MATRIXSYNTH: Heavy: a modular synth performance

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Heavy: a modular synth performance

Published on Sep 11, 2018 Dudadius

"Heavy is a Track from my album The Kindness of Circuits You Meet

I laid off quite a few elements as 12 and 21 bar loops from the original track. That track was in two movements; the front half made with an OBXA, Minimoog, Jupiter 8, and Tempest and the back half comprised of mainly modular sounds (Cwejman and Macbeth). I loaded these samples into the ER-301 and sliced on the bars.

I then recreated as much as I could (minus the polyphonic pads, mainly) on the Teletype/Kria controlling the E370, Atlantis, etc. Doubling the percussion with the Varigate (not as tight as I want yet, with the sampled loops…still playing with the offsets).

The Teletype is again the brains of the operation. Spitting out triggers and slice selection to the ER301 based on counters, while at the same time selecting the pattern to be played on the Kria.

I made a Grid scene with the Grid ops that basically functions like Ableton Live with Push. Trigger both samples and Kria Pattern changes. Varying brightness of the buttons shows me which section is where. I can then blend and crossfade between samples from the track and live sounds coming from the modular in realtime. I’d say it’s a pretty even split between the two in this performance."

PPG Wave 2.2 on the side.

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