Inear Display intros Lancinantes drone synthesizer plugin

Inear Display Lancinantes

Inear Display has launched its new drone synthesizer plugin Lancinantes. The software synth plugin has no no amplitude control envelope, allowing its oscillators to run freely, generating a constant sound. Three special additive oscillators are layered, allowing the creation of chords that can be conformed to a melodic scale. The oscillators are built around harmonic […]

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Eerie, amazing sounds from tape loops, patches – like whales in space

Fahmi Mursyid from Indonesia has been creating oceans of wondrously sculpted sounds on netlabels for the past years. Be sure to watch these magical constructions on nothing but Walkman tape loops with effects pedals and VCV Rack patches – immense sonic drones from minimal materials.

Fahmi hails from Bandung, in West Java, Indonesia. While places like Yogyakarta have hogged the attention traditionally (back even to pre-colonial gamelan kingdom heydeys), it seems like Bandung has quietly become a haven for experimentalists.

He also makes gorgeous artworks and photography, which I’ve added here to visualize his work further. Via:

This dude and his friends are absurdly prolific. But you can be ambitious and snap up the whole discography for about twelve bucks on Bandcamp. It’s all quality stuff, so you could load it up on a USB key and have music when you’re away from the Internet ranging from glitchy edges to gorgeous ambient chill.

Watching the YouTube videos gives you a feeling for the materiality of what you’re hearing – a kind of visual kinetic pcture to go with the sound sculpture. Here are some favorites of mine:

Via Bandcamp, he’s just shared this modded Walkman looping away. DSP, plug-in makers: here’s some serious nonlinearity to inspire you. Trippy, whalesong-in-wormhole stuff:

The quote added to YouTube from Steve Reich fits:

“the process of composition but rather pieces of music that are, literally, processes. The distinctive thing about musical processes is that they determine all the note-to-note (sound-to-sound) details and the overall form simultaneously. (Think of a round or infinite canon.)”

He’s been gradually building a technique around tapes.

But there’s an analog to this kind of process, working physically, and working virtually with unexpected, partially unstable modular creations. Working with the free and open source software modular platform VCV Rack, he’s created some wild ambient constructions:

Or the two together:

Eno and Reich pepper the cultural references, but there are aesthetic cues from Indonesia, too, I think (and no reason not to tear down those colonial divisions between the two spheres). Here’s a reinterpretation of Balinese culture of the 1940s, which gives you some texture of that background and also his own aesthetic slant on the music of his native country:

Check out the releases, too. These can get angular and percussive:

— or become expansive soundscapes, as here in collaboration with Sofia Gozali:

— or become deep, physical journeys, as with Jazlyn Melody (really love this one):

Here’s a wonderful live performance:

I got hooked on Fahmi’s music before, and … honestly, far from playing favorites, I find I keep accidentally running over it through aliases and different links and enjoying it over and over again. (While I was just in Indonesia for Nusasonic, it wasn’t the trip that made me discover the music – it was the work of musicians like Fahmi that were the reason we all found ourselves on the other side of the world in the first place, to be more accurate. They discovered new sounds, and us.) So previously:

The vaporwave Windows 98 startup sound remix no one asked for

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Russische Drone gefährdet den musikalischen Frieden! Semimodular!

Knob Technology MuscarinKnob Technology Muscarin

Irgendwie muss man an eine kleine Version des Soma Lyra denken, der Russe an sich scheint ein Herz für Drone und stehende Geräusche zu haben. Deshalb gibt es Muscarin.

Eine einfache Technik ohne MIDI sagt man dem russischen Lebensstil nach, dafür robust und für den Weltenraum tauglich. Ähnlich wie bei Soma gibt es vier Touch-Zonen in Form von Schrauben, die man zum Starten der Hüllkurve nutzen kann. Das Gerät wird in zwei Gehäuseformen erhältlich werden, nämlich Eurorack und Desktop und erfüllt bereits jetzt die notwendigen Ziele, um gebaut zu werden. Die Crowd hat bereits „gefundet“ und für gut befunden. Der preisliche Unterschied zwischen dem Desktop und dem Eurorack beträgt 30 US-Dollar und ist in Form von Netzteil und Rückwand das Geld auch wert. Danila Mikhaylin aus Kazan freut sich über mehr, aber das Soll ist bereits übererfüllt.

Die Touch-Schrauben sind nicht nur einfach zu berühren, sondern jeweils zwei davon steuern Tonhöhe und Lautstärke. Wie das in der Praxis aussieht, wird im unteren Video gezeigt. Achtung, hier kann man spätestens mit dem LFO-Einsatz bei 2:00 erkennen, dass die Knöpfe nach rechts höher werden, was in der finalen Version umgekehrt sein wird, zumindest ist das so vermerkt.

Es ist nicht der Erste mit diesem Namen, die vier Oszillatoren gab es auch schon in einer früheren Version. Außerdem sind ein LFO mit zwei gleichzeitig nutzbaren Schwingungsformen (Rechteck und Dreieck) an Bord, dazu eine Hüllkurve und ein Filter. Die Nachfrage läuft nicht über einen Shop, sondern über die Funding-Page oder auch über die E-Mail

Die Preise sind 350 US-Dollar für die Desktop-Variante, bzw. 320 US-Dollar für die Eurorack-Version.





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