MATRIXSYNTH: JS Bach prelude from BWV 998, for Waldorf Iridium

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

JS Bach prelude from BWV 998, for Waldorf Iridium


Brittle stR music

"Originally for lute, this is the first movement of 'Prelude, Fugue and Allegro' of BWV 998 (from the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis catalogue). It's produced in Logic using a single voice in the Iridium. The 3 oscillators are respectively a square wave, a wavetable and a 'kernel' (or FM synth). Velocity on a 12dB/oct filter envelope provides expression, and big tempo changes give rubato and pauses before recapitulations of the main theme. I've avoided my usual sweeping oscillator mods and other fun electronica artefacts for this one! More than with any other composer, Bach's music lends itself to instruments that were invented later - piano, guitar, synth etc - but a light touch works better IMO."

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