Black hOle

Black hOleThis piece will reward your attention and thirteen minutes of time with a powerful sonic experience. It gradually evolves to blend dissonance and loneliness with harmony and warmth. Toward the end of the piece I started hearing what sounded like sound falling into the center of space and suggesting the song title.

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All of the sound is sourced from my trusty old MicroMoog synthesizer. Amazingly, almost all of the sound comes from one note. It is no ordinary note however. Its sound is varied a lot with all the knobs on the MicroMoog, and then it is mirrored to four audio tracks. Each track has its own chain of EQ and effects such as chord generators and delays. This produces a very rich varying output sound I like very much. Hopefully you do too! Enjoy the Black hOle and surrounding universe.

MicroMoog

MicroMoog

This perky little number features layered tracks from the MicroMoog my brother repaired for me. I made this song because…well, it’s fun. And also to see if I should buy a new modern Moog synthesizer. My 1976 MicroMoog has no MIDI input, and so this song was an experiment in making more rigidly timed electronic music with analog hardware. To do this, I recorded with a click track (computer metronome) and then quantized the timing of the recorded sounds in Reason. I didn’t know what to expect, but I am very pleased with the result.

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The excellent “i dream of wires” documentary on Netflix (trailer on YouTube) is what led me here. You should watch it too if you have any interest at all in the history of synthesizers, how they work, and where the technology is going. This documentary introduced me to the relatively new Eurorack standard which allows hardware modules from different vendors to literally play together. I started wondered if this was something I wanted to get into, and then the very next week Moog announced its new Mother-32 synthesizer. I have since woken up in the middle of many nights hearing in my head what kind of cool stuff I think I’m going to be able to make with this thing. I now have one on pre-order, and I think it’s going to be a great new tool in my little home studio. I’m still enjoying my MicroMoog in the meantime, and you can too!