Friday, 20 December 2013

Sequence On

So after much fiddling about and reading of dusty schematics me and Big Al (mostly Big Al) got the EMS TKS up and running. It had a dead LM7400N chip inside it (a quadruple positive NAND gate if you must know) but luckily this is something Al could replace quite easily. There are some impossibly hard to find components in the TKS circuit (BBD shift registers that haven't been around since the mid 1970s) that are very fragile and prone to being destroyed by static or just looking at them funnily, but somehow they had survived all these years. There is still some work to be done on this little beauty, such as the tuning spread ratios need tweaking, but as you can see from the video it really opens up the functionality of the VCS3, making it one of the nicest self-contained systems around

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Forms Series Three

Here is a new album in the Forms series - just in time for christmas! Every sound on this record was made on the EMS Polysynthi. Hope you like it

Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Wild Buchla

Here is a video of the Buchla 100 being tortured. If you send the outputs of the filter back into itself via a mixer it creates some interesting feedback options. This patch also uses a CV analog delay (from the Roland 100M) to augment the the feedback into the filter, and the result is quite agonising to the ear