Category Archives: Music

Music that I create and my opinions about music. Computer/Electronic music is the main interest.

VCV Rack finally out of beta testing

As I have published here before, I have really enjoyed producing music using the VCV Rack software (open-source virtual modular synthesizer).

A couple of days ago, VCV Rack finally left beta testing and became full production software. I have been waiting eagerly for this, so, the very first day it was available, I installed it. My first trial of it on that first day is below.

I found the usage better, easier and the computer efficiency better. The graphics and audio appear to have improved as well.

This is great stuff!

Music Contest Submission

Yesterday, I submitted a composition to a contest. The contest is called the Very Cool Patch challenge.

This is challenge to people who are using VCV Rack modular synthesis software to make music. The “patch” is the combination of plugins and wires between the plugins used to make the composition.

This particular challenge is called: “ very cool patch challenge edition 27“. The challenge for this edition is to use the “Evolution” plugin by “ML Modules”.

These challenges have been presented for about a year now, but I have not entered one until now. Here is the YouTube version. I hope you like it.

Of course, if I win anything, I’ll let you know.

May we all have the best possible outcomes,
Cy

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Whale Song

I was experimenting with the VCV Rack modular synthesis software, when it started making sounds at me that I thought similar to whale songs.

I couldn’t resist putting this together. It also contains some interesting generative drums.

It is already on my bandcamp store and has been uploaded to my distributor. It should be available on Spotify, iTune, Google Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc. in about a week.

Here it is on Soundcloud:

And here on YouTube:

Namaste,
Cy

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Another Release.

Two albums in one month. Very exciting. With this release, I have finished putting my 2018 production out there for sale. It is all very different from my previous work.

This album is called Meditative and it is. Quite ambient, downtempo.

You can listen and maybe purchase on Bandcamp. https://cyball.bandcamp.com/album/meditative

You can view it on my YouTube playlist:

Or you can listen to it on my Soundcloud playlist:

I hope some of my readers like it!

Namaste,
Cy

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New Album for Sale!

Today, I issued the first album that I have issued in well over a year. It’s very exciting.

The album is called “A Bit of Chaos” and it is available for sale on my bandcamp store:

https://cyball.bandcamp.com/album/a-bit-of-chaos

All who know my work for the past year will realize the this is Modular Synthesizer generated, experimental music. Some of it is pleasingly ambient.

It has been uploaded to a distributor and will soon be available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon Music and many other online sales and streaming services.

You can listen to the playlist on YouTube:

or on Soundcloud;

Thanks for listening,

Namaste,

Cy

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A Couple More Songs

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

It seems like December was a productive month for me. I have created and released two more generative pieces of music. Hope some of it is inspiring.

“A Bit of Chaos” below was actually released today (New Year Day). It originally was just and experiment with various plugins that I had not used. It evolved into something that I rather like.

“Experiment 8” published 4 days ago was another experiment that developed into a finished piece. This stuff is very much fun!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

May we all have the best possible outcomes,

Cy

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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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Meditative Music

You know that I like making modular synthesizer music and you know that I like meditation.

What better than a meditative piece of electronica? This is a generative piece which means the notes are all generative randomly.  As the notes are generated, I push them through a quantizer to get them to a musical scale (in this case F# Locrian scale). Then they go to VCOs (voltage controlled oscillators) which actually generate audible sound and then through an envelope generator which shapes the sounds.  Finally all goes to a mixer and though a delay and a reverb to make the final product.

I hope you like it.

Namaste, 

Cy

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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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