My first steps in getting to know the new modules ALGODRONE and SOLINA from tangible waves. ALGODRONE is a Bytebeat processor which is filled with an endless variety of sounds that emerge from noise to structure to melodic to bizarre textures … There are 97 different Algorithms each with 3 parameters and they can be looped and granularized … it’s mindboggling and vast and will take years to map the sonic landscape of this thing! In contrast the Solina produces a lush lofi string ensemble of major or minor chords that work best as an underying soothing drone. It complements the sharp edged Algodrone and therefore I think they are two sides of one coin! Each module has just recently been released and I’m still not sure what each of the controls do. So this is my first fumblings.
This is my very first patch with the Synthstrom Deluge. For now all sounds are coming from the Deluge, but I’m planning to make more tracks where it sequences my other synths.
I started practicing for a video about the “first basic patch” and then it got out of hand quickly 😉 The Electribe adds the nice driving wubb wubb bassline, everything else is the AE Modular. Usually I record video and sound straight into my phone, but since the latest Android update that function is not working anymore. So I’ve recorded the audio into Reaper and the video on my phone and then had to stitch it together. It works, but is way more hassle than I liked.
This is my first music track in 2020. I had a late start because I just couldn’t concentrate to make music. Since beginning of the year we were threatened and surrounded by the largest bushfires that Australia has ever experienced. My town was luckily spared, but the fires were close to the North, West and South and we had to prepare to evacuate twice. Then there was the thick smoke that turned day into night and made it hard to breathe. Overall a very stressful start of the year. And we are the lucky ones. There are many families close by that have lost their homes. Over 400 houses destroyed within a 50 km radius from us. It’s a complete catastrophe. But we had a bit of rain and the air is clearer. The army is here helping the firies and they seem to get a handle on the fires, even though they won’t be able to put them out. So this is my first track to break the spell and to start making videos again! All sounds from the Electribe 2 synth version.
In this video I will show you how I record the audio of my AE Modular when making these videos. I use the Behringer UCA 202 or UCA 222 audio interface to connect straight with my iPhone or Android phone while recording the video. When out and about I also use the Zoom H1n to record only audio.
Just fooling around with the SLEW/EDGE module I discovered that I can get a squelchy bass going. Not sure if this is Acid? I also played with the SEQ16 by patching the reset into different pattern lengths.
This time an experiment in rhythm after all the ambient tracks of the last few weeks.
One LFO is the central clock which feeds the TRIQ164 and SEQ16. Channel 4 on TRIQ164 sends a clock to TOPOGRAF which in turn drives the KICK and DRUM 010. TRIQ164 Channels 1 sends triggers to LOPAG for another percussion voice and channels 2 and 3 go to envelopes that modulate the bass and lead sounds.
The WASP filter’s cutoff CV is modulated by the CV out from the SEQ16. This gives the lead sound some rhythmic variation even though it’s playing the same note for 4 bars.
The bass line is just the OSC1’s sub oscillator going through the NYLE filter.
This is an ambient track with some Topograf rhythms and keystep noodling. The bulk of the sound is created by the 2OSC module with the second oscillator hard synced to the first. Movement is created by sending this through the wavefolder with LFO modulation of the shape. Also modulating the filters with LFOs and even using the MM Divider to create rhythmic sub oscillations.
In December 2019 large parts of NSW and other states in Australia are burning. Thousands of hectares of National Forest have been reduced to ash, many homes have been destroyed and lives are lost. A huge cloud of smoke hangs above most of the state and Sydney looks like a scene from Bladerunner. This track is inspired by this tragedy.