Restless Devices - Samples

As promised, images from the "Restless Devices" show with Joe Tsambiras currently running through Dec 5th at Beep Beep Gallery, for those not proximal enough to visit.

A recording of the patch what was on playing throughout the gallery the night of the opening:

Stills from the animations - with backgrounds based on pages of Cornelius Cardew's Treatise.

Treatise Page 125-126
Untitled (Treatise Pp. 125-126), 2010

Treatise Page 31: An History of Elitism 1965-2010
Untitled (Treatise p. 31, An History of Elitism 1965-2010), 2010

Treatise Page 188
Untitled (Treatise p. 188), 2010

And here are the images I used for the fascia of various sound players, featuring recordings and experiments on the Series 200:

4.5.10, 2010

12.20.09.SPP, 2010

Untitled, 2010

And one of the non-sound player noodle images:

Untitled, 2010



For your enjoyment (?), a few recent recordings and details of two images for the upcoming show at Beep Beep Gallery (see previous post).

Preview of 'noodle' image for upcoming 'restless devices' show

10.17.2010.2.SPP - A short recording of a self-playing patch (noodle) from this past weekend. Intended to be listened to at high level, the end of silence marks the moment I turn the system on:

Preview of 'noodle' image for upcoming 'restless devices' show

Erratic Music Box:


Upcoming exhibition - Restless Devices

I will be exhibiting some new work (short animations, sound players, etc.) alongside Joe Elias Tsambiras (excellent drawings, etc.) at Beep-Beep Gallery, November 13 through December 5th.
Some previews to follow this post...



259 Complex Waveform Generator Internals

For your enjoyment, a short edit from a recording this afternoon. I employed the same patch used for a collaborative performance with Don Hassler for the recent Atlanta installment of the International Noise Conference at Eyedrum. One might assume that there are a number of external sound manglers being applied, but everything, with the exception of a slight reverb added in ProTools, is generated on the Buchla Series 200.


Chaotic Synthesis

A few months ago, I created a series of recordings in response to an incredible article highlighting some of the most remarkable properties of the Buchla Oscillators of the 100 and 200 series. The article is Dan Slater's Chaotic Sound Synthesis, published in Computer Music Journal, Summer 1998 Volume 22, Number 2, ISSN 0148-9267. Here is a photograph from the article, of a CBS Performance System 3 featuring a chaotic patch:

CBS Performance System 3 with a chaotic patch - photo courtesy Dan Slater

This article was also available for a period on the web, at a time when there was very little info of Buchla systems to be found. If only those who now decry what they perceive as "secrecy" on the part of Buchla users knew how hard it was to find out exactly what a Kinesthetic Input Port was ten or more years ago! In any case, I digress.

The article is a wonderful resource filled with several very interesting approaches to creating chaotic sound - and once my 200 was operational, I almost immediately began directed experiments in order to explore some of the territory Slater describes.

Chaotic Synthesis Recording #3 (edit), August 2009:

If you would like a copy of the entire (19:40) recording, I have self-produced a limited CD release of 20, priced at $10 to be sold at some upcoming shows. E-Mail me if you'd like to order one. Here is a photo of the CD and the single sided bristol "cover" - that features an illustration of the patch used for the piece:

CSR3 CD edition

For some other demonstrations of Buchla VCO cross-modulation characteristics be sure to check out the following links:
Christian Mirande's 258 Demonstration video
Mono-Poly's 158 Demonstration audio
Mono-Poly's 144 Demonstration audio


3 Edits

Here are some snippets of three recent tracks - all single-take recordings of the buchla 200 without any additional equipment. Reverb was added in protools afterward. The patch developed for "A Difficult Embouchure" is more or less what is at the core of each of these tracks, with deviations and additional modules besides the 259 and 266 occasionally being incorporated. Self Playing Suite (edit)

Comprised of several (~12) single-take segments of a single patch, between which I made adjustments mainly to the timing and timbral parameters at work (but without changing the actual patch interconnections).

12.23.09 (edit)


This experiment was conducted in a similar manner to playing the "Operation" boardgame. The 259's modulation oscillator CV output was fed back to its processing input, and in addition, several other CVs were stacked to this same connection (4 or more). For the duration of this track, I merely held the banana plug connection inside the jack but didn't not fully plug it in, touching it erratically to the sides, making or breaking the connection. At various points, gate modes were altered as well. This is a bit unusual in that few (perhaps none) of the other tracks using this core patch make any use of the 292C Lopass Gate at all.

1.20.10 (edit)

This track represents an attempt to replicate a track from December which substituted the 258C for the 259 I most often rely on as a sole or primary source with excellent results. This track lacks the subtleties of the original (which relied heavily on sine>square transitions), but has more variation due to the 259's expanded capabilities. The 275 was critical to this piece in adding character/dimension.