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The Modular Sound

You’ve all probably seen it by now, Behringer has jumped into the synth market and is about to release a polyphonic analogue keyboard synth. This would be a totally unrelated story, if not for one sentence by Richard Devine, who, in the first teaser video, describes this new synth with the words: “It sounds very [...]

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Alternate Firmwares Addendum

We’ve already seen some alternate firmwares in the article Open Modules for Open Minds Pt.3, but in the meantime I was able to discover even more. Some of them are open source, some of them aren’t and some others are even reverse-engineered attempts to extend a module’s functionality. This is a quick update, just [...]

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2016

The year is about to end and we’d like to thank you for reading, commenting and sharing our articles in the past 7 months! Horizontalpitch is not even one year old (our first post is from April 2015) but it’s already been an amazing experience, though not always an easy one. As you might have noticed our posts have become a bit less frequent lately, but don’t worry, we’ll try to make up for it in 2016. We’ve got a bunch of articles already in the works and we are leaving the theoretical talk aside for a bit, to focus more on music.

This said, have a happy and musically creative 2016!

Illustration by Poka Bjorn

End of Sequence

The year is about to end and we’d like to thank you for reading, commenting and sharing our articles in the past 7 months! Horizontalpitch is not even one year old (our first post is from April 2015) but it’s already been an amazing experience, though not always an easy one. As you might have noticed our posts have become a [...]

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Infinite Possibilities

The word “infinite” as in “infinite possibilities”, comes up quite often when a new synth, DAW, or any other piece of musical equipment gets presented in ads, online videos or at trade shows. Usually what the marketing departments are trying to say with this hyperbole, is that the device will offer even more sonic [...]

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Open Modules for Open Minds Pt.2

In the first part of Open Modules for Open Minds we have read about the reasons behind choosing an open source license, through interviews with Mutable Instruments, Monome, QuBit Electronix, Befaco, Rebel Technology, HackMe and Music Thing Modular. We’ll now look into how this licensing scheme and the related business model has [...]

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The Youtube channel Labor Camp has some great videos showing the Monome Teletype in action. Since this makes for a nice addendum to the previous post about coding and modulars, here they are, including the original description text.

UPDATE: Piotr from Labor Camp tells us that all of the Teletype action in the videos has been scripted by him, expect for one, which is a factory script. The scripting language seems to be really straightforward and easy to get into.

Two short captures of the first couple of days with monome teletype module. In sample 1 teletype drives everything, including the PO-12. This involve some self-patching, and the internal teletype clock.
In sample 2 monome meadowphysics drives teletype, which in turns drives the rest of the setup. Sample 2 is basically one of the scenes that came preloaded on teletype, which I patched into my case almost randomly.
Main modules in both samples are teletype, Make Noise Mysteron, drone bed provided by E350 processed through Z-DSP running Halls of Valhalla, and Mutable Instruments Braids.

These are three variations of one scene written in teletype. It’s a more abstract, somewhat generative texture engine, with a single tone pattern. All the tempos and structures are derived from the internal teletype metronome (M).

3a:
Teletype controls Make Noise Mysteron, Erbe-verb, and TE PO-12
3b:
Is only two modules: teletype patched directly into Mutable Instruments Elements. Included is a closeup of the teletype screen crolling through all the scripts.
3c:
Same scene as the previous two clips, except an external clock (gate from white whale) toggles the internal teletype clock on/off on every pulse, and scrambles some variable values resulting in evolving structures. Modules involved are: monome teletype, white whale, Make Noise Sto, Mutable Instruments Elements, and ZDSP running Halls Of Valhalla.

A slightly more expansive arrangement with monome teletype at the center. Teletype is driven by meadowphysics triggers, further breaking up patterns, and controlling pitch variations derived form a single, internal sequence. Additional PO-12 drums are driven by teletype, and processed through CV-controlled Audio Damage Grainshift.

Main modules used:
teletype, meadowphysics, mysteron, braids, elements, quantum rainbow, e350, mmg, grainshift, zdsp, echophon, azimuth II, sto, uVCF
+ PO-12, monome 128 grid

This is an abridged performance of two iconic minimalist compositions by Steve Reich (“Piano Phase” and “Clapping Music”). Each composition consists of two “layers” of shifting patterns. I decided to use these patterns as an exercise in constructing a scene in teletype, where each pattern evolves in it’s own right, while staying in a fixed relationship to the remaining patterns.

In the beginning of the video you will see all the screens from teletype explaining how the scene was constructed. In the TRACKER view you can see the first two patterns on the left are the 12 note sequences of the “Piano Phase”. Even though they are identical, I set up two patterns independently, as they are being read at slightly different speeds. The leftmost pattern is being clocked by external triggers, while the rightmost one is being clocked by internal teletype metronome M, the tempo of which is calculated in script 1. The “Piano Phase” theme are rendered by the two oscillators of the Make Noise DPO. The two patterns on the right are simple 1s and 0s defining the sequences of claps based on Reich’s composition. These are triggering pulses that control white noise bursts, and MI Elements.

Coding the Modular: Teletype Live Action

The Youtube channel Labor Camp has some great videos showing the Monome Teletype in action. Since this makes for a nice addendum to the previous post about coding and modulars, here they are, including the original description text. UPDATE: Piotr from Labor Camp tells us that all of the Teletype action in the videos has been scripted by [...]

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