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Predictability, Surprise, and Randomness in music.

Satisfying music balances predictability and surprise.  Our minds are trained to know what event comes next in music. If you listen to 100 folk songs, the sequences of chords and rhythm all have a logic that sounds good to the ear.  When someone writes a new song, they’re essentially starting with a chord and then […]

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Music Music Software

Variations on a public-domain sample of 12 String Guitar Playing

This was kind of accidental VCV patch in combination with a twelve string guitar piece on archive.org. I’d been experimenting with variations on the Quad Drum Destroyer, combined with the Confusing Simpler from NYSTHI, and this just hit a nerve. There is something about filtered delays that is addictive.   That and the original sample just […]

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Music Music Software Synthesizers

VCVRackTutorial: More ambient drones, more modulation.

PATCH FILE HERE: http://cornwarning.com/xfer/VCV/GenerativeDrones.vcv Audio Example: http://cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/ChairCrusher-GenerativeShapedSines.mp3 http://cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/ChairCrusher-GenerativeShapedSines.mp3 This is a more complicated patch than with my previous tutorials, but I think it uses some techniques that might inspire VCVRack users in other contexts.  Note that I use many paid modules, that you’ll have to have bought to load the patch intact; but there are […]

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VCVRackTutorial: Using Multiple Waveshapers to Drone.

Making drones is fundamental to modular synthesis, as it removes pitch from the equation, and makes piece all about timbral texture. This started out as a simple test of various waveshaper modules. The patch is here: http://cornwarning.com/xfer/VCV/ShapedDrone.vcv The core of this patch is using waveshapers to generate harmonically rich distortions of the original sine wave. […]

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VCVRackTutorial: The Turing Machine

The patch file: http://cornwarning.com/xfer/VCV/TuringMachineExample.vcv Audio Example: http://cornwarning.com/xfer/VCV/TuringMachineExample.mp3 The two implementations of the Turing Machine Sequencer — in the case of this patch, the one from the Skylights plugin — are not immediately understandable without doing some reading of manuals, which is never anyone’s favorite activity. Turing Machine sequencer have a property that is one of the […]

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VCVRackTutorial: Using modulated delay times in VCV Rack

This is a method of patching and modulating delays I find so compelling I felt moved to write about it. This is all done in the software modular system VCVRack, and assumes you have a basic working knowledge of it. It involves the VCV Router plugin, which is non-free plugin from the makers of VCV […]