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From the Modular Going Mainstream beat… Synth-laden pop music group Passion Pit (really just Michael Angelakos) have remade their track Dancing on the Graves into a plonky, stringy modular synth exploration. This video popped up about 2 months ago, as an ad campaign from a certain car company and has since garnered a lot of views. But we’re less interested in the remake of the song or why they did it, as much as what is in the case…

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Our first look at the modular system seems to be showing a Make Noise Black Shared System, with at least one addition. We can see Maths and Pressure Points as well as a René and an added Blue Lantern Joystick FM module.

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The next glimpse is over the artists shoulder, giving us a view of one of his rack cases. We can see the colorful 4ms Pingable Envelope Generator or PEG, some Intellijel modules including the Dual ADSR, two ALM Dinky’s Taiko drum modules, and a Synthesis Technology Deflector Shield among a few others. At this point in the video, it seems almost none of these are being used.

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As the video progresses, we’re offered other angles on the system. In this shot we see a Mutable Instruments Elements, an Intellijel Cyclonix, Tiptop Audio Z-DSP, a Sputnik Modular Four Tap Delay and some matrix routing modules.

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In this shit, the Tiptop Audio Circadian Rhythm is featured, showing the sequences that are likely triggering the plips and plonks that are scattered through the composition.

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Unfortunately, we never get a glimpse of the bottom row of his case, but from this shot, it seems that quite a bit of the sound generation may be coming from the Make Noise system. With the limited glancing shots we see, it’s difficult to take apart what all is happening.

Passion Pit is a huge act. This video has been viewed over 1 million times in 2 months, exposing many different kinds of people to the Eurorack world.

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Going Mainstream: Passion Pit

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