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Interview - Suzanne Ciani | These Hopeful Machines | Radio New Zealand
"My fascination with electronic music centred very much around my love affair with the Buchla electronic music system. Don Buchla didn't like the word ‘synthesizer’ because it had misleading connotations. Some people thought of the word ‘synthesizer’ as relating to ‘synthetic’, or that it was imitating existing sounds, whereas he wanted to be clear that this was a completely new domain—this was a new instrument. The instrument that I had did not have a keyboard: it was played by moving knobs and dials and placing patchcords and constructing an internal routing, so that you could design your instrument within the instrument. And sometimes I would spend months coming up with a living, breathing patch that generated the sonic environments and sounds that I wanted to hear. So it wasn’t keyboard. The keyboard was added as a...I think Bob Moog did that in order to lend understanding to the masses as to what this was, because in the early days people really could not understand where the sound was coming from or how it was generated. It was all so unfamiliar that putting the keyboard on it bridged a gap in understanding. But it also short-circuited the potential of those instruments because the keyboard interface came from a mechanical universe. It produced, mechanically, one event for one action. Whereas in electronic music we were used to touching a key, say on a flat plate, and maybe 50 things would happen." Great interview with Suzanne Ciani, including some great details about instrumtiness.
suzanneciani  music  synthesizers  modular  buchla  moog 
october 2016 by infovore
The Bookworm presents... TBW#02 – Stefan Goldmann – Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound
How have I only just heard of this? A topic I've thought about a lot before. Must get around to this at some point.
presets  synthesizers  music  electronic  books  writing 
june 2016 by infovore
Why open source hardware works for Music Thing Modular — Music Thing Modular Notes — Medium
Great article on the pleasures of open source hardware - especially for people entirely happy to see their ideas flourish, grow, and improve in ways that might not have been able to imagine. Tom's hardware is great fun to both play and tinker with.
tomwhitwell  synthesizers  musicthingmodular  modularsynth  openhardware  opensource 
april 2016 by infovore
MUFF WIGGLER :: View topic - Free Case Design Plans (open source modular cases)
Lasercut Eurorack case plans, ripe for modification. (Or, indeed, sticking a PSU in.)
eurorack  synthesizers 
december 2015 by infovore
Interview with Olivier Gillet (Mutable Instruments) | Keith McMillen Instruments
Great interview with Olivier from Mutable - lots of nice thoughts on the nature of synthesis, on designing electronic products, and so forth. I particularly like his list of what's inspiring him. Good stuff.
mutableinstruments  music  electronics  products  synthesizers 
september 2015 by infovore
Watch a Dreamy, Groovy Reverie Played Live on Desktop Synths - Create Digital Music
Really enjoyed Jeremy Blake's track here; and gosh, the OP-1 increasingly looks like an interesting instrument.
music  live  synthesizers  ambient 
april 2015 by infovore
Analog a la carte
"Analog a la carte is an experiment I (@urtubia, @bigrobotstudios) am conducting for rendering sequences on real synths remotely. This webfrontend will enqueue sequences into a job list that is read by a raspberry-pi at "headquarters". Once the raspi receives the job, it then both sends the sequence via midi to a synth and records it in realtime. Finally it encodes the resulting audio file into an mp3 file and uploads it to Amazon S3, so that this server is nice and ready for getting more sequence requests."
synthesizers  music  analog  web 
june 2013 by infovore
A note about Anushri's unavailability | Mutable instruments
"A day of support at Mutable Instruments’ is more commonly populated with “If you see a 100kHz square wave at this node, it means the integrator charges itself very fast, probably through the op-amp compensation cap only, not the external cap – check for a bad solder joint on C9” rather than “Have you checked that the power cord is plugged?” (though it happens). Furthermore, once kits get built, ideas of mods and firmware hacks crop up – all requiring expert guidance. All in all, the “support” role at Mutable Instruments is more like “product engineering – the lost levels” – and that’s why, following the introduction of a product – support can be done by no other than the designer of the instruments themselves…" Still, MI's products are getting increasingly lovely. I've always been tempted by a Shruthi, and the Anushri looks lovely.
mutableinstruments  electronics  diy  support  synthesizers 
november 2012 by infovore
"The hackable, digital synth": cheap, build-your-own virtual analogue. Interesting.
synths  diy  electronics  synthesizers  music. 
march 2012 by infovore
Shruthi-1 | Mutable instruments
"The Shruthi-1 is a hybrid digital/analog monosynth. Its hardware design is deceptively simple, but the sonic range is wide: sometimes grungily digital like a PPG-Wave, fat and funky like a SH-101, videogame-y like a Commodore 64, weird and warm like an ESQ-1 ; but more often than not, truly original." Looks nice, not expensive at all.
diy  hacking  music  instruments  synths  synthesizers 
march 2012 by infovore

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