Absynth Patching. Working on a custom patch called “endless chime grains”. Using a huge sample with granular synth plus two osccilators of synthesis. Making heavy use of Pipe effect. This is an improv with an early version of the patch.
I’m happy to announce that our first EP is now available!
”From the barren nanoscapes inside our personal devices come furtive anthems hummed by those digital servants who will one day be our overlords…”.
"Instantiate" is an experimental ambient EP containing a piece with four movements composed for two Octatracks. It was first performed live at Electro-Music NY Festival on September 7th, 2014. This is a recording of that performance with each movement as it’s own track
This dark cinematic electronica song was inspired by James Barrat’s book “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era” - www.jamesbarrat.com). I worked on this single and the video for it for over a month so please give it a full listen and if you enjoy the song consider a buy. It’s $0.99 on iTunes and Amazon and is $1 Bandcamp where you get to choose from many formats including high-res MP3, and FLAC.
This is really a live version of the song recorded in two sessions - the first on June 4th, 2014, the second on July 19th, 2014. I first sequenced the underpinnings of the songs then rehearsed controlling the arrangement on-the-fly and playing the lead lines as well as some sound manipulation in real-time. Once I felt good about my performance, I recorded the song directly to a digital recorder (Zoom H2n). I then picked my favorite takes from each session and combined them using Ableton Live and only used light mastering FX to sweeten the mix. I made a video recording of the first session as a teaser for the release of this single which you can watch here youtu.be/IN6p9QhScKw?list=UUm36lYPbh4W464V_6XPu-ow.
If you listen back a few times you’ll hear that it’s quite an unusual arrangement in that I really mix up how the motifs are repeated and combined. I vary the lead lines in each section as well.
All synth elements are from the Nord Lead 4 which I played live on keys and sequenced live via Octatrack. I make heavy use of trig-level automation to manipulate parameters on the Nord Lead via MIDI CC messages. I also sequenced real-time automation plus manipulate the Nord on-the-fly. The Octatrack also acted as a mixer allowing me to record audio down to the digital recorder.
In this patch, OSC2 freq is modulating OSC 1. OSC1 phase distortion is being modulated with an LFO run through a lag generator. OSC1 is routed to filter and the cutoff is being modulated with the morphing sequencer. LFO2 is driving Factalize (kind of like sync).
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This is the closing song from the Mixed Signals: An Evening of Electronic Music concert. Recorded live April 25th at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. It’s an improvised piece with @antidata (A6 Andromeda), @Victoria-Lundy (Theremin), and @MarkMosher (Nord Lead 4).