Another modular session, this time exploring a largely generative patch with random step sequencing dictated by LFOs and then LFO frequency controlled by the random step sequence – there’s a whole bunch of other stuff going on as well but I mainly just sat back and listened!
I recorded a little ditty this morning using my modular synth and Rob Hordijks “Benjolin” synth that I built in Manchester over the weekend:
Some pics from the first ever Swashbuckler workshop! – participants were music students from the Creative Sound of Music Degree at the University of South Wales
Here are some recordings I made with the first Swashbuckler:
So the Swashbuckler is mere millimeters away, I am just sorting out the final bits now. Planned launch is… let’s see, ummmm… TOMORROW!!! So I have set up a Big Cartel page and you can buy a kit from there using Paypal. The URL is here: http://artsynthesizer.bigcartel.com/ – for the record, first round of postage will be on Monday the 3rd of March.
I have been busy / lazy and I haven’t managed to put together a demo of the Swashbuckler yet, which is a bit rubbish – so I guess I should stop typing and maybe put a little something together tonight? I can say that the few people to have had the Swashbuckler experience have been transformed into instant noise junkies!! Here is Kim playing with her build: (001!!)
***Update: I am planning on releasing the complete assembly kit on the 1st of March, more details to come soon***
You may or may not have caught the recent post on my Swashbuckler project, (look down a bit) I am now happy to announce that the boards have arrived from fabrication and I have built the first working Swashbuckler project!
The Swashbuckler is a pocket sized instrument based on the CMOS 4093 chip. Here is a list of features:
- 4 square(oid) wave oscillators, stacked so that 2 modulate the other 2
- Two light sensitive frequency controls
- Touch sensitive modulator
- Knob for modulation
- Starve control knob for chaos
- An optional passive low pass filter for more tame squaroids
- Volume control knob
- Power Switch
- Red LED
- Packed full of swashbuckling goodness
The project will be available as a complete set of parts with a PCB or a fully assembled instrument ready for action. You will need a soldering iron, solder and some wire snippers to build the project. You don’t need any experience to build this project and it doesn’t require any wiring.
Kits will be around the £20 mark
I am in the process of gathering the components to make a number of kits, watch this blog for updates and demos coming soon! For now, here is a pic: