We released another compilation album of pure modular electronic music. 41 artists from all around the world sent in their work to create a massive 3 hour album with tracks varying from slow ambient soundscapes through experimental rhythmic and noise textures to thumping techno. All these tracks were made using the AE Modular synthesizer system by tangible waves and it is just absolutely amazing how varied and unique they all are. Please check it out and consider purchasing it as all proceed go to Musicians Without Borders, a non profit organisation which inspires people worldwide to engage as peacemakers, use music to transform lives and to heal the trauma of war.
The more I play with the Synth Explorer from tangible waves, the more I learn and it’s just fun! This time I am sending the drums through the WASP filter for bubbly bleeps, a fast pitch modulated OSC for strange sounds and the musical part is done via the SEQ8 and the Quantizer set to fifth notes.
Amazing what you can do with this little education system, the “Synth Explorer” from tangible waves. Here we have one oscillator going through a delay for a sound foundation layer, the notes are provided by a slow LFO that goes via S&H through the Quantizer (Pent Minor scale). Then a kick on the 4 and the bassline is just the sub oscillator going through the Wasp filter. Then noodling by changing cut off on the Wasp and decay on the envelope. A simple patch, but really fun to play with.
This is another Sunday jam. I started patching a stereo sequence and then kept adding to it, as you do. This was recorded live in one take, warts and all. All sounds from the AE system with exception of the drums which are from the Synthstrom Deluge which is also the master MIDI clock in this patch. Thumbnail as always by my son Robin.
After a few totally unproductive weeks I finally got my groove back. The LFO was clocked high, so this track could have gone in any direction, but it so happened to be a very relaxed, mellow track. Something to let play in the background while sipping a cocktail or having a nice Sunday morning coffee. The bassline was done by the Behringer Neutron, but sequenced from the AE Modular. All other sounds are from the AE Modular!
In this jam I’ve hooked up the Korg Volca Modular together with my AE Modular via the new VMBRIDGE module from tangible waves. This patch has both systems completely interconnected, with the complex oscillator from the Volca going through the Wasp filter of the AE and the sound of the AE going through the reverb of the Volca and many more cross patches. It really open up innumerable possibilities with these two devices.
Last weekend I was at a synth meetup in Wollongong at Elk Elektronik to present the new educational synthesizer system from tangible waves, the SynthExplorer. You can find out all about by watching the presentation below.
Today I assembled the AE Modular Eurorack adapter frame together with the Behringer Neutron into a case that I built many years ago when I started my Journey with modular synths. I believe that AE can play along with Eurorack very well and that the Neutron can benefit from a few extra modulation options and the sweet FX that the AE can bring to the table.
I was experimenting with a few of my new modules, TRIP, PHASER, JOYSTICK and the MIXCONSOLE when this jam happened. I feel that it has a different sound from my previous jams, and that’s a good thing because I’m getting a bit over my old sound and want to do something new.