"When I was first building [these instruments], I had a sound in mind, and I really wanted to find a way to appropriately play that sound. But now, I think it's more about what my body is able to do live as one person." Yeah, I can relate to that! Fascinating. https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/noisey-author-punisher-the-one-man-industrial-doom-metal-band/5acb7ae5f1cdb34f6b795de3 Read more...

I have been experimenting with algorithmic composition quite a bit lately, and this really resonates with me:

“In many ways, AI helped me become more creative, evolving my role into something resembling more of an editor or director. I gave AI direction (in the form of data to learn from or parameters for the output), and it sends back raw material, which I then edit and arrange to create a cohesive song. It also allowed me to spend more time on other aspects of the creation process like the vocal melodies, lyrics, and music videos. It’s still creative, just different.”

Algo-Rhythms: The future of album collaboration


Sequencing my synth with tidal cycles (live coding languages/environment), wirelessly!
Tidal generates midi, m2o turns it into osc messages which are received by the #raspberrypi, which in turn send messages to an #arduino using ttymidi (midi over serial/USB). I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for months and finally figured it out.
Tl;DR? live-coded generative analog beats
#synthdiy #modular #synthjam


Sequencing my synth with tidal cycles (live coding languages/environment), wirelessly!
Tidal generates midi, m2o turns it into osc messages which are received by the #raspberrypi, which in turn send messages to an #arduino using ttymidi (midi over serial/USB). I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for months and finally figured it out.
Tl;DR? live-coded generative analog beats
#synthdiy #modular #synthjam


Between getting dinner, baby time, and cleaning food out of our dying fridge, I built a thing! I’ve been learning about Serge modular synthesizers and this one is inspired by them. Amazing what you can make with a $.60 chip (lm324 quad op amp), some resistors, and some passive components. Also: just started using stripboard instead of perfboard and it is amazing #synthdiy #serge #slope #analog


Between getting dinner, baby time, and cleaning food out of our dying fridge, I built a thing! I’ve been learning about Serge modular synthesizers and this one is inspired by them. Amazing what you can make with a $.60 chip (lm324 quad op amp), some resistors, and some passive components. Also: just started using stripboard instead of perfboard and it is amazing #synthdiy #serge #slope #analog


Last night’s patch: Generative sequencing (mostly) without a sequencer! An oscillator goes into a divider which spits out divisions (/2, 3, 4, etc) which then goes into a multiplexer (fancy Sequencing mixer). Basically it takes 8 inputs and sends one of those to the output. In this case it is taking 8 divisions of the main oscillator and sending 1 out at a time, which sounds like arpeggios! Which input makes it to the output is controlled by a bunch of clocks and inverters to make things interesting. Everything is clocked with 16th note pulses from an arduino connected to a raspberry pi running Pure data, which is connected to ableton link. That’s how the drums on my phone- from elastic drums- are in time with the modular. The root pitch of the oscillator is modulated by a r/2r ladder, which takes the output of a shift register and converts it to an analog signal (I think part of the buchla source of uncertainty is similar to this). I do use a regular linear sequencer in this patch, but only to modulate the amount of dry arpeggios we hear vs amount of low pass filtered. #synthdiy #generative #electro

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Last night’s patch: Generative sequencing (mostly) without a sequencer! An oscillator goes into a divider which spits out divisions (/2, 3, 4, etc) which then goes into a multiplexer (fancy Sequencing mixer). Basically it takes 8 inputs and sends one of those to the output. In this case it is taking 8 divisions of the main oscillator and sending 1 out at a time, which sounds like arpeggios! Which input makes it to the output is controlled by a bunch of clocks and inverters to make things interesting. Everything is clocked with 16th note pulses from an arduino connected to a raspberry pi running Pure data, which is connected to ableton link. That’s how the drums on my phone- from elastic drums- are in time with the modular. The root pitch of the oscillator is modulated by a r/2r ladder, which takes the output of a shift register and converts it to an analog signal (I think part of the buchla source of uncertainty is similar to this). I do use a regular linear sequencer in this patch, but only to modulate the amount of dry arpeggios we hear vs amount of low pass filtered. #synthdiy #generative #electro

https://chrisbeckstrom.com/stream/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/igshH5C4.jpg

Quick Experiment with my new Raspberry Pi Zero module (lower left box second from the right with 4 orange leds). The Rpi is running Pure Data. I built a 4 voice step sequencer that is synced to ableton link (wirelessly! So cool!) all in PD. I program the sequencer using Touchosc on my phone, which sends OSC messages to PD to tell it which steps to make active. PD connects to an arduino and sends midi messages over USB, which in turn the arduino uses to generate short voltages (ie triggers, the blinky lights you see). These voltages then trigger sounds on the modular!
Also running Elastic Drums on my phone, which is also synced wirelessly through Link, then mixed with the modular. Also using my new linear feedback shift register noise module (noise clap sound) and another arduino programmed as a VCO.
WHEW! OK back to work now
#synthdiy #raspberrypi #abletonlink #modular #elasticdrums #arduino # funky

https://chrisbeckstrom.com/feed/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/igMV21pi.jpg

Quick Experiment with my new Raspberry Pi Zero module (lower left box second from the right with 4 orange leds). The Rpi is running Pure Data. I built a 4 voice step sequencer that is synced to ableton link (wirelessly! So cool!) all in PD. I program the sequencer using Touchosc on my phone, which sends OSC messages to PD to tell it which steps to make active. PD connects to an arduino and sends midi messages over USB, which in turn the arduino uses to generate short voltages (ie triggers, the blinky lights you see). These voltages then trigger sounds on the modular!
Also running Elastic Drums on my phone, which is also synced wirelessly through Link, then mixed with the modular. Also using my new linear feedback shift register noise module (noise clap sound) and another arduino programmed as a VCO.
WHEW! OK back to work now
#synthdiy #raspberrypi #abletonlink #modular #elasticdrums #arduino # funky

https://chrisbeckstrom.com/stream/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ig90qOdK.jpg


Turns out you can make a perfectly adequate VCA with two diodes and a resistor! Add a transistor and an led for blinkies. Works great for square-ish waves, ok for others. Got the circuit from the hackaday logic noise series. Also: with no LED, it’s passive! You should go build one for your system! #synthdiy #modularsynth #diode #analogElectronics


Turns out you can make a perfectly adequate VCA with two diodes and a resistor! Add a transistor and an led for blinkies. Works great for square-ish waves, ok for others. Got the circuit from the hackaday logic noise series. Also: with no LED, it’s passive! You should go build one for your system! #synthdiy #modularsynth #diode #analogElectronics