MATRIXSYNTH: Bruce Lee Spice - A Supercritical Neutron Flux piece

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Bruce Lee Spice - A Supercritical Neutron Flux piece

Supercritical Synthesizers

"'Bruce Lee Spice'

Couple times a year, we make this awesome chili sauce with Timo. I call it Lee spice. Or Lie spice of the Lie algebra of the Lie group, as Timo calls it. Ask him why. It has really hot and fine chili powder, some szechuan pepper and sesame seeds. First you heat some oil as hot as it gets (without setting everything on fire) and then roasting the dry ingredients with it. Pour and mix. Never gonna eat tacos without it.

This bassline is an ode to that spice. The Neutron Flux is set on Fat mode which is our take on the transistor ladder’s characteristic. The Model D is of course the best one there is for this use but we added a couple of interesting features.

The basic four pole mode has some traditional crunch and resonance but the one and three pole modes have some handy features. Left channel has a normal resonance (without bass compensation) but the right doesn’t. Halfway through, I’ve split a mono signal into both cores (normalled from the left jack) and then summed them back into mono. That’s the Thriller trick. Michael, Greg, Quincy and Bruce needed two Minimoogs in parallel to do that.

The clip features also the eight pole mode. That means two four pole ladders in series. A kick in the guts like Bruce Lee.

Oh yeah, go listen to KNOWER and Louis Cole. The weather report says that their funk is searing hot.


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