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first modular edit

Posted in creative practice, eurorack, gear, music with tags , , , , on 24/09/2012 by sync24

in august, NC asked me to piece together a brief edit of sounds i’ve been recording from my modular system.
it has turned into something of a demo or fantasia of sounds.
i finished it off on the 2nd of september, have just uploaded it to my Soundcloud page, shared it with a ‘group’ and posted it on the muffwigglers forum…

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DIY Micro Video Transmitter

Posted in creative practice, DIY, gear, video with tags , , , , on 19/09/2012 by sync24

CC and i went to London to take part in this:
http://nnnnn.org.uk/doku.php?id=diy_micro_video_transmitter

it was CCs first time soldering, the soldering technique used to make the unit was really basic!
we just melted solder onto copper board and copper pads to then drop the components on to…

there was a range of people at the event, some appeared to have built stuff before, others perhaps not.
the build was easy and the results were interesting.

click the picture to visit the flickr gallery:

here’s kyle who ran the workshop: http://yaktronix.com/
http://yaktronix.com/transmission.html

this is what the project is based on:
http://anarchy.translocal.jp/

Mutable Instruments Sidekick

Posted in creative practice, DIY, gear, music with tags , , , , , , , on 16/08/2012 by sync24

mmmm, i thought i’d posted about this before…
mutable instruments offer various filter boards to go along with the Shruthi-1 project.
i bought one of them after completing my initial build, then mutable released another project called the Sidekick: http://mutable-instruments.net/sidekick
i grabbed one of the boards and ordered the parts in May 2011 and probably completed the control board in August or September 2011.
it has its own enclosure, like the Shruthi-1, but has no midi as it’s basically just a filter or tone generator / drone machine. once i’d completed the control board i tested it with the filter that came with the Shruthi-1, it worked, so i took a photo and moved on to the next thing.
after ordering the GorF i thought i should get some older projects finished – the Sidekick being at the top of the list. so i have just finished building the SSM2044 filter board (info here: http://mutable-instruments.net/shruthi1/build/ssm2044).
here’s a couple of pics, without the case:

and a pic from a year ago with the case:

i’m reasonably happy with the finished artefact, though initially, it doesn’t make as much noise as i’d have liked…
maybe i need to spend more time with it until i find the good settings.

BEAM at Brunel 2012

Posted in conferences, creative practice, culture, DIY, eurorack, gear, links, music, research, video with tags , , , , on 25/06/2012 by sync24

BEAM 2012
Friday.

I went to the BEAM festival at Brunel again this weekend, same kind of deal as last year, but curated by Atau Tanaka.
A Symposium started things off on the Friday afternoon with a number of interesting presentations by some of the participants.
Lewis Sykes showed his PHD research in to Cymatics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymatics) and framed the whole thing extremely well from a research POV (http://phd.lewissykes.info/). He showed various historical examples by Hans Jenny (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Jenny_%28cymatics%29) and mentioned the use of “global knowledge” (the internet) – he showed these amazing 3D cymatic things too: http://cymatica.net/, and this interesting website: http://www.cymaticmusic.co.uk/. He also mentioned John Whitney and this amazing looking book called Digital Harmony (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Harmony-Complementarity-Music-Visual/dp/007070015X). One more for the list… (http://thesis.lambertsblog.co.uk/?page_id=117)
I have an old speaker that i’ve been meaning to try this stuff out with since i saw it demo’ed at Flash On The Beach… another thing on the list.
I had some good conversations with Lewis over the two days about his work, practice phds and stuff – definitely a very good start to the festival.

Other people of note in the Symposium:
Mike Cook showed his Arduino stuff again, very engaging presentation of his current work.
http://www.thebox.myzen.co.uk/Site/Welcome.html

Bruno Zamborlin showed his Mogees project with gestural audio capture through the use of piezo microphones (http://www.brunozamborlin.com/mogees/) he was performing later in the evening with Ed Handley from Plaid.

Anyway, there were other talks – some not as interesting as others. The other highlight, after Lewis, was Sergi Jorda talking about what led up to his development of the ReacTable. He talked about some of his older work – a feedback loop thing sounded interesting to try out, throwing a pitch tracker into the mix along with some variable effects – like an adapted Alvin Lucier sitting in a room affair. He went on to talk at length about the reacTable and how it was developed, his main thing with it was about how so many music controllers had been unsuccessful, probably because they were old fashioned and shouldn’t be trying to emulate traditional instruments. Fair enough.
He showed a bunch of statements at the end of his talk, one really stood out:
“Not knowing the history of your field and not listening to others tends to guarantee failure.”

The evening had some interesting performances, but the real highlight was Michael Page and his crazy home made sequencers. Here he is at he music hack space: musichackspace.org/michael-page-hardware-step-sequencer-and-machines/ and here’s his blog: http://mpanimation.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday.
Needed to be out of my accommodation by 10am and had a free-ish morning so i went for a swim and then visited the London Motorcycle Museum (which was amazing).
Got back to BEAM for the afternoon performances and was blown away by Simon Katan who’d done something equally amazing last year.


http://simonkatan.co.uk

I got to have a closer look at Michael Pages sequencers too.
I also had a chat with a chap who was in the workshops with me last year and together we talked with Sam Underwood & David Morton. Mr Underwood told me about the kits he makes so i will be getting in touch with him.
here he is: http://www.mrunderwood.co.uk/

in the evening there were more performances:
Sally Golding did some fantastic stuff with 16mm film projections (http://www.sallygolding.com/)
Benoît and the Mandelbrots demystified live coding for me… (www.the-mandelbrots.de) actually, Alex McClean did that the previous evening using emacs…
John Bowers planned set didn’t go to plan (pure data crashed) so he blasted the place with his Eurorack (QMMG, z3000, NoiseRing and a MATHS) plus some other home made gear. http://www.jmbowers.net/
i was hoping for space noises from Thomas Lehn and his EMS Synthi, but got blasted by analog tone instead.
the last performance was Carles López playing the Reactable. it was good, but quite straight, until he knocked the table, some objects fell on the floor and those remaining started interacting in strange ways – much more interesting!

that was it for me, no sleep over and no sunday business.

next year (fingers crossed it’ll run for it’s third year) i really would like to get my act together and get something submitted for the open call. there was plenty of food for thought, and with my current Eurorack exploration i think i could do something along those lines…

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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…Eurorack [euroCrack]

Posted in creative practice, eurorack, gear, music, research with tags , , , on 25/04/2012 by sync24

After lengthy conversations and emails with RH, I have decided to investigate Eurorack Modular territory. These are compact modules that cover all sorts of bases and are reasonably priced (though Eurorack is often called EuroCrack for its addictive purchasing nature…).

The Muffwigglers forum seems to be the base for all this stuff, so after having a good snoop around there i spotted a modular synth meet that had happened locally before xmas.

One forum member was suggesting another meet and i have offered the TV studio at work. It turns out I know this chap from Coventry… there’s always some strange connection somewhere!

Here’s the forum thread about the meet:
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=58161