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Sunday, March 03, 2024

XAOC Sopot | Magic Duct Tape for your audio puzzles (w. MakeNoise RxMx, Plaits & Frames)


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"I got Sopot a few weeks ago, but got focused on the Leibniz modules and forgot about it a bit. It almost never made it to a case because space is limited and I had to make choices. Yesterday I checked out the manual, tried some patches and a wealth of new ideas just popped up. This is a simple 6HP utility, costing around 90 euro, but it can solve a fortune of mixing challenges when a big fancy mixer is not an option.

In short, Sopot is a summing mixer with four stereo inputs (!) four mono inputs (!!) and mid/side outputs, or mono/stereo if you wish. The mono inputs are normalled to the center, but can be panned 50%/50% with a little center spread. This design is amazing. Highly recommended."

Friday, March 01, 2024

XAOC Leibniz Binary Subsystem


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"In episode 1 [posted here], it was fun to dive in. Then I found out that the system isn't just a matter of putting all modules in a case, wiring up the I/O on the back and get to work. It's modular (duh) so it's more a matter of recipes where the order of modules isn't fixed. Having all modules in a case doesn't exactly help to understand them either, there's just too many variables and it's extremely easy to make a wrong connection with the 'pale pink stripe' down or up on the LBZ ribbon cables. You really need to double check and then again. XAOC, make them red. Please.

In this episode I tried to get the Rostock module to work. It's a bucket brigade 'delay' with 64 memory locations. Or a shift register. Anyway, it allows you to accumulate values from the bus and store them so you can loop it. However, with a clock running at 2 mHz you don't hear 64 bytes when millions come by. If it's even audible it's in the nanosecond range. I had to slow down to actually see the module work.

XAOC has provided cool patch examples in the manual and I focused on delaying/looping rhythms with Rostock, Lipsk (bit inverter) and Poczdam (router/binary output). I am also using Odessa in the video, which is a truly amazing VCO which also has a Leibniz header on the back to control partials with bitmaps. I absolutely LOVE this system and can't wait to get started on episode 03."

Friday, February 23, 2024

Buchla LEM 218e V3 | With MakeNoise Strega, DXG and the Shared System B&G plus.


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"This is probably my first and last genuine banana Buchla 'module' because I really want to stick to Eurorack. But since I love Westcoast synthesis a lot, I think it's a must-have keyboard for anyone serious about MakeNoise, the Buchla/TTA 200T series and any brand that gets inspired by Don Buchla designs (e.g. Frap, Verbos, Serge eurorack). I tried so many keys, controllers, pads, etc, but most of them require MIDI to CV and most of them are designed for polyphonic MIDI with a few extra CV outs. The LEM218e is the orginal keyboard for the Buchla Easel from 1973. It may not be perfect, but it's perfect for the music I love most."

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

XAOC Leibniz Binary Subsystem | Episode 01 | Intro & Drezno II


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"My first ignorant impression was 'it's a fancy bitcrusher' which may be 10% right. It's about musical applications with binary logic. Thanks to Bries and Tom Churchil for their masterclasses so I may be able to figure out the other 90%.

As always, I am not sponsored by XAOC. I wish, but it's too late now. I have Lipsk in backorder and that will probably conclude my case.

Dear XAOC if you feel thankful while this series progresses, I still have a short wishlist like Odessa, Batumi, Samara, Belgrad and a mixer. But I am already happy you made these modules!"

Monday, February 19, 2024

Aurelia | Kaitlyn's Easel Patch on the MakeNoise Shared System


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"Nine years ago (time flies) Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith posted one of the most inspiring Buchla patches ever created [links below], puzzling and inspiring the Buchla community from all over the world. Maybe this is the fist video that brings the recipe to Eurorack and the Shared System is a great system to try and cook it. While Kaitlyn's patch is haute cuisine, this is a bit closer to fast food thanks to Rene V2. It's not exactly an Easel keyboard, but a patch like this makes you realize how powerful it really is once you get your head around it. It can turn any CV source into an arpeggio. I am using Brains to sequence good ol' Pressure Points, but since Rene is doing all the heavy lifting, you'll have plenty of time to add some personal expression."

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Buchla Music Easel

Kaitlyn's Elegant Patch by Todd Barton

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Chasing Ghosts


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"Hi All,
It's been a while since my last video and it will take a while to get back into the routine. I came down with a flu from hell and I've been out of order for two weeks. It's the first time since 2020 and I can't remember flu hitting this hard, not being able to sleep, eat, listen to modulars or watching TV. I tested negative on Covid-19, but maybe it's Covid-24. Who knows.

On January 30 I posted the 'Where's the Easel' video. I made a decision to go for Eurorack in 2020 and 'never' wander Buchla's official banana path. So while it's easier to just buy an Easel, spending $6K in a different universe is just not an option. So the Quest continues.

This is a video full of dead ends. I was pretty convinced I could approximate the Buchla with Endorphin.es Shuttle System and the Sensel Morph controller but only got one aspect of it. Using the Beatstep Pro only confirmed how important that Electronic Music Box touch keyboard is.

It confirmed how close the Shuttle is to the Easel Command, and yet so far away. I thought the Verbos Touch Keyboard would be a solution, but it was not. I found a used one, but it felt unresponsive and didn't track pitch. Fortunately I managed to calibrate it, but my fingers and touchplates are not compatible.

Again, tunnel vision made me completely overlook the Buchla LEM 218E V3 touch keyboard - which now comes with Eurorack outputs on the side. So I took a leap of faith and ordered the 218E. Hopefully the Quest comes to an end just before March, hoping the Easel is more than a Eurorack ghost. Speaking of Ghosts, I also tried to fit the Endorphin.es Ghost delay in the Shuttle, another dead end, which are actually u-turns. This was a tough video to make for many reasons and it felt like chasing ghosts. It's all over the place. But I think I am getting somewhere now, and learned a lot."

Thursday, February 01, 2024

Buchla/Tiptop 207T | Classic Six Channel Mixer with Mic Pre-Amp


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"The 207T may be a no-brainer for 200T series collectors and I love every HP of it exactly for that reason. But outside the 200T universe it may be too big and too limited. It doesn't have volume VCA's or any form of automation except for panning the outer channels. The idea is to use the 292T for VCA duties. There's no master volume either, but my final case output takes care of this. It allows send/return patches and six channels is more than enough to combine most modules in the 200T series. The Pre-Amp however, is a winner. During #jamuary2024 I had a few issues with bringing my 'alchemist' box to modular level. With the 207T it just works and sometimes it even came in too hot."

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Where's the Easel? | Exploring the Buchla/TipTop 200T series


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"Ah, last jam of the month. I've been interested in the Easel for a long time. Today I finally found out that many of the Easel's components are present in the current 200T lineup. But for some reason, Easel performances almost always sound more musical. So why is that? I think the answer is 'keys'. 50% of the Easel is a touch sensitive keyboard, while a case full of 200T modules will just bleep. So for this jam, I added a keyboard."

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Noise + Chaos | MakeNoise Spectraphon & Mimeophon


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"I made this video on the 26th, 27th and today the 28th, so it's not a jam but a regular video. The main subject of this video is patching from scratch. With infinite possibilities, where do you begin? For me it's often a patchpoint I haven't used much or don't understand well. I had just finished the Mysteresis video and new ideas pop in when you're done and doing something completely different like cooking or cleaning. Since I've been working with Echophon feedback, I wondered if I could do something different with Mimeophon. Feedback doesn't really work, but how about clocking Mimeophon with Wogglebug, which is clocked by Mimeophon? I call it a clock feedback loop but don't know if there's a name for it. The fun obviously begins when you're going audio rate. The results were interesting, but not as spectacular as I hoped for. Second subject of this video is the Spectraphon Noise + Chaos mode which was added in the lastest firmware. The clock feedback delay and the SP were a nice combo and at the end of the session I finally got something worth sharing. I ended the video with a stock scene from a tibetan bowl player because it looked interesting and it had this relaxing vibe. This morning I patched up the Spectraphon to make bowls, so the stock video makes sense. It sounded very nice! So here's how one idea leads to another and adds up to your knowledge and experience. It's something you can't really learn from a book, you just need to let it happen and learn as you go. So it's noise and chaos from both Mimeophon and Spectraphon, and definitely in the patching process :).

Without a goal and without expectations, because a modular will always take a different route. So always keep that recorder running...."

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Street Noise | The Magic of Convolution (w. ECR+)


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"Being surrounded by noise all day long asks for special measures. So I recorded the noise and loaded it into ECR+ as a convolution 'reverb'. I used this week's harvested sounds to make something new.
The typical use of convolution is to capture the reverb response of a real space so it can be recreated later (e.g. a church, court or hall). But you can use any wavefile to make any (un)imaginable space. It's been great to jam with it."

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Panharmonium | by Rossum Electro-Music


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"Spectral processors are hot these days thanks to the Spectraphon and the mighty 296T. It's easy to skip the Rossum Panharmonium and I got many questions like 'how does it compare...' So I checked a few Chris Meyers Learning Modular videos and many I don't remember. What I heard was pure magic. It's been quite an investment again, especially with the Morpheus.

This is a 'first patch' video so there's not much explaining and too much exploring. I simply don't have the time for a deep dive during #jamuary2024 but it's a perfect opportunity to share the experience of learning by tweaking knobs. I started recording/shooting around noon today, and I am happy I can post it before midnight so it's a genuine Day 23. I may have to shoot something simple tomorrow. Or maybe I'll do the dreaded Strega multi sample that will break reality in two."

Monday, January 22, 2024

You were not supposed to see this | Multi Sample DPO (from 2034)


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"When I made the Deckard's Dreams video yesterday [below], I tried to multi-sample a Shared System patch. I thought it would be cool to sample a big duophonic patch with movement an effects - and sample a range of C2 to C6 into bitbox so I could play it like this huge machine of countless Shared Systems.

I am going to try Strega too one day. It felt like magic, almost like patching on 'forbidden ground'. Then I tought it would be cool to use a bit of click-bait and imagine myself in 2034 when I'd have 1M likers and 1.1M haters while collecting forbidden MakeNoise gear on the Black market. I realize it may be too farfetched for some of you, but this is real. It's a private video and you are not supposed to see it anyway."

Deckard's Dreams | BitBox Multi-Sampling & Deckard's Voice

video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"BitBox MK2 (and the Micro) offer support for 'multi-sampling'. It's an easy automated process where BitBox will send pitch CV and a gate to sample a range of notes and lay them out on the keyboard. So with this simple trick, you could turn any VCO into a polyphonic velocity sensitive patch. In this case, it helps me to turn Deckard's Voice (mono) into a (static) CS-80 patch which still can be filtered, enveloped, etc. But it's also possible to play the VCO while sampling, so you'd get a rich pad with lots of movement. It's the first time I used this technique and it will not be the last."

Friday, January 19, 2024

Incus Iteritas Alia | An anvil for your modular


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"They did it again. Incus is a new firmware for the Alia platform, which will also be availabe as a dedicated module. The Ataraxic and Cursus can also be installed as new firmwares. However, Incus is something special. It starts where the Basimilus stops, so they complement each other very well. Major differences are in the envelopes, FM engine and creative modulation of something that sounds like an LFO. It will make you kick, hit, strike, rise and fall like never before! Check out POB's walkthrough for detailed information.
Highly recommended as the default firmware if you already own an Alia.
#jamuary2024 Day 19."

Monday, January 15, 2024

Country Life | AtoV #Gaeto, After Later Audio #Atom - #jamuary2024 Day 15


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"It's the dreaded day 15 and we're almost half way on this creative journey where nothing is planned and tomorrow is uncertain. But today turned out a really good day.

I wrote a Teletype script two years ago, that was able to extract gate patterns from any CV source. Higher CV would lead to more percussive events.
But I don't see much people writing code for the modular.

So I was hoping that AtoV Gaeto would do the same, but the implementation is a bit different. It expects a shape between 0 and 1 V which is way less than regular utilities will provide, so you'd need to attenuate the hell out of your CV. It also offers some cool gate logic which can be useful for both trigger patterns as square/pulse waves. I've been a bit disappointed because I was hoping it would work like my script. But it's a cool module on its own. I made a few beats, but then realized I was missing something meloduc. I tried ALA Atom again, which is supposed to be an NI Elements clone, but no. It's an ATOM. And it's a bit different. But in the best way possible. I am just using gates to play it, and manual tweaking to make chords."

Sunday, January 14, 2024

I hear a Witch | MakeNoise Strega, Mellotron, Phonogene, Versio - #jamuary2024 Day 14


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"I revisited my Black Easel case from the first week, but the fun thing about a modular is that you can use it in infinite ways. There's this statement about music that every note, riff or chord progression is already done, so mathematically it's impossible to make something new. It's a frustrating, demotivating and silly idea because it's not true. Sunday is a perfect day to do some witchcraft, shoot zombies and learn something new."

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Perfection is a road full of litter


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"I had high hopes when I started this jam yesterday. Unfortunately nothing went according to plan. Or could I say fortunately? It's unwise to try something complicated when there's no time to do it. But it's also a great way to learn from it, to make the necessary decisions and finish it. I never cared much about perfection, therefore my modules get dusty and sometimes I don't even screw them in place. There's no perfect modular layout, no perfect patch, no perfect workflow or workplace. There's no perfect music (except maybe J. Cage's 4'33). In a way, this is a video that didn't work out and I usually would not post it. But during #Jamuary2024, it's all about videos like this. I'll be doing something simple tomorrow. After that, I have no idea. I think I'll make a video to document that process. There are tons of new ideas out there. I just need to find them."

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Doing Nothing


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"Today I have a day off and I am not doing anything. This is what doing nothing sounds like. #jamuary2024 Day 10."

With the Soma Terra, Soma Enner, Soma Cosmos, & BB-8.

Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Mimeophon QPAS Feedback Patch


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"Here's a second feedback patch. This time, I am using an endless loop between QPAS and Mimeophon, with lead sounds from Spectraphon. I was expecting a lot, but I used too much VCA's and couldn't really find a good sweetspot. But then I only used QPAS and Mimeophon, both modulated by the WoggleBug... Please note I recorded the Just QPAS+Mimeophon a few hours ago. The first patch was recorded yesterday evening. I glued it together.
#jamuary2024 Day 09"

Monday, January 08, 2024

The TERRIFYING sound of Mathematics


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"Did you ever hear of eurorack modules that aren't supposed to make any sound, but possess a hidden power to summon demons, tear up space and time and cause musical wormholes? Find out the terrifying truth behind the Behringer Abacus, which was cloned by MakeNoise and currently known as Maths. We have solid evidence that Tony Rolando travelled back in time, all the way to the 1960's to inspire Don Buchla, and to make sure his clone entered common history long before Behringer could release it in 2023. But this is now how we remember it, which also proves we're living in a scary simulation.

And this one is called YouTube. For Day 08 of #jamuary2024, I am using Maths as my only sound source. Yes. Sound. People who are new to modular may be shocked. And it's great for drones and haunting soundtracks. Forgive me for having a bit of 'backstory' fun to decorate a mediocre musical performance. Jamuary isn't supposed to be perfect, but having fun is very important. Have a great Monday!"

Sunday, January 07, 2024

Mellow Sunday | Mellotron Micro + Soma Cosmos


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"I recorded four jams today. Four. This one was the best, so I'll post this one. So now I have a few 'backups' which makes it easier to relax when there's a 'writers block' day. #jamuary2024 is not limited to modulars so today I decided to use one of my favorite creative combo's, the vintage Mellotron and the 21st century Soma Cosmos. I am using the R1.5 'rhythmic firmware' which is basically a looper. It has 7 modes with different timings and pitch shifts. There are three additional modes with delay, verb and grains from the original firmware. There are two versions, one with drive, and one with drive remapped to pitch shift. I always want to bring an orchestra to a gig, but leave the VST laptop at home. Mellotron is a perfect machine to add polyphonic samples while keeping the 1960's vibe and it's great to process with a modular synth. Happy Sunday!"
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