt; and
- Along the bottom, there’s a button-style keyboard.
“Werkstatt” means “workshop” in German, so the DIY function is probable. The architecture is a single-oscillator monosynth, switchable between saw waves and PWM. Both the filter and oscillator mod can be set to either an independent LFO or the envelope. Attack / Decay / sustain switch controls the envelope. The most interesting feature is the analog patch bay along the right-hand side of the unit, implemented as a simple header strip. This should suggest semi-modular capabilities by patching with jumper wires. A prototype shot shows those jumpers in action and a 1/4″ jack plug for audio coming out the back.
Background video description from ‘alternatingbitmusic’: I think its cool how a monosynth can spit out such an array of sounds at once. I started a sound that had a percussive element to it and I thought I’d share with you all. Everything you hear is live from the FutureRetro XS, with CV in from a sequencer for voltage & gate only. The final output has a touch of delay for flavor. Enjoy.
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I Dream Of Wires’ premiere screening is at Moogfest on April 26, with a 2nd Moogfest screening April 27!
I Dream Of Wires is an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, featuring interviews with over 100 modular musicians, inventors and enthusiasts, including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan, Vince Clarke (Erasure), Morton Subotnick, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Daniel Miller, Carl Craig, Flood, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), James Holden, Factory Floor, Legowelt, Clark, John Foxx and Bernie Krause, as well as manufacturers and modular industry leaders Doepfer, Modcan, and Make Noise.
Although April 26 will be the world premiere of I Dream Of Wires’ 96 minute theatrical cut (at Moogfest), a 4-hour Special Edition cut of the film, I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition, was released on DVD and BluRay in late-2013, and has already become an underground, grassroots sensation amongst electronic musicians and fans, with high profile reviews and coverage from the likes of NPR, Arte/Tracks, Pitchfork, The Wire, and FACTmag. Despite it’s imposing 4-hour length and ultra-niche target market, the Hardcore Edition (“for the hardcore modular synth and electronic music fanatics”) has proven an independent hit. Now, stripped of the Hardcore Edition’s techy excesses, I Dream Of Wires’ theatrical cut is set to bring the fascinating story of the modular synthesizer, a story driven by passionate and innovative people, to the masses. Additional screenings are being confirmed, with Chicago’s CIMMfest and Boston’s Together Festival on deck for theatrical stops for the film.
I Dream of Wires begins with an historical primer, exploring the early development of modular synthesizers from pioneering companies Moog Music Inc. and Buchla and Associates, right through to the near-extinction of these instruments, brought on by the introduction of portable, digital synthesizers in the ’80s. From there, the rebirth of the modular synthesizer is retraced, leading into the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer. Along the way is some in-depth exploration of the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. What started out as a “vintage-revival scene” in the ’90s has grown into an underground phenomena with a growing market of modular obsessives craving ever more wild and innovative sounds and interfaces. Today, the modular synthesizer is no longer an esoteric curiosity or even a mere music instrument — it is an essential tool for radical new sounds and a bona fide subculture.
Music “King Vincent (Extended)” by Solvent.
Solvent’s I Dream Of Wires soundtrack is released on Suction Records
“New Ways: music from the documentary I Dream Of Wires”
is avail on vinyl (2×12″ + 7″), CD, and digitally via:
4ms Peg, QCD² / Expander², QPLFO, RCD²,VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS100²,RS110²²,RS 360²
Arp Odyssey white noise
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Cyndustries Zero Oscillator
Doepfer R2m, A114, A118, A134²²,A141, A143-2/9,A148,
A149-1,A151²², A175²²,A185-2′³, A 138a²²b²²c²²²
Flame Chord Machine²,Talking Synth Module
Grendel Formant Filter ²
Make Noise Brains,Pressure Points², Maths²,
Malekko Anti ²² ,Uncle³,Jag
Moog Taurus 2 , Freqbox ²²,MP201
Roland SVC 350 Vocoder,System 102 & 104
SSL Modulation Orgy
Tip Top Audio Z8000 manual voltage source
Logic masterclock to Kenton Pro 2000²
FX :Alesis 3630,Boss VF1,BSS DPR 402,
Lexicon PCM 80, Line6 Echopro,
Red Federation BPM FX Pro, TC M3000
mackie the mixer³
Rubens’ Tube is an awesome demo and here we take it to the next level with a two-dimensional ‘Pyro Board’. This shows unique standing wave patters of sound in the box.
The pressure variations due to the sound waves affect the flow rate of flammable gas from the holes in the Pyro Board and therefore affect the height and colour of flames. This is interesting for visualizing standing wave patterns and simply awesome to watch when put to music. Thank you to Sune Nielsen and everyone at Aarhus for sharing this demonstration with me! And thanks for having me at your conference.
Music by Kevin MacLeod, www.Incompetech.com “Ice Flow”
This recording has been made using ONLY a Korg MS-20 mini.
Original midi tracks has been exploded into a total of 37 monophonic tracks and then processed, one at a time, through a MS-20 mini.