I’ve spent the past couple months working on ways to draw pretty patterns on oscilloscopes. This is the latest video about the project: The Pure Data patch I’m using here offers a few [...]
(Hoo Boy, this place is due for some new material!) I’ve gotten really interested in “oscilloscope music,” which is sound generated expressly for the purpose of drawing on [...]
I never thought I’d be playing the modular synth in a barber shop. Nor, did I ever think I’d get a haircut like this. But, here we are. A lot of people came by to watch and listen as [...]
Here are some places you can hear my music on Teh Interwebz… https://soundcloud.com/dibcadbu is my original home for music postings. I rotate new stuff thru here and take it down when [...]
Friday, May 3rd from 5pm to 10pm, I will be playing out on the mighty Eurorack for the teaming throngs of humanity at the Pontiac Art Crawl. Come hunt me down in the Downtown P for some [...]
I’ve put the ARP2600 in regular rotation as a voice in my pieces. So, here are four recent pieces, one flowing from the last. The original jam… The second run-thru… Third [...]
I will be playing to the public masses at 10:15 with my buddy Eric. We have been working on making sound together and came up with shenanigans like this: Here are the synth players: (video guys [...]
My good friend Michael Pfaendtner, produces a series web video about people who have found things that make them happy. I am lucky enough to be chosen for an episode.
I must be livin’ right. My fb friend Tom Wilson has radio show on a college radio station and invited me to bring my gear down for a two hour show. I captured the stream from WHFR on my PC, [...]
A long live jam. I’ll call this piece “Stereo Spectacular.” It uses a bunch of clips from stereo demonstration records from the 1950’s and 1960’s playing off a [...]
I am pleased to say I’ve published an album. “modular” is 6 pieces from the past 9 months or so. Look on these streamers: I have a real big people’s barcode and everything.
I currently have three sessions of “SITL” scheduled. Thursday June 14, Berkley Public Library, 6:30pm Sunday July 22, Ferndale Public Library, 2:20pm October 3, Southfield Public Library, TBA My [...]
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Right on the heels of “Sirius,” I made “Circuit.” Once again, the ARP was one of 6 voices in this piece. No keyboard this time, because there was enough going on with the [...]
Here is “Sirius,” a live recording. When I do these I’ll rehearse a while and then record and improvise. The Beatstep Pro is the center of this universe, and as you can see in [...]
I started “january” the same way I start all of my pieces. I got a sequence stuck in my head, so I turned on the synthesizer and programmed the notes into a sequencer, then added [...]
So, yeah, I got some play on Brainvoyager’s Electronic Fusion podcast. Listen here.
I just discovered a great podcast. Brainvoyager is the work of Jos Verboven. The name covers exactly what Jos’ music stands for: a voyage within the listener’s brain, thus turning him or [...]
I got a new audio interface that let’s me record 8 simultaneous voices from the rack into Reaper. There, I can move things around and add effects as needed. I wanted to use Mutable [...]
Here’s an experiment to see how my machine would fare as a drum machine. The Beatstep Pro is a great drum machine, and I have a lot of noise making modules. I used an Optomix with some [...]
It’s gotten to the point anymore, that when I play around on the synthesizer, I almost always record the output, because I never know when something amazing will come out and may not ever [...]
Occasionally I wake up and decide it’s time to make some music. This is one of those times. With a general idea in my head, I’ll sit down with the modular and start fiddling knobs and [...]
I was fortunate to meet Suzanne Ciani last April and I’m just now posting the photos. She appeared at the MOCAD gallery in Detroit and she played a great hour-long set in quadraphonic [...]
Here’s one I really like. Beatstep Pro controlling two voices, the SEQ-02 (a sequencer I normally hate) controlling another one (with filter cutoff happening semi-randomly courtesy of a [...]
And so far, it seems like a winner… polyrhythm drums are nice and arpeggiators for the sequencers will be very handy. If you click the cheat sheet up there, you can download a pdf for your [...]
I woke up and thought I needed to make a song from scratch. So this is it. One take, no overdubs. BeatstepPro, Prizma, Qunexus, Dervish, Braids, E350, Grains, Z3000, Polivoks VCF, Doepfer A-125 [...]
I thought I’d just sit down and make up some synth-ey tuneage yesterday. I set up two extremely simple sequencer lines, just two notes alternating opposite each other, and I changed the [...]
A thread got some momentum on the Facebook Eurorack Synthesizers group about bingeable synthesizer docs. I am shamelessly lifting from that series of suggestions. So, here you are, several hours [...]
There were 2 BEMI Music Easels, a 3-Mother-32 Stack, A Roland TR-8, my Eurorack and more toys. It was fun. I’d never really seen a Music Easel before. The event was very fun.
You missed Knobcon this year didn’t you? Fret not! Here are some pix of cool gear and cool people. Pix from Knobcon 5 Jack to the Future
My beloved Arturia BeatstepPro is kind of dead at the moment, so I’ve sought sequence solace with other devices in my rack. In this case, it the Kilpatrick K4815. The module holds 64 [...]
After a very unfortunate incident with a seller, DataAlchemy, on Amazon.com, I’m offering this pdf so you can cut your own on a lasercutter. It needs 1/4″ acrylic plexiglass. [...]
I play on the synthesizer all the time, but don’t always record it. This time I made a groove I liked, and recorded it in Reaper. Long before I recorded anything, I spent a lot of time on [...]
I was asked how I did the Braids Bach piece, so I made this short video.
I’m hosting a Maker Event at the 2016 Maker Fair titled “Making Sound and Music with a Modular Synthesizer.” A ton of details are at http://www.makerfairedetroit.com/ so come [...]
E350 Oscillator oscilloscope playtime I love my Synthesis Technology E350 Morphing Terrarium Voltage Controlled Oscillator. I need me my complex waveforms. With an expander module, you can enable [...]
I love my Braids. As far as complex oscillators go, this is tops. I was diggin’ the crazy waveforms out of this thing and wanted to see if they could be used musically. So, I spent an [...]
I have been experimenting with Arduinos for sound visualization. One of my favorite sketches is by Andrew Tuline whose FastLED code makes frequency display possible. FHT, or Fast Hartley [...]
Looking for synth links to surf? I added some, deleted some. https://dibcadbu.com/links-good/
As seen below in the vid, here’s a useable Eurorack case that works with your Tip-top HEK rails. The zip file contains an AI file (no compression), an SVG and an EPS. It is deep, 6 inches, [...]
I ran out of room. And you know what happens next. I needed a new case. Fortunately by friend Bubba wanted to sell a Tip-top Happy Ending kit, so I designed a case over at [...]
I did this live on the Euro. 4 voices, no post. My ancient Roland MC-303 ran all 4 voices.
And that’s why I love Knobcon. Knobcon 4: Raiders of the Lost Arp. Plenty of stuff to love and want. I narrowly escaped buying only a bag of patchcords. Here’s a porn video. [...]
https://soundcloud.com/dibcadbu/bach-sinfonia15-inb-bwv801-060815 I sequenced this in Reaper and ended with about 100 tracks of audio. http://imgur.com/iSd6Sn2
One important part of synthesizing is getting all your oscillators in tune. Vince Clarke, Depeche Mode Vince Clarke, is releasing a system that listens to the VCO it’s controlling and [...]
I upload stuff that’s good enough to share on Soundcloud. Here’s the beginnings of my album of tunes, that I will update as time goes on. https://soundcloud.com/dibcadbu
Artist Dan McPharlin made these tiny synthesizers between 2006 and 2009, hand-made from framing matte-boards, paper, plastic sheeting, string and rubber bands. They are insanely cute and look [...]
That’s a shot of the re-introduced Moog Modular System 55. It’ll cost ya about $30,000. Don’t get me wrong, I love Moogs, and I have loved them since I first saw the cover of [...]
To keep all my patch cords from looking the same, I have taken to putting heat shrink tubing in thin strips on them so I can find the matching ends in a big patch. I can also tell how long they [...]
Fabricio Carvalho has created quite a few podcasts honoring old electronic music pioneers. Check out his Mixcloud page. http://www.mixcloud.com/astroping/
I like this a lot. Quirky, oddball and catchy. I'm diggin' the little random filtery sounds.
This live electronic performance by Oneohtrix Point Never is worth settling down and listening to.http://boilerroom.tv/recording/oneohtrix-point-never/
I find these three phasing oscillators coming out of a filter most pleasing to watch.
One of my favorite classical pieces. This is straight into the computer, so no post. I’ll get to redoing it properly, but for now it’s just kind of a test to get two simultaneous [...]
First off, a huge shout out to J Beste, who spent four long months replacing transformers, capacitors and bushings, cleaning sliders and repairing oscillators on my ARP 2600 that I bought when I [...]