Oscilloscapes 2 performance videos 14 May 2016

Musgrove Barrett @ Oscilloscapes II - pic by Bryan Spencer
Musgrove Barrett @ Oscilloscapes II – pic by Bryan Spencer

Here be Musgrove Barrett gamely struggling against inebriation to present improvised electronic soundscapes for Oscilloscopes II gig at Alchemix.  Thanks to Tim Roberts for filming and Marly Lüske for recording the evening.

We aren’t very interesting to watch so you might want to download the audio below.

Matthew and Tim’s improvisation in particular sounds great in the room.

I’m using the Push 2 / Live 9.6 to control and process the Nord Modular and Roland System-1m which I’m running through the MOTU Ultralite and out to the mixer. I’ve got a Surreal Machines Magnetic running after the NM and a copy of Effekthascher after the Sys-1m.   I’m also occasionally running samples through Madrona Labs Virta and Diffuse.

I then have the Aira FX on send/return with the following patch in the Scooper.

Random Scatter Scooper patch
Random Scatter Scooper patch

It randomly scatters the input based on QuadLFO input before routing it through the Demora delay.  It also pushes out some random LFO triggers which are sent to the Sys-1m.

Joe has MS-20 software on a laptop with a Korg Volca sample, Casio SK-1, Monotron and some tapes/walkmans.

It’s pretty messy but certainly makes me keen to spend some more time in the studio making weird sounds.

This is turning into a nice little performance series.  Thanks to Lindsay Crawford for organising it and all the people that came along.

Oscilloscapes audience from stage
Oscilloscapes audience from stage

Oscilloscapes II: duets

The second edition of Oscillo Scape is on this weekend.  A number of duets are occurring including a myself as part of Musgrove Barrett.


We’ve done some rehearsing for the gig and here are two excerpts that probably won’t give an adequate idea of what we will sound like.

Since that rehearsal I’ve been working to streamline some things including setting up patches on the Nord and System1m and fine tuning the Live setup as i’m actually running audio through this time.

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Helping immensely is PrEditor from Sigabort / Isotonik.

With it I can customise the Push device display to only show controls I choose and reorganise them more logically.  Less aimless clicking through banks FTW!

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If you’re in Brisbane, Australia and like synth nerdery please come.

Free entry and BYO!

May is when the weather gets nice…

… yet i’m predominantly stuck inside marking.

tiny violin drops

Still managing to get some creation done thanks to a setup that doesn’t need reconfiguring every other day.

I’ve two tracks completed already – this is one of them though the final mix is quite different due to to an unintentional fuck-up. I didn’t remember Reaktor ensembles don’t save their individual settings within Tracktion 7 (or perhaps any DAW).

So the crunchy overcompressed percussion is replaced with a more Throbbing Gristle Heathen Earth kinda sound.  I should mention that in both cases I’ve made good use of a nice new(ish) FSU multi-effect.


Effekthascher from Aggregati Musika is a nicely priced ensemble that compares well to plugins like Turnado and Excalibur.  It is not as deep but more immediate than the latter and less prone to irritating robotic resynthesis and glitchy sameness like the former.   It works with Reaktor 5 and 6 and I can see myself using it quite a lot in the studio and improvisations once I work out the best combination of the 90 FX to save.

For me one of the best things is that it is one of the few ensembles with parameters that show up on the Push2 in a sensible – usable manner.  It’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been using Blocks as much as I could – the inability to properly assign controls – even using the Compress ID function – means they are only really usable with interfaces that send CC.  This is something I can solve with Max for Live but still…

Tracktion Compare

Tracktion 7 by the way has come good for me.  If you expand the images above you will see default (left) and low contrast (right) setting. I’m sure most of you will prefer the default however in my studio with my specific monitor it hurts my eyes using it for more 10mins.  I’ve found it less problematic on the Macbook Air but i’m clearly not the only one as numerous cranky voices cried out in anger and were suddenly silenced by the developers responding that “it’s not currently a priority”.

Tracktion 6 default

Given that Tracktion 6 looks like above it’s a dramatic change – however the more powerful plugin routing is what brings me to this newer version.  The image below shows two tracks being routed through the Melda MMorph plugin.  If I can use it without a headache that is another bonus.

T7 Plugin