Keith Fullerton Whitman – Chicago, IL

One of our Workspace and Environment interviewees came into down a couple weeks ago. Here is his performance. Here is his interview.

At long last, Keith Fullerton Whitman makes his Lampo debut. To mark the special occasion, he offers the U.S. premiere of “Rhythmes Naturels,” created at the legendary INA-GRM studios, plus a live modular synth improvisation.

Alors, last October Whitman spent a week in Paris, commissioned to develop a new piece for François Bayle’s Acousmonium, an 80-speaker sound system designed in 1974 for the Groupe de Recherches Musicales. Pierre Schaeffer formed GRM, a studio and collective, in the late 1950s to encourage the development of electronic music. Members included Luc Ferrari, Iannis Xenakis, Bernard Parmegiani, among other lions; in the late 1960s Bayle became its director. For a whelp like Keith, the residency was “a life-long dream come true.” And, he says, “The piece turned out exactly as I hoped.”

Here, he’ll do his new work in a 4-channel mix. Here, he talks about the residency, etc.

Keith Fullerton Whitman (b. 1973, Bergen County, N.J.) is a composer and performer obsessed with electronic music, from its mid-century origins in Europe to its contemporary worldwide incarnation as digital music. Currently he is working towards implementing a complete system for live performance of improvised electronic music, which incorporates elements from nearly every era. He has recorded albums influenced by many genres, including ambient music, drone, drill and bass, musique concrète and krautrock. He has recorded and performed using several aliases, of which the most familiar is Hrvatski. Today most of his work is recorded under his real name. Whitman lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Massive Attack Studio Shots


Taken from Massive Attack’s Facebook

WMD – Micro Hadron Collider Filter Overview


The Micro Hadron Collider Filter is a simple module with a common routing scheme found in other filters like the Sherman Filterbank or Schippman Ebb & Flute that, for the uninitiated, can get confusing. To put it in one sentence: The Micro Hadron Collider is a dual channel and dual filter module that utilizes serial and parallel modes.

WMD Micro Hadron Collider

Flowchart

WMD – Synchrodyne Overview

When receiving the Synchrodyne, I decided to explore it without a manual. This manual-less approach yielded hours of incredible sounds and lots of, “what the hell am I doing?”. I thought it was a self contained experimental noise maker (which it can be), a strong PLL audio modifier (which it can be), or a distortion unit (which it can be). After some research and taking notes, the lightbulb went off and it made sense. I found that the Synchrodyne is “supposed” to be used as an audio modifier. Throw a VCO or any noise source into the filter input and it’ll properly mangle your sound with its 5 sections: VCO, PLL, VCA, Wavefolder, Filter. In short, the VCO’s Pulse Output clocks the PLL and the PLL controls the Filter. This strange signal path creates incredible sounds and can be broken/intercepted anywhere in between.

The WMD Synchrodyne has so much going on, is so deep functionality wise and complex with intricate internal routing paths but I made an overview video that is essentially a ‘getting started’ tutorial.

The WMD official video and manuals contain a lot more information such as:

– The VCO is temperature compensated
– The Filter outputs can self oscilate while the 4p (-24dB) output is more stable.
– Input level of the Wavefolder has a trim-pot on the back that will be easily accessible on the planned expansion.

WMD Synchrodyne Information
Analog Haven

Flowchart

Dave Jones Design – O’TOOL

I shouldn’t be this excited for a utility module…

This part includes the VU meter, Peak meter, Spectrum analyzer, and X/Y display modes. The firmware is not finished yet, so this is a pre-production demo of the module being developed by Dave Jones Design

Dave Jones Deesign

Richard Devine – RiSP Vinyl

Richard Devine’s received his RiSP vinyl. Beautiful!

Richard Devine – RiSP EP

I Dream of Wires – Extended Interview Series: Drumcell

Our good friend Moe Espinosa, Drumcell!

In January 2012, the I Dream of Wires team stopped by the studio of techno producer Drumcell, to discuss his evolution from producing with hardware, to software, and now back to hardware again, with a focus on eurorack modular synthesis. The interview was conducted for inclusion in “I Dream of Wires: the Modular Synthesizer Documentary.” Drumcell is also the founder of Droid Recordings, and co-founder of Droid Behavior, one of LA’s longest running techno event promotion companies, standing at the centre of the West Coast techno community for nearly a decade.

I DREAM OF WIRES is a forthcoming documentary film about the history and resurgence of modular synthesizers. The film is currently in production. This is the 3rd in a series of extended interviews, which will be produced and released in various formats throughout the production, and following the release, of the film. I DREAM OF WIRES extended interview segments are sponsored by MATRIXSYNTH (m.matrixsynth.com).

I Dream of Wires
soundcloud.com/drumcell

Moog Minitaur Demo Tracks by Richard Devine

Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest

“Don Von Taylor’s powerful 1992 documentary Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest explores the infamous case of two teenage heavy metal fans who were allegedly driven to commit suicide by subliminal messages embedded in the songs of Judas Priest. One kid succeeded in blowing himself away with a shotgun, the other, Vance, did not. He managed only to horribly disfigure himself when the shotgun slipped from his grip as he pulled the trigger. ”

Solvent

Veteran Canadian producer and hardware lover, Solvent, gave StudioFeed an inside look at his Bloor-West home studio set-up, as well as discussed everything from why he makes music to the story behind his recent RDJ-CS5 EP. Jason touched on many topics involving music in this lengthy interview, including what it’s like to have a fifteen-year career and to still be considered a “relatively obscure” musician. In addition to making music, Solvent is also involved in a documentary on modular synthesizers called “I Dream of Wires” that is expected to be released later in 2012.

Dowload StudioFeed’s whole interview with Jason from our Soundcloud player (35 mins):
soundcloud.com/studiofeed/studiofeed-interview-solvent

for more info:

solventcity.com
Bandcamp
Soundcloud