Saturday, June 4, 2011

Neural Agoniser PCB block diagram

I am doing a some servicing of my synth before i hand it over to a friend to look after while i go overseas. There were a couple of noisy sections in my NA which i wanted to resolve. I created this diagram to help me work out what is what. I hope it helps others also..

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Images from my VJ set @ ascension engine

I snipped a few screens from my quarts composition to add to my soundcloud file and thought i most post here before i delete - i just found out that my set and projections will be included on an upcoming release so stay tuned

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Something for future live gigs

Working on a new project based on the syapse serge touch keyboard and programmer circuit. My CGS programmer has been such an amazing tool. This will hopefully become and amazing controller for my modular.

First section of the pcb almost done :)

Truant Live @ Ascension Engine

Truant live @ Ascension Engine 26-3-2011 by prblmchild

Great day

Really happy with my performance and I was very much greatful for the presence of an audience to see my set even though i was the first to perform. Thanks to Scott for running the event. Some outstanding performances, the highlight for me being Grist and Zen Paradox. Video was recorded and hopefully when Scott gets some time he can snip and upload my section.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ascension Rig

Here is the rig for my upcoming gig (next saturday)

Top Row = Consists of 3 x Teezer TZ-Vco, Mankato Quadrature LFO, Source of Uncertainty, Wavefolder / Modulo Magic / Plague Bearer
Bottom Row = Living Vco, 2 x VCS, 4 x Low Pass Gates

This is slightly different to my last modular gig. I had a lot more filters last time. The end result was floaty and droning where as this time I am trying to add more dynamics into my sound so we have envelopes and more waveshapers.

The setup is about as "west coast" as it gets. Buchla / Serge. I find it interesting that i have ended up with a setup in this style. I always used to think these rigs just make weird blips and random soundscapes but i have learnt that they are such densely functional designs and can achieve so much - you just have to take the time to learn how to understand them.

This gig was going to showcase a different style of set - integration between modular and machinedrum. I have recently made a lot of music in this style but I found that 30+ minute sets of modular blips and drum beats gets really hard to program without computers since i can only put so many modules in my road case. It is pretty tough to change patterns and patches on the modular and so i decided to go back to drone / noise.

Hopefully we can record the set and I'll post the end result
If you are in melbourne please come down and check it out

Ascension Engine
Loop Bar
2pm onward

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ascension Engine - Loop Bar Sat 26th Aug Day Event :)

Ascension Engine at Loop Bar 2011
Straight from the Rainbow Serpent Festival comes the Ascension Engine for an exclusive Melbourne event. Ascension Engine is an audio/visual cornucopia of meditative sound and vision from some of Australia's finest audiovisualist experimenters.
With the killer sound system and massive screen at Loop, sit back and connect with the universe that these visionary artists will weave for you.
Be prepared for sacred frequencies, audio reactive mandalas for meditation, binaural beats and alchemical transformations through sound and vision.
Ascension Engine comes alive from 2pm on Saturday 26th March.

Tickets on the door are $10 full or $5 conc.

Electronic Shaman
Zen Paradox
Abre Ojos
Zero Point (SA)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

new quartz pics


The set went great. What a great environment to have my first set.
Thanks to Scott for doing all the hard work on the night

Next time i need to get some roadies to help me lug my heavy rig in. My lovely girlfriend helped but im not sure if she will ever put her hand up to do it again. The mixer case ended up being pretty heavy and awkward to move around.

Sound was recorded, ill try post it once i get a copy

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pre-trip studio sale

Impending international jaunt
Looking to decrease the amount of stuff to go into storage

Samson rubicon r8a $350 ( near mint )
Allen heath zed420 desk $800 ( near mint )
Lexicon mpx1 multi-effects $300 ( near mint )
Machinedrum mk2uw $1350 ( near mint, boxed )
Oto biscuit $500 (as new, w/box)
500w p/ channel amp $50 (worn but works)
505 $50

Electronics gear & diy synth stuff
Dc20mhz oscilloscope $50 (one channel glitchy)
Variable dc supply $50
Mb808 95% finished w/ undrilled hammond case $450
(unit working just needs case)
Boxotrix distortion compressor 90% finished $150
(distortions working, compressor + gates populated but untested - no panel stuff)

Possible trades
Adam a7
adam a5
zoom h4n
kodak zi8

All items located in melbourne
Shipping at your cost
Pick up prefered

Photos on request

Monday, January 17, 2011

Preparing for GIG @ Rainbow Serprent

So this is the gig. First ever live gig. Very exciting, kinda nerve racking. It has been a mammoth effort to get my modular ready for the road. I posted pictures of the new case i bought. Since that time i overcome issues with power supplies, racking and getting a few bugs fixed in a few modules. It has taken a lot of time but im happy to say (hopefully this doesnt jinx it) that my modular is ready.

And here it is.

Modules include:
>3 x Ian Fritz Teezer TZ Vco
>Source of Uncertainty (only FRV plugged in due to not having enough distro slots)
>Mankato Quadrature LFO / VCF
>Plague Bearer & 2 x Jurgen Haible Wavefolders (Yusynth pcb)
>Jurgen Haible Living Vco
>3 x MMM VCF
>4 x Low Pass GAtes

I built some stuff into the rack panels
>3 x mixer, 2 x mult (i know i use bananas but i dont have much clearance in the case)
>2 x slew, 4 x lfo, 4 x attenuator
>8 banana to 1/4inch converters

Additional Effects (racked & desktop)
>Lexicon PCM70
>Jurgen Haible Moog Resonator

I am sequencing some sections of my live set using silentway but most will be all modular. And ill be performing visuals using Quartz Composer

I have a few days now to work on some patches and arrangement and polish up what i have prepared for visuals. Here is a quick sample of what i am going to show.

Very exciting times. It also spells the end of my DIY synth building for a while. I plan on spending a year overseas soon so i need to save. I think i have accomplished a lot in the last few years and this gig will be the transition point from where i was being an electronics nerd to a performer. I am really happy that this moment has come.