Music on the experimental side of things

December 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized 

The accelerating oscillations of the washing machine spin cycle are mimicked with the Korg Monotribe. The dual speed setting on the LFO allows the performer to push the speed up into the audio range allowing for FM synthesis like textures. This piece was shown, along with similar work, at my MFA thesis exhibition in May 2013.

NOTE: This is a binaural recording mixed with a monophonic, analog, synthesizer performance. Please use headphones to experience the binaural effect. For more info please visit http://audiocookbook.org/duet-for-syn…

This is a binaural recording mixed with a monophonic, analog, synthesizer performance. Please use headphones to experience the binaural effect.

This video created by Caleb Coppock (vimeo.com/calebcoppock) illustrates the time scope (from dusk until dawn) of the “In Habit: Living Patterns” performance at Northern Spark, June 2012. The music for the video was composed by John Keston for the sixteenth and final vignette in the sequence titled, “Energy.”

In the video I have focused on illustrating how one might use two iPad synthesizer apps and a hardware synthesizer together including Cassini, Sunrizer, and the MKS-80. The BS3X is used as both the iPad interface and MKS-80 controller. No computer is required, but a simple change of cable allows for a computer to be integrated into this setup because the MOTU UltraLite interface and standalone mixer has MIDI I/O. In other words two MIDI interfaces are still necessary with a computer, but prior to this experiment I was only using the BS3X as a controller for the MKS-80 and bypassing the class compliant USB MIDI interface functionality. Since the USB hub was required I also added the QuNexus to the setup. This was dedicated to feeding notes into the arpeggiator in Cassini. The keyboard controller was split so that in the low end I could play the MKS-80 effect then tweak it with the BS3X knobs and sliders as it decayed. In the upper end of the same keyboard I played a lead sound programmed in Sunrizer.

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