Some great insight of the beginnings of Make Noise and Make Noise Records. Make Noise Records is currently experiencing delays with the pressing plant for the MNR005/Surachai release. No release date yet.
What prompted you to assemble The Shared System and develop a Music series?
Tony: I was thinking about advertising and thought for $2,000 why not put out a record? So we contacted artists that work with and support us. They do cool videos, talk to people about the modules and our company, so we decided on something that would be good for everyone. We’d give five artists the same collection of modules, called The Shared System. With all things equal, the variable wouldn’t be the studio, the recording process or instrument, it would be the artist. We’d see how their personalities would shine through. I feel like reverb is such an important part of electronic music, so we let them use their own reverb, but everything else was the same. Hopefully, the records would get people talking about the Make Noise Shared System, but also what someone like Richard Devine did with it. I met with Surachai, in New York City, at the Control Voltage Fair. He loved the idea and wanted to curate it. I didn’t want to have five artists make five records that all sounded the same, and felt confident he would pick artists who were diverse enough to show all the directions you could go with a modular, but were also well-versed with our system, so they could get started fast. Like you noticed when you borrowed ours, even for someone who knows how to use modulars, there’s always a massive learning curve. So much of music technology today is designed to do some specific task. You can get an app to make hip-hop beats or a compressor to give you the vocal sound of The Beatles’ records or whatever. What’s gorgeous about the modular synthesizer is that it’s the exact opposite of that. Often, at trade shows, people will ask me, “What problem is your product solving?” Typically I say that it’s creating them. This product does not solve a single problem, unless you say it solves the problem of inspiration. It provides a great deal of that.
Kelly: The Shared System series shows people that there are many different ways to make music with it. Richard Devine did the first record, the second one’s by Alessandro Cortini, then Robert A. A. Lowe. Surachai makes a sort of synth-inspired black metal, so we have no idea what his will be like. It’s all to showcase that people are making music that spans a lot of different genres. Five in the series, 500 copies, pressed to vinyl. Trash Audio is selling most of them, but if you order a Shared System, we include whatever record is currently in production. Our dealers that sell the modules can also order them. We’re talking about building another system and doing an Acid series.
This is an acoustic instrument with no electricity or anything… Natural source coded materials which are membrane, coiled spring and string working together. Maybe we can say that this is a new bridge system between string and resonant body. But generally this is a new design and emit obviously natural vibrations and gives new playing abilities.
Very important that it has totally a unique live listening experience!!
Performence: Görkem Şen
Video: Levent Bozkurt
Video editting: Olgu Demir
Sound mix: Mert Aksuna
Place: Alişler Yurdu
Cataract is a Segment Multiplexer plugin geared toward electronic music production and experimental sound design. Cataract features an arsenal of sample scanners with integrated modulation sequencers and morphing functions. This makes it possible to construct architecturally complex patterns ranging from nuanced percussive articulations to intricate particle sound effects and all out generative hyper glitch chaos.
Infinitely transform your audio files with Cataract’s extensive randomization and modulation options. Warp pitched samples into parallax melodies or redistribute loop segments into generative polyrhythms. Whether you are sculpting articulate percussion patterns for an electronic music EP or designing high-tech cyborg effects for a sci-fi game, Cataract will give your projects a unique cutting-edge twist.
2 monophonic scanner modules with dual sample slots!
Integrated modulation and scan sequencers!
2 LFOs per scanner with dedicated modulation matrix!
1 Multi-mode filter per scanner!
1 Delay effect per scanner!
3-Band graphic EQ per scanner!
Extensive global and per-scanner randomization tools!
Morphing section with dedicated X-MOD LFO!
Dynamic color-coded user interface!
Sample pack with over 130 new loops and 200 new sound effects! Presets from Ivo Ivanov, Nicholas Yochum and Daed!
Cross-platform compatibility (PC/Mac – VST/AU 32bit & 64bit)!
Not sure how many location sound folk visit this site…
Features at a glance
Radical new design and shape delivers a new pinnacle in audio transparency, wind noise and handling noise isolation.
Lightweight, durable construction, designed with materials to withstand extreme field conditions.
Featuring 3D-Tex® delivering massive wind noise reduction without needing additional fur coverings.
Basket Z-Locking design, with magnetic locking, provides instant, one-hand microphone access with automatic, self-aligning basket reassembly.
Swivel latches provide additional basket security for extreme environments and run-and-gun applications
Increased acoustic transparency, and no parallel surfaces to minimise room-tones, provides a clean frequency response.
All-new, patented Floating-Basket Suspension with Lyre™ technology for reduction of windshield basket handling noise.
Industry-leading Lyre Microphone Suspension with Universal Lyre webs (19-25mm) includes spares.
Supplied with ultra-soft, flexible Mogami cable, fitted with gold pin Neutrik XX-series XLR connectors.
Output male XLR locked in angled position on lightweight boom adaptor, allowing internal or external pole cables and plug-on transmitters to be attached securely.
Compatible with optional Cyclone Windjammer for extreme wind isolation performance.
The Greatest Synth Meet in the Galaxy!
Exhibitor List as of August 30:
Art For The Ears, Ltd.
Bob Moog Foundation
Laurentide Synth Works
Steady State Fate