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Yesterday, while out for a walk to take my lockdown photograph for the day, I passed though a little park with a tennis court close to where we live. Given a different time of day the scene might have made for a good photograph, but in this case the sounds struck me as a good example of something more suited to a kind of aural photograph – where the sounds sum up the situation better than a photograph would.

Unfortunately I didn’t have my trusty Sony D-50 with me, so I simply made a recording using AudioShare on my iPhone SE. Not too bad, given the equipment. If only it had been in stereo. Here it is, unedited, but with a little help from Joel’s Audulus Stereo Utility:

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I’ve recently experimented with the Partch 43-tone scale, here in the Wilsonic app, sending it over to the Audiokit SynthOne in order to play it with those sounds using the overlay I created for the Sensel Morph, and I was curious to try something similar with the Audio Damage Continua synth. Unfortunately there’s no easy way to send the tuning directly from Wilsonic to Continua but it is possible to go over to sevish.com, to the scale workshop there, where the Partch scale is available as one of the presets that can be loaded.

I’ve set the base MIDI note to 60 and the base frequency to 261.626 Hz, which corresponds to an equally tempered Middle C. That can then be exported as a .tun file which can in turn be imported into Continua. And voila, the Partch scale in Continua.

The nice thing about Continua is that it offers MIDI MPE which means that you can alter the pitch the timbre of each note independently of the others. So, for example, I can alter the waveform of the 5th, or its pitch, or the root.

And so suddenly, in addition to the scale, you have a whole range of expressive possibilities at your fingertips.

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I had some fun adding maps and photographs to the latest episode of Moonpain Revisited – a little audio walk through the streets of Lisbon along with a few stories from Pessoa’s Lisbon recounted by Peter Poulsen (in Danish).

They’re displayed in podcast apps such as Castro (my personal favorite) and Overcast (also really good, and with a version for iPad) that support dynamic chapter artwork.

Apple’s Podcast App does support chapter artwork, but unfortunately only for images connected to chapter headings.

So for the best experience: Castro or Overcast.

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Modular Diary

mi1e

Kim Bjørn brought an interesting small setup along to the Danskmodular meet-up last Saturday. It included the Mi.1e, a bluetooth MIDI to CV adapter that connects wirelessly to an iPad, enabling it to operate, via its own iOS app, as a sequencer, LFO, MIDI to CV interface and more.

There’s a little more on it in this review, which also mentions the similar Instruō Aithēr.

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Modular Diary

chaos-patches

At the Danskmodular meet-up in Copenhagen last week Konstantine got into explaining how one might approach creating a chaos patch on an analogue modular system without using a random/chaos module.

He demonstrated how the logistic equation k*x*(1-x) might be reformulated as k*(x-x^2) so as to make it easier to patch. (Some source reading on the equation can be found here.)

I had a go at putting it together in Audulus, both using the expression node as well as simply using the multiplication and addition nodes.

It turns out to be a simple way of achieving something similar to the kind of chaos spectrum Rob Hordijk achieves with his Rungler. The logistic equation outputs a constant value when k is smaller than 3, followed by a period of doubling with a second bifurcation at 3.5, chaos shortly after 3.577, and 3-step period around 3.83.

It also reminded me of @biminiroad’s look at the difference between chaos and randomness in one of his Audulus live streams almost exactly two years ago.

I’ve put the patch up on the Audulus forum.

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Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have made a short film on the climate crisis: youtu.be/-Q0xUXo2zEY

Environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have helped produce a short film highlighting the need to protect, restore and use nature to tackle the climate crisis.

Living ecosystems like forests, mangroves, swamps and seabeds can pull enormous quantities of carbon from the air and store them safely, but natural climate solutions currently receive only 2% of the funding spent on cutting emissions.

theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/19/greta-thunberg-we-are-ignoring-natural-climate-solutions

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bonnard-soundscape

There’s an extensive exhibition of one of my favourite painters, Pierre Bonnard, on at Glyptoteket – with some intriguing sound vignettes by @lydrummet and @sunheeengelstoft to accompany some of them.

A little difficult to hear with the so many summer visitors, but beautiful nonetheless, and opening up details of the paintings in unexpected ways. They got me thinking back to a lecture that David Toop gave in Copenhagen a number of years ago on the topic of sound in paintings.

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stormen-hirschsprung

Over the past year I’ve been working on a sound-theatre/podcast piece based on a text by Lene Henningsen with Oskar Kokoschka and Alma Mahler as the leading characters. After having made a studio recording of all of the dialogue, we realised how much of an impact having the actors standing stationary and confined to a small space had on the character of the dialogue. (There are some similar observations in this Aeon article on Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds.) The next step was to re-record some of the scenes out in the world, and the wonderful Hirschsprung Collection kindly allowed us to use some of their spaces.

Jens Essendrop was also along to take some photographs: Here are Mette Frank Sørensen and Ulver Skuli Abildgaard, with myself recording and Lene Henningsen looking on.

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Modular Diary

A little over a year ago I set about recreating Rob Hordijk’s modular system in @Audulus. You can follow that journey in podcast form here: huffduffer.com/rudigermeyer/tags/modular-diary, or here: rudigermeyer.com/notes/2019-03-01-12-00-49

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vanity

And the man
bent
over the water
surprised
by the sun
discovers
a shadow

Wafting in pieces and
gently
floating away

Giuseppe Ungaretti, Vanity

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