New instrument: Modular Synth and Cocktail Stirrer?

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Hitting my Modular Synth with a cocktail stirrer - to create unique gongs and scrapes.

This was perhaps one of the stranger moments in one of my shows on Brixton Radio...

Real world to control voltage courtesy of a Mutable Instruments Ears module which includes a contact mic, amplifier, envelope follower and gate generator.

Specifically - I'm hitting the contact mic in the Ears module with the plastic end of the cocktail stirrer, triggering the gate generator. That envelope is then fed to the 'strum' input of a Mutable Instruments Rings Module which creates the gong sounds.

Later in the video I'm also scraping the cocktail stirrer over the surface of the contact mic, creating an envelope which is used to modulate (change) the gong sound (pitch, brightness and damping) as well as having an effect on some of the percussion in the track.

Let me know if you'd like to see/hear more unusual instrument creations/combinations in future shows!

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An interesting concept of Music. I was listening to your previous post.

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Thanks for listening/watching! I have many more unusual ideas for making music - it's just a question of which one to do next!

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Very interesting sounds my friend i never even heard of a modular synth before you bro facinating stuff really.

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Thanks again! I got lot more unusual experiments to come soon!
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Sounds great. I can't tell the sound was originally from a cocktail stirrer.
Can't wait to hear more similar sounds in the future. :)
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Hey - thanks so much for listening!

So it's not really the sound of the cocktail stirrer. But the cocktail stirrer hitting and scraping along the contact mic is used to create voltages that are then used in the sound creation. The most obvious one is hitting it creating a gate which triggers the start of the gong sound. The more subtle stuff is around scraping it over the contact mic with different intensities - which creates envelopes - essentially voltages that change over time - which are used to change other things in the patch.

Yeah ok so I'm pretty nerdy :)

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Thanks for clarifying. There are few terms that I am reading for the first time. But that's okay, as long as I like the output being generated, I will leave the nerdy things to you. 😁

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Haha ok - yes at the end of the day if we like the sound then it's good.

Ps. there is plenty I don't understand about modular too!

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Wow, that WALL OF TECH. Nice.

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A wall of tech yes and er... a cocktail stirrer. I think I might try hitting it with some other objects next time...

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I like that sounds good if i were to think it's sounds like a well suited e piano with awesome effects

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Hey thanks loads for listening - have a great day!

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If that doesn't look like a phone switch board. That whole set up says passion about my shit.

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hahaha - I wonder if I should make a patch with samples from old phone conversations and actively play it as if I'm playing a phone switchboard.... another idea for the list!

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Just the Hellos and Goodbyes...and call it "Hello, Goodbye"

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So you see again that creative thinking is always worth it. I would never have thought you could use a cocktail stirrer on such a wall of tech.

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Too right! I did actually try a bunch of other kitchen utensils but this one was the best. Gonna go beyond the kitchen next time I think!

Thanks loads for listening!

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Very interesting. That is quite a setup you have . It reminds me of old Moog days.
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Hey thanks so much for watching!

I do actually have a bunch of modules that replicate the circuits in the original Minimoog. I have 2 oscillators, the filter, the envelope generator and the LFO section - so only about 2/3 of a Minimoog. They are used in this patch for one of the main tuned voices - though you can't see them that well with the camera angle in this video. I might to another set which focuses on them actually... so many ideas!

I've love a real Moog too of course!

Have a great day!

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