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Alessandro Cortini – Forse 1 Mail Order


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Alessandro Cortini – Resta from Forse 1

One by one, the individual tracks comprising Forse 1 are thrown into the wild. Forse 1 will be released on Important Records 2013.

“Wow. Say what you will about the limitless capabilities of software synthesizers, but Alessandro Cortini is about to throw down a knob-gripping gauntlet on behalf of the analog realm. Forse 1, his upcoming double LP for Important Records, showcases a series of his compositions for the Buchla Music Easel that tonally chew up and spit out the synth competition.

Check out our first taste, “Resta,” below. Revel in the thick, juicy oscillations of its central chord progression; peep those gentle little upper-register chirps; try to hold back your smile as the cutoff opens up and the piece escalates into beautiful distortion (I’ve just been sitting here playing it over and over for a while). In the composer’s own words: “The real change happens at a spectral/dynamic level, as opposed to the harmonic/chordal one. I believe that the former are just as effective as the latter, in the sense that the sonic presentation (distortion , filtering, wave shaping, etc) are just as expressive as a chord change.” I agree, man. Damn.”

Entire Review on Tiny Mix Tapes

Make Noise Records – Surachai Preview

We at Make Noise Records are currently working on, and very close to, releasing Robert AA Lowe’s (MNR003) contribution to the Shared System Series on Make Noise Records. Keith Fullerton Whitman’s (MNR004) release is scheduled immediately after. Surachai’s (MNR005) release is the “last” of the series but you can preview the entire release months before its release. You’ll just need a Make Noise System…

Dual Prismatic Oscillator
DPO Final -> Optomix
DPO OSC 2 Square -> Phonogene Shift
DPO OSC 2 Sine -> Echphon in
Optomix Channel 2 in -> Echophon out
Optomix sum output -> Echophon in
Optomix Sum output->Moddemix Aux In
Phonogene Audio Out -> Wogglebug Ringmod In
Phonogene Audio Out -> Moddemix channel 1 Carrier (left input)
Pressure Points
Pressure Points Channel 4 Gate -> MATHS Channel 1 Trigger
Pressure Points Channel 4 Gate -> Phonogene Record
Pressure Points Channel 4 Gate -> moddemix channel 1 modulator (right)
Pressure Points Sequencer 2 output -> DPO Channel 1 v/oct
Maths Channel 1 -> Phonogene Gene Size In
Maths Channel 4 Cycle Mode -> DPO Angle In
Wogglebug Ring Out -> Modemix Channel Two Modulator (right)
Wogglebug Stepped VC Out -> Phonogene Slide
Rene XCLK -> Wogglebug Clock out
RENE QCV -> DPO OSC 2 v/oct
RENE CV -> Maths Both Channel 4
RENE Gate X -> DPO Strike
Main Output -> Moddemix Sum output

Heart In -> Echophon Clock Out
Ringmod In -> Echophon Feedback Out
Stepped CV Out -> DPO Fold CV In
Stepped CV Out -> Echophon Echo CV In
Stepped CV Out -> ModDeMix Channel 2 Carrier (left input)
Stepped CV Out -> MATHS Channel 4 Fall CV In
Random Clock -> RENE XCLK In
Clock Out -> RENE YCLK In
Woggle CV Out -> MATHS Channel 1 Fall In
Woggle CV Out -> Phonogene Gene Shift In
X-CV In -> MATHS Channel 3 (Negative Voltage)
YMOD In -> MATHS Channel 1 Out
Y-CV -> DPO Channel 2 Sine Out
QCV Out -> Echophon Mix CV In
QCV Out -> MATHS Channel 2 input (Negative Voltage)
QCV Out -> DPO FM Bus CV In
CV Out -> DPO Angle CV In
CV Out -> DPO Channel 1 1V/oct In
G-X Out -> DPO Strike In
G-Y Out -> MATHS Channel 1 Trigger In
Pressure Points
Channel 1 Pressure Out -> DPO Channel 2 Expo CV In
Channel 2 Pressure Out -> DPO Channel 1 Expo CV In
Channel 3 Pressure Out -> Echophon Depth CV In
Channel 4 Pressure Out -> Echophon Freeze In
Channel 4 Gate Out -> Phonogene Rec In
Channel 1 Both CV In – > MATHS Channel 4 out
Channel 1 Out -> Phonogene Slide CV In
Channel 1 Out -> DPO Modbus Index CV In
Channel 2 Out -> Echophon Echo CV In
OR Out -> Echophon Feedback CV In
Channel 3 Out -> DPO Shape CV In
Channel 4 Out -> MATHS Channel 3 In (Negative Voltage)
Channel 4 Trigger In -> Echophon Clock Out
Dual Prismatic Oscillator
Channel 1 Triangle Out -> ModDeMix Channel 1 Modulator (right input)
Channel 1 Saw -> Phonogene Gene Size CV In
Final Output -> Optomix Channel 2 In
Final Output -> ModDeMix Channel 1 Carrier In (left input)
Channel 2 Expo In -> ModDeMix Out 2
Moddemix Channel 1 output -> Echophon Audio In
Moddemix Channel 1 output -> Optomix Channel 1 Audio In
Aux In -> Echophon Mix Out
Sum out -> Phonogene Audio In
Main Output -> Phonogene Out

Chicago Reader – Best Of

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In case you were wondering who the “Best Synthesizer Geek/One-Man Black-Metal Band”, “Best Singer-Songwriter Who Appeals to People Who Don’t Like Singer-Songwriters”, “Best Band With a Front Woman Who Looks Hot Even in a Monster Mask”, “Best Jazz Facial Hair”, or “Best Longtime Rock ‘n’ Roll Ambassador in the LGBT Community” in Chicago are, they’re all HERE. The first made up category features yours truly. Oh, by the way, I don’t have an analog drum machine, my last album was with a band, I don’t play drums and don’t practice tremolo picking.


“The stereotype of black-metal musicians as murderous, church-burning, white-­supremacist pagans in corpsepaint was out of date ten years ago—by now the style has worked its way into almost every corner of the underground, and you can find just about as many kinds of black metallers as you can metal­heads in general. However, it’s still unusual to encounter one who spends just as much time obsessing over arcane modular synthesizers and ancient analog drum machines as he does practicing tremolo picking and blastbeats. Local artist Surachai has released more than a dozen albums in the past six years, including full-band ensemble pieces that stick fairly close to the black-­metal playbook (such as this spring’s Embraced) and total avant-garde synth freak-outs. In his spare time he’s part of the Trash Audio collective, a coalition of gearheads that delights in making esoteric sounds with alarmingly complicated synthesizer setups.”

Chicago Reader
Surachai – Embraced

First patch with the Mutable Instruments Braids and Grids Modules (Plucked Synthesis)

First patch with the Mutable Instruments Braids and Grids Modules (Plucked Synthesis) from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

First patch experiment using the Mutable Instruments Braids Macro oscillator running in “PLUK” mode. Emulating the sound of raw plucked strings that change with the timbre control via damping, and the color knob changing the plucking position. MakeNoise Rene sending out CV notes to the 1-v/oct input and Gate triggers to the Braids trigger input. The output is then running into the Phonogene for light processing. Liquid drum percussion sequencing by three gate trigger outputs from the Grids module. Trigger one going into the Mungo g0. Trigger two going to the DPO for the lower end kick drum emulation. Final output running lightly through a eventide space pedal.

Mutable Instruments

Alessandro Cortini – Gloria from Forse 1

“Gloria” from the upcoming 2XLP ‘Forse 1’ by Alessandro Cortini. Catalog# IMPREC373

Deluxe double LP pressed in an edition of 500 copies. First 100 copies pressed are on red vinyl.

Alessandro Cortini (Sonoio/Nine Inch Nails/How To Destroy Angels) composed the Forse series using a Buchla Music Easel. Forse, meaning “maybe” In Italian, is a series of 3 double LP releases Cortini recorded for Important to release in 2013.

Important Records Soundcloud

TR3A – MakeNoise – Mungo g0 – Beat Mutations Patch –

TR3A – MakeNoise – Mungo g0 – Beat Mutations Patch from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Modular patch inspired by Gescom’s “TR2A” track off the ISS:SA EP on Skam Records 2013. The patch is being clocked via the MakeNoise Woggle Bug (clocked out) running into the Brain Seed cycle input. Seed and Trigger gate pulses sent to the 4ms SCM. The SCM is running into two MakeNoise Optomix’s and Phonogene record CV input function. DPO working as a analog kick drum, and the Mungo g0 is triggering a set of sample based tones that where created in the computer. Maths channels 1 and 4 modulating the linear FM inputs on the DPO. The patch is a experiment trying to create a regenerative sequencer that outputs endless never repeating rhythmic combinations.

Goike Cases

This insanely beautiful beast arrived today. I might be biased but Goike makes the most beautiful and customizable cases at his price points. I wanted the case to be wider than the standard models by extending it to 152hp and we tried to go as dark as possible with the dye while keeping some remnants of warmth. This particular case is powered with Tip Top Audio Zeus boards. Goike has my highest possible recommendation.

Goike Cases
Tip Top Audio



Richard Devine – Antimatter Audio – Brain Seed – Regenerative Rhythms Patch

Antimatter Audio – Brain Seed – Regenerative Rhythms Patch from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

A modified patch/experiment from the Brain Seed Chronicles Page 10 “Funky Rhythm Generation”
This patch was a experiment to see how the Brain Seed could be used as an interesting random rhythm generator. The patch was clocked from one intellijel dixie then sent to the seed cycle input. The main analog percussion is being generated by using the “Seed” output going into the 1/volt CV inputs on a MakeNoise DPO, which is then running into one Optomix for fast attacks triggers. There is a second patch cable running into a MakeNoise Brains and two Pressure Points triggering the delay time/offset on a Synthesis Technology E580 Resampling mini-delay (BBD Mode). Feed back clocked/control from the K4815 Pattern Generator. Trigger out from the Brain Seed is running into a 4ms SCM with breakout V2. controlling the strike input on another Optomix making the white noise high-hats courtesy of the Steady State Fate Quantum Rainbow module. The Synthesis Technology E355 dual wavetable LFO output A is running into the shift input, adding in extra variations. One T-Gates output from one of the pressures points running back into the Freeze input. Master mix reverb was the eventide space pedal using the mix knob to wash out the end. :-)
note: no drum machine or computers here :-)

Surachai – Embraced Vinyl

The Embraced records arrived today and they look, feel, and sound incredible! Embraced was structured and composed to be released specifically on vinyl with the beautiful gatefold artwork from Caspar Newbolt, the audiophile quality weight of 180 grams, along with the logo card and stickers with an order.

The record, like previous vinyl releases, sounds more aggressive with more of a bass response and smoother highs. I’m very pleased with how Shawn Hatfield dominated mastering and Roger Seibel produced incredible lacquers. You can read about the entire process of the creation of Embraced HERE.

I want to thank everyone for the support so far. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and I did not expect the music to connect with so many given how it lacks a proper genre specification and an associated record label. Again, thanks for the support and I’ll be giving out free download codes periodically on the Surachai Facebook page.

Both Vinyl & Digital are available at Surachai Bandcamp
Surachai Facebook





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