Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Now that I’ve spent a fairly ridiculous amount of money on a modular synthesizer, I’m challenging myself to figure out what to do with it. The challenge is this: My whole life has been spent listening to, playing, and composing … Continue reading

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Modular Mojo: More About Pitch

After struggling a bit earlier today (see the previous post) with intonation in my modular synth, I felt I should do a few more tests. There’s some good news to report, and some bad news. Bad news first: The output … Continue reading

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Modular Mojo: Tuning & Melody

We will begin with a brief digression. Yesterday a friend brought his hurdy-gurdy over to my house and let me play a bit on it. The hurdy-gurdy, for the benefit of those among my readers who don’t attend outdoor strolling … Continue reading

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The Perils of Freedom

Now and again I run into people who feel convinced that government regulation is a Bad Thing. They seem to believe quite firmly that freedom, and by extension a free market economy, is the most desirable state of affairs. Knowing … Continue reading

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Modular Mojo: Integration

Modular synthesizer hardware is a wonderful thing. I love being able to reach out and grab a knob. I love being able to plug in a cable and hear the results instantly. And some of the newer modules in the … Continue reading

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Keeping the Plates Spinning

Back in the 1950s, when I was but a wee sprat, entertainers who had survived the days of vaudeville would show up on The Ed Sullivan Show and do their stuff for a national TV audience. Bob Hope, Jack Benny, … Continue reading

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Modular Mojo: The Diary

One of the plusses about a euro-rack modular synth is that it’s almost endlessly reconfigurable. That’s also one of the minuses, because reconfiguring can all too easily eat a hole through the bottom of your wallet. In trying to solve … Continue reading

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