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Episode 31: David Kean & The 260e

Episode 31: David Kean & The 260e

March 30, 2022

Welcome to episode 31 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we got the opportunity to talk with David Kean about his time working, and being friends with Don Buchla. He commissioned a few modules (255, 297, 299) that eventually led to Don developing the 200e system. We then dig into the byproduct module that came from these commissions, the Duophonic Pitch Class Generator Model 260e.

 

Show notes: 

Hello: 0:00

David Kean Interview: 22:00

260e Exploration: 1:31:00

Goodbye: 2:18:00

For more information about David Kean’s Ondes Martenot recreation, the Ondea. Visit: https://www.ondesmartenot.com/ 

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Episode 30: Programmable Spectral Processor Model 296M

Episode 30: Programmable Spectral Processor Model 296M

February 28, 2022

Welcome to episode 30 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we dig into the mighty and complex Programmable Spectral Processor Model 296. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a MEMS Project version of the module and did our best to put it through it’s paces.

Show notes: 

Hello: 0:00

296M Feature Dive: 17:15

Envelope Follower Outputs & Feedback Patching: 1:24:15

Goodbye: 1:44:00

For more information about the MEMS 296 go to: https://thebeast.co.uk/296m/ 

Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 

Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 

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Artist Spotlight: Luca Manti

Artist Spotlight: Luca Manti

January 26, 2022
  1. Our First Encounter                  
  2. L'incontro                                
  3. Cellule                       
  4. Il Suono Del Passato               
  5. Un Momento Di Silenzio         
  6. Staples                       
  7. Vicino  

Creating these soundscapes, partly feels as navigating through some fictive offshore territories emerging from Buchla, populated with forms of vivid matter — as speculative lifeforms— interacting under our ears. While balancing discipline and letting-go, intention & contingency, I am half the conductor and half the spectator of this polyphonic life, which at times seems frictional or even riotous.

 

Diverse layers of sound, at different scales (possibly echoing microscopic processes or at times drone-scapes miles above the ground), may be violently —yet organically— erupting, morphing, swelling, eroding, dispersing, colliding, or collapsing. Sometimes swarming exosolar metropolis, with their expressive “concrète” fauna come into existence, and occupy the space in unregulated ways. These compositions are also a textural exploration. In some pieces, you can hear these sonorous critters  inhabiting alien metropolis alternatively humming, buzzing, throbbing, whispering, hissing, roaring, creaking, rattling, etc.

 

Although most of these pieces rely on samples, the original samples are warped, eroded, cut, squeezed and morphed in multiple ways, and quickly become illegible, alien. This disorientation is intended. Drifting away from the familiar & the terrestrial, with the aim to rewild our ears, minds and bodies through an exposure to a sonic otherness.

Episode 29: Mark Verbos - 262v & 263v

Episode 29: Mark Verbos - 262v & 263v

December 29, 2021

Welcome to episode 29 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we talk to Mark Verbos from Verbos Electronics/Verbos & Associates about his decades long obsession with Buchla instruments. We also explore Mark’s Harmonic Oscillator and the Quantizer/Shift Register.

Show notes: 

Hello: 0:00

Harmonic Oscillator: 28:45

Quantizer/Shift Register: 56:00

Mark Verbos Interview: 1:28:00

Goodbye: 3:20:20

Link to Buchla Brochure: https://i1.wp.com/120years.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Screenshot-2021-08-06-at-13.53.17.png?resize=660%2C857&ssl=1 

For more information about Verbos Electronics go to: https://www.verboselectronics.com/ 

Visit Mark’s Buchla blog at: https://buchlatech.blogspot.com/  

Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 

Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 

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Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 

Subscribe to Waveform Magazine: https://www.waveformmagazine.com/

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Artist Spotlight: Henrique Matias

Artist Spotlight: Henrique Matias

December 8, 2021

Hello, thanks for inviting me to participate on SoU, it's an honour to be part of it!

 

In this mix I'm showcasing unreleased material I have almost exclusively performed on my 200e system, these jams illustrate some of the moods and sounds I'm looking for when making music on my own or collaborating with other artists here in London. 

 

The first track is a recording i did after hours of meditation on a Buchla patch together with my friend Vince Morris, we spoke the bare minimum and kept slowly developing the patch for hours focusing on capturing the sound of each oscillator separately while giving each of the outputs a very  defined function in the landscape, it turns out more than one year after  this track is going to be pressed on 180g vinyl and released on Titrate Records ( and you can pre-order it on bandcamp) ! [ shameless promotion allowed? haha ]

 

The second track is actually the first track I made using the 296e which I'm very happy to finally have with me - that's definitely the module that I have been dreaming about the most! I was very pleased with the saturation you can get from driving the inputs, not to mention feedbacking the comb out into itself... Really powerful module which surely will help me make the Buchla sound a lot more rude! The effects here are provided by the 2H9 made by the lovely peeps from Northern Light Modular - shout to Sascha who without a doubt is one of the biggest legends in the space, my system wouldn't be the same without all the technical support and advice from him.

 

The third track ( starting at 31 minutes ) is a collaboration with my friend Steven McInerney who played some acoustic instruments and processed them on his eurorack and my friend Rin who played some mad electro-acoustic-ish instruments while i played the 250e...

 

The following track was a very special jam I had the pleasure to record with my friend Adrian who I met online when studying his amazing open source granular ( definitely one of the most impressive granulars i ever seen ) and we ended up becoming best friends when he moved to London..

 

Last but not least I have two drone-ish tracks, one of which is exploring two simple oscillators out of tune being heavily processed on the H9 and another one where I solely used the 259e ( and loads of verb and delay )!

 

I hope you enjoy it!

ps: To listen to some of my dj mixes and other tracks i have released check out my soundcloud

Episode 28: Kilpatrick Audio & A Yellow Sine

Episode 28: Kilpatrick Audio & A Yellow Sine

November 11, 2021

Welcome to episode 28 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we explore the Kilpatrick Audio K4816 Pattern Generator, then we talk to Andrew Kilpatrick and Pat McMaster from A Yellow Sine about their joint venture: The Sextuple Quadraphonic Spatial Director!

 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

K4816 Pattern Generator Exploration: 5:45

Andrew & Pat Interview: 46:10

Goodbye: 1:53:00

For more information about Kilpatrick Audio and to preorder the SQSD go to: https://www.kilpatrickaudio.com/ 

For more information about A Yellow Sine and the SQSD visit: https://www.ayellowsine.com/ 

Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 

Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 

Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/

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Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 

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Episode 27: Alex Pleninger - Keen Association

Episode 27: Alex Pleninger - Keen Association

October 13, 2021

Welcome to episode 27 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we talk to Alex Pleninger from Keen Association and dig into the Graphic Waveform Generator Model 268e and Quad Transevent Generator Model 282e. 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

268e Exploration: 23:50

282e Exploration: 1:10:05

Alex Pleninger Interview: 1:57:00

Goodbye: 2:58:00

 

For more information about Keen Association:
https://www.modwiggler.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=92 

Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 

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Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/

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Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 

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Artist Spotlight: The Sonny Downs Quartet

Artist Spotlight: The Sonny Downs Quartet

September 15, 2021
The Sonny Downs Quartet is proud to present a selection of music written for Buchla 200e. All pieces were composed and performed exclusively on the 200e, with no external MIDI sequencing and no multitracking. Everything was sequenced or played using a 252e, 251e, and 223e.
 
None of the music uses 12-tone equal temperament. Since the release of Village Melodies in 2020, I have been writing music exclusively using just intonation, using up to 11-limit tuning.
 
1- Afternoon Documentary
2- Storm Season
3- Whale Posse
4- Herbarium
5- Prefabricated Pond
6- Patio Sport
7- Water Feature
 
 
Artist Spotlight: Steven Barsky

Artist Spotlight: Steven Barsky

August 11, 2021

Steven Barsky

Music is life. I feel inspired to record the sonic patterns and sounds that are running around in
my head. Sometimes they come fast and furious, I don’t think I’ll get the Logic up and
recording before the ephemeral soundscape spewing from the speakers is gone. It happens so
fast sometimes…

Here are some examples of those dreams that got captured. Some meander, some bleep and
bloop, some have something resembling an actual song structure. Some are part of my Tribute
series of songs that pay homage to and remind you of the original song. Rain Dancing is an
example of that. It is highly evocative of the end of the song Rain Dances on the Camel album
of the same name. Listened to it as a teen, then it bounced around my head for several
decades. Voila! Tribute! Give both a listen and you’ll see what I mean. Some of these songs
pay homage to classic Buchla Styles. At least in my view. There’s a bit of Pop style here too,
enjoy that.

I love my Buchla gear. It takes me to a whole different place than my other synths do. Buchla is
deep. I bought my Music Easel about 5 years ago and it’s only recently that I feel I understand
a good part of it. The same with my 248r v2 MARF running v2.5 firmware ;-) At first I used it just
like a sequencer for notes and gates, but with the special ability to change inter-step timing.
Over the past year and a half the MARF has taught that it is oh so much more. Arbitrary
Function, indeed!

Thanks for the listen,
Steven

Tracks
1. Einstein Walks his Cat
2. Ropes Course
3. That Feeling’s Gone
4. Sticks
5. Reverse Guitar Thingy
6. Sparky’s Charge
7. Inner Space
8. Supercharged Roadtrip to the North
9. Funhouse
10. Gunfight at Noon
11. We are Siamese if you don’t please
12. Everybody, Now We Got It
13. So Falls Niagara Falls
14. Diamonds at Dusk
15. Slowly Now
16. FerryRide
17. Rain Dancing
18. DigiDooDoo
19. Afternoon on the Nestucca
20. Swing your MARF

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