Archive for January, 2017

Egregoros recorded January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017

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Christos Koulendros – all things modular
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
with
Rick Breault – field recordings

This session focused on samples, Rick Breault brings his field recordings, Christos his Radio Music and Phonogene modules.

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Painting #2883

January 31, 2017

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painting #2883

Gigs January, 2017

January 31, 2017

January 3 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz (or bag of llamas), sampler
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

Second Sunday Sound and Sculpture Series No3
January 8 at Boston Sculptors Gallery, Cambridge MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz (or bag of llamas), Sidrazzi, sampler
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
with
Id M Theft Able, Victor Mooney

January 8 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Andrea West – movement
Emilio Gonzalez, Christos Koulendros, Steve Norton, Matt Samolis, Walter Wright – sound
Theresa deCosta – witness

January 10 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular, audio mix
Walter Wright – AVSynth, video mix
Rehearsing for Film Score Festival, all welcome!

Live Film Score Festival
January 14 at AS220, Providence RI
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular, audio mix
Walter Wright – AVSynth, video mix

January 15 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Ofri Rieger, Charlotte Wagner, Andrea West – movement
David Kontak, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound
Mary Ann Kearns – witness

January 17 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things analog, samples
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

January 22 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Ofri Rieger, Charlotte Wagner – movement
Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

January 24 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Shynth, Sidrazzi, mixer
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

January 29 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Charlotte Wagner- movement
Pat Carr, David Kontak, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

January 31 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things analog, samples
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
with
Rick Breault – samples
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

w2 recorded January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

20170130_avsynthmicroSynth, audio only

20170130_patchPatch

As noted in the previous post, an unfortunate accident proves fortunate, a blown power supply forces me to go ‘micro.’ The two rack system is died, for the moment, but in it’s place the microSynth, audio only.

Despite, the paucity of modules, a cornucopia of sound(s)!

Mr Grassi’s outputs are patched into the SWOOP bounds inputs, FOURSES bounds inputs, and SPROTT control inputs. SWOOP outputs are patched into a FOURSES bounce input, and a SPROTT control input. The four FOURSES outputs are patched to the four SPROTT inputs. SPROTT bandpass out and chaos out go to the mixer.

I recorded two tracks, both with the same patch, mixed in Audacity.

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AVSynth: Phase 3 continued

January 30, 2017

I’ve played with the two rack system, phase 3, since Summer 2016. Bulky, a lot to carry in and out the venue. I took it on tour with Elka Bong, ‘breaking it in.’ I used a single contact mic and Doepfer Ext In/Envelope Follower as my “touch-controller.” After the tour, I switched out the Doepfer module, replaced it with 3 Mikrophonie modules. Definitely, more control.

However, I still had the feeling that I wasn’t getting all the sounds from my PeterB modules, I had a bunch – (2) SWOOPs, (2) FOURSEs, (2) SPROTTs, and a DENUM. Additional Mikrophonie modules were an option, but they were unavailable, sold out.

Then I notice that PeterB’s Mr GRASSI module, available for Eurorack. I ordered one. When it arrived I installed it, turned on the power, and the system died. Turns out the red band on the power cable was on the opposite end of the connector. I had connected +12V to the -12V bus. I had blown a fuse. So much for “unkeyed” bus connectors!

Initially depressed, years of work and all that! The blown fuse, unmarked, was soldered into the power supply board, and the power supply, over 20 years old, was no longer available!

Were my modules OK?

I emailed Christos, he arrived an hour or so later with a 48hp powered case. My modules, including Mr GRASSI were OK. I assembled a microSynth, audio only, using – (1) Mr GRASSI, (1) SWOOP, (1) FOURSES, and (1) SPROTT.

20170130_avsynthmicroSynth, audio only

I patched up the microSynth, plugged into the PA. Instantly ‘blown away, where had all those sound been hiding? Sometimes a setback, instead, opens up new possibilities. I planned on replacing the rack, wondered about downsizing the system. So here it is, AVSynth Phase 4 in a single 104hp rack –

avsynthnew_104hpAVSynth Phase 4

Left to right – (1) 4ms Power Supply, (1) Jones’ Sync Stripper, (1) Ardcore, (1) multiple, (1) Mikrophonie, (1) Mr GRASSI, (3) multiples, (1) SWOOP, (1) FOURSES, (1) SPROTT, (1) Jones’ MVIP.

Painting #2282

January 30, 2017

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painting #2882

Painting #2881

January 29, 2017

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painting #2881

Painting #2880

January 28, 2017

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painting #2880

Painting #2879

January 27, 2017

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painting #2879

Painting #2878

January 26, 2017

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painting #2878