Category Archives: Theory, Ideas

Granular Primer 3: Audiomulch and the Metasurface

The metasurface is the best shit ever.  Really.  I use it primarily for granular synthesis, but it has all kinds of uses.  Like I mentioned in my previous granular synthesis posts, the difficulty with granular sound is the large amount of control data necessary.  I’ve found great sounds with single settings, but using the metasurface read more »

Granular Primer part 2: Control Data, Statistics, Reaktor Ensembles

When there are hundreds of grain events happening every second, generating enough control data for all the grains is an interesting challenge.  Most software approaches this problem in a straightforward, but somewhat boring way.  For instance, a common approach with all grain software is the “jitter” or randomization of parameters between certain values–randomly selecting a read more »

Granular Primer: Part 1

Granular tools for sound have become so ubiquitous that they are available to anyone, and often we are using granular algorithms in our software without even realizing it–for time stretching, or pitch shifting for example.  I found this magical tool back in the day as a teenager when Audiomulch was free and running on windows read more »

Just Intonation: Overtone Scales

I’ve been up to a lot in the past six months, and even some electronic music stuff.   And I have been hoarding all my goodies and not posting about them.  So here’s me trying to catch up with all you fine folks who check out my blog. I’ve been interested an working with overtone read more »

Overtone Ear Training: Hearing Inside a Tone (with Reaktor)

I’ve been reading the book, Harmonic Experience by W.A. Mathieu.  He starts the book by explaining how to build the notes in a musical scale by deriving them from the overtone series.  The difference between Mathieu’s writing, and what I have read in other books about the topic, is that he encourages the reader to learn 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 »

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 »

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 »

Ear Training with Just Intonation

Lately I have been working on of ear training, as I mentioned in my previous post.  I have mostly been doing this with the aid of my only keyboard, a Nord G2.  As I’ve also mentioned before, one feature of this keyboard is that it can (with some tweaks) be tuned to all kinds of read more »

Where I’m at! Composition, and Guitar

This blog has gone from an active electronic music blog to pretty much total silence over the course of the past year or so.  Not to sound like i’m making excuses, but the past year or so has been a big upheaval for me.  My best friend and musical partner passed away, which changed everything. read more »