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Destiny Clock demo at Eyebeam

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Last night at Eyebeam, resident Brendan Byrne gave a talk on his project Destiny Clock (formerly, Theseus), a music interface/installation/environment that sends MIDI notes to Ableton and triggers sounds. Essentially this is a modular, patchable computer, with components (sequencer, multiplexer, clock divider, logic gates) that the user connects in various ways by means of patch cables of ordinary thin wire. The design is extremely elegant but the output is bottlenecked by being limited to a stream of on-off notes. Patching changes the sequence, speed and volume, but the device is not sending MIDI CC commands to affect timbre, envelopes, effects, or other typical aspects of electronic music. Also, because the computer components are unlabeled, you aren't really learning much about computation.

Byrne might be cut slack for these limitations except that, in his slide talk, he posed the interface as a challenge, or alternative, to Eurorack-style modular synthesis. He showed examples of "Eurocrack" addicts whose homes have been taken over by their gear purchases, by way of contrast to his modest circuitboard (about 8 x 12 inches). This was kind of unfair -- there might be some middle ground between those lost souls and what he's doing.

- tom moody

May 25th, 2016 at 5:42 am

playlist for last night's anonradio set

Archived (mp3) version of my guest mix on ffog's anonradio show last night. The mix starts at 04:35.
Here is the set list:

Jerry Goldsmith, Mince and Cook Until Tender (In Like Flint)
Danger Diabolik dialogue
4Hero, May the Wicked Perish in the Fire of Hell
Melen Monk, Phen
London Elektricity, Harlesden
Softcore, Love 2 B Right
Supersister, Confrontation of the Armies
Atomic Rooster, And So to Bed
Danger Diabolik dialogue
John Andrew Medeiros, Hansel and Gretel Dance
Unicorn Hard-on, Mysterious Prism
Clown Staples, Windows Noises
Saucermen, United Worlds (Touchdown)
Bruno Coulais, Dreaming (Coraline)
Ennio Morricone, Charading Chaffeurs in Wait (Danger Diabolik)
4Hero, Mad Dogs (Feeding Propaganda)
Emerson, Lake and Powell, Step Aside
Mark Mothersbaugh, Xp28
Danger Diabolik dialogue

This is kind of like Soundcloud, in a universe without share buttons, stats, autoplaying next tracks, wav file graphics, fact-packed sidebars, and comments pasted on top of the stream.
Thanks again, ffog.

- tom moody

September 1st, 2015 at 2:33 pm

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linkjaying - bandcamp

Have been looking for kindred musical spirits and thought I would check out active audiocassette-releasers. Cassettes played a large role in the ambient/noise scene of the '80s/'90s, which I wasn't participating in as a producer but was certainly aware of via publications such as OP and OPtion. It's amusing to see how cassette "merch" mingles with digital tracks on Bandcamp -- a hint of the "real" in the vapor of streaming audio but also the continuation of a subcultural tradition. My personal taste lies with music that combines piquant, lapidary noise/synthesized timbres with beats, musical structure, and conventional song development, so that's what I'm looking for. Below are tracks (hat tips dpnem and sstage) that have those elements. Most are "electronic" but Washington DC's Talking Points is straight-up jazz, melding a '60s/McCoy Tyner sound with hints of Univers Zero. Lortica's is the most amorphous entry.

demonstration synthesis - simple syrup

nonhealer - the paradox unseen

talking points - garv

lortica - trou de trou

demonstration synthesis - lake sunrise

politesse - natasha

- tom moody

December 26th, 2014 at 10:15 am

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"Clouds 21" (Jules Laplace), "Clouds Remix," "Fog Computing"

Have been working on some collaborations with Jules Laplace. His original song, "Clouds 21," is below. Taking the mixes in reverse order:

"Fog Computing" [4.2 MB .mp3]
A MIDI file of Laplace's "clouds21" was played in Winamp and a few "general MIDI piano" notes were sampled. "Fog Computing" is made with those samples using the Doepfer A-112 8-bit sampler module and the Octatrack for sequencing. Some of the patterns were re-arranged and remixed in Cubase and imported back into the Octatrack.
It's uber-noisy and dirty. Both the wavetable and sampler functions of the A-112 were used. The really dense static-y sound is the sampler playing the notes very slowly.
Thing I learned: how to reduce an LFO signal to swing between 1 and -1 volts to modulate the wavetable: this adds Hammond-like grit to the sound.

Tom Moody and Jules and Laplace, "Clouds Remix" [4.1 MB .mp3]
Some of the gritty patterns also used in "Fog," but playing in conjunction with the march-like MIDI piano version of Laplace's tune below. This isn't the same Winamp piano as above -- it's a sampled concert grand, but "played" with very little nuance.

Jules Laplace, "clouds21" [6.2 MB .mp3]
I maximized the volume to CD level. A diaphanous, faintly Kirk Degiorgio-esque synth confection, very nice, that can in no way be blamed for what came later.

- tom moody

November 22nd, 2013 at 10:40 am

"Trippmatic Variation 3"

"Trippmatic Variation 3" [4.2 MB .mp3]

More rearranged drum-and-bass, almost becoming...dubstep. The "profit" pad is from the Synth Mania website, also rearranged.

Variation 1 / Variation 2

- tom moody

January 11th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

"Oort Lover"

"Oort Lover" [4.4 MB .mp3]

This short atmospheric techno stomper includes a looping guitar-and-Moog sequence by John and Brad Moody (my nephew and brother, respectively).
They just sent it to me today and it meshed/contrasted nicely with the drum patterns I was working on.

- tom moody

August 7th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

"H.M.M.J. 2," "H.M.M.J. 3"

More from my collaboration last year with Travis Hallenbeck: he came to my studio and we played a "live MIDI" set.

"H.M.M.J. 3" [8.3 MB .mp3]

Kind of tribal-sounding, with kinetic and varied percussion from Travis' gear. The reverb makes us sound like a Varese ensemble playing in an abandoned factory somewhere, if that's not too boastful.

"H.M.M.J. 2" [20.6 MB .mp3]

Nine minutes long, more tunes to work with here and the musical ideas run the gamut. ("The Charles Iveses of repurposed '80s synths" - Post-Hipster magazine)

The process, as explained last May:

A desktop computer plays MIDI files that we prepared in advance. One channel goes out to my gear: the Sidstation synth and Mutator analog filter. All the rest of the channels go to Travis's setup, which includes a midi mixer and Roland MT-32 sound module (see YouTube demo and this diagram).

So it is a live performance in the sense that the computer is dispensing a stream of MIDI on-off notes and we are changing settings on our gear in real time.

I was recording the performance, and did some minor post-production mixing, mostly for EQ and levels.

- tom moody

April 3rd, 2011 at 10:45 am

"H.M.M.J. 2 (Coda Only)"

"H.M.M.J. 2 (Coda Only)" [2.6 MB .mp3]

More from my collaboration last year with Travis Hallenbeck: he came to my studio and we played a "live MIDI" set. This is the end of a longer section I am working on. This does something sort of Debussy-ish at about :23 that I really like.

As explained last May:

A desktop computer plays MIDI files that we prepared in advance. One channel goes out to my gear: the Sidstation synth and Mutator analog filter. All the rest of the channels go to Travis's setup, which includes a midi mixer and Roland MT-32 sound module (see YouTube demo and this diagram).

So it is a live performance in the sense that the computer is dispensing a stream of MIDI on-off notes and we are changing settings on our gear in real time.

I was recording the performance, and did some minor post-production mixing, mostly for EQ and levels.

Travis' part got some heavier reverb this time around.

- tom moody

March 30th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

tunes elsewhere

"Weather Watch," by Mr. Andrew [YouTube] reminiscent of early '00s ambient electro (Plod, Duracel, Plasmalamp, et al) except this is from 1982 (hat tip stage)

"Trollz" by Glass Popcorn [Soundcloud] Mr. Popcorn "redefines dubstep" in the defining deviancy down sense of making it louder, grittier, and funnier. By the end this song is just square waves. What the home computer revolution should be about.

- tom moody

February 20th, 2011 at 8:29 am

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"Tapeworm of Love"

Brute Force, "Tapeworm of Love" [YouTube] (1967)

Young Turds, cover of "Tapeworm of Love" [2:38 min. - 3.7 MB .mp3] (1979)

- tom moody

November 17th, 2010 at 11:56 am

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