"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...


quick lunch break patch: using boolean logic (AND) to generate funky rhythms. master clock goes into the AND module with various stuff (lfos, jk flip flop, clock divider) to generate sort-of random but in-time triggers. bassline sequenced using a shift register going into an r/2r ladder (great lunetta trick!). figured out how to make a pretty good kick sound with my resonant low pass filter.. thump thump! #analog #drummachine #synthjam #synthdiy

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quick lunch break patch: using boolean logic (AND) to generate funky rhythms. master clock goes into the AND module with various stuff (lfos, jk flip flop, clock divider) to generate sort-of random but in-time triggers. bassline sequenced using a shift register going into an r/2r ladder (great lunetta trick!). figured out how to make a pretty good kick sound with my resonant low pass filter.. thump thump! #analog #drummachine #synthjam #synthdiy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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This weekend’s patch: here is what it looks and sounds like when I use all my patch cables (alligator clips). Using lots of CV and logic feedback to create a self-playing noodle. A 4-step shift register going into a digital to analog converter (r2r resistor ladder) is the modulating the pitch of a VCO. Also: tons of other stuff is happening 😂#synthdiy

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This weekend’s patch: here is what it looks and sounds like when I use all my patch cables (alligator clips). Using lots of CV and logic feedback to create a self-playing noodle. A 4-step shift register going into a digital to analog converter (r2r resistor ladder) is the modulating the pitch of a VCO. Also: tons of other stuff is happening 😂#synthdiy

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Analog dubstep! Using a fidget spinner to block the light going to a photoresistor (ldr) which is changing the amount of voltage it puts out. That voltage is then used to modulate a filter cutoff and a vca adding an octave lower. My synth now has moving parts! #synthdiy #dubstep #analog #lofi A post shared… Read more...