Archive for May, 2012

SnazzyFX ‘Ardcore…

Posted in creative practice, eurorack, gear, music, video with tags , , , on 22/05/2012 by sync24

i’ve ordered one of these from Postmodular,
it’s basically a Eurorack module with an Arduino in it.
so you can upload code to it and control it with the rest of your modular gear.
there’s a growing patch library available for it, and it looks to have been developed by Darwin Grosse who was part of the NY MAX Conference i went to.
here’s the video i made with him in – far right on the modular:

so here’s some info and threads about the ‘Ardcore:
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=51001&highlight=ardcore
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=58624&highlight=ardcore
http://snazzyfx.com/ardcore.html
https://github.com/darwingrosse/ArdCore-Code

vimeo video of it running a drum machine patch:

CCRPG Sussex talk #2 – I have been connecting.

Posted in creative practice, DIY, reading, research with tags , , , , on 17/05/2012 by sync24

Here’s the slides to my follow up talk, they are a bit of a glitch-attack on the original slides (here).
In this talk, i looked mainly into the connections i’d been making since january, i talked about some of the books i’d been reading and how i’d set a few things in motion due to certain circumstances.
http://ccrpgsussex.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/group-meeting-9/

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stg Sea Devils Filter – Eurorack…

Posted in eurorack, gear, music with tags , , , on 06/05/2012 by sync24

just grabbed an stg Sea Devils Filter from muffs too!
http://postmodular.co.uk/stg-soundlabs/sea-devils-filter
http://stgsoundlabs.com/products/sea_devils_filter_mu.htm

here’s the blurb from the above page:
“A three pole diode ladder lowpass filter with voltage controlled resonance.
There are two famous 3 pole diode ladder lowpass filters. One of them was in a little silver box of a synthesizer with integrated sequencer that was used to make “acid tracks” and the other one was in a big suitcase of a synthesizer with a silver faceplate and semi-integrated sequencer that was used to make tracks while on acid. This is the latter. We’re not going to name any names here but let’s hope we don’t have to mention any voltage controlled studios or electronic music studios to establish the lineage of this filter topology.
We can’t promise this thing will make sea devils appear on your lawn or models of airplanes fly from one side of the stage to the other, crashing into a papier mache sun at the end of your song, so please don’t be offended if these things fail to happen while using the filter- presuming you want to own one.”

and here’s a pic:

Andrew Whelan

Posted in culture, DIY, Dr8 work, links, reading, research with tags , , , , on 05/05/2012 by sync24

I’d had Whelan, Andrew Breakcore : identity and interaction on peer-to-peer out from the library for too long and someone had put in a request for it…

So after a quick read through, it wasn’t quite the book i was thinking it was.
It was still great to read research into such a niche field of music, but there were a few chapters which i feel had little to do with my own niche.
which is fine.

Whelan’s article in Cybersounds (Whelan, Andrew. 2006. “Do U Produce?: Subcultural Capital and Amateur Musicianship in Peer-to-Peer Networks.” Pp. 57-81 in Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture, edited by Michael Ayers. New York: Peter Lang.) remains key for me.

Anyway, i found the Breakcore book online, here: http://julianabraham.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/breakcore.pdf
http://breakcorelabs.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/brekore_book/
i’m not going to upload my notes & quotes as there’s loads…

Here’s Andrew Whelan:
http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/ssmac/staff/UOW059282.html
http://zombieacademy.wordpress.com/
http://uow.academia.edu/AndrewWhelan
http://231074.blogspot.co.uk/

one last article as it looks interesting:
Whelan, Andrew. 2010. “Free music and trash culture: the reconfiguration of musical value online.” What’s It Worth?: ‘Value’ and Popular Music, edited by Kirsten Zemke and Shelley Brunt. a google search should bring it up.

Plague Bearer – my first eurorack module

Posted in eurorack, gear, music with tags , , , on 05/05/2012 by sync24

just grabbed a flight of harmony Plague Bearer from muffs!
http://www.flightofharmony.com/?page_id=22
http://postmodular.co.uk/fh/plaguebearer
Bargain!

here’s the blurb from the above web page:
“What is the Plague Bearer?
The Plague Bearer is called a filter, but that is just a description of the circuit topology, what it can actually do goes way beyond that. It has been described as a filter, a waveshaper, a mangler, a crusher, and – my favorite – as an “FSU module”.
I think calling it a filter may be a bit misleading, but I have no idea what else to call it. It is a filter, but it does more (all at the same time, really) excessive phase shifting, waveforming, ringing, formant generation, and so on. I guess it could be called a waveform modifier or enhancer, but those don’t sound good either. I nameed it the Plague Bearer for a reason.
If you are looking for technical synthophile specs you are out of luck here. All f(h) devices are designed in accordance with how they sound, not to achieve mathematical perfection. The most common question I receive is, “what is the filter slope?”
Honestly, I never measured that. I specifically avoided the conventional approach while I was designing this circuit, so it’s very problematic to try to describe this filter in the normal terms. The slope is directly tied to the gain of the circuit, making it variable, and the Q is affected by all three filter controls. The setup is actually a combined High- and Low-pass. The corner frequencies are adjusted by the controls and can be overlapped completely, which gives a comb-filtering effect.”

and here’s a pic:

more eurorack

Posted in eurorack, gear, links, music with tags , , on 01/05/2012 by sync24

So, after scanning through muffwigglers Eurorack forum and chatting for ages with RH, I am going to put in an order for some basics with ADDAC and try and get some other modules from postmodular.co.uk and some second hand ones from the muffs forum.