Improvisation XXIX – Darkest Night

Here’s something new and weird:

This is a piece with a fixed rhythm but also some degree of randomness put into 6 “instrument” voices (done with resonating BBDs).

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

First, we have a simple bassdrum (A-121 Multimode Filter / lowpass out through an A-131 VCA, both controlled by an A-142 VC Decay) and a simple snaredrum (white noise from an A-118 Noise Generator through an A-106-5 SEM filter in highpass mode, both controlled by another A-142 VC Decay). The snare’s decay time is contrtolled by an A-149 Quantized  Random Generator. Each Decay Generator is triggered by an A-155 Sequencer in 16-Step mode (with A-154 Controller and A-150 Switch).

Then we have 6 more or less “tonal” voices:

An A-188-1D sent through an A-101-3 Vactrol Phaser and an A-105 SSM lowpass filter.

An A-188-1C sent through said A-101-3 Phaser (other half of the module, i.e. 6 stage phaser) and an A-102 Diode lowpass filter.

An A-188-1B sent through an A-187-1 VC DSP (chorus & delay mode, right channel) and an A-106-1 Xtreme filter (lowpass mode only).

An A-188-1A sent through the left channel of said A-187-1 and another A-106-1 (lowpass mode, too).

An A-188-1Y sent through an A-189-1 VC Bit Modifier (modes 13 and 14) and an A-107 Multitype filter (no morphing, just filter mode 9 which is a broad bandpass with a narrow notch at the center frequency).

And finally an A-188-1X sent through an A-188-2 Tapped BBD and an A-106-6 XP filter (2H1L mode).

Each of the BBDs gets some noise as input: digital noise from an A-117 or (manually switched via A-182-1 switched multiple) colored noise from an A-118. The noise is processed by six VCAs: three A-132-3 dual VCA modules controlled by six A-140 ADSR generators. The triggers for each ADSR are created with individual outputs of an A-149-2 digital random module. The frequencies of the BBDs are synchronized (the A-188-1X is used as master BBD clock) and are manually controlled with a quantized ribbon controller.

The random triggers as well as the two A-155 sequencers are controlled by an A-146 LFO as a master clock source. To make it “swing”, the pulse output of the LFO is split into two triggers for rising and falling edge  with an A-165 Trigger Modifier.

Have fun,