Design Clipboard is a new series of articles I plan to write here on Horizontalpitch. As you can guess from the name, these...
A blog about music experiments, design, modular synthesizers, and life without presets.
Blinking Lights 011 – The Permanent Gravity of Hot Water Tapes
I recently found a book in our local book-crossing hut about the Italian musician singer-songwriter and composer Franco Battiato, who died last year in May. Battiato is a figure I’ve always been interested in for various reasons. One certainly was his ability at crossing borders between avantgarde and pop music, between high [...]Hannes
Design Notes on Colour Blindness – Part 2
In Part 1, I went through some of the background that lead Émilie Gillet and I to search for solutions to improve the usability of Mutable Instruments’ modules for people with colour blindness. Let’s now see what solutions we considered, tested and eventually implemented, both to improve older modules and to design new ones. Initially, [...]Hannes
Design Notes on Colour Blindness, Part 1
I’m definitely stating the obvious when I say that we all see colours differently. Who’s never gotten into a discussion about a certain hue being more red or more purple? More blue or more green? Mostly this is due to environmental and psychological factors, but for some people the retina will not pick up certain […]Hannes
Here’s a new one from my Intervallo series. A snippet from a track in the making.
Here’s a new one from my Intervallo series. A snippet from a track in the making.Hannes
In the 80s, when I was a kid, we used to have this thing on TV called “intervallo”. It mostly consisted in slow, soothing music over photos of pictoresque Italian locations.
Here’s an example:
Recently I decided to reinterpret this concept – somehow turning it upside down – using pieces of music from my Kurodama project. This is mostly to create an outlet for my musical sketches and bits of footage that I record here and there. These videos will all be roughly 1min long, which is an interesting length for quick experiments and prevents me from getting lost in the minutiae that come with making longer tracks.
In the 80s, when I was a kid, we used to have this thing on TV called “intervallo”. It mostly consisted in slow, soothing music over photos of pictoresque Italian locations. Here’s an example: Recently I decided to reinterpret this concept – somehow turning it upside down – using pieces of music from my Kurodama [...]Hannes
Blinking Lights 010 – Pixel Modulars
Even if this blog is mostly about making electronic music with things that you can use IRL, today’s issue of Blinking Lights is all about software modulars, which you maybe haven’t heard of yet. Most well-known software modulars, like VCV rack or Softube Modular, rely heavily on the skeumorphic representation of hardware. [...]Hannes
Recently – through a discussion on the online forum llllllll – I found out about various appearances of modular synths in adverts for Swedish furniture company Ikea. Credit go to users xmacex and Knivtid, who provided the photos and most of the intel. Now, this is interesting for various reasons. It’s a clear sign that […]Hannes
Synth Design Podcast
I was recently inerviewed by the Synthux Academy podcast about my work as a Eurorack Frontpanel Interface Designer. If listening to me rambling for an hour about frontpanels, interface design and how we created the front-facing part of Mutable Instruments’ Beads and Hexinverter’s Minphaser, sounds intriguing to you, then [...]Hannes