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Von Doog – Initiation

Posted in guitar synthesizer, modular synthesizers, music, theremin, Von Doog with tags , , , on September 22, 2017 by pyraphonic

Von Doog‘s Initiation is a set of tracks from an ambient live performance on 2/3/2017 as part of the Statues And Attitudes show (created and curated by Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh) at the Human Resources gallery in Los Angeles. The tracks were recorded directly from the mixer. Instruments are guitar synthesizer, modular synthesizer and theremin.

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Von Doog’s contribution to the show was to provide sonic weather, auditory incense and empathic musical feedback. Choices and decisions regarding which devices to use and their settings were influenced by oracles and oblique strategy cards. Loops were created and embellished in real time. Recurring motifs recirculate within tracks and among different tracks. Some passages are answers to questions put forth by individuals chaperoned by resident translators.

Available now:

Spotify:

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/initiation/id1286246193?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075PKG6XZ

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Von_Doog_Initiation?id=Bnw4pmidpec5eskvoqceqoetcjm

 

 

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Modular on the Spot: 2 Year Anniversary

Posted in modular synthesizers, music, Noise Engineering, Pocket Computer, synthesizers, Uncategorized on August 26, 2017 by pyraphonic

Modular on the Spot had it’s 2 year anniversary last month and Pocket Computer (Stephen McCaul of Noise Engineering and myself) did a set to close out the evening.

(Photo above by Patrick OBrien, also a modular synth performer)


(Photo above by Ben Clark also a modular synth performer!)

It was a great night with a beautiful sunset and awesome bill of performers (Mike Dobler, Rodent516 (Eric Cheslak), Andrew Ikenberry, C1t1zen (Kylee Kennedy).

Here’s a short vid of part of our set:

@noiseeng @pyraphonic #pocketcomputer #modularonthespot #modularpicnic #eurorack #modularsynth

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Tom Hall (yet another modular synth performer!) wrote about the evening here. And the LAist wrote a story about the LA monthly event here (the event now has spread to cities across the world).

Hats off to Bana Haffer and Rodent for managing to pull this off for 2 years!

Recent Projects and Events

Posted in Dolphinforce, modular synthesizers, synthesizers with tags , , , on January 18, 2017 by pyraphonic

PAiA Oz

I’ve always wanted a PAiA Oz, and I recently acquired not just one, but two. They both needed some work, but I’ve got the first one up and running.


I replaced all the IC chips except for the hard-to-find 50240, added a much needed handle and a Fender Twin style grill cloth, as well as a plate with an underlit power light (to cover poorly drilled holes from a previous owner), added a jack for the pitch bender (as well as one on the pitch pad itself), and switched the output jack for the trigger to 3.5mm. I have new keybed bushings on the way, so the action will be super smooth. 

Something cool I’ve discovered is that you can use the output and input jacks as a line level insert and use effects and still use the built-in speaker.
I’m loving this super portable polyphonic full-size-keyed enigma! Soon I will revive the other unit, but it is lacking the 50240 IC.

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Modular on the Spot

I have been aware of the outdoor modular synth events happening for over a year now known as Modular on the Spot, but my sound design work always has me on the wrong side of town when they are happening. But I finally not only got to attend, but also perform. It was super cool hearing all the different sets and playing in such a surreal environment next to the Los Angeles river.


[photo courtesey of MotS]

My set up was my main Tiptop 252 case with my custom built ribbon controller.

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Dolphinforce

Dolphinforce played an augmented DJ set (the robot couldn’t make it due to threats of rain) at the Gregorio Escalante Gallery in  Chinatown, Los Angeles for Robert Xavier Burden’s Original Myth opening. The PAiA Oz even got some mileage that gig. We had a blast! Thanks to all who came down!

Slithis Returns

Posted in modular synthesizers, music, Slithis, synthesizers with tags , on May 30, 2016 by pyraphonic

More spaced-out intergalactic doom soundtracks from Slithis.

Clark S. Nova – Fire in the Belfry

Posted in Clark S. Nova, modular synthesizers, music, synthesizers with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2015 by pyraphonic

A gothic love tale describing the logistics of a vampire dating a ghost.

 

Cities and Memory: Oblique Strategies

Posted in music, synthesizers with tags , , , , on April 12, 2015 by pyraphonic



The site Cities and Memory has launched a project where artists/musicians used field recordings and the Oblique Strategies cards (created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt) to create a musical piece. My contribution, created using a recording from Big Bear Lake, was posted today. Both the field recording and the resulting piece can be heard here: 

http://citiesandmemory.com/2015/04/big-bear-lake-california/

About the project:

http://citiesandmemory.com/2015/04/cities-and-memory-oblique-strategies-launches-today/

*****UPDATE 4/20/2015*****

My contribution to the Cities and Memory Oblique Stategies project made it onto the record. 12 tracks were chosen from almost 60 submissions. You can get it here: https://citiesandmemory.bandcamp.com/album/cities-and-memory-oblique-strategies

Clark S. Nova – You

Posted in Clark S. Nova, music, synthesizers with tags on February 27, 2015 by pyraphonic