Archive for June, 2016
revisiting a GIF from the vault
"Three A-112s" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]
Arpeggiesque dirge made with Doepfer A-112 modules, ADDAC wav player, Segoh BIT-ROT cartridge playing in Tiptop Audio's Z-DSP effects module, and Ableton Live.
The main sound sources are 11 piano notes played in various modules and software. The timbres change due to alterations in bit depth, sample rate, compression, and loop length.
The Bit Rot cartridge doesn't use the piano samples, but instead "interleaves" and sample-reduces a pure sine wave (in the left stereo channel) and triangle (in the right). Various program settings in the cartridge are played with a sequencer, similarly to what's shown in the demo. Ultimately it's hard to tell the Bit Rot tunes from the A-112 tunes -- it's all pretty crunchy.
I also used some hi hat samples in the A-112s but resisted the urge to add any more drums to the track since the waveforms are already so full-on noisy.
No actual arpeggiators were used -- I wrote this using knob settings and the MIDI piano roll. The ADDAC player has a random trigger circuit that is used in a couple of places.
A Google gnome spent uncounted hours making a graphic showing PC-to-phone page rotation; I destroyed it in seconds.
Hat tip Jules Laplace and OIE.
Disc storage for 2.5 megabyte hard drive in the Xerox Alto computer of the '70s (the one Steve Jobs "borrowed" his ideas from). From Ken Shirriff's blog. Kind of amazing that Memorex had enough of a market to fabricate these discs.
modified, retitled version of "circumcision tool" by cheseball
hat tips dump.fm
hat tips powerstripp and "tarp guy"
"Red and Blue Noise" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]
Have been working on the modular synth to make it more beat-capable. This tune was all done with the modular, except the pads, "shaker," and some effects. The kick isn't as punchy as a sampled kick -- it's a sine wave with short envelope -- but it sounds like a rhythm synth. Snares are white and pitched noise with random voltages modulating the filter. Hats are SID chip samples played in the Doepfer A-112 with random voltages affecting the pitch. The 303-ish runs are Doepfer mini-synth, played with random sequencer settings and then edited down to the most melodic clips. Much of the digital noise piled on at various points comes from the Segoh "bit rot" chip in Tiptop Audio's Z-DSP effects module.
...sang DEVO, in 1980, and 36 years later it's still true! Meet the Brand X and Brand Ecch of Election '16:
photo via Stop Me Before I Vote Again
Meanwhile, Benjamin Studebaker analyzes the logic of the "unite behind Clinton" pressure Democrats will be feeling from now to November.
"Part Mental" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]
303-ish runs from the Doepfer A-111-5 mini-synth and A-155 sequencer, interspersed with nasal SID chip riffs and Ableton "convert to harmony" MIDI passages based on some Poulenc harpsichord samples I made last year. The Poulenc material was altered significantly by Ableton's magic algorithms, which read recorded audio and convert it to MIDI clips with the same approximate pitches. I moved the pitches around and then used the clip to play the Massive softsynth.