Saturday, May 19, 2007

Blindly Patching for Light

Check this out, I'm CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY sleep deprived and quite unsane at the moment, and i did something stupid

i got the idea to totally waste a shitload of time instead of sleeping, and patch up my modular so that every LED was lit, to take some pictures.

but to get all the LEDs to light, of course I had to patch many modules. so i patched them just however i could to make them light up

by the time they were all lit, there were a lot of patchcords out.

so i figured i should hear it. but most of the modules weren't connect together, it was all just like an lfo to something to make it light up, over and over, etc.

so i figured i would make a big semi-random audio and cv routing out of the mess. the only criteria was that every module that had lights must be participating in the patch. also i didn't want to re-do everything, since it actually took a while just patching to make the lights all lit up. so i wanted as few cable changes as possible, but EVERYTHING that was lit up needed to be in the patch. it was actually a bit of a challenge.

anyway, i got it all styled out. using tons of mixers and signal routing. i hadn't heard it yet though, i wanted to just make the patch according to the above criteria and listen to it afterwards. so i did

i expected pretty much garbage. white noise or screeching or whatever. i had my final filtres and my time machines and my klang werk all just on full clipping, so i could light their 'clipping' led so i really expected pure shit

and......well it wasn't at all what i expected. i mean, it's still kinda shitty, but way, way, way cooler than i thought. rhythmic and kinda mellow.

i basically finished the patch, turned the volume on the output vca to nothing, and turned on my speakers, and fired up my PC and hit record, not knowing what to expect.

i raised the volume on the output vca slowly, and i've got the recording right here for you to check out

this was all generated by blind patching for light

there's some lfos that are slowly sweeping things around, and some faster ones that are generating the rhythmic pulse that you hear. this was all just the patch. in the last 60 seconds of the recording, i start playing with a couple of modules, the main filter (boogie) near the end of the patch, and the delay and regen times on the time machine that ended up a bit more 'downstream' in the patch

but everything up to the last 60 seconds is the patch on it's own. i was really really surprised at how cool it turned out. also i'm really really freakin' tired, red-eye home from san fran last night and i haven't slept today and it's 1:27am and i'm feeling like a monster. so probably tomorrow i'll wake up and this totally sucks and i'm embarrassed that i put it up there on the internet, but there you have it, let insanity prevail. in any case, I DIDN'T MAKE THIS. the patch cords and the leds conspired with each other and ended up calling all the shots.

here's the mp3

about 5.3mb

also if you are adventurous and want a 16bit wav to play with in your editor, there's

this file then

about 14.8 MBs

oh yeah

it took exactly 55 patch cords


felix said...

That was so cool! It really sounds 'alive'. Like a bunch of little machines all chattering with each other. It's very dynamic too...time well spent in my opinion. Now go get some sleep.

j lesser said...

Agree that its cool, tho I think you should stay up another 72 hours and keep patching. I know I'm evil, but its for the development of our society as a whole.

Are you taking donations for more patch cables?