There. Everything in its right place…for now….#modular #synth #noiselife #dronelife#

April 7th, 2014 by ernst

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I got to pick this up from the post office after work #modular #synth #noiselife #dronelife #enclavecase

April 7th, 2014 by ernst

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sound: pulsewidth-ppr

April 4th, 2014 by ernst

Submitted for your approval is ppr, a five song set on Soundcloud.
The pieces in this set continue in the vein of my previous set ‘an elevated plane’, but the pieces are longer, giving the machines more of a chance to stretch out….

All sounds are from my modular/Synsonics combo again, with the modular patched slightly differently that on ‘an elevated plane’.

Please enjoy ‘ppr’

sound: pulsewidth-an elevated plane

March 20th, 2014 by ernst

Submitted for your approval is an elevated plane, a five song set on Soundcloud.
The pieces in this set are inspired by nothing in particular besides the desire to create sounds that were chunky and rhythmic. I also wanted to try and do pieces that weren’t really long, as I am wont to do sometimes.

The need to get rhythmic stemmed from the acquisition of a new module, the Pamela’s Workout clock source, made by ALM Busy circuits. I now have a versatile clock source to drive my Rene sequencer, and other modules such as my 4ms PEG. The presence of Pamela’s Workout retriggered another idea I had been toying with: the modification of my Mattel Synsonics drums.

The Synsonics came out in the early 80s. Some have called them a Simmons drum kit for kids, and they weren’t far off the mark. The sounds created were very similar. The Synsonics provided four playable sounds: snare, cymbal(which became a hihat when an accent button was pressed) and two toms, one of which was tunable. There was also a bass drum, but it was only an on/off affair that played on quarter-notes for full disco effect. There were four reasonably playable pads, each hiding a piezo sensor. my very basic mod consisted of wiring 3.5mm jacks to the connections formerly used by the piezo elements in the pads. I also wired 3.5mm jacks to two points on a special DIN accessory jack that were meant for an accent pedal and bass drum pedal. The bass drum isn’t great, so I actually use the tunable tom for a bass drum. With a suitably long trigger pulse(an easy task for Pamela) I can get medium to long 808-ish kick sounds. There are additional mods to alter the sonic characteristics of the drum sounds, but I’m still not over the fact that I can trigger drum sounds from my modular.

Please enjoy the sonic morsels that are an elevated plane

PEG, modified #decim8

March 15th, 2014 by ernst

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Finally found time to finish my @4ms Pingable Envelope Generator, replete with Grayscale panel #modular #synth #noiselife #dronelife

March 14th, 2014 by ernst

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sound: pulsewidth-weather radio

January 29th, 2014 by ernst

Submitted for your approval is weather radio, a five song set on Soundcloud.
The pieces in this set are inspired partially by the weird weather we’re having this winter, and partially by
this essay that a friend shared on Facebook. Food for thought about quantifying the subjective aspects of weather…..

This is my modular….

January 29th, 2014 by ernst

This is a pictuer of my modular synth, as I used it at Soundasaurus this past November…

My compact DJ setup #traktordj #z1

January 16th, 2014 by ernst

Last fall some time Native Instruments gave away the mobile version of Traktor Pro, Traktor DJ. In that blind reflex that activates when one reads ‘free app’, I installed it. My main purpose was to start creating mixes. I later picked up the Z1, the sweet little controller/audio interface that NI made for all versions of Traktor. The Z1 provides some basic mix controls, EQ and access to effects. On the audio side it provides a headphone jack for cueing and a separate pair of stereo outs to send your mix to the sound system. No more mono mixes from your mobile device.

I’ll be putting this little rig to the test on Friday night, when I’ll be providing a sonic backdrop to an art opening at a local gallery.


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