Cassettenspieler mit CV-Anschluss – DIY

Xavier Gazon CV Tape PlayerXavier Gazon CV Tape Player

Ein Tapedeck im Eurorack? Wieso nicht mal total analog, wirklich analog und mechanisch? Ein Kassettenspieler von „heute“.

Xavier Gazon hat in einer Selbstbauaktion ein Kassetten-Abspiel-Deck oder besser den Player in ein Eurorack-Format gebracht und das per Knopf und Steuerpannung steuerbar gemacht. Also kleine Demonstration, wird in einem Demovideo bei Facebook ein LFO angelegt, der die Geschwindigkeit des Bandes aus einem Walkman steuert.

Mix Tapes

Die Frontplatte ist per Laserbeschriftung und Laserschneidesystem passend gemacht worden. Damit trifft die Technik von heute auf die von gestern mit der die eher älteren Lesern hier noch aufgewachsen sind. Stilvoll ist die Steuerung durch ein Serge – Modul in Eurorack-Baugröße. Lustig ist, dass es mal ein Fake-Rendering eines Waldorf Samplers namens Kassettenspieler gab. Aber die Idee mit Bandgeräten etwas zu machen ist nicht ganz neu, so hatten wir schon diverse Geräte, die per Bandschleife oder Kassetten funktionieren, eines davon wurde sogar per Tastatur gespielt. Einige funktionieren mit dieser Technik als Bandecho auf Cassetten-Basis, andere sind Sampler. Es gab sogar schon den Versuch, den Player selbst neu zu erfinden.

Die wohl drolligste und ähnlichste Idee, was vermutlich diese her

Mehr davon?

Das Gerät gibt es nicht zu kaufen, nicht mal als Bausatz, denn es ist eine einmalige Aktion eines Bastlers.

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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:

http://ideologikal.weebly.com/

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

http://ideologikal.weebly.com/

https://ideologikal.bandcamp.com/

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