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Tip Top Audio – Circadian Rhythms – Random & Chaos

One of my favorite starting points on one of my favorite sequencers.

The Circadian Rhythms is moving modular synthesizer technology another step forward by gluing all the pieces of a system together. Each module or voice can now be programmed to play straight from an intelligent, eight-channel, 512-step master trigger sequencer made for composers looking to make music on the modular. Building on the sequencing concept of step programing multi-channel patterns of musical phrases can be repeated, looped, chained, muted and manipulated on the fly in real-time, and most importantly, all of this is done through a simple, clearly labeled interface. Using an array of multicolor illuminated buttons and innovative grid views provides a highly functional live performance sequencer with a beautiful glowing appearance of the programmed music that will look amazing on stage for both performer and crowd. As a master controller, the heart of the modular synthesizer, Circadian Rhythms generates high precision clock and reset signals for all the other sequencers and devices in the system to align with and can also act as a high precision bridge for DAW synchronization.
Views – Unlike most hardware sequencers that have a single static display of a timeline, Circadian Rhythms offers four different horizontal views of the timeline and two unique vertical views that scale from macro to micro. Switch between viewing 64 steps at once or all 8 channels side by side instantly. Stretch gates over multiple patterns to drive envelopes or use Zoom view to move a single hit back a few milliseconds in time to get the right feel all from the same interface.
LED Grid Built for Quick Access – Built around 72 buttons set as a multi-color illuminated 8×9 array, Circadian Rhythms displays both note data and settings in a clear and precise manner. It takes only one click to switch to vertical view and the grid turns into a set of programming and realtime playing functions like Mutes, Loops, Swing, Fills, Copy and Pate, Grouping, Randomizing, Manual trigger entry drum machine style and many many more. Activate any of those functions with only a button press or two.

Workspace & Environment

Pretty much all of them.

THE BLACK QUEEN: Dillinger Escape Plan Singer on Cathartic New Electronic Project

The Black Queen, Greg Puciato’s long-rumored electronic outfit, which also features sometime Nine Inch Nails and Puscifer member Joshua Eustis and former Dillinger, NIN and Kesha tech Steven Alexander. The group has finally released its first single, “The End Where We Start” and is set to drop its debut album, Fever Daydream, this fall.

Full Article on Rollingstone.com

Mutable Instruments – Clouds Parasite

Demo/tutorial of the Clouds Parasite free alternative firmware for Mutable Instruments Clouds. More information and download at http://mqtthiqs.github.io/parasites.

A parasite is an organism living in or on another, benefiting unilaterally from its host. Parasites is a series of free and open source alterative firmwares for the Eurorack modules from Mutable Instruments. Their purpose is to enhance existing features, and add new function and hidden modes, retaining as much as possible factory functionality.

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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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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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