New video from Geert Bevin, details below:
A first composition with Animoog 2 and my Eigenharp Alpha.
I’m using a single sound patch in Animoog that totally changes based on how I touch the keys on the Eigenharp. The sound ranges from something akin to a polyphonic theremin to percussive glass sparkles as well as everything in between. This patch was based on one of Animoog’s Acoustic Expansion Pack patches.
This can be freely downloaded from SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gbevin/this-is-not-the-end
Animoog 2 has improved its MIDI handling tremendously and together with an iConnectMIDI interface, I’m able to send the Eigenharp expression data to Animoog at full rate without any decimation. Creating and playing music with Animoog is now a very emotional experience. Currently this only reacts to polyphonic aftertouch, but I’m hopeful that Moog might ultimately add full support for Voice-Per-Channel MIDI, maybe even at 14-bit resolution.
Animoog sounds amazing to me and is amongst the top software synths I’ve played.
This is an original composition, played live on the Eigenharp Alpha and looped for some parts.
This song can be downloaded from SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/gbevin/sometimes-is-not-enough
“It uses a single sound on my Moog Slim Phatty for all the sections of the song. This one of the challenges that I’ve been setting for myself. I want to create only a few very expressive and versatile sounds that I perfectly learn to play on the Eigenharp in all their nuances, as opposed an arsenal of thousands of sounds that are totally unconnected from myself.
Here I’m driving the Slim Phatty over Control Voltage, giving me an incredibly detailed connection to the expression of the sound. This is possible thanks to the Expert Sleepers ES-3 module which converts the data from the Eigenharp over digital ADAT audio to Direct Current.
Pressure on the keys is tied to volume, left-right movement to filter cutoff and up-down movement to pitch. I’m additionally controlling distortion through the breath pipe of the Alpha and delay feedback through its strip controller, both are AudioUnit effects from Rob Papen. The looping is done through Mobius and is controlled through a Rig Kontrol USB MIDI footpedal.”
This is Geert Bevin’s rearranged version of the theme song from ‘Game of Thrones’. It’s entirely played live on the Eigenharp Alpha, a new electronic instrument. Original song and soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi.
Check out Geert’s other Eigenharp music:
You can download this song from SoundCloud:
This is a quick unfinished experiment with hooking up the internal synth agents of EigenD to create a virtual modular synth.
The audio recording without compression can be downloaded from SoundCloud:
This sound uses two rectangle oscillators with one heavily detuned and one sine oscillator for a little more body. One envelope generator handles the volume of the oscillators and a second one handling the frequency cutoff of a ladder filter into which all oscillators are patched. The key pressure modulates the entire volume of the filter envelope generator. Finally, this is sent into the multi-tap delay agent.
It’s worth noting that all these agents are designed for multi-timbral playing and that all expression signals are separate for each key that is played. From the signal coming out of the keyboard all the way through to the ladder filter, all data is separate. After the filter, everything is summed together before going through the delay and the console mixer.
Striving for higher resolution electronic instruments to connect the player to the sound the old-fashioned way.
This is a technical demonstration, meaning, I finished the technical coding, hooked it up, patched the simplest thing I could on the modular and started noodling.
The way this works is that since EigenD (eigenharps platform) is now open source, we’ve (with the help of eigenlabs) been able to crack it open a bit for hacking. We now have an OSC agent which pumps an insane volume of raw data out of the harp ready for some experimental harvesting.
In this demo, I have a MAX patch which sanitizes the data, and makes it expressly fit for translation to control voltage of a modular.
Some data points here. EigenD sends 2000 events per control point per second. Per note there are 3 high res control points per note (pressure, yaw, pitch). So that is 6000 events per sec translated over the wire into voltage. 2 more control points require voltage which are pitch and cv. That means using an audio interface for cv, you need 5 audio outs per level of polyphony. 5 outs for monophonic, 10 outs for duophonic, and up.
Luckily, monophonic is pretty amazing, duophonic is an incredible luxury and 3 levels is showing off.
After I have prototyped this, I could see writing an EigenD agent expressly to do this directly, making the eigenharp modular friendly out of the box.
I however have to mention that this would not be possible without Expert Sleepers Silent Way plugins as the OSC to CV bridge. Nor would it be possible without MAX in this prototype stage.