Matrix Mirage was joined by his friend Lon for an hour long performance in the park. Their experimental style combines synths with ambient guitar in a surprisingly enjoyable way. I especially liked this combination in the jam that starts around 20:00. I'm frankly surprised a Karen didn't call in the cops to report a bomb threat.
Lon and I filmed our first completely battery powered jam session in the park recently. Here is the video of the performance. We used a Bluetti usb battery pack that has a 110 outlet for recharging laptops. It performs very well and actually had quite a bit of power left after we finished. I used Blocs Wave and Korg Gadget on my Ipad for backing tracks tracks that I sampled from my Moog Werkstatt, along with the rest of my Volcas and Bastle Kastle. Lon played his guitar through a Line 6 Pocket Pod and a delay pedal. We filmed everything on a Gopro Hero 7.
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Bram Bos released Gauss Field Looper, a collaboration with HAINBACH. The app is a playground of tape effects! Gauss Field Looper is packed full of sound design tools that let you explore the weird world of tape loops. You can warp the tape speed and direction, as well as overdub your recorded loops. You can even do weirder things with multiple instances of AUv3 layered up together.
Gauss Field Looper
Co-designed with Berlin-based electronic musician Hainbach, Gauss brings the oldschool tape-looping art form to mobile devices. This creative field looper works both standalone and as an Audio Unit effect plugin and puts the possibilities of using looped tapes in your hands. Without the need for scissors.
Like real tape loops Gauss takes you off the grid of your DAW: you can adjust tape speed and direction, even during recording. The flow of your loops will drift organically as the tape follows its own cyclical timeline.
Use overdub, or even multiple instances of the Audio Unit plugin, to create multi-layered ever changing sonic palettes.
We want this app to be a celebration of digital audio technology, so when audio quality is degraded it will do so in a pleasingly crunchy digital way. For example, recording on low tape speeds will give you longer recording time, but at the cost (or pleasure) of a distinctively lower recording quality. So Gauss mimics the behaviour - not the sound - of magnetic tape.
Set the length of the tape, record and overdub your audio, play around with tape speeds; Gauss captures the essence of two ends of tape stuck together in all its unsynchronised, free-running glory. There's even a unique built-in 4-step polyrhythmic sequencer for sequencing tape-speed changes.
- designed as a standalone field recorder and an Audio Unit effect plugin (AUv3) in one package
- universal app: plugin and standalone work on all iDevices, iOS11 and higher
- variable tape speed; seamlessly change direction and speed during playback or recording
- 4-step sequencer lets you trigger (polyrhythmic) tape-speed changes in sync with your host tempo
- variable inertia for the tape drive motors (from instant to very slow speed changes)
- built-in multi-mode filter with LFO modulation
- delay effect with optional host-sync mode
- “1989” mode uses a special 8 bit/11KHz tape head for a last-century vintage digital sound
- 45 seconds maximum loop size at 1x speed, proportionally longer at lower speeds (.e.g 90 seconds at half speed, etc.)
- overdub at any speed or tape direction
- plugin supports global cross-host preset handling (requires iOS13+, compatible AUv3 host)
All the samples were previously available. It includes the 10 samples from the Mechanical Musical Automatons, 5 original machine like samples I created with softsynths and 1 vocal sample from Memory Collection 09 - Sounds from Christmas past / Winter Holidays.
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