Surachai – Form Thirty-Two

This patch has been left on for a few days and I’ve slowly been picking at it until I decided to archive it. This is a small portion of the recording process. By the way, nothing is screwed into the Tip Top Audio case.

MacroMachines – Karplus Web

MacroMachines – Karplus Web from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Late night patch experiment using the new MacroMachines Memory manager expander for the Mungo d0 module. Noise snare source made with the noise engineering ataraxic translatron module that was running into the top section of a Optomix. The setting was set to a closed decay time and I set the dampen control clockwise to cut out the low end frequencies. From there I set the memory manager in sequence to clock at half the time of the main sequence tempo. I purposely set nothing to control the delay modulation inputs on the d0 for inputs A and B, so that we only hear the delay line open and just changing the slew rate times and feedback intensity caused some interesting feedback swells. The output signal was then ran into another Optomix bottom row then set it to a medium decay time so could ring out in more of controlled manner.
Other modules used was the ALM Pamela’s workout doing the tricky high hat pattern and kick drum via Tiptop BD 808. Scattered melodic notes dashed in reverb from the Mutable Instruments Braids running in WXT4 mode, and then being ran through an optomix for extra closed fast envelope control. The intellijel µScale was used for the subtly modulated plucks in conjunction with the Dixie and another Optomix. Trigger output from Pamela’s workout to a 8th division sequence with 9% random value. This was sent into the Uscale A trigger input. Then I took the VCO output on the Wogglebug which caused this super fast zigzag effect on “shift” input B . I took the output to a intellijel Dixie which was set to the FM input, for a marble scrambling type of sound. All outputs ran into one Intelljel Mutagen mixer running in my new Enclave 12U case. Reverb from the Eventide Space pedal.

Macromachines

Alessandro Cortini – Forse 2

200 copies on blue vinyl.

Deluxe gatefold printed on heavy duty stock with matte finish. Expanded package view

Alessandro Cortini’s second release in his Forse trilogy is full of thick analog brightness and deep analog warmpth. Despite also being fully composed on a Buchla Music Easel, the feeling of Forse 2 is quite different from Forse 1 and this deluxe double vinyl release is the ultimate way to experience this engaging work.

Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails, How To Destroy Angels) recorded Forse using a Buchla Music Easel; of which only 13 are known to exist. Forse, meaning “maybe” In Itilian, is a series of 3 double LP releases.

“All pieces were written and performed live on a Buchla Music Easel, in the span of one month. I found that the limited array of modules that the instrument offers sparked my creativity.
Most pieces consist of a repeating chord progression, where 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 or chord type, and often reinforce said chord progressions.

Of all the years with Nine Inch Nails the period spent writing and recording the instrumental record Ghosts I-IV is probably the one which changed my approach to music making the most. After that record I started getting more into instrumental composition, although I tried to approach it in a different way. While we had a vast array of tools and instruments at our disposal then, I decided to approach my pieces limiting myself to one instrument only, as I found myself being more decisive when faced with a limited creative environment. ”

Alessandro Cortini – Forse 2 (Important Records)

WMD – Sequential Switch Matrix Teasers

Very excited for this module to mangle/annihilate existing modules.

TRASH_AUDIO Synth Meet 13 Roundup

Heartfelt thanks goes out to Jessica Tomasin of Mountain Oasis festival and Kelly Kelbel of Make Noise for helping facilitate this past weekend. Without these two wonderful women, this would not have been possible.

After several years, this might be the only picture with the entire TRASH_AUDIO crew together – and it includes Asian Steve.

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Alessandro’s Set

Carl Oliver’s Set

Timelapse of Synth Meet 13

Glitchmachines – Chimera / Shadows

Glitchmachines release CHIMERA, the fourth installment in a MACROPACK sample pack series.
“CHIMERA is the fourth installment in our $9 MACROPACK series. Macropacks are affordable sample packs that feature high quality sound effects equally geared toward music production, multimedia and game audio projects. Chimera features 200 sound effects by Ivo Ivanov, inspired by demons, ghosts and creatures from the darkness.
Comprised of some of our darkest and most disturbing material to date, Chimera is focused on a unique hybrid of psychological horror and technical monster sound effects. You will find demonic vocalizations, haunted atmospheres, mutated creatures, cursed ghosts and chilling supernatural drones that will wake the dead.
Chimera comes with a staggering 2.5 GB of audio content, which has been meticulously crafted to compliment modern productions in need of sophisticated, forward-thinking sound effects. This Macropack includes Kontakt 5 kits for instant access & playability.
Whether you are an electronic musician working on your next big release, a sound designer working on a theatrical trailer or a game audio engineer developing assets for a blockbuster horror game, Chimera delivers uncompromising quality at the highest possible value.”
CONTENT & FORMATTING:
• 2.5 GB of 24/96 .wav audio files
• Sampler Kits for NI Kontakt
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
• Approximately 2.5 GB of free hard drive space
• Native Instruments Kontakt 5 for Kontakt content
AVAILABLE NOW FOR ONLY $9

SHADOWS is a FREE download of 50 SFX by sound designer Ivo Ivanov.

Shadows is the fourth installment in our FREE Nanopack series. The goal with this series of sample packs is to bring you exclusive, high quality sound effects with the same uncompromising production values as our paid products.

Shadows features an exclusive collection of composite sound effects with a dark, sinister aesthetic. You will find a unique hybrid of psychological horror and dark sci-fi, comprised of highly technical drones, articulations and textures.

REQUIREMENTS & CONTENT:

Approximately 550 MB of hard drive space
Approximately 550 MB of 24bit 96kHz .wav audio files

Glitchmachines – Chimera
Glitchmachines – Shadows

Workspace and Environment: Grischa Lichtenberger

Grischa took it upon himself to interpret the Workspace and Environment series and approach it in his own way. I encourage this type of behavior.

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I would have to tell you, who else? (In english?/ Auf englisch, dieser vermittelnden sprache, wo sich die woerter zu einander verhalten, wie idiosynchratische uebersetzungen von gegenstaenden) Portray gravitational lines, draw (in reverse) the traction of things here: emigrated, emmisive, haunting – where your traces (in me) earthed the appearance of a machine. a strategy, a fetish – tied together by a history of words I raised my habits in. A family, not a pattern.

Grischa2

You would never ask for the determination, as I would never question your strength. You’ve been there, always before me, constantly, prevenient, anterior. I’m building pairs of three, a bundle of scattered references. The deranged double. Irritated look-alikes. ‘you’, you split apart – there is this text and there are the words we have drowned. I have to tell you, tell, recount, report. Is there a single instrument I could use to sing to, still?

You know the pine trees, the lime and all the other plants, where I was hiding away from no matter what. La demeure/demeurer lettre morte – il y a pÈril en la demeure. How could I possibly tell someone else, not you? Just talk sense into the demolished glazed tiles of the corridor and the rudiments we saw of the timbered toilet haven where he was unraveling mysteries we didn’t/don’t know about?

 

They asked me (I don’t really know why) to tell them about the AK141 philips (tuned bassport) speakers, about the Spirit Folio mixing desk, about Sony’s Sonic Soundforge and all the other things I got used to. Tell them how I would have screamed Soundgarden lyrics towards the speaker’s membrane? Do you remember that they had been on the top of the shelf and I needed to climb up there, standing on a board case, clutch something to not fall off? The tinned voices – a face I stared at, always through the black hole sun of the conical diaphragm. How could I describe it to them?

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The potentiometer’s crackled accusation – regardless I am still sitting there in your old studio-den, where you trusted me to live-mix your new impro-band. I messed up every tape. All these things weigh heavier every day, the dust constantly accumulating the lapses, re-recorded sough in signal paths. No, I won’t encourage anyone to prance such disposition, I promise. But I have to tell you.

You taught me to slide the caret over the Soundwave in Soundforge (4.5), you trusted a compression beyond +16db in Sony Acid, you cared about the lines and verses, believed in the absorptional potential of e-minor on a children’s guitar, sprayed blue with stolen can’s. I will have to apologize to print, to show, to tell.

What contamination spread from this unnamed demarcation of subtracting him from this planet? Could you trust these words (oder jene) any longer? No, I have to say, even if it is so unbearable pretentious elaborating this few signs in this foreign language to release them into an inappropriate, indecent, but open space of many eyes, I have to tell you…

Photos by Sarah Ambrosi

Grischa Lichtenberger

“Vactrol Drift” patch – SSF -Positronic Transient Gate /Propagate

“Vactrol Drift” patch – SSF -Positronic Transient Gate /Propagate from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

First recorded patch using the new setup, and first patch experiment using the SSF Steady State Propagate and Positronic Transient Gate modules. The patch also includes some modules from my Enclave 12U case which is sitting on the floor as my camera lens isn’t wide enough to capture everything. Everything clocked from one MakeNoise Wogglebug using the clocked/chaotic burst outputs. Tempo set very low for mid tempo pace of the rhythms. The clocked out is running into the seed input via the Animatter Brain seed, running trigger out to the Mungo g0 Depth Modulation input. The width and frequency modulation inputs controlled by the stepped output on the Wogglebug. Reset input on the g0 is being set by the Wogglebug clocked output. The waveform sequence is some percussion samples created on the Nord G2 modular synthesizer. Mult gate out to one Makenoise optomix, white noise hi-hats from the blue lantern noise generator “whitenoise” output. Kick drum trigger from the Cwejman BLD multi connection point via the Makenoise Brains clock master from the Wogglebug. Additional clock sent to the TipTop trigger riot. Then programming one channel output with high random probability to one input on the Propagate. Second input down from a mult connection point via the MakeNoise Wogglebug gate out. Creating counter back and forth pulses to Tiptop Z8000 sequencer. Summed output taken from the Propagate running into the PTG in low pass gate percussive setting. PTG running plucking one self resonating pitch of the Intellijel Korgasmatron (sine drop sfx). Wavetable morphing via the Synthesis Technology morphing terrarium, running into the Harvestman Double Andore, triggered by the gate burst input from the Woggle bug. Random white noises scatters courtesy of the Modcan CV recorder. CV controlled by the stepped and Smooth CV output on the Wogglebug. Output taken through the MakeNoise Phonogene for added glitches to signal. The mixed sum of all voices into a intellijel mutagen mixer. Outputs A going through Eventide Space, on patch setting 22 “Corridors”. Output section C running into the Red Panda Particle Pedal, adding in more granular glitches and processing done by hand in real-time. Going into pure Red Panda granular processing at the end.

SteadyStateFate.com

Modular Grid Introduces True Grid

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This is incredible!

ModularGrid is a community driven database for modular synthesizers with an intuitive drag and drop rack planner. The database supports all common modular formats like Eurorack, Buchla, Dotcom, 5U, Frac and Serge.

To celebrate the first anniversary of modulargrid.net I introduce the beta of TrueGrid. TrueGrid is a fully functional true modular web synthesizer which let’s you create, listen and share modular synth patches.

True Grid
Modular Grid

Random: Alessandro Instagram

Justin “Don’t touch my fucking apple juice” McGrath. Don’t you fucking touch it.

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“Justin McGrath, who keeps my rig going thanks to infinite supply of apple juice. #nin2013”

Alessandro’s Instagram