MATRIXSYNTH: confined spaces #2

Thursday, April 16, 2020

confined spaces #2


Published on Apr 16, 2020 wildchurch

More interesting gear from wildchurch. This appears to be the first post to feature the Gluon. Note the record player running in reverse.

"More noises from the closet...

Sounds:
string drone machine
reversible/vari-speed turntable with English conversation instruction record played backwards at wrong speed
modified cassette player (variable speed) playing tape of drum loop
'Gluon' a ribbon controlled drone generator

Effects:
Aria spring reverb
Korg SDD-3300"

Update: some info on the Gluon:

"It's a one-off but something I'd like to revisit with improvements. It's a simple oscillator circuit using an LM324 opamp with a sparkfun soft pot as ribbon controller for the frequency. There's additionally a photo-resistor in series with the soft pot acted on by 2 LEDs - one flashing at variable rate, the other of adjustable brightness; both controlled by 555 timers. Between them, they alter the pitch in subtle or not so subtle ways, creating a vibrato/LFO effect. Honestly speaking, more care went into the housing and aesthetics than sonics - without any external FX, it's quite unpleasant and unmusical. The term Gluon comes from particle physics but I named the device such after the album of the same name by the Japanese group Hi-Posi, which is both very pleasant and musical."

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