“Circuit Glyphs” – Analogue Solutions / Phobos Red Square

November 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

An Abstract Electronic solo piece sequenced in 5/4. The Phobos (aka Analogue Solutions) Red Square Semi modular mono synth is choosing most of the tones through it’s Sample and Hold circuit. Rhythmically driven with 10 step sequencer modulating LFO frequency clock speed in steps which is sent to the S&H modulating the the cut off freq and pitch. Note values are all contained or tied within subdivisions of an eigth note (16ths, eighth note triplets, 32nds, eighth note quintuplets, and some faster) in 5/4 time. Notes that hold or sustain always begins on an eigth note value in 5/4 time, whether or not if it’s carried over the barline. The midi clock is never interupted, but counting bars isn’t the intent here, without any intentional bar markers, it opens up the minds perception of the quintuplet family of notes in contrast to space. Rather than having an obvious 5/4 structure, the mind defaults to 4/4 perception, thus making the eigth notes perceived as permutations of eighth note quintuplets, becoming the perceived base note being subdivided.

a 4 step sequencer modulates pulse width at times. playing SD-1 keyboard strictly as a midi controller. No overdubs, one live performance,with some Lexicon MX300 spring reverb added.

Scene: Year 7800, Location: In the sands of Massachusetts, in an area formally known as technology highway. Explorers discover remnents of circuit boards and believe it to be a lost language or art.

Note: Circuit boards shown are not of the Red Square’s internal boards.

MicroKorg Tutorial: Ambient Synth Lead Sound

November 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information and tutorial settings below:

This is a MicroKorg tutorial showing how to make the synth lead sound from my “Sunday Synth Jam” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp8620beSxY If you have questions or comments, go ahead and post them below! :) Thanks for watching!

____SETTINGS:____
Initialize the sound on the MicroKorg by pressing SHIFT + 3 and then 3 again.

Pitch: 0 – 0 – 10 – 5 – /
Osc1: SIN – 0 – 0 – / – /
Osc2: SQU – SYC – 12 – 0 – /
Mixer: 127 – 54 – 0 – / – /
Filter: 12.L – 61 – 84 – 15 – 19
Filter EG: 0 – 0 – 33 – 31 – ON
AMP EG: 0 – 77 – 64 – 107 – ON
LFO 2: SIN – OFF – OFF – 12 – /

Patch 1: LFO.2 – CUT – 10 – / – /
Patch 2: LFO.2 – 2.TN – 10 – / – /
Mod FX: ENS – 50 – 99 – / – /
Delay: L-R – ON – 1.4 – 50 – /

Press SHIFT + WRITE and then WRITE again to save the sound to the current slot.

Buchla & Eurorack

October 25, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

‘Eldancer’ has uploaded this nice video featuring Buchla and Eurorack. Its a nice ambient bitpop/electro pop tune with cool sci-fi ingredients

Demo of Scape – the new iPad app by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers

September 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Scape
Available now for iPad
http://www.generativemusic.com

Scape makes music that thinks for itself. From Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers, creators of Bloom, Scape is a new form of album which offers users deep access to its musical elements. These can be endlessly recombined to behave intelligently: reacting to each other, changing mood together, making new sonic spaces.

Can machines create original music? Scape is our answer to that question: it employs some of the sounds, processes and compositional rules that we have been using for many years and applies them in fresh combinations, to create new music. Scape makes music that thinks for itself.

– Brian Eno, Peter Chilvers

Includes 15 original scapes
Scapes can be saved into a gallery and added to a playlist
Plays in background of other apps (excluding iPad 1)
Generates random scapes
Scapes can be shared by email
Supports AirPlay and Retina display

Headphones or external speakers recommended

Brian Eno
Synthesiser, found sound, bells, bass guitar, strategies, images, art direction

Peter Chilvers
Synthesiser, chapman stick, structures, probability networks, additional images, software design

Live Ambient Improvisation by Daniel Davis

September 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Live Ambient Improv – Angstrom’s Looper VST w/ Waldorf Blofeld, Roland XV-5050, Roland Alpha Juno 1, Roland HS-60, MicroKorg, and Arturia Minibrute.

“The audio and video isn’t totally in sync – my camera doesn’t have an audio in, and without a beat, it’s hard to sync up. It’s close enough for ambient though.”

Synthesist Martin Peters performs a hypnotic synth jam

September 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background info:

It has been a while since I uploaded my last video for obvious and sometimes not so obvious reasons. But last night this dreamy piece came up and I want to share it with you.

The music is dedicated to my beloved girlfriend Anne. On 9/11 we celebrated our second anniversary together. She means everything to me and I hope we can live together for a very long time.

The piece starts with two 8 step sequences from rows 1 and 2 of the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer. The 2 rows are manually alternated using the Q962 sequential switch. Row 3 of the Q960 sequencer modulates the Ian Fritz 5Pulser. After that the Nord Wave comes in and then an 8 step sequence from row 2 on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the self build Modular. The Pipe Organ preset from the Korg PE-1000 is used to play the chords. The solo is performed on the Nord Lead 1. Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video.

You can download/see/hear the video and music from my website.

Explore the Tripod Invasion

August 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Bluezone Corporation has announced Tripod Invasion, a sound library featuring 200+ unique stereo drones and Sci-Fi sound effects.

Bluezone Corporation releases Tripod Invasion, a newly designed sound library containing 200+ unique stereo drones and Sci-Fi sound effects, produced as 24 bit / 44.1 kHz wav files. These pro sound effects, drones and mechanical textures offer unlimited usability for numerous audio professional needs. Ideal for sound design for TV, Big Screen and Video Game audio projects.

In this new downloadable sound library you will find high quality underground atmospheres, crashes and impacts, noise FX, risers and downshifters, transition and a large choice of alien rumbles, synthetic roars and deep organic ambient soundscapes. All audio elements are perfect for the needs of scoring, temp tracks, trailers, songs and of course background music. Like all Bluezone Corporation sound libraries, this pack is royalty-free and does not require any additional costs or permissions – it’s 100% ready to be used in your commercial productions. This sample pack is also suitable for style such as: Breaks, Dubstep, Ambient, Psy Trance, Techno, Drum and Bass and much more.

Get it here >>

Tuesday morning synth music featuring Psy’Aviah and Petition for Mercy

August 14, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Belgian electronic act Psy’Aviah have released quite a cute animated video for the track “On My Own”.

http://www.psyaviah.com – Music Video for the track “On My Own” (taken from the 2011 album “Introspection ~ Extrospection”) directed and animated by Emily Weeks (http://emilyweeksart.blogspot.be/).

“On My Own” is nominated for an HMMA 2012 award in category POP. We asked Emily Weeks to make an animated music video for this track based on her earlier work (e.g. her animated short “Sweater Wolf” @ https://vimeo.com/23228829, made during her time with the California Institute of the Arts). We love the distinct drawing style and her ability to tell a story using her animation skills, we hope you’ll enjoy this music video for “On My Own”, which is tightly linked to the meaning of the song.

Swedish small town popgroup from mid eighties.

Members:
Stubb, Anders & Richy
80s synth pop band with influences of mainly German and English synth pop masters.
petitionformercy.com

Closer look at the Drone FX for the iPad

August 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Music iOS app demo of Drone FX. A great app for making ambient music and atmospheric sounds.

“This is my first go at it and still working out a few things, such as ending a sound. A few of the sliders don’t seem to do much but perhaps they do! I like though. You can get it through the app store, with a link below, for $2.99.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drone-fx/id499500746?mt=8

Drone FX has the following modes of operation:

– Auto (Generative music in all it’s glory)
– Manual (For the musician in you)
– Hybrid (Auto + Manual)

Users can play along with soundscapes generated in auto mode, or create ambient music without automation using the built-in keyboard(s).

WerkBench Ambient Experiment **First look at 1.1.0!**

August 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

WerkBench is available in the app store: http://bit.ly/L6jhd9
http://www.facebook.com/werkbench

Here is some ambient music generated from a single sample in real-time. The combination of pitch shifting and feedback makes for giant percolating pads. Enjoy!  All of the sounds are being sampled with the internal mic and speaker. I live in a noisy place so there is a lot of texture added with each level of feedback. This video features WerkBench 1.1.0 which should be out in the first few weeks of August. I am making use of panning, high-pass filters, and decay settings for each step. These will be available soon!

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