Saturday, October 31, 2009

Touch Clock (Wogglebug Tip)


"Following the Make Noise manual's suggestion for "stopping" the Wogglebug's clock by patching an otherwise unconnected cable into the Clock Input, I thought I'd try touching the end of the cable to advance the clock..."

For more details on the patch just click this to get to the original posting.

For another sweet sounding wogglebug patch have a look at navs.modular and if you fancy trying to build a wogglebug you can get Grant Richter's schematic here. Here's a pic of a wogglebug build into a CD case using Grant Richters schematic.

Designing Synths with Dasz Garncarz


"For LiFT Studios Broadcast 023 Haig Armen talks with Dasz Garncarz, a synth & interface designer about the challenges of interaction design and his work on the Nord Modular G2 synthesizer."

Dasz was the creator/owner/entrepreneur of Opcode's Revolve 100M sequencer (1999) as well as a crucial force behind the Infusion System's I-Cube (product and software development).1

There are 3 parts to the interview - PART 1 and PART 3. Might be a little dull but there is some interest for those who like designing their own interfaces in synthedit/max/usine etc.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

ToneMatrix-flash based Tenori-On

Simple...but loads of fun. Go play here. The ToneMatrix is part of Andre Michelle & Co's (HobNox) AudioTool project, a flash based synth/sequence/record environment that looks mighty impressive.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kaosillator Demo from Tokyo

On a random trawl of Tokyo's tech stores (drooool), I met Ade who clearly knows how to work his way around Korgs portable micro-synth, the Kaosillator. Here he is making it look way too easy.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Novation+Ableton Launchpad controller

Bit behind with this one but Novation have teamed with Ableton to release a 64 button grid style controller that can be used to control things such as clip launch, panning, volume, scenes etc. It can also work with other software using Novations' Automap software. I think this looks pretty tasty and at £150 quite a bargain! There's a competition to win one+Live8 over at Novations site, as well as tutorial videos.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Doepfer Sneak Peek

Doepfer Sneak Peek from niamhguckian on Vimeo.

An interview with the great man himself, taken from the documentary 'Totally Wired'. Dieter talks about the inspiration for the A100 series, his collaborations with Kraftwerk, and the future of modular. Unmissable!
'Totally Wired' is available on DVD from

It's been floating around for a few days now. So Kraftwerk are to blame for the industrial grey. I wonder who is to blame for the horrible pots? At the end of the video he talks a little about his new digital modules and how there are going to be more coming out. I have the Bit Chruncher and very nice it is... would love to see more digital modules.

Ken MacBeth

Sneak Peek from 'Totally Wired' - Ken Macbeth from niamhguckian on Vimeo.

Ken Macbeth, of Macbeth Studio Systems. Ken talks about what inspires him, his vision for the M5 synthesiser, and making noise. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

David Vorhaus Analogue Electronic Music 1979

"In this historical video excerpt, David Vorhaus talks about two of his analogue inventions - the MANIAC analogue sequencer, and the Kaleidophon from 1979.

The MANIAC (Multiphasic Analog Inter-Active Chromataphonic (sequencer)) was an analogue sequencer having variable step lengths, and the ability to split sequences into several smaller groupings giving considerable sonic potentiality. Addition and subtraction of events was possible, as well as the possibility to chromatically correct the output during performance. David could program his MANIAC sequencer to play a background rhythm or combination of musical events, to then improvise over the top with another instrument or synthesizer.

The Kaleidophon was a double-bass-like instrument using four velocity-sensitive ribbon controllers instead of strings. The instrument is played entirely using the left hand, leaving the right hand free to manipulate the sound via a number of controllers and a joystick.

David speaks about the processes of making electronic music, and the developments that such possibilities can provide for the imaginative electronic musician. This excerpt is taken from the BBC 1979 documentary entitled "The New Sound of Music" hosted by Michael Rodd." - thanks to JeffreyPlaide

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Talking Piano

A "speaking piano" reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009. Interesting use of spectral analysis to drive lots of motors hooked up to piano keys.