Monthly Archives: January 2012

I <3 Oscilloscopes

Just a post with some fun images.  I’m going to work on some electronics (more on this later), so I got out the scope that my friend Ryan generously gave to me.  Ran the modular through it.  How could something NOT sound awesome with waveforms like that.  Looks like a shark’s face about to rip read more »

Ruin Modular slaved to Nord G2 modular

I figured out how to sync the new modular to my midi studio.  It has a clock input–so I just send a tempo-synced trigger to the modular from my g2.  The line level signal isn’t hot enough, so I boosted it with a simple radioshack amplifier.  Since I can move the modular through it’s sequence read more »

Overtone Series Music with the Harmonic Ratio Arpeggiator

A while ago, I wrote about a Harmonic Ratio Arpeggiator system that I had implemented in the G2 Modular and Reaktor.  I messed around with Numerology sequencing this arpeggiator to get some interesting textures and harmonies. In this track I mostly just worked directly with the overtone series as suggested in the Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, read more »

New Ruin Synth Jam

I had a chance to sit down and work with the modular synth again today.  It’s a long story, but I had to take apart my studio and put it back together again.  With all my stuff that’s quite an ordeal.  Felt good to have everything set up again.   Made with what you see read more »

Thoughts… Quotes

In my readings of late I’ve come across many nice quotes.  Lots of inspiring stuff.  I think i’ll start posting some of them once in a while. A Merzbow (Masami Akita) interview in Audio Culture, Readings in Modern Music: Merzbow: “… If music was sex, Merzbow would be pornography.” In America, pornography is often viewed read more »

SuperCollider: Hello World!

Lately, I have been poking around in the program Supercollider, a programming language for sound synthesis and composition.  I’ve been doing this in preparation for an artist program that I will hopefully be accepted to.  If it works out, I will be doing some cool new installations!  For previous installations, I’ve relied on a patchwork read more »

Ruin Synth: Crust, Drones, Evil.

It has been a long time coming, but last month, I finally got the analog modular synthesizer that Phil Baljeu, otherwise known as Ruin of Ruin and Wesen, has been building me.  It is a one-off, custom designed analog synthesizer with a built in 8-step sequencer.  It looks like a communications device from an abandoned soviet read more »

Book Review: Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale by William Sethares

A benefit of my wife being enrolled at the University of Washington is that I have access to their amazing libraries with her account.  A great thing about getting books this way is that the UW lets you check out books for two months!  Lately I’ve been reading some great books on electronic music and read more »