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Audio/visual recordings and performance using modular synthesis, software and live electronics
Audio/visual recordings and performance using modular synthesis, software and live electronics.
Sons of Sound Sense and Satisfaction; S.S.S.S.; §§. Hardware and software patch programming, photography and graphic design. Practice, recording, experimentation and performance. Modular synthesis, field recordings, Max/MSP/Jitter, Supercollider, contact microphones, short-wave radio, turntables, mixer, analog effects, etc. Mostly no premeditated meter, key or score, a reaction to classical training. Themes and variations, repetition and recursion, resampling, disintegration and feedback. Live improvisation and collaboration. Free to reuse and remix.
The following, from SONSSS (ROTE008) on Rote Productions— Sons of Sound Sense and Satisfaction presents their eponymous ‘SONSSS,’ a freeform rhythmic study of modular synthesis, structured in the classical form of theme and variation.
The album is the result of a 1 hour live patching performance using a modular synthesizer, 12 channel mixer and spring reverb tank, recorded directly to a field recorder. The patch began with a 3 minute ‘theme’ constructed in part by the sounds of control voltages themselves, interfering with the audio signals they control. This theme is then continually mutated, interrupted, and sent through successive layers of feedback and clock manipulation, yielding 8 more-or-less stable variations.
Applying some methods from ‘no-input’ mixing and various other live electronics experimentation, their current exploration of modular synthesis all but abandons the melodic in favor of rhythmic texture, space, and accidental syncopation. Unrelenting, distorted, and at some points abrasive, the sounds continually oscillate around a phrasing that may reflect upon a former classical training.