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Mutable Instruments Elements – Incidences/Resonances Patch

Mutable Instruments Elements – First Look – Incidences/Resonances Patch from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

First look at the Mutable Instruments “Elements” Modal Synthesis Oscillator. This patch was inspired by Bernard Parmegiani Incidences / Résonances piece on | De Natura Sonorum | INA-GRM | 1978.
To imitate nature and acoustic instruments, modal synthesis breaks down the creation of sounds into two steps:
1. Synthesizing a noisy and/or percussive excitation signal, which represents the raw energy transferred to the instrument by the musician when (s)he strikes, bows or blows it.
2. Processing this excitation by a resonator modeling the vibrating structure itself – be it a string, tube or plate. Properties such as its size, tuning, shape and material can be simulated by adjusting the parameters of the resonator.

Synthesis Technology – E370/E371 Expander – Drone

Synthesis Technology – E370/E371 Expander – Drone from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Just doing a Drone test with the E370 and E371 Expander prototype Quad VCO. It’s a combination of features from the E340 and the E350 using a new class of ARM processor with high-quality Cirrus Logic audio DACs. The audio was ran through a new Mutable Instruments module for light processing. :-)

Surachai – Form Volume II

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Form Volume II consists of four archived performances and four new recordings. Form Volume II can be found on Bandcamp. The vinyl is shipping out around December 16th, 2014. Since most time, effort, and money went into the physical product – I’ll start there and work backwards.

Vinyl
As a response to the deluxe presentation of Ritual and because Form Volume II wasn’t supposed to exist, I decided to keep the theme of non-existence with the vinyl and artwork by calling it the Void Presentation. Firstly: there is no artwork. The vinyl is clear and with no center sticker making it an entirely transparent vinyl record. Again, the record is pressed at GottaGroov Records. The transparent information card was manufactured by Offbeat Press and the reference I gave them was the winning ticket to Fhloston Paradise from The Fifth Element. The clear jacket is also clear and originally intended for picture discs. If you’re not looking for this album, you’re not going to find it – basically its a marketing nightmare.

Pre-Master & Mastering
Because all tracks were recorded in single takes to stereo or mono tracks and mixing was performed on the fly, the results were raw, hugely dynamic, and sometimes lackluster. All tracks were mixed afterwords and pre-mastered with the Thermionic Culture Vulture Super 15 with a couple dynamic processing UAD plug-ins. I turned these pre-master versions into Shawn Hatfield of Audible Oddities to officially master the album and tame the inconsistencies between the tracks while preserving the dynamics.

“In general, I used all the different input/output transformer stages on my gear, driven just enough to saturate a little. Dave Hill Titans were used to add weight and body, Knif Vari-Mu II mid/side compression to glue things together and further enhance the stereo information followed by a BAX EQ to help open things up a little more where needed. And I also ran them through some custom op amps built around a 1970’s design that impart a smooth character.” – Shawn Hatfield of Audible Oddities.

Recording
Despite the length of time between recordings, the recording sessions were almost identical to each other: construct a patch, tweak the patch anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 weeks, record the patch, keep the 1st or 23rd take. There were no limitations of modules used and as you can tell in the videos, there were plenty – although the last track is using only one module.

Background
Form Volume II is not supposed to exist. The album started with Aaron Funk requesting source audio files from a few Form session videos. That was an easy ask: track down the sessions folders, zip up a few bounced files, and send them over Dropbox – that should have been the end of the transaction. But this small request spiraled into obsession to the point where I found myself finishing an album I hadn’t known I was working on for more than two years – in the mountains of Tennessee. The first four tracks were previously recorded from June, 2012 to August, 2014 in Chicago and the last four tracks were recorded in a weekend with Richard Devine and his live system in Tellico Plains, Tennessee in August, 2014.

Release
I’m writing this a day before the official release and am confused after looking at Bandcamp’s best seller’s column for electronic vinyl. Currently, Make Noise Records: Shared System Series – Surachai 7” is number 1 and Form Volume II is in third place. What does this mean? For Make Noise Records, its makes a bit of sense – We’ve released some of the top names in experimental music on our short 5 record, 2 year stint and mine being the last, the momentum is expected. As for Form Volume II being a top seller, initially I’m skeptical. I haven’t utilized active PR for the past 3 vinyl releases and am constantly hopping labels and switching musical styles. The only thing I can think of is that I know who you all are. I order, assemble, pack and ship the vinyl to you and that must mean something. Whatever is driving the sales, thank you for the support over the years.

Form Thirty Recorded in Chicago, IL. June 9 2012
Form Thirty-Two Recorded in Chicago, IL. November 12, 2013
Form Thirty-Four Recorded in Chicago, IL. May 3, 2014
Form Thirty-Five Recorded in Chicago, IL. August 12, 2014
Form Thirty-Six Recorded with Richard Devine in Tellico Plains, TN. August 31, 2014
Form Thirty-Seven Recorded with Richard Devine in Tellico Plains, TN. August 31, 2014
Form Thirty-Eight Recorded with Richard Devine in Tellico Plains, TN. August 31, 2014
Form Thirty-Nine Recorded in Tellico Plains, TN. August 31, 2014

Limited to 250 copies of vinyl
Mastered by Shawn Hatfield of Audible Oddities
Released by BL_K NOISE

Surachai – Form Volume II

Yaybahar by Görkem Şen

Yaybahar by Görkem Şen from Olgu Demir on Vimeo.

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!!
Credits
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Instrument: Yaybahar
Performence: Görkem Şen
Video: Levent Bozkurt
Video editting: Olgu Demir
Sound mix: Mert Aksuna
Place: Alişler Yurdu
2014

Noyzelab – Aphex Twin SYROBONKERS! Interview Part 1 & 2

Excerpt:

dave:how accurate is the gear list on syro?

rich: definitely not 100% and there are 1 or 2 mistakes, like i think it says i used a vocoder on the piano track , dot in wrong place or i prob did it wrong, it is mostly right though but misses out a shit load of outboard as i couldn’t remember every eq etc in my lodge.
There were a few plugins used but hardly anything and not worth mentioning really, it is 99.9% hardware not that it matters just sayin.
Plenty more eurorack modules as well obviously but i think i put down the main ones i could remember.
Actually the whole equipment list is pretty weird choices on there actually pretty normal/odd for me i think, its definitely not showing off when u take into account what else I’ve got! just so happened those particular tracks used those things.
the birds on that piano track by the way were picked up by the mic’s at the same time, i angled them slightly towards the doors to pick it up, the birds hear what I’m doing also !-)
Oh and its all programmed, I think I’ve almost got to the point now when i can think music and then program it pretty much in one go, not quite but almost, it was never an ambition actually, it just happened that way.
Most people I know who heard it think its played, which is a really nice complement, coz every little timing imperfection in that is purposefully programmed in…i find it very mediative doing such tiny little things, tempo is regular though so it could be mixed with amen break :)

Part 1
Part 2

Applied Acoustics Systems – Harmonic Geometry

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With Harmonic Geometry, Richard Devine explores our string modeling synthesizer in all its facets. In his distinctive style, he brings us elaborate timbral perspectives and intricate textural spaces using the many shapes and forms of String Studio VS-2. These ingenious constructions materialize into an eclectic collection of sounds spanning modern sci-fi territories, ambiences, surprising percussions, resonant vibrational effects, and exotic instruments. Harmonic Geometry comprises 130 presets divided into eight categories: Pad, Effect, Arpeggiator, Plucked, Synth, Keys, Percussion, and Ambient.

AAS: Harmonic Geometry

Mothership Transmission: SSF Propagate Trigger Shifts

Mothership Transmission: SSF Propagate Trigger Shifts from Joseph Fraioli on Vimeo.

a patch focused around using modulated trigger delays via the steady state fate propagate module.
the main trigger sources are coming from the deplhtronics triggerman and 4MS RCD, the outputs are fed into the SSF propagate where the delay input on each channel is then modulated by the modcan quad LFO with different synced waveforms.
sound sources:
make noise mysteron
verbos harmonic oscillator
cylonix shapeshifter
noise engineering basimilus iteritas
mutable instruments braids
modulation sources:
modcan quad LFO
SSF ultra random analog
make noise wogglebug
make noise maths v2
make noise function
tip top z8000
synthesis technology e355
intellijel dixie
doepfer a-147
processing sources:
mungo d0 with macro machines storage strip
modcan dual delay
tiptop ZDSP with halls of valhalla card
make noise erbe verb
synthesis technology e560
make noise MMG
intellijel ufold
serge resonant equalizer
no computers or editings were using in this videoness.

Sonoio – Thanks For Calling Video

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Rhythm Wolf Modular Patch Video

This Rhythm Wolf performance video features Richard Devine – acclaimed sound design guru, synth aficionado, and artist. Watch as he integrates two Rhythm Wolf drum machine/bass synthesizers into his sci-fi grade synth rig to create a brooding, hypnotic soundscape.

cyrusrex + Baseck – #DBC611G-1D

cyrusrex + Baseck – #DBC611G-1D from Muff Wiggler on Vimeo.

Cyrusrex + Baseck – Modular Synth, DSI Tempest, DevilFish TB303, Strymon BigSky, casio #DBC611G-1D

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