Electromechanical Eurorack modules

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Gibran PantalaLabs

“Custom made Electromechanical Eurorack modules.”

Gamechanger Audio Motor Synth Sneak Preview

Published on Jun 15, 2019 Synthtopia

“At the 2019 Brooklyn Synth Expo, Gamechanger Audio’s Ilya Krumins explained the details of the Motor Synth and gave an in-depth demo of how it works.

The Motor Synth is a unique synth design that uses drone engines as oscillators. It’s being funded via a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mo…), which has already raised

An injury left Olafur Arnalds unable to play, so he turned to machines

Following nerve damage, Icelandic composer/producer/musician was unable to play the piano. With his ‘Ghost Pianos’, he gets that ability back, through intelligent custom software and mechanical pianos.

It’s moving to hear him tell the story (to the CNN viral video series) – with, naturally, the obligatory shots of Icelandic mountains and close-up images of mechanical pianos working. No complaints:

This frames accessibility in terms any of us can understand. Our bodies are fragile, and indeed piano history is replete with musicians who lost the original use of their two hands and had to adapt. Here, an accident caused him to lose left hand dexterity, so he needed a way to connect one hand to more parts.

And in the end, as so often is the case with accessibility stories and music technology, he created something that was more than what he had before.

With all the focus on machine learning, a lot of generative algorithmic music continues to work more traditionally. That appears to be the case here – the software analyzes incoming streams and follows rules and music theory to accompany the work. (As I learn more about machine learning, though, I suspect the combination of these newer techniques with the older ones may slowly yield even sharper algorithms – and challenge us to hone our own compositional focus and thinking.)

I’ll try to reach out to the developers, but meanwhile it’s fun squinting at screenshots as you can tell a lot. There’s a polyphonic step sequencer / pattern sequencer of sorts in there, with some variable chance. You can also tell in the screen shots that the pattern lengths are set to be irregular, so that you get these lovely polymetric echoes of what Olafur is playing.

Of course, what makes this most interesting is that Olafur responds to that machine – human echoes of the ‘ghost.’ I’m struck by how even a simple input can do this for you – like even a basic delay and feedback. We humans are extraordinarily sensitive to context and feedback.

The music itself is quite simple – familiar minimalist elements. If that isn’t your thing, you should definitely keep watching so you get to his trash punk stage. But it won’t surprise you at all that this is a guy who plays Clapping Music backstage – there’s some serious Reich influence.

You can hear the ‘ghost’ elements in the reent release ‘ekki hugsa’, which comes with some lovely joyful dancing in the music video:

re:member debuted the software:

There is a history here of adapting composition to injury. (That’s not even including Robert Schumann, who evidently destroyed his own hands in an attempt to increase dexterity.)

Paul Wittgenstein had his entire right arm amputated following World War I injury, commissioned a number of works for just the left hand. (There’s a surprisingly extensive article on Wikipedia, which definitely retrieves more than I had lying around inside my brain.) Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand is probably the best-known result, and there’s even a 1937 recording by Wittgenstein himself. It’s an ominous, brooding performance, made as Europe was plunging itself into violence a second time. But it’s notable in that it’s made even more virtuosic in the single hand – it’s a new kind of piano idiom, made for this unique scenario.

I love Arnalds’ work, but listening to the Ravel – a composer known as whimsical, crowd pleasing even – I do lament a bit of what’s been lost in the push for cheery, comfortable concert music. It seems to me that some of that dark and edge could come back to the music, and the circumstances of the composition in that piece ought to remind us how necessary those emotions are to our society.

I don’t say that to diss Mr. Arnalds. On the contrary, I would love to hear some of his punk side return. And his quite beautiful music aside, I also hope that these ideas about harnessing machines in concert music may also find new, punk, even discomforting conceptions among some readers here.

Here’s a more intimate performance, including a day without Internet:

And lastly, more detail on the software:

Meanwhile, whatever kind of music you make, you should endeavor to have a promo site that is complete, like this – also, sheet music!

olafurarnalds.com

Previously:

The KellyCaster reveals what accessibility means for instruments

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Ice Ice Baby – Old School Computer Remix Featuring Stephen Hawking DECtalk Vocals

Published on Jun 4, 2019 bd594

“Sorry, It has been a while since my last old school computer remix. Can someone tell me what phone number I am dialing? Hint listen to the other end answer the phone. The audio is optimized for stereo headphones. About 60% of my time was spent programming the DECTalk vocals for Ice Ice Baby. It was really tough to keep the vocals in sync. Back in 2009 I used a 8

What is a micro:bit orchestra?

Premiered 25 minutes ago Captain Credible

“In this video we take a quick peek at the micro:bit orchestra installation i built at the museum of science and technology in Oslo. I walk through the different panels and instruments and check out they do as well as looking at some f the basic ways of controlling the installation.”

Jamming with "Floppy Music Gigawipf – Yannick Richter"

Published on May 27, 2019 Digithalis

This one is in via digithalis: “here is a Jamm Session with floppy music :-)”

It’s great seeing the movement on the inside of the floppy drives!

Yannick’s Youtube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMjR…

Location: Maker Faire Berlin 2019 https://maker-faire.de/berlin/
Original Video: https://youtu.be/ONAgttbkFDg
Engineer: Yannick Richter
Matrix

Rotowhisker [Episode 143]

Published on May 21, 2019 CatSynth TV

“We explore the Rotowhisker, an instrument invented by Bryan Day, at our own studio. In addition to playing it dry, we run its output first through the Make Noise Echophon, and then the 4MS Spectral Multiband Resonator.

For more information on the Rotowhisker and other instruments by Bryan Day, please visit www.bryanday.net.

For more electronic musical

Reverse DC Motor (eurorack module)

Published on May 3, 2019 ggijs

via geiskes

“CV OUT: Rotating right gives positive voltage on the CV output, and rotating left will give a negative voltage, no rotation will give 0 volt.
The faster you rotate the higher the voltage will be.

AUDIO OUT:
The faster you rotate the higher the pitch and the higher the volume will be. But the volume is clipped by diodes to never go over around 5v

Bink

Published on Mar 25, 2019 Polyend

“Binkbeats and a small affair with the Polyend Perc Drumming Machine. Part one, stay tuned!”

Modular Synthesizer Ensemble – Kinetik

Published on Mar 25, 2019 Modular Synthesizer Ensemble

“Solenoids and DC Motors are controlled by a Modular Synthesizer.”