Showing posts with label Meng Qi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Meng Qi. Show all posts

Sunday, January 07, 2024

2024, The First Ambient Performance: Life like a "Reverse Journey"

video upload by Meng Qi

"The previous year-end performance was recorded, and this time, the performance was particularly enjoyable. When I listened to the music again, it reminded me of the name 'Reverse Journey.' It originally referred to inns and hotels. 'Heaven and earth are the temporary lodgings of all things, and time is the passing guest of a hundred generations." It means that heaven and earth are the temporary lodgings of all things, and time is the passing guest of a hundred generations.

The synthesizer's arpeggio sets the background, like a young boy setting off on a journey of learning. The melodious Kalimba melody represents the consistent and brief joy in the early part of the story.

However, my friends, we are all familiar with the story of the "hero's journey,' aren't we? It's about the call, the test, friends, enemies, caves, hardships, the return, and resurrection. This is the story told in the later part of the music."

Sunday, December 17, 2023

The Great Hapax Experiment Vol. 1 - Squarp Hapax sequencing loads of stuff and Cocoquantus improvs

video upload by -CALC-

"Sat with this one quite a bit for quite a bit.... kept it unlisted for over a year but after some revisits thought maybe its time to put it out there. Still stand by what I initially thought, its a "Curate's egg... Good in parts". Squarp and Coco were still newish at the time of this jam so still finding the feels.

This is what I thought of it back then:

I got a new brain!

Here's a full 45 minute noodle with the incredible Squarp Hapax front and centre. To say this is the most powerful hardware sequencer I have ever got my hands on is a total understatement.

WARNING This pretty experimental jam is not for the faint hearted in certain sections. Focussing on Hapax and the CocoQuantus it gets noisy and out there but that's what I love these days.

It was improvised and live-sequenced over a couple of initially formed sequences.
There are good bits but also some really bad sections in the middle too. I considered cutting these out but that would be a hard edit and they eventually do settle down.
I'd say the worst bits are:
20:30 - 21:26 (shitty idea to try and record a kick bass line without tuning the kick!)
28:39 - 29:42 (combo of not realising that the 1010 Blue box was turned down and having a few moments of forgetting how the CocoQuantus worked... oh and a pesky Buchla sequence I forgot to stop!)

Hapax is firing off and controlling a ton of stuff in the room:
Circuit Rhythm
Ciat Lonbarde CocoQuantus (clocking the loopers)
Nord Drum 3p
Rossum Electro Assimil8or (through CV.OCD)
Meng Qi Wingie 2
Novation Summit - also acting as a controller keyboard for everything in the set-up
Buchla 208C
Norns (running Plonky Script for multisamples)
Just Friends in polysynth mode
Vongon Polyphrase
Vongon Ultrasheer
Mutable Instruments Beads
and some dodgy singing
All connected via Hapax's MIDI Outs and a Conductive Labs MRCC"

Saturday, December 09, 2023

Meng Qi - Wing Pinger MInijack

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The Wing Pinger from Meng Qi is an analog filter percussion desktop synth with internal feedback capabilities that can take you from gentle plucked tones to snarling feedback in an instant. The range of characters afforded by the Wing Pinger have to do with its shift register-based feedback FM routing, in which the output of each filter can modulate the cutoff of the other. Lest you think the Wing Pinger is a noisemaker and nothing more, the feedback FM can be dialed back to zero, giving you a playful, characterful dual filter-plucked modal resonator instrument to ping with the touch keyboard or even external audio. At sufficient resonance and feedback FM settings, the Wing Pinger can take on a life of its own, while touch control and robust MIDI and CV implementation make it versatile node in your setup regardless of its parameter settings. This version of the Wing Pinger comes with mini jacks for the CV I/O, making it a great companion for eurorack modular.

Wing Pinger Features

Dual filter/resonator instrument with internal feedback frequency modulation loop
Touch keyboard and finely tuned parameter ranges for expressive control
Audio input and output"

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Ambient Jam - Soma Labs Lyra-8/Meng Qi Wingie 2/Chase Bliss MOOD/Korg SQ1

video upload by Kuro Kasetto

"A litlle ambient jam using the Lyra-8 as the main sound source.
Wingie 2 processes the signal from the Lyra-8 while the Sq1 sequences certain notes in the Wingie 2, the Mood adorns the sound."

Sunday, October 15, 2023

I'll Carry the Universe with Me - An Autumn Performance Recording

video upload by Meng Qi

"Almost two years ago, in a fall similar to the present, when the dried leaves swirled and danced in the air, a performance video was recorded.

At this moment, I find myself in a different place, with an imprecise location, perhaps somewhere on the mainland of China. On my desk is an unfamiliar poetry collection titled "I'll Carry the Universe with Me."

He said, 'lt's best to have the gift of listening.'

'She played a piece, not the subtle sound of a narrow stream, nor the distant echoes of tall trees. It's best to have the gift of listening, better without a piano, just to listen to the natural sounds of things.'"

Monday, August 28, 2023

Generative CLOSE ENCOUNTERS road trip with norns “pixels”, Wingie MKii, Bastl Kastle Drum & TX-6

video upload by Arman Bohn

"Devils Tower is on the horizon. Pixel static notes and MIDI data. The Kastle excites the Wingie.

Alien welcome melodies played backwards and forwards, but probably never in the right order. Only 1970s practical effects here. Or is it all just CG?"

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Wingie2: New alternate tuning features in firmware v3.1

video upload by Dave Seidel

"Meng Qi's Wingie2 resonator is a unique musical device with many uses. As a user of microtonal tunings, I decided to try to add some microtonal abilities to the firmware, which is open source. I am happy to say that Meng has accepted my work, and it will be part of the v3.1 firmware release.

This video is meant to provide an overview of the new features, including details on usage, and a couple of demos. I hope you find it helpful, despite my primitive video skills. For more information, including details of each tuning and a ToushOSC template for switching between tunings, please go to

0:00 Intro
2:19 Selecting a tuning manually
4:39 Selecting a tuning using MIDI
5:28 Audio run-through of the tunings
10:27 Demo using Meta-Slendro tuning
12:59 Demo of tuned caves

Here is the v3.1 release:"

New features
Alternative Tunings (eight types)
Global mute/unmute in Cave mode

This one is in via brian comnes.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Meng Qi Wing Pinger & OP1 Field // Welcome to my synthetic dojo

video upload by Dexba

"I finally managed to bring the Wing Pinger to the new house, and as soon as I plugged it in, I remembered why I got it in the first place: its range from mellow, realistic birds, to harsh and complex territories, in a single twist of a knob.
This time it can also make friends with the OP1 Field, acting as a recorder and FX for the Wing Pinger, in a somewhat small and portable experimental setup (there would be so much to sample!).
After I recorded this, I laid down for a while, simply enjoying the ever-changing soundscapes, and it was a very much-needed moment of bliss."

Sunday, July 02, 2023

The Soothing Ambience Of The French Riviera (in a Box)

video upload by HAINBACH

"French artist Gilou loaned me his Boxed Sandpit to play with. It is lovingly crafted hybrid of electro-acoustic sound and digital control. Using beach sand, a rake, a shovel and smooth stones as MIDI controllers, it is possible to create some very chill sounds. Check out his work:"

Sunday, June 04, 2023

Talk with Yukes——“ Why I Prefer an Electronic Instrument, Instead of an Acoustic One?"

video upload by Meng Qi

"Yukes excels at all kinds of plucked string instruments. He told me His stage name Yukes is derived from the word 'Ukulele,' and when he put his name into Google Translate, it resulted in '玉刻' (Yukes), which means 'Jade Carve' literally in Chinese. In our culture, one well-known adage goes like this: 'Jade needs to be carved to become finest.' This string instrument player from the US seems to have a destined connection with Chinese traditional culture.

Later, he studied the Guzheng at NYU Shanghai and self-taught other Chinese traditional instruments, such as the Xiao and Zhongruan. Just as we marveled at how an American musician could show such extraordinary skills in Chinese traditional instruments, he surprised us once again by expressing his passion for electronic instruments or, more precisely, the electrification of traditional instruments. So, what exactly is it? Is it a corruption or betrayal of tradition? Can traditional instruments and electronic instruments coexist on the same stage? I hope that my interview with Yukes can answer these questions."

Saturday, June 03, 2023

Elektron Digitone and Meng Qi Wingie 2 // Starbucks Challenge @Betehatve

video upload by Dexba

"This is what I had to do to earn me some drinks as a struggling psychologist, I mean, musician!
My friend over at @Betehatve challenged me and other people to get creative with a chord progression in order to win some drinks, and I obviously couldn't resist.
Must be noted that I converted that prize into a TocoToco order because that granted me 12 drinks instead of 2 from the already [too many times] mentioned Starbucks.
I think I am also kinda legally obligated to state that Starbucks is not affiliated in any way with this, even though that would have been rad.
Anyway, here it is. Some silly content, with my trusty (now gone 😥) Elektron Digitone and my even more trusty (now I have two, thank you @MengQiMusic ) Wingie 2, used as a surprisingly good microphone!
Enjoy the silliness 🧡"

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Improvise jam of Meng Qi + Yukes: Synthesizer, Guzheng and Xiao's Encounter

video upload by Meng Qi

"This was the first time Yukes and I met in person. We initially connected on Bilibili when he created a documentary exploring the development of synthesizers in China and mentioned me in it. We kept in touch online for a long time, and when Yukes visited Beijing, I invited him to my slightly cluttered home, which serves as the backdrop for every episode of Synthesis Minority. I played host to this American Guzheng specialist, along with my two birds and two cats.

During our meeting, we recorded a video of an improvisation jam. I played the Wing Pinger, Wingie2, Magneto, and Steel Tongue Drum, while Yukes played the Electric Guzheng, Xiao, Metal Zone, H9, Blackhole, and Plus. If you have the patience to watch the entire video, you might come across some intriguing footage."

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Novel Back 小说背面

video upload by Meng Qi

"I am honored to be invited to compose the music for "Der Einsiedler," a science fiction written by the Chinese novelist Liu Yang. The novel was translated into German and published in the magazine "Kapsel" (Time Capsule). A cassette tape was launched simultaneously, with German reading on side A and music on side B, which I composed with the Wing Pinger, Wingie2 & Magneto, the further experimentation of Wing Pinger + resonators in a feedback loop. I named this piece of music Novel Back.

--from @kapselmagazin--

Kapsel magazine presents »Der Einsiedler« by Liu Yang from Sichuan and a soundtrack composed by Peking-based synthesizer experimentalist Meng Qi. In this story, a successful businessman encloses himself in a deep underground bunker. Disconnected from the world starts a journey leading him to the universe's end and beyond. Berlin-based actor Lukas Hoffmann reads the story. You can find the story in the latest issue of Kapsel, published in March at MaroVerlag. It is the second Kapsel tape on Econore, the first one is still available here:"

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Apocalyptic synth jam with PWM Malevolent, Meng Qi Wingie 2, Chase Bliss Mood MkII, Zen Delay, DFAM

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A song that started as a live, semi-improvised synth jam, and was finished by adding some extra sounds in the box.

I recently bought the Malevolent and Wingie 2 from the same friend, and thought it might be fun to get such different pieces of hardware in the same song. The Malevolent really can get monstrous with its drive/distortion, whereas the Wingie 2 reminds me of MI Rings, bright and ringing, but with tons of playability. From there, I filled out what I needed to quickly improvise, some effects on the synths, and some drums to play with. Finally, I added some extras like guitar and a little more synth after the live performance was captured. Notes below. It's fun to have no sequencers on the table and to just make music by playing the devices.

Meng Qi Wingie 2 via Chase Bliss Mood MkII - stereo plucks
PWM Malevolent via Erica Synths Zen Delay - bass synth wildness
Moog DFAM (x 2) - kick (on one DFAM), hats and snare (on another DFAM) - the DFAMs also had compression, a little stereo delay, etc. in the box (see the Patreon walkthrough vid)
Godin Stadium 59 via Elektron Analog Drive and Strymon Iridium - guitar
Reason Europa - synth pad
Reason Thor - additional bass emphasis on kick drum
XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2 - ride cymbal doubling one DFAM for last chorus

Thanks for listening."

Monday, May 01, 2023

Meng Qi Wing Pinger

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"One-of-a-kind instrument, the Wing Pinger. Unlock a world of sonic expression and experimentation. Stored in a non smoking studio and trying to clear out some space. Very small mark on the wood (came that way) otherwise gorgeous. Power source not included."

You can find demos of the Wing Pinger in previous posts here.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Clockwork Infinite Deep-space Rhythms - Great Conjunction, Wingie MKii & Dirtywave M8

video upload by Arman Bohn

"Development of the Great Conjunction hit a rough spot about a week ago when I changed microcontrollers from Promicro to Teensy 4.0. I had to rewire many pins on the board, but I think I’ve sorted most of it out, and I actually got MIDI running earlier this evening.

The M8 is primarily a mixer here, adding reverb and random delay. It’s also controlling the Wingie with a couple of LFO‘s set to vary the mix and decay rate of the resonators.

The Great Conjunction is the primary sound source. It’s producing FM sounds with three sequencers running.

This is my second M8 + Wingie jam with the Great Conjunction. This one’s a little more straightforward(?).

I’m still having some trouble locking the eight parameter knobs down when changing screens, so that’s on my to do list this week, along with sorting out a huge number of MIDI controls."

Sunday, March 26, 2023

What a Synthesizer Designer learned from a Neuroscientist?

video upload by Meng Qi

"I made a calculator based on the concept of Critical Bandwidth. It returns the percentage of tonal pitch intervals given base pitch and ranges of numerator and denominator. It's to aid the decision-making for the ranges of controls on a musical instrument. As musicality lies in a range, experimentation lies on its edges, and controllability is better when the range is smaller. We do want a healthy balance of all three elements.

get it:"

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Forwards by one

video upload by UncertainMusicCorps

"Longform transmission from the Drone Table.

Radio reception from WebSRD.
Participants: Norns (Dronecaster script), Drone Commander, WIngie, Aurora, Strega and RetroVerb"

Monday, March 13, 2023


video upload by UncertainMusicCorps

"Continuing to explore the Wingie Blippoo firmware, this time trying to find a slightly more restrained way of working and allowing something to develop over a bit more time.

Paired with a BC9 on the line input for extra unpredictability. And sending it all out via a QuBit Aurora (standard firmware) for atmospherics.

I am loving the soundscapes this thing creates. Really regret not picking up an original Blippoo when I had the chance years ago."

Friday, March 03, 2023

Meng Qi Wingie 2 // Unattended Under the Rain 🌧️

video upload by Dexba

[it is specifically recommended to keep the instrument away from moisture, let alone leaving it under the rain]

You'll probably have noticed that already: I really like the Wingie 2.
The microphone especially was a new spark for creativity and curiosity, the sheer joy of messing around with gear.
Combine that with my fascination for rainy days, and I couldn't waste the opportunity to try it under some watery plic ploc.
This was just a first attempt: I will try again, implementing midi, for a broader variation, but the "ambient-feeling" from the ambience sounds turned out to be lovely, and I've listened to this literally for hours, hidden behind the camera, peeping the world through my new resonator.
Hope you'll enjoy it! 🧡"

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