Brighton Modular Meet 2012

Posted in Uncategorized on 26/07/2012 by sync24

i offered to host the summer 2012 Brighton modular meet via the muffwigglers forum in the MFM TV studio at Sussex uni.
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=58161
The whole show went very well, despite me having a huge hangover and limited hours of sleep.
CC and PM took some photos and videos of the gathering.
There were about 12 modular systems set up, plenty of noise and plenty of conversation.
I got a bit swept away by organising things, making sure people had plugs, cables, parking passes, telling people where they could get food etc…
so i am really glad for the pictures.

Everyone there was nice and enthusiastic, four of us will be meeting up again as soon as we can for a mini meet.

The muff forum is the place to go to for Eurorack-talk, and the people who came along were pretty much all forum members.
There were a couple of visitors who didn’t have any modular and were curious to see what they should buy.
I tried to make up for a lack of eurorack by bringing along my 303 and 808.
The 303 has individual inputs for all the controls, so i can send it signals from the modular gear and get it doing stuff it wouldn’t normally do.
show off

anyway, here’s PMs pictures:
http://www.flickr.com//photos/du_ff/sets/72157630742364888/show/

win a GorF competition entered…

Posted in DIY, gear, midi, music with tags , , , , on 02/07/2012 by sync24

For a little while i’ve been keeping an eye on vacoloco’s website (http://www.vacoloco.net/synths/gorf/) as he offers kits of various midi things – the important one for me being the GorF.
GorF is a tiny midi sequencer which i could get hooked up to my Shruthi-1 so i can get some use out of it (it tends to just sit around looking nice, but rarely gets switched on).

vacoloco has released completed versions of one of his own synths and is gearing up to make the GorF kits available again soon, so i’ve been hounding him 🙂
on his facebook page there’s a competition to win an assembled GorF so i have submitted the following track (i wont win!):

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 LĂłpez 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…

ordered the other Eurorack things i need from ADDAC

Posted in eurorack, gear with tags , , on 23/06/2012 by sync24

…as above – i have ordered a case and an oscillator from ADDAC:

Oscillator: http://www.addacsystem.com/product/addac700-series/addac701-vc-oscillator

Case – angled wood frame: http://www.addacsystem.com/product/addac901a-angled-frames/addac901a-3u-angled-wood-frame

We Can Elude Control

Posted in conferences, culture, eurorack, gear, music, video with tags , , , , on 09/06/2012 by sync24

http://www.dlwp.com/event/we-can-elude-control

here’s my vid of Russell:

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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