hiya, new round here
something about modular always reminds me of the old ballerina wind-up music boxes i remember from childhood
when i grew up, i had these old synthesizer tapes, old classics, i think it was like Jean-Michel Jarre and stuff like that, I didnt really know at the time. But I always loved the sound of the synthesizer. It sounded like the future!
when i grew up though it was more bass drums and guitar through the grunge era, but once i went to college i discovered the world of electronic music. firstly through tangerine dream and autechre, then into the more esoteric labels like mego, touch, and insine. i had two really great friends that introduced me to a lot of stuff. started using cool edit pro, and ableton around 2004.
i ended up studying sound art, and video art, but mostly i processed the guitar, which i did for years. i kinda happened by synthesis in a guitar shop in new york once. i was looking for a guitar pedal, something i could add to my live setup, and i was trying out a bunch of things, when i came across the critter and guitari pocket piano just chilling on the counter. i played with it a bit and had so much fun i bought it right there and then!
about half a year later i was looking to get a ‘proper’ synth, and being super into portability found the OP-1. I dunno, but at the time this thing kinda blew my mind, i bought it straight away and had fun with it for many years. but it never felt ‘mature’ to me. i had even been researching shuthri and anushri at this time though never took the plunge. that was when i came across elektron. i bought a rytm and a4 together and sold the op-1. it was a great love affair for a while, along with push, and later the octatrack fro a short while, it all became a bit much and i sold the lot before moving to a different city.
this last year or so i had a digitone for a while but sold it, probably shouldnt have cos i really like it, i might actually re-buy it. but then ended up with a digitakt for a show that wasnt long ago. im tempted to get a digitone again.
but a part of me is sort of tired of the elektron sequencer. i love overbridge, so its possible to hook it up to Live for expanded duties. but in the end I love synthesis more than sampling.
i’ve been pondering modular for a good few years, i have lots of friends that use it and i’ve been around it, but the cost has always made me stay away. i’ve even been to a bunch of workshops and things and had little sessions where i can. i discovered VCV recently and its so great to be able to try the mutable instruments stuff there. i think i kinda discovered lightbath around this time. i love the music by r beny and emily sprague ann annie and these types of artists. so i kind ahave this desire to just build up a little mutable instrument like what lightbath did in the loom series.
so i’ve just been toying around with VCV and trying out the plaits and rings modules which seem great. part of me feels like its a gateway drug to real bonafide physical modules, but in all reality im not in a financial position to go down that path just yet. im enjoying downloading all the manuals and watching divkids videos. i ordered the patch and tweak book to read more about modular.
its hard for me to put into words, but theres something about modular im attracted to, im not totally sure what it is. in contrast to something like the elektron sequencer, i like the idea of a sort of global variable system, rather than something thats fixed and needs to be altered on a per step basis. i quite liked the Tombola sequencer on the OP-1, it’s that kind’ve thing i’m interested in and I think modular can provide.
anyway enough rambling! cheerio for now