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Waning Gibbous

By brim.stone on February 7, 2016 10:45 pm

Another self generating Buchla patch. I've always struggled to make a drone patch that I was happy with, and I feel satisfied with the random variation in this patch. I let it run and listen to it for a few hours before recording it.

Hardware used:
- Buchla 200e
- Strymon BigSky

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

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February 8, 2016 12:42 am

I don't usually enjoy listening to self-generating patches but I really enjoyed this. The harmonics the ring mod made were really cool and that other drone layer with the reverb almost sounds acoustic. Nice work.

February 8, 2016 3:05 am
license wrote:

I don't usually enjoy listening to self-generating patches but I really enjoyed this. The harmonics the ring mod made were really cool and that other drone layer with the reverb almost sounds acoustic. Nice work.


Thank you! I appreciate such specific feedback. The whole piece was only three oscillators all tuned to each other, so I tried to use different kinds of modulation with contrasting slow and fast time domains that were constantly shifting to keep things interesting.

February 8, 2016 2:19 pm

i had never heard a buchla until today. i remember people wanking on about how "organic" buchla sounded but now I get it. I've been doing a bit of reading on the architecture behind buchla stuff and the mixture of analog and digital technology is fascinating. do you have a full buchla setup? the modulations in this piece are amazing!

February 8, 2016 5:00 pm

Great patch!

February 8, 2016 6:38 pm
??? wrote:

Great patch!

Thanks!

OP-1 Kenobi wrote:

i had never heard a buchla until today. i remember people wanking on about how "organic" buchla sounded but now I get it. I've been doing a bit of reading on the architecture behind buchla stuff and the mixture of analog and digital technology is fascinating. do you have a full buchla setup? the modulations in this piece are amazing!

Thank you!
There's definitely a lot of wankery in how people talk about Buchla stuff, and analog synths in general; some things are justified and some things are just people's egos.
I work for Buchla and sometimes I'm lucky enough to get to use some from work for my own compositions. I did use just a Buchla 200e system for this patch (and an external reverb).

February 8, 2016 9:46 pm

Hey man great track. I love how the sound pulsates in and out. Did you use multiple layers? Or was it just one synth doing all the work?

February 8, 2016 10:38 pm
Oso Feo wrote:

Hey man great track. I love how the sound pulsates in and out. Did you use multiple layers? Or was it just one synth doing all the work?


I had three oscillators in the patch. Two of them were being run through non-resonant low-pass filters that were opening and closing, before being combined into the even and odd inputs of a 16-band comb filter. The other sound is an oscillator being run through a ring mod and then through a third non-resonant lowpass filter. I think I used a total of 6 slowly changing random voltage sources to modulate different parameters, as well as three LFOs to open the lowpass filters, and 3 sequencers to change the timing of the LFOs.

The actual recording is a single take of the patch running with no edits or overdubbing, run through a mono-to-stereo reverb to give it more of a spatial feel.

February 10, 2016 6:40 pm

Beautiful--I really like the modulation from the ring mod on those oscillators.  Great stuff!

February 10, 2016 11:51 pm
brim.stone wrote:


There's definitely a lot of wankery in how people talk about Buchla stuff, and analog synths in general; some things are justified and some things are just people's egos.

Sir, those words should be carved in stone in front of Schneidersladen, Berlin smile

I really liked this piece. i use some small modular setup myself but I could not agree with you more. A lot of people hearing some kind of "analog warmth" coming out of nowhere and in the need of some MakeNoise Math module they don't even understand how to use.

That being said, great texture and self evolving patch. Guess working in Buchla is not like the average job wink

February 21, 2016 10:32 pm
brim.stone wrote:
Oso Feo wrote:

Hey man great track. I love how the sound pulsates in and out. Did you use multiple layers? Or was it just one synth doing all the work?


I had three oscillators in the patch. Two of them were being run through non-resonant low-pass filters that were opening and closing, before being combined into the even and odd inputs of a 16-band comb filter. The other sound is an oscillator being run through a ring mod and then through a third non-resonant lowpass filter. I think I used a total of 6 slowly changing random voltage sources to modulate different parameters, as well as three LFOs to open the lowpass filters, and 3 sequencers to change the timing of the LFOs.

The actual recording is a single take of the patch running with no edits or overdubbing, run through a mono-to-stereo reverb to give it more of a spatial feel.


That's very interesting! I've never thought of running filters into filters and then into a ring mod. Brilliant sound synthesis!

February 21, 2016 11:46 pm
Oso Feo wrote:

That's very interesting! I've never thought of running filters into filters and then into a ring mod. Brilliant sound synthesis!

Thank you!

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