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Datach’i – Monarchs

no computers or external hardware were used in this performance :)

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patch basics:
sequencers used are the tiptop audio circadian rhythms (CR), z8000, modcan touch sequencer (TS), intellijel metropolis and 2x make noise pressure points with brains.
CHORDS: make noise tELEHARMONIC sequenced by the CR and two pressure points. processed through the tiptop audio ZDSP reverb.
LEAD MELODY: intellijel atlantis sequenced by the intellijel metropolis and processed through the qu-bit electronic RT60 reverb.
KICK: blue lantern asteroid BDv4 sequenced by the CR.
SNARE: noise engineering BI triggered by the CR and processed through the make noise erbe verb and synthesis technology e580 delay.
HAT: SSF quantum rainbow MKII purple noise with maths expo envelope sequenced by the CR.
SUB KICK: tiptop audio BD808 triggered by the CR.
MID SECTION PERCUSSION: mutable instruments elements sequenced by the CR and Z8000.
MID SECTION TO END HARMONY: modcan triple osc through the modcan multimode filter sequenced by the modcan TS and processed through mutable instruments clouds.
my brother says:
“Sounds like some kind of scale in the key of F minor. the chords are Bo dominant 7th first inversion followed by Dd major first inversion, Ab major then another Ab major an octave higher.”

Harmonic Symmetry

Harmonic Symmetry from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Harmonic patch using the new MakeNoise tELHARMONIC is a Multi-Voice, Multi-Algorithm synthesizer, and 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator. The master clock is the Tiptop Circadian Rhythms. Clock output running into the Modcan Touch Sequencer. Channel output one running into one intellijel Dixie (V1) for the bassline. Dixie output running into a Mutable instruments Ripples filter (LP4), triangle waveform. Second channel output sequencing quantized 8 note sequence to the telharmonic oscillator, creating the first lead sequence in the patch (major scale set). One Mult output taken and sent to the Strymon BigSky reverb (chorale mode) to create the delicate swarm pads that rise in and out at the builds. Amplitude control of the slow rises via the intellijel HexVCA, slow rate control from one Modcan Quad LFO. The other output is then taken and sent to the Qu-bit RT-60 reverb. Third output from the Modcan TS sending quantized CV to the MakeNoise STO oscillator variable SHAPE output then sent through lower section of the MakeNoise Optomix. The forth output from the Modcan TS is sending a 4 chord pattern (min9) to the intellijel shapeshifter module in chord mode. This output is then sent to another Qu-Bit RT-60 reverb algorithm. MakeNoise Mysteron plucking guitar like effect being triggered by a 4ms RCD, 5th trigger out. The Mysterson then is running out into a Strymon BlueSky pedal, reverb far right.
Drum sequencing from TipTop CR, channel one kick drum going to the Nord Drum 2. Second channel number 2 triggering a custom snare drum made on the Nord Drum 2. Channel 6 from the CR triggering a low bass drum, in the key of “C”. Clock output from CR into the 4ms SCM being rotated by a intellijel dixie sine wave output running at a slow rate shifting the 16th’s hi hat pattern. Noise source for hi-hats are the SSF quantum rainbow 2, purple output running into the MakeNoise Optomix. The high end snare clap sound is by the Synthrotek’s DS-M drum module, then being lightly processed by the Synthrotek DLY, slowly CV controlled by a Modcan Quad LFO in random mode creating more glitchy effects. This is then being sequenced by channel number 2 from the tiptop CR. The first lower left side 4ms Spectral Multi-band Resonator processing 72 custom DSP samples, which are being played by one addac wave player. The output is then being sent to a intellijel uVCF filter (hi pass), for the light subtle glitch textures. The second 4ms Spectral Multi-band Resonator, processing another set of 32 samples (noise washes/slow rises/falls) via channel number 4 from the CR tiptop. Main output from a intellijel Mutagen mixer then ran through the Eventide space pedal for extra spatial atmosphere. :-)
For those wanting the track, its available HERE (Free Download)

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Qu-Bit Electronix – Tri-ger Tutorial

Any sort of gestural interface or humanizing patterns is always welcome!

bossFYTE – Think About It ( Richard Devine Remix)

Just released today my remix of bossFYTE on DETROIT UNDERGROUND
Lil’ Dog Toes / Think About It ( Richard Devine Remix)
DETROIT UNDERGROUND 7-inch by bossFYTE.
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Surachai – Heavy Mask

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Weight In Minimalism
Leaving Heavy Mask sparse left me in doubt for several weeks. Every layer I added seemed to take away from its initial severity and grit, and wash away the detail of the foundation tracks. I eventually surrendered to its simplicity and worked with maximizing the details. As a result of its simplicity, it’s been called a grower and not a show-er. Heavy Mask was written, mixed, and organized with vinyl as the preferred listening method.

Thermionic Culture Vulture Super 15
Everything on this album went through a Thermionic Culture Vulture Super 15. The Culture Vulture Super 15 is a very strange piece of processing gear that I have trouble recommending to anyone. The TCVS15 is a very specific tool for a very specific person – and apparently, I don’t know any of these people. The Cwejman S1 MKII was fed into the Eventide Space and into the Thermionic Culture Vulture Super 15 and was sequenced by the Make Noise RENE. If you’ve listened to Ritual or read its accompanying article, this should sound familiar. Except for the TCVS15, the signal flow is identical to how Ritual was recorded. If you want an extreme comparison, listen to how clean and dynamic Ritual is and come back to listen to Heavy Mask. On the flip side, Form Volume II was pre-mastered with the TCVS15 and was cleaned up and sparkly by the time it hit mastering.

Drums
The drums were performed by Charlie Werber during this past brutal Chicago winter. You may remember Charlie from Embraced where I’m still in awe of his performance. In the Heavy Mask recording sessions, Charlie simplified and complimented the existing tracks I brought in. In an active rehearsal space, I recorded Charlie using 4 microphones: 2 Earthworks QTC40’s for the overheads, 2 SM57’s on the kick and top of the snare, everything went directly into the RME UFX. UAD’s Neve 88RS, UA1776, and LA2A were heavily used.

Artwork
Sarah Sitkin. I’ve known Sarah for almost 10 years and I’m probably her biggest fan. She’s responsible for the artwork on To No Avail a few years ago and how much she’s evolved in that time is breathtaking. Hell, how much she’s evolved since creating the Heavy Mask cover just over a month ago is amazing.
John Crawford is the only person you need to follow on Instagram. Together, John and Emilie created the Ritual artwork last year and I needed John’s aesthetic on Heavy Mask as well. He’s been essential for creative input as well as execution and his instinct overrule mine.
Caspar Newbolt was responsible for the entirety of the artwork on Embraced and helped lay out Ritual. He graciously lent a hand again with making sure the vinyl packaging and general layout was consistent with our combined high standards.
A quick word about censorship: Heavy Mask will not appear anywhere that censors the human body, so far this only includes iTunes and its services.

Mastering
Shawn Hatfield of Audible Oddities. Again, always. The versions Shawn send back make me feel like I’m listening to a fully formed thought as opposed to just a number of tracks I made and ordered. Shawn brought Heavy Mask to a level clarity and brutality I’ve rarely heard before.

“When I first heard these songs, I immediately thought about how they’d benefit from being pushed a bit harder than normal through my chain, to bring in some subtle saturation and harmonics. I felt this really showed off the exceptional work Surachai had already done at the mix stage. I focused mostly on getting the gain staging for each piece of equipment just right to get the optimal sound for each song. In these various stages, the songs passed through several transformers, starting with Carnhill, into a pair of amorphous core Lundahl’s and then into a pair of Cinemag’s. I used two different tube stages along the way; one for transparent vari-mu compression using the Knif Vari Mu II, and the other a colorful class A tube pre-amp called a Creamliner II that adds some great detail by adding triode harmonics. At the end of the chain, a Dangerous BAX EQ was used to help balance the lows and highs just prior to capture.”

Lacquering, Plating, and Printing
The signal flow was the same as Ritual: Roger of SAE handled the lacquering which is then sent to Metalworks for plating and then to Gottagroov for the printing. The records are 180 grams and the jackets are thick tip-on boards with a matte finish that makes the artwork particularly menacing.

BL_K NOISE
This is the fourth vinyl release on BL_K NOISE. Moe Espinosa / Drumcell, who runs the label with me, described BL_K NOISE perfectly, “a small label to release music that is not restrained by genre or expectations. An open format label to release whatever music we feel like whenever we want.” What Moe left out is that all of our releases have been DIY, we go through great lengths to be involved in every step of the process and stand proudly behind out releases artistically on all levels. Anyone that has bought our vinyl can speak to the high quality.

We don’t pay for PR, promotion, or print and somehow we sell out of our releases. It’s equally humbling as it is confusing. Thank you for the support, it means more than you’ll ever know.

Sarah Sitkin
John Crawford
Shawn Hatfield
Caspar Newbolt

Reference 1
heavy mask outtake 3

Reference 2
heavy mask outtake 1

Deep Dream submitted by Jordan Paschke
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Waveguiding

Waveguiding from Joseph Fraioli on Vimeo.

no computers or external hardware were used in this performance :)
patch basics:
kick: tiptop audio circadian rhythms (CR) channel 1, blue lantern asteroid BDv4 (CR is in 1×64 step mode)
snare: CR channel 2, cylonix cyclebox v2 with expo maths envelope into intellijel hex vca.
hi hat: CR channel 3. noise engineering basilicas iterus.
karplus strong style bass: make noise mysteron triggered by the intellijel metropolis which is synced the to the CR clock out. output is then multed into a vca channel and opened by the sound machines light plane then fed into the make noise erbe verb. the light plane has two recorded gates that open the vca to the erbe verb…
plucked melody: mutable instruments braids PLUK being sequenced by channel 4 of the CR and pitch sequenced by the tiptop z8000 through the intellijel uscale then processed through the tiptop z-dsp. modulation to braids parameters coming from the modcan quad lfo.
bass chords: sound source is the cyclonic shapeshifter in chord mode (5ths) and overdrive at 99 on the BiPuls waveform. this is then fed into the cwejman MMF-1 in low pass and manually adjusted throughout. additionally there is amplitude modulation by way of modcan quad LFO into a VCA. this sound is being sequenced by the divide output of the metropolis into two pressure points.
chord harmony: this is the intellijel rubicon through the serge resonant eq and modcan dual phaser and qu-bit RT60.
this sound is also being sequenced by the divide output of the metropolis into two pressure points. though this time a separate row to create the harmonies. amplitude modulation here is also coming form the modcan quad lfo into a vca.
end sub kick: CR channel 8 triggering the tiptop BD808.
end claps: CR channel 6 trigging the hex inverter mutant clap through the flame fx6.

Hypoxia – A Constant Preparation For Loss

Moe Espinosa (AKA Drumcell) has a new project called Hypoxia and its first release is musically beautiful and combined with a DIY ethos, its presentation is a piece of art. A Constant Preparation For Loss draws inspiration from 80’s films and “artists like John Carpenter, Wendy Carlos, Goblin, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream” that “steps away from the dance floor and into a broader space of contemplative drama”. Hypoxia’s A Constant Preparation For Loss uses a simple signal path: Buchla Music Easel > Eventide Space > Akai reel-to-reel.

“For me it was the first time in over a decade to take this task on my own.” From recording, to pressing vinyl, to silk screening, to shipping out records himself, Hypoxia is seeing it through to the end. The vinyl comes in five color variations, in a clear case was hand silk-screened.

“This is the 3rd release on BL_K NOISE, a small indy label created by Surachai and myself to release music that is not restrained by genre or expectations. An open format label to release whatever music we feel like whenever we want.”

Hypoxia – A Constant Preparation For Loss

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Tip Top Records

Tiptop Records presents Various Artists 001 – Official Teaser from Tiptop Film on Vimeo.

Tiptop Audio is proud to introduce a new project for 2015: Tiptop Audio Records.
In the recent years musical productions have seen a remarkable return to the use of hardware through analog synthesizers and digital control interfaces. This trend has proven so strong that it prompted a rebirth of modular synths in a new format (eurorack). Tiptop Audio has made a name producing sophisticated but easy to use modules, designed to form a complete system that is especially effective for dance-oriented productions and live sets.
Tiptop Audio Records selected for its first issue some of the most groundbreaking artists using such systems, to present a range of artists who, through their tracks, explore the landscape of dance music in a very fresh perspective. These are the artists who inspire the Tiptop team to make more innovative devices, which in turn make new music (a nice feedback loop).
ANGLE, BLAWAN, CHRISTIAN BURKHARDT JOAO CESER, JOHN TEJADA, JOSEPH FRAIOLI, MOE ESPINOSA (DRUMCELL), KINK, RICHARD DEVINE and SURGEON each contribute a track stamped with their own style and vision. Tracks range from Surgeon’s trademark hard minimal beat, to Kink’s gauzy dreamscape, while Richard Devine and Joseph Fraioli explore the outer reaches of beat based music. The Phase VI team (John Tejada and Moe Espinosa AKA Drumcell) produces an endlessly shifting set of percolating rhythms, Christian Burkhardt and Joao Ceser put some 21st century twists on classic dance floor patterns, ANGLE lay down effortless, sophisticated Continental style and Blawan adds some industrial toned menace.
The release will initially come as a double vinyl edition, with a cover painted by the artist Matteo Giampaglia, and a digital download version will follow.
An original video teaser will introduce the compilation, then other videoclips of the individual tracks will be realized by exciting new visual artists.

CR Hex Mutant Patch

CR Mutant Patch from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Patch experiment using the Tiptop Circadian Rhythm in group looping mode. I first went in and programed 8 different patterns for each of the 8 groups. Each one was setup at 4 x 16 sequence. So for this patch I had 64 patterns playing top to bottom. I improvised different mutes on the fly, and used the fill function on various channels to repeat pulses/gates at different times. The master tempo was set to 154 then dropped and shifted down to 120 towards the end of the video.
First output from CR channel one was the kick drum from the Hex Inverter Mutant Drum. With CV controls to the “Decay, and Pitch” control via the Modcan Quad LFO running in slow stepped random output with the master setting in “Red” Quad. This caused the slight opening in the kick drum decay.
Second output from the CR sent to a intellijel hub multiplier. From there it was sent to the Hex Inverter Mutant Clap. The second LFO from the Modcan Quad LFO controlled the “REV EC CV” input and the “Pitch CV” control was altered by the LFO-3 output from the Modcan. I also mixed in some external noise from the SSF Quantum Rainbow “Blue” output and mixed in to give more hiss/like texture.
Third output from the CR was running into the Hex Inverter Mutant Hi-hats, Open side. The first LFO output from the Modcan Quad LFO controlling the “Decay CV” control. This output was then taken through a E580 Resampling Mini Delay for tight Karplus delay feedback effect. The 4 output from CR was sent to the trigger input on a Noise Engineering “Basimilus Iteritas” module. The “Pitch” and “Harm CV” controls slightly altered by the zigzag and triangle outputs from a slow rate Dixie in LFO mode. The fifth output from the CR was sent to the “Trig” input on the Hex Inverter Mutant HiHats “Clsd” side. The Filter switch was set to on, and the Fade switch set down. Output 6 from CR was sent to the Tiptop RS808 module. The output was then sent to a Audio Damage “ADM05” Aeverb module. With the decay control by another Intellijel Dixie running in LFO mode (Sine output). Channel 7 from CR was sent to an intellijel Muti. This clock was sent to three different places. First multi output to the bottom “excite” input on the MakeNoise Mysteron. Second Multi output was sent to the Synthesis Technology E102 Quad Temporal Shifter “Clock” input. The 3rd Mult output was sent to a 4ms RCD. Output 8 was sent to a Mutable Instruments “Braids” running in “META” mode, triggered input with envelope setting set to “PIK”. From the 4ms RCD I took the divide by 1 output and sent it to the 4ms Quad Clock Distributor. From here the 4 QCD outputs went to other modules. First output was sent to the CV control 3 of the intellijel HexVCA. There was a Modcan FMVDO oscillator running out the 90 degree output. CV control over random pitch from the channel 1 output from the E102 non quantize SH mode. The Ratio and Wave CV controls being controlled by a third intellijel Dixie in slow LFO mode (sine output). The output was then taken to the left side Mutable Instruments Clouds Module (Green) Freeze LED. Running custom firmware, in granular cut mode. From the 7th division output was the Intellijel Shapeshifter doing random spurts of static noise, with custom preset. The output from here was sent to the right side Mutable Instruments Clouds Module (RED) Freeze LED. Running custom “Trash Bitz” firmware never released. Processing extreme granular pitch delay sounds from the Shapeshifter. The second output from the 4ms QCD sent to the 2nd Braids oscillator running in “META” mode but limited FM range to cymbal percussion sounds. This output was sent to the QuBit RT-60 which was being effect changed by 3rd output from the 4ms QCD. Changing the effect every 4 counts for randomized reverb throws and delays. 4th output from the QCD sent to the Mungo p0 percussion module, running with a macro machines storage strip being gate triggered by 5th divided out from the 4ms RCD.
Bassline created using a MakeNoise Brains and Pressure Points. 3 notes selected and clocked at 8 division output from the 4ms RCD. MakeNoise STO oscillator Sub out into Mutable Ripples filter 4-pole.
The drones and pads came from the QuBit Nebulae running 4 minute modular recorded drone piece created with two Modcan FMVDO’s running through the Tiptop Z-DSP Halls of Valhalla card, then imported back for slow rate play back. For the half time slow down that starts at 2:26 I took all the percussion sound inputs from the intellijel Mutagen mixer and ran them into a Eventide Pitch Pedal, which was running the H910/H949 program, which added the weird slushy delay effect at this part. I set the mix at zero no effect at first then slowly with my left hand (not in camera view because the pedal was underneath my camera tripod) mixed in the effect from 2:30 on to the end where the BPM slows to 120.
Tiptop Audio: tiptopaudio.com/cr.php
Hex Inverter Mutant Drums: shop.hexinverter.net/category.php?id_category=20

First patch with the Mutable Instruments, Clouds, Elements, Streams and Shelves modules

First patch with the Mutable Instruments, Clouds, Elements, Streams and Shelves modules from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Sequence starts with a cable connection to the clock output from the Steady State Fate Ultra Random module. This clock output was sent to a intellijel hub mult. From here the clock was sent to first to a 4ms RCD/QCD, Delptronics Trigger Man, and to the MakeNoise Rene. First output gates from 4ms RCD 4 divide output to the trigger input on the Braids module top row, running in “WLM” mode. Second multi output was sent to a 4ms QCD output green channel 4, set at division trigger time of 16. This would trigger single notes on the “Elements” module, that begin at 1:42. The playback mode is running in “Secret Easter Egg Mode” :-) The selected note sequence from the QCV output from Rene. Final output from Elements was sent to the Eventide “Pitch” pedal using the “Crystalizer” algorithm.

Clouds – was processing recorded chunks from the drum percussion, kick used from the top row “Peaks” 808 kick drum synthesis model. Then a snare created from the “grey” noise output from the SSF Quantum rainbow running through right side of Streams to make a snare drum, which was running in envelope mode with shape position to the left, short decay. Then a third voice using the blue noise output from the SSF quantum rainbow for hi-hats. Amplitude triggered/controlled by a HexVCA. The drum sequence was programmed from the Delptronics Triggerman, using all 8 patterns stringed together running in pattern play mode but being CV controlled by the S&H # 1 output from the SSF Ultra Random. Output for all voices was grouped and multiplied into two separate mixers. First three channels of the Intellijel Mutamix, which was then sent to output channel B. From there the summed mix was sent into the “left” side input of Clouds. Then triggered in time with the sequence by a 8th division trigger from the 4ms RCD. The freeze input in Clouds was triggered in time 7th divisions from the 4ms RCD, so that the chunks would process and record then play back in spurts of timed randomness. The mode was set in the pitchshifter/timestretcher configuration, where the grains where spliced so that created interesting granular pitching repeats and percussive glitch effects, as the rhythmic beats played through. Focused ranges where selected for the “Density/Pitchshifter” and “Timestetcher/Texture” controls. These where being controlled by the S&H #2 output from the SSF Ultra Random. The 1/volt pitch input was controlled by the toggle A/B output from the SSF ultra random. The clean drum outputs also sent to the channels 5, 6, and 7 on the Blue Lantern “Mix ‘Em Up” module.

Streams left side processing from the MakeNoise Mysteron output, which was being triggered by the 5th division output, for the metallic ripple delay like sounds, with the mutation knob set to counter clockwise, low bit mode.
The “Shelves” module was processing the acid like filter parts that get un-muted at 12 seconds. The sound source running into “Shelves” was the “Braids” module bottom row, running in “CSAW” mode. CV controlled by the CV output from the MakeNoise Rene sent to another intellijel hub mult. From here each CV output was sent to the “Frequency” inputs pink, green and white jacks on “Shelves”. The “Tides” high tide output modulation the CV controlling the top frequency input on “Shelves” Each filter knob was set so the incoming “CSAW” input was being processed like a formant filter effect.

Smooth Sub OSC bassline coming from the MakeNoise STO. This was being CV controlled by a intellijel µScale (B) output. Playing back 8 notes while being triggered from the 2nd division trigger on the 4ms RCD. Triangle wave output from a Intellijel Dixie (syncd) to the sequence controlling the input (1V/Oct). Second STO at 55 seconds, alternating high note triggers from the 1 channel output from the 4ms QCD 6th division output. The second STO output sent to a MakeNoise Optomix for short quick plucks.

The light reverb soft lead at 1:15 from sine wave output from another intellijel Dixie, being CV played from the 1V/Oct input from MakeNoise PressurePoints. The output was then ran into a Strymon “BigSky” pedal running the “nonLinear” reverb algorithm. The Chords coming in at 1:35 played by a Qu-Bit Nebulae module. The 4 chord sequence was hand played and recorded from a Roland Jupiter-6,. The sample was then cut into a 32 bar loop and then was restarted/played from a the 3rd output trigger on the 4ms QCD. This output was manually volume controlled by a Intellijel µAttQuad log/lin attenuator. Grids was being clocked from multi output from the SSF Ultra Random, from here the first output trigger channel was sent into a Addac 101 .WAV Player. Notes sequenced and recorded from the Mutable Instruments “Elements” Module. 4 notes in a specific order was played 4 times 32 bars/samples. This was triggered by the gate input triggered by the Gate Y output on Rene. Trill high notes from Microbe Modular Equation Composer running in Synth3Osc is a 3 osc synth mode.

http://mutable-instruments.net/modules/shelves/
http://mutable-instruments.net/modules/clouds/
http://mutable-instruments.net/modules/streams/
http://mutable-instruments.net/modules/elements/

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