Category Archives: Music

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

Strut Strange – My New Release

You can pre-save this new release on Spotify.

Just completed and released, “Strut Strange” will be available on Spotify and many other streams and purchase opportunities within two weeks.

“Strut Strange” began as an experiment to learn some new plugins in my software synthesizer of choice VCV Rack. As happens so often, it evolved into music that I liked and that I hope you will like also.

Here is the YouTube video of the piece:

Give it a listen. You might like it.

Let us all have the best of all possible outcomes,
Cy

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VCV Rack and TouchOSC video

I just created a tutorial about using a software app for midi control with VCV Rack.

TouchOSC is an app available for iPhone, iPad, any Android device. I have used it on Android on both my phone and my tablet. You can buy it for a small price at the Apple App Store or at Google Play Store. It requires a software bridge on your computer to communicate to other software. The Bridge and an editor for layouts are available for download at the publisher’s website https://hexler.net/products/touchosc. That site also has a lot of documentation on using the tool and creating your own layouts.

As you probably already know, VCV Rack has become my tool of choice for creating electronic music. One problem that I have is that, when a patch get large, I find myself zooming in and out a lot to find controls on modules that I want to tweak. If I hook the most used controls to TouchOSC on my Android tablet or phone, I can tweak them without even seeing them on the screen!

I created a TouchOSC layout specifically for my use with VCV Rack. That layout and the VCV Rack patch used in the video are available for download here: https://patchstorage.com/touchosc-vcv-rack/

An interesting thing to me is that I have done a number of turorials using direct screen capture on my Windows machine. Never before have I attempted to merge and edit a direct screen capture with a live camera video. I had to redo things many times to get it right.

I hope this is useful to some musicians.

May we all have the best possible outcomes.
Cy

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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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