It’s been a few weeks since the sad announcement of the passing of Don Buchla, and I’m still processing the weight of this news. In the history of electronic music there are a handful of pioneers who unarguably, have been pivotal in the development of synthesizer technology, and Don is one of the most significant figures in this category. In recent years with the renaissance of the modular synthesizer, many people now appreciate the importance of Buchla’s contributions and realize the genius of his electronic instrument designs. It’s incredibly heartening that the legacy of Don Buchla will carry forward for another generation of synth fanatics.
I’m quite happy to finally announce that i’ve finished an album of ambient/electronic pieces that I’ve been working on for a few years now. Velomne is now available on pretty much every streaming platform and sales portal:
Class Photo from Group C of the Moogfest Engineering Workshop where we built the Brother From Another Mother Synthesizer. Thanks to Steve Dunnington and the Moog engineers for their efforts in making this another great event!
Minutes after stepping into the Moog Pop-Up factory set up at Moogfest, Emmy pulls me aside and asks me to compose a little bit of backing music for the Minimoog Model D Reissue, promotional video. Naturally, I tell her that i need to do it using only the new Model D! They pulled out a unit that was still burning in, and we got to work. I set up a rhythmic patch that uses the newly added second LFO to pulse the filter. Having the patch set to play fifths, I just improvised a performance around Bob Moog’s dialogue track and the demonstration sounds from the archival footage.
The Cassette Recorder Audio Processor Rack Extension is back and better than before! This time we bring you the more Pro Version with L0-f1 Dolphonics™ Processing! We listened to everyone who loved the classic tape sound of the original C.R.A.P.Re, and added more controls for even worser tones. It’s guaranteed to make things sound warm and fuzzy and buzzy and hummy and munchy. It’s like the Original Crapre, but with more Number Two!
One of the exciting surprises of NAMM 2016 was the announcement of the Oberheim OB-6, a collaboration between Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith. Once again I find myself immersed in analog glory as part of the sound design team developing presets.
The profile of this keyboard is the same as the DSI/Sequential Prophet 6, and uses similar technology for the general interface and control architecture, however the voices are akin to the Oberheim SEM and have the inimitable SEM filter flavor. Because the 12db/oct filter architecture is different than say a moog ladder or the Prophet6 24db/oct filter, developing a diverse range of unique sounds poses a little challenge, but using oscillator detune approaches and frequency modulation (X-mod) opens up a really amazing range of timbral combinations.
Here is a demonstration of the patches I’ve contributed to the team. Some of these may or may not have been included in the final release: