The ARP 2600 manual

blue-face Arp 2600Quite some time back, I found a scanned copy of the ARP 2600 User’s manual. I’ve always had a soft spot for the 2600, though I could never quite afford one; it’s always seemed like a great balance as far as analog synths go.In a recent fit of “my disk is too full”, I unzipped the file of scans and started reading. It’s really a very good introduction to the machine and how it works; I’ve actually started feeling like if I had one in front of me, that I’d be able to use it effectively. Continue reading The ARP 2600 manual

A quick guide to opensource synthesis

A quick overview¬†of Pure Data, ChucK, Supercollider, Csound, and several other synthesis languages/tools I haven’t heard of before. Looks like it would repay some link-mining. [Edited 01/08 ... I forgot the link!]

The Avant-Garde Project

The Avant-Garde project is “a series of recordings of 20th-century classical-experimental-electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.”Some wonderful stuff that’s just not available any other way. It’s being released via BitTorrent (though [...]

The Orchestra: a User’s Manual

Fascinating site from the Philharmonia orchestra; includes an incredible amount of information concerning the individual instruments (including extended techniques, which I found particularly interesting).

The Hand That Feeds

OS X readers: if you haven’t already done so, pop on over to the Nine Inch Nails website and pick up the GarageBand version of The Hand That Feeds. It’s a fairly typical track; but for that reason it’s pretty interesting.

It’s a great guide to pop song construction. A relatively short track, but [...]

Other lists to consider

Like many, I still like mailing lists for getting a real exchange of ideas, or for at least getting to watch the exchange go by. EMUSIC-L was unique in its time in having a large number of music theorists and academics along with any number of different orientations toward “popular” electronic music.

I [...]

Music for replicants

On another ChucK note, I’m finding some of the algorithmic composition programs in the ChucK examples to be wonderful ambient background music for working.I particularly like band-o-matic for its nice FM textures – gently drifty and slow-moving. mode-o-matic is also a lot of fun, and a little more surprising in its choices, with a [...]

ChucK Wiki now up

I don’t seem to have mentioned ChucK here before, which is a serious oversight. ChucK takes a completely different approach to sound synthesis than any other language I’ve seen.

Possibly the most interesting feature of the language is the => (or “chuck”) operator, which translates pretty much to “take what’s on the left, convert [...]

“I am Sitting in a Room” and others

The setting: a small room. Two tape recorders. Alvin Lucier records a short text on one, plays it back over the speakers … and records that. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat …Each generation has less voice and more of the room’s resonance: the voice slowly becomes dissolves into hisses, howls, and metallic gonglike noises. The only [...]

The EMUSIC-L Listening Page

Now online for your enjoyment: the Listening page.

I’m in the process of collecting up interesting pieces from around the Net. “Interesting” is subject to my own peculiar tastes. Feel free to send me pointers to items of interest; I’ll only put up the stuff I like, and I won’t slam it if I [...]