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New Synthesis Music

I have created two pieces of music since my last blog post.

As usual, these resulted from experimenting with new plugins in VCV Rack.

The first is a piece that I am very proud of. It has gotten good feedback from both musicians and public. My goal was to produce a good piece with minimal plugins. It evolved into something pretty striking, I think.

The next piece, I just uploaded today. Again learning plugins that were new to me plus adding in some vocals which I had not done in VCV Rack. It’s interesting. See what you think.

It moves along pretty well!

Happy Holidays to all and may we all have the best possible outcomes.

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New Music Tutorial

How to create risers in VCV Rack

I just completed a tutorial for music producers who like to put devices called risers in their music.  A riser is a musical noise that starts at a low volume and a low pitch and rises gradually to a quite high volume and pitch. 

Risers are very common in EDM, Pop and Electronica. Risers are used as background or to separate parts of a musical piece or to accentuate tempo or key changes and add excitement.

Sample Riser

As you can hear, risers are not necessarily simple sounds. 

A modular synthesis is an ideal way to create unique sounds including risers. This tutorial uses VCV Rack software modular synthesizer which I have been spending a lot of time with.

I have made three other tutorials about VCV Rack.  This is a YouTube play list including them. 

I also have playlists with much of my production in modular synthesis.

This one is more meditative pieces:

This one is more experimental and up tempo.

Thanks for your attention to my efforts…

Namaste,

Cy

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Generative Music- a YouTube Playlist

I have organized the modular synthesis videos that I have created and uploaded to YouTube.  These video show the VCV Rack synthesizer screen as it models a hardware synthesizer to play what I have built.  VCV Rack is a software model of hardware called Eurorack Synthesizer.  If I had all of the hardware that you see in those videos, it would cost thousands of dollars.

With a modular synthesizer, the musician puts together discrete modules that might all be built into a more normal synthesizer that you see on stage with musicians.

Having this software model, I have spent months learning it.  Interestingly, most of these pieces just took a few hours or days to build once I knew the modules and had the idea.

Here is the playlist. Each piece is very different from the next.

Playlist: In the Zone
Watch this playlist on YouTube

 

Blessings,

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Pluck – more generative music

Today  I uploaded a new generative music piece for both YouTube.com and Soundcloud.com.

That VCV Rack modular synthesis software is quite addictive.

This time, I started with the simple intent to just create a sound called the ‘Deadmau5 Pluck’ which I learned to do last year when I took the Deadmau5 EDM masterclass at masterclass.com.  It was pretty easy and I added a random tune generator.  Of course then it needed a bass, so I added that doing something new to me.  Drums were a must at that point so I added a kick drum and made a snare drum up by modifying the noise output of the Turing Machine that was creating the original tune.  That was a fun exercise.  Then of course the piece needed needed some more movement and voices so I created those using  different generative technique.   A simple project turned complex.

I call it ‘Pluck’ because of my original purpose.

Soundcloud:

YouTube:

Pluck

Watch this video on YouTube.

May we all have the best possible outcomes!

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Fascination

Last week I uploaded a new generative music piece for both YouTube.com and Soundcloud.com.

That VCV Rack modular synthesis software is quite addictive.

This is another piece of generative music which I call ‘Fascination’  because I cannot stop listening to it.

Soundcloud:

YouTube

Fascination

Watch this video on YouTube.

May we all have the best outcomes!

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