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New Media Art and Sound Summit – Austin, TX. June 11-13, 2015.

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Saturday, June 13th will feature modular synth performances by Alessandro Cortini (LA), Richard Devine (Atlanta), Surachai (Chicago), Snowbeasts (Providence), Tyler Thompson (Denver), Dylan C (Austin), Baseck (LA). Our day of programming focused on modular synths will also include a Trash_Audio synth meet co-sponsored by I/O Music Technology and Switched On Austin, with the following synth manufacturers: Bleep Labs, Delptronics, Harvestman, LZX Industries, Make Noise,Noise Engineering, Super Synthesis, and WMD. More details about the performers will be added soon.

Church of the Friendly Ghost
2803 Manor Rd, Austin, Texas 78722

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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.

Hexinverter Mutant Machine

Baseck ripping it with Hexinverters new percussion module.

Borderlands Granular iPad App

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Good thing we’re not a news site because Borderlands for the iPad has been out for a couple years but the developer, Chris Carlson, has recently released version 2 – so thats kind of news? There are a lot of things to be said about the elegant interface, constant inspiration, and possibilities but I have work to do, so lets just say – it gets me away from my mouse and keyboard, produces beautiful results, especially if you load your own files, and is the perfect tool for the particular tasks I have been assigned. Unfortunately the iPad I’m using is not mine, so I’m recording as much as I can with the time I have.

Also, I’m too stupid and busy to think of a clever way to give away these promo codes for Borderlands so, uhhh… 7HTF794NFHEN, NLEPFXK96KHT. (Up high, down low…too slow)

Borderlands Granular

The Black Queen

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A longtime secret that is slowly seeping out. The Black Queen is:

Steven Alexander
Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, NIN)
Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan)

TheBlackQueen.com
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Alessandro Cortini – In The Synth Cave part 1

We got to visit master synthesist and Nine Inch Nails collaborator and live performer at his home studio. It was an amazing place, stuffed full of beautiful rarities. What follows is the first part of our chat.

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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.

ALM005 – Dinky’s Taiko

ALM005 – Dinky's Taiko from ALM on Vimeo.

‘Dinky’s Taiko’ is a 12 bit digital drum voice with full voltage control and an analog EQ output path.

Baseck – Mutant Machine – Hex Inverter / Pressure Points – Make Noise // Punk Rock Modular

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

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