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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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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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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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Two New Music Videos

This week, I finally got around to putting music videos of my last two songs from last summer.  I like the music that I did a lot.  The videos are only pictures of the covers but it helps to put things on YouTube.

The first, Space Hop, was a remembrance of the Sputnik satellite.  I was in seventh grade at the time and a big science geek already.  I actually wrote a poem about Sputnik.  The music also contains the sounds of all the space travel movies I have seen since.

Space Hop

Watch this video on YouTube.

This second one was celebrating the first birthday of our granddaughter Margot.  I tried to capture a little of the joy of a young girl.

Margot

Watch this video on YouTube.

May we all have the best possible outcomes,

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Margot – EDM Contest Entry

As I have said before, I have taken the deadmau5’s Masterclass in EDM Production.

For students in that class, deadmau5 has started a New Artist contest.  Each of us can submit one song.  Joel Zimmerman (deadmau5) will judge the entries and the winner will become a track on his newest album from his record label mau5trap and receive $10,000 and valuable music production software. Three finalists in the contest will receive $2,500 and more valuable music production software.  Ten semi-finalists will receive $1,000 and more valuable music productions software.

Obviously this is an exciting opportunity.  Here is my entry, named after my 1 year old grand-daughter:

 

May we all have the best possible outcomes,

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Rally Round EDM

I have finished another EDM piece.  “Rally Round” is the name of it and I really am not sure how I came up with that name but try it on and see if it fits.

If you use Spotify, this is my first link to it, you can play it here:

Soundcloud link here:

As you may have noticed, that EDM Masterclass has really inspired me to work more and publish more.  It’s enjoyable to do this!

Namaste,

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Crowd Noise – My Latest Music

I have completed the first part of the EDM Masterclass by Deadmau5.  It has been all about producing EDM.

The final homework was to produce a new piece. I did it in only 7 days!  This is something like a record for me.

This is a link to the Spotify player:

This is the Soundcloud Player:

The next part of the Masterclass will be about building a career in EDM.  I will watch and listen, but at 70 years old, I think that I have had plenty of career already and making music will remain a hobby.

Namaste,
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