Sinulator – some knob twiddling!

Published on Mar 24, 2019 openmusiclabs

“OML and WOMS (West Oakland Music Systems) teamed up to make the Sinulator. here it is doing some phase modulation, with a sequenced tone used as the modulator. the depth of modulation is adjusted manually through the video, and there is a drum back beat. it can also be used as a wavefolder and sinewave shaper.…

LaserGong | Flanigan Ayoub & Chadra

Published on Feb 17, 2019 ClavAnother

“While recording bed tracks for the album, we fired a laser at Cory’s gong which was being fed audio from the gong after being run through Bubba’s modular synthesizer. A super cool side effect was that the laser got reflected onto the ceiling and then Cory was able to see it as well.

Cory Flanigan
Bubba Ayoub
Matt Chadra”

oscilloscope on a gong

Live compositions on oscilloscope: nuuun, ATOM TM

The Well-Tempered vector rescanner? A new audiovisual release finds poetry in vintage video synthesis and scan processors – and launches a new AV platform for ATOM TM.

nuuun, a collaboration between Atom™ (raster, formerly Raster-Noton) and Americans Jahnavi Stenflo and Nathan Jantz, have produced a “current suite.” These are all recorded live – sound and visuals alike – in Uwe Schmidt’s Chilean studio.

Minimalistic, exposed presentation of electronic elements is nothing new to the Raster crowd, who are known for bringing this raw aesthetic to their work. You could read that as part punk aesthetic, part fascination with visual imagery, rooted in the collective’s history in East Germany’s underground. But as these elements cycle back, now there’s a fresh interest in working with vectors as medium (see link below, in fact). As we move from novelty to more refined technique, more artists are finding ways of turning these technologies into instruments.

And it’s really the fact that these are instruments – a chamber trio, in title and construct – that’s essential to the work here. It’s not just about the impression of the tech, in other words, but the fact that working on technique brings the different media closer together. As nuuun describe the release:

Informed and inspired by Scan Processors of the early 1970’s such as the Rutt/Etra video synthesizer, “Current Suite No.1” uses the oscillographic medium as an opportunity to bring the observer closer to the signal. Through a technique known as “vector-rescanning”, one can program and produce complex encoded wave forms that can only be observed through and captured from analog vector displays. These signals modulate an electron-beam of a cathode-ray tube where the resulting phosphorescent traces reveal a world of hidden forms. Both the music and imagery in each of these videos were recorded as live compositions, as if they were intertwined two-way conversations between sound and visual form to produce a unique synesthetic experience.

“These signals modulate an electron-beam of a cathode-ray tube where the resulting phosphorescent traces reveal a world of hidden forms.”

Even with lots of prominent festivals, audiovisual work – and putting visuals on equal footing with music – still faces an uphill battle. Online music distribution isn’t really geared for AV work; it’s not even obvious how audiovisual work is meant to be uploaded and disseminated apart from channels like YouTube or Vimeo. So it’s also worth noting that Atom™ is promising that NN will be a platform for more audiovisual work. We’ll see what that brings.

Of course, NOTON and Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) already has a rich fine art / high-end media art career going, and the “raster-media” launched by Olaf Bender in 2017 describes itself as a “platform – a network covering the overlapping border areas of pop, art, and science.” We at least saw raster continue to present installations and other works, extending their footprint beyond just the usual routine of record releases.

There’s perhaps not a lot that can be done about the fleeting value of music in distribution, but then music has always been ephemeral. Let’s look at it this way – for those of us who see sound as interconnected with image and science, any conduit to that work is welcome. So watch this space.

For now, we’ve got this first release:


Vectors are getting their own festival: lasers and oscilloscopes, go!

In Dreamy, Electrified Landscapes, Nalepa ‘Daytime’ Music Video Meets Rutt-Etra

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NAMM 2019: MOK Waverazor Innovative Eurorack Oscillator Module

Published on Jan 30, 2019 SYNTH ANATOMY

“Taiho showed me at NAMM 2019, it’s new innovative Eurorack oscillator Waverator which is based on a modified 1010music Toolbox platform.”

Kind of reminds me of the rotors on the John Bowen Solaris. Taiho Yamada was one of the lead designers at Alesis and M-Audio. He brought us the Alesis Andromeda and the M-Audio Venom. You can find posts featuring

Making Music With Test Equipment

Published on Jan 28, 2019 HAINBACH

“In which I go to the roots of electronic music by playing laboratory tools, among them a 26kg sine generator.

I have had a fascination with test equipment ever since I heard Stockhausen’s early works at university. The challenges the composers of that time faced were unique, both musically and technically. So when I first visited the Waveform Research Center

BirthdayScope – Oscilloscope Music

Published on Jan 13, 2019 Madame Doduffort

Celebrating curiosity, discovery, and experimentation.
Oscilloscope XY projection of a simple tune.
Gear used:
HP 1200B Oscilloscope
Moog Sub 37
Korg Monologue
MFB Tanzmaus
Sequenced with Engine – Social Entropy
Delay: Eventide Timefactor
Recorded on Zoom LiveTrak L-12

nonlinearcircuits Signum Hyperchaos 1

Published on Jan 4, 2019 cirtcele

“This is an expansion of Primal Hyperchaos, based on the description in a paper by C Li, et al. The internal signum switch has been brought out to the panel. It can be used as a stand-alone switch (don’t expect it to be clean and nice) or it can be used to inject signals into the hyperchaos circuit or control the switching of the hyperchaos.”

See this post

Kind of a Wavefolder

Published on Dec 29, 2018 Sbranvlztronics

“Thanks for watching”

Wavefolder plus 3 sines plus 2 VCAs

Published on Dec 20, 2018 Randy Piscione

“Experimenting with different ways of generating timbres for a custom Eurorack panel I’m working on with PM Foundations. I took a sine into a mixer, and two more sines into two VCAs, and then those two also went to the mixer. The output of the mixer went to an nlc Timbre. I also ran an LFO into each of the VCAs.

The Timbre is the first version, so I

PPG wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer (1982) The 30 original PPG Wavetables

Published on Dec 6, 2018 RetroSound

“(c) 2018 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

This demo video shows the 30 raw original wavetables from the PPG wave 2.2 synthesizer from the year 1982.

Wavescanning with envelope 1, VCF is full open, no resonance.
Each wavetable has 64 waveforms.

PPG wave wavetables:
00. Harmonics 1-8 very strong, simulation of a
resonant filter, wave number 00 is a