Here’s the final video from the September edition of Modular on the Spot, the free outdoor modular event hosted by Eric “Rodent” Cheslak and Bana Haffar which is convening in SF this weekend. And this time, the live set is from myself, Computo. This gig was a lot of fun, playing along with my buddies Rodent and Cyrus Rex and meeting some new friends like Ted Butler and Anthony Baldino. The event and location, the Spoke Bicycle Cafe along the LA River bike path, combined a few of my favorite things: modular synths, coffee and bicycles. It was a great way to unwind from our first week of Voltage Control Lab classes.
Rather than go on about myself, I figured I’d shed a little bit of light on what went into this live patch, since the camera angle obscures the modular system. I went into this gig wanting to use some of the techniques that have been demonstrating in our Youtube videos and courses. For sound sources, I started with the Make Noise DPO in Sync mode, and output 4 of it’s different wave shapes to inputs on a sequential switch, which was in turn triggered by the DPO square wave out, similar to our “Sputnik Selector Wave Multiplexer” video. The switch output then ran into the Make Noise MMG.
I also used the Roland Scooper with a slightly altered version of the “Roland Aira Modular Drum Machine” video to generate my kick and snare, as well as the Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas (through the Mutable Instruments Ripples) as both a percussive and harmonic sound source. The drums were sequenced using Euclidean Rhythms (lots more on these coming soon) generated by Mutable Instruments Yarns, which also sent clock and arpeggiated CV signal to the DPO and BI.
Sequences were generated from the Sputnik 5-step and Selector using the “Sequencing your Sequencer” video routing. The Make Noise Pressure Points and Brains were also used to generate sequences, in addition to some clocked random voltages coming from the Make Noise Wogglebug and the Synthetic Sound Labs Modulation Orgy. The synth voices were routed from their respective filters into the Make Noise Optomix. They were then mixed with any other signals through the Malekko Mix4, on through the Scooper effects for slicing and filtering and finally that signal was split out to a dry/wet mix into the Sputnik Modular 4 Tap Delay.
We’re also working towards an announcement early next week about some new projects for Voltage Control Lab! We’re going to have some new classes, some new video series and much more, so please keep coming back for more tips, tricks and courses!
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