MATRIXSYNTH: The Latest From The Galaxy Electric - Buchla, Tape, Pauline Oliveros, and Karlheinz Stockhausen

Friday, May 01, 2020

The Latest From The Galaxy Electric - Buchla, Tape, Pauline Oliveros, and Karlheinz Stockhausen

Buchla Cosmic Drone - Session 15 - Modular Drone Music Performance

Premiered Apr 4, 2020 The Galaxy Electric

New from supporting members, The Galaxy Electric. Also see The Galaxy Electric - Improvised Electroacoustic Music - Daphne Oram Theme

"Thanks for listening! Come on a musical voyage with us where we'll send you a new song every day, a cosmic story, and a chance to earn space treasure:

Relax and tune into our live weekly improvised Drone Sessions. This fifteenth session involves a drone featuring two independent Buchla style complex and modulation oscillators starting in tune a couple octaves apart. As the oscillator frequencies drift apart by way of manual control, beating ensues. Listening to droning oscillators can serve as mindfulness sounds as there is no sudden changes in sound. Just smooth drifts in pitch and the resulting beat frequencies. Drones can also serve as an ambient track to have on while doing tasks that require intense focus. Drones are also great for a Sci-fi film soundtrack. The slow yet progressive nature of a drone performance can help one focus on tasks without distraction. The fact that we are manipulating these oscillators live and in collaboration helps the drone meander ever so smoothly in an evolving fashion as we are always reacting to one another's subtle movements. These movements are improvised so there is an unrehearsed and reactive ebb and flow to the tones generated. Engage in the practice deep listening with us.

The electronic music instruments used in this performance of modular drone music are the Buchla Music Easel, and a small system involving a Buchla clone model 259 Programmable Complex Waveform Generator, Buchla 292h Dual Lowpass Gate, and 281h Dual Function Generator in the Buchla LEM Powered 3 Boat.

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Patch and Tell: Tape Loops Sound on Sound tutorial

Published on Apr 29, 2020 The Galaxy Electric

"Get your tape loops at:

Here we show you how to disable your erase head for sound on sound recording using pretty much any cassette recorder.

The horizontal 4 track cassette machines were easy to do this with but the technique can be applied to most.

This tutorial demonstrates the process of using a small piece of tin foil to disable the erase head of your cassette tape recorder to allow gapless Sound on Sound recording of tape loops.

The cassette 4 track pictured is the Tascam Porta02 mkII."

Cosmic Tape Music Club - Exploring Pauline Oliveros

Premiered Apr 6, 2020 The Galaxy Electric

"This week’s conversation centers around the life & work of Pauline Oliveros.

She is best known for coining the term “Deep Listening,” and being a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center. Her curiosity about sound started at the age of 2 and blossomed at age 21 when she got her first tape machine.

With friends and collaborators like Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Morton Subotnick, she has left an indelible mark in the world of tape music, sonic experimentation, and listening as a spiritual practice."

Cosmic Tape Music Club - Exploring Karlheinz Stockhausen

Premiered Mar 30, 2020 The Galaxy Electric

"For a strict academic German composer, he was one seriously cosmic dude! As he became more prolific in his career, he started telling people he was raised on a distant planet called Sirius…and talking all about music as a cosmic tone that humans were simply interpreting. Oh, and did we mention he was on the cover of Sgt. Peppers? Yeah, the Beatles were super into his out-there ideas!"

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