Sunday, 9 August 2015

Moor Info

Here is some more moor music information:

The music on this album was created on a Yamaha VL1-m. It is an instrument of immense complexity and depth, but like many innovative large-scale instruments it has been long forgotten and superceded by smaller, cheaper, more compromised iterations. VL1 is the first example of a digital sound processor that uses the principles of waveguide technology to produce acoustic instrument simulations. Waveguides are physical bodies that limit waves (sound waves or any other kind of wave) in a special way to produce a desired effect. As soon as digital computers became powerful and affordable enough for the huge amounts of processing required, waveguide principles began to be used in the simulation of real-world instruments. During the late 1980s, Yamaha worked alongside Stanford University in the development of waveguide synthesis, using a combination of digital delay lines and filters to model the properties of acoustic instruments. The result was the release of the instrument in 1994, VL1, and the keyboard-less rack mount version (which I have), VL1-m

VL1 was primarily designed to be played using a breath controller, an electronic device you blow into to control sound settings. However I decided to use a small MIDI keyboard with great physical control output to create my interface with VL1-m. For example, I used the keys to select and trigger the locations and durations of notes, velocity, wheels and after-touch controllers to guide other parameters such as wind or pressure arc, damping, the absorption of certain frequencies, etc

VL1 also includes 3 high quality FX processors, various EQ modules, mixers, dynamic filters, resonators, exciters, and so it goes on. All in all, even though it is not easy to harness all this power by editing via its tiny screen, it was possible to create every element of this album from inside this small black box