Exploring the Automaphone

August 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Automaphone is a robotic synth that scans a4 pictures and turns them into songs, each song is different but the Automaphone has a unique glitchy 8 bit sound at its heart.

More info here: http://grandtippler.wix.com/rarebeast…
The Automaphone is a robotic synth that scans a4 pictures and turns them into songs.

The Riser – synthesizer instrument designed for creating powerful transitions with electronic dance music

August 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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AIR Music Technology has introduced The Riser, a synthesizer instrument designed for creating powerful transitions with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind.

A powerful, synth-based instrument, The Riser features all of the tools you need to compose heart-stopping transitions in one intuitive user-interface. In seconds, you can construct rises, falls, swells, fades, and more, based on our coveted sound synthesis technology. For instant inspiration, The Riser includes 300 pro-grade presets that you can edit, deconstruct, copy, mangle, and implement into your tracks.

Transitions add suspense, hype, drama, and movement to your music. Cymbal swells and reversed instruments were go-to transitions for years, until the DAW pioneered fast and flexible audio editing, paving the way for complex sound effects. When combined with synths and other audio shaping tools, transitions completed their metamorphosis from science to art. Until now, this process has convoluted and time-intensive, taking attention away from the overall project itself. The composer spent more time trying to get plugins, virtual sample players, hardware effects, sound modules, and other gear to play nice with each other – and that was before hitting “record”.

The Riser features

  • Transition designer optimized for electronic music production, scoring, and remix work.
  • 3 editable oscillators; sweep, noise, and chord.
  • 3 LFOs; free-running, tempo-synced, and Pumper.
  • 23 filter types including multi-pole and phase shift.
  • 300 professionally designed, editable presets.
  • Randomizer generates patches at the click of a button.
  • Invert mode creates complementary patches by instantly changing transition direction.
  • Easy MIDI-Learn Mode; just click and twist to assign parameters to your favorite MIDI controller hardware.
  • Pumper effect creates pulsating movement.
  • Configurable delay and reverb with wet/dry processing; 4 reverb types.
  • Adjustable panning movements and master stereo width control.
  • 64-bit AU; 32- and 64-bit VST/AAX; Mac or Windows.

The Riser will cost $79.99 USD. A full version 15-day demo is available for 48 hours only.

We hope this video gets a rise out of you.

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Duet No.4 for Synthesizer and The Singing Ringing Tree

August 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is the fourth selection from takes during a five day recording session and performance series at the Singing Ringing Tree (SRT) in Burnley, UK, a wind activated musical panopticon in Northern England. The sculpture was designed by architects Tonkin Liu and completed in December 2006. I performed accompaniment for the SRT binaural recordings simultaneously using a Novation Bass Station II connected to a USB battery. I also ran the Bass Station II through a Moog Minifooger Delay.

NOTE: This is a binaural recording combined with a monophonic synthesizer track. Although it sounds great through speakers, circumaural headphones must be used to experience the binaural effect.

Afraid to Dream of Tangerines

August 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Another live jam/mix.

I was going to end it about 6 minutes earlier, but I got in the mood to keep it going so I just started fiddling with the NL3 and improving with the Ultranova.

I really don’t want to go to work tomorrow so I can stay up all night and jam. I’m really loving this configuration of synths. Probably the best I’ve ever worked with.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Preview

August 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

I was able to spend a couple days with the new Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2. Here’s a small sample of what’s to come.

Synthesis 101 with the PX-5S and XW-P1

August 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Utilizing the XW-P1 and Priva PX-5S, Casio’s Mike Martin teaches the basics of Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes, LFOs and more in this live Ustream event.
http://www.casiomusicgear.com
http://www.casiomusicforums.com

Nova Drone v1.3 – experimental analog synth

August 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Nova Drone is an open source, analog experimental sound and light synth.
It it can be used to create effects ranging from slowly fading drones to chaotic harmonic sequences. It also functions as a complex visual pattern generator when combined with a digital/phone video camera. See the video below for an example of the color patterns generated by holding a camera up to the LED.

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The Nova Drones offers 12 potentiometers, 10 switches, 6 oscillators, 9 oscillator sync inputs, 6 frequency modulation inputs and an epic 15 voltage outputs as well as 3 high current outputs for controlling external LEDs. All of the ins and outs have been routed to a prototyping breadboard at the bottom of the unit which allows for liberal experimentation and development of custom circuits. The prototyping area is especially useful for syncing the oscillators of 2 or more Nova Drones together.

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Discrete Transmission from a modular point of view

August 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

First explorations using Robin Rimbaud-Scanner’s almost complete Verbos Electronics modular system. Featuring Amplitude & Tone controller, 2 x Complex Oscillators, Dual Four Pole Filter, Voltage Multistage, Manhattan Analog mixer, Doepfer a-143-3 Quad LFO, Toppobrillo Dual 281 Function Generator. Powered by Tiptop Audio Zeus Access and housed in a handsome Lio & Linn Wood + Metal 6u 84hp slanted wood eurorack case.

Created with the very capable engineer, producer and musician Paul Stoney.

New track by Evil Goat Riders called Chaos

August 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Official music video for Chaos
Chaos is on their new album From Now On, available on amazon, cduniverse and more
http://www.evilgoatriders.com/
http://www.crysellarecords.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/evilgoatriders

Experimental: Non Human Device #002 – [REVISITED]

August 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Non Human Device #002” is part of a series of interactive installations where experimental audiovisual devices/instruments are explored. They are based on the speculative narrative of the project BORIS CHIMP 504, an audiovisual live performance that tells the adventures of a chimp cosmonaut in space.
Every version of the “Non Human Device” installations are based on an alien object/device found by Boris Chimp 504 during his missions through the deep space.

Rodrigo Carvalho – Visuals and interactive system
Miguel Neto – Sound

Keep track of BorisChimp504′s voyages into the deepspace :
facebook.com/borischimp504 + borischimp504.com

** Gestures captured with LeapMotion device (leapmotion.com/)
Leap data captured in Max with “cicm.leap” (github.com/eliottparis/Leapmotion/tree/master/cicm.leap).

Article on “The Creators Projects” with a nice resume about Boris Chimp 504′s space adventures:
thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/boris-504s-non-human-device-challenges-viewers-to-take-a-trip-into-space-with-a-soviet-chimpanzee

//Presented at Xcoax 2014, Porto. 2014.xcoax.org/

// This revisited version is an evolution of the first version that can be watched here:
vimeo.com/81994347
In this version there are more controllable parameters from the shape and sound, and it is possible to interact with 2 hands at the same time

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