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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:38 am

Neo 1.0 the first prototype

To celebrate my landmark 14,000th post here on the SOS Forums, here's an inspirational and in my opinion very beautiful sequencer creation by talented designer Lola Gielen.

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"After years of fruitless effort to become a musician, I almost gave up. But then I decided instead of trying to master an instrument, I would make an instrument that needed neither years of practice nor any talent to play.

Neo's base is a circular matrix. On the rows of Neo’s base you can put down marbles and the Neo loops over them as pins on a barrel organ. Next to the base there is a collection of external sensory modules that influence the sound, the speed of the loop or make their own sounds.

For Neo you don't need rhythm, perfect pitch or years of practice, Just play."

The proof of the pudding as they say...

Watch the short video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4EkVehm48M


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Arpangel » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:44 pm

Martin Walker wrote:Neo 1.0 the first prototype

To celebrate my landmark 14,000th post here on the SOS Forums, here's an inspirational and in my opinion very beautiful sequencer creation by talented designer Lola Gielen.

Neo.jpg


"After years of fruitless effort to become a musician, I almost gave up. But then I decided instead of trying to master an instrument, I would make an instrument that needed neither years of practice nor any talent to play.

Neo's base is a circular matrix. On the rows of Neo’s base you can put down marbles and the Neo loops over them as pins on a barrel organ. Next to the base there is a collection of external sensory modules that influence the sound, the speed of the loop or make their own sounds.

For Neo you don't need rhythm, perfect pitch or years of practice, Just play."

The proof of the pudding as they say...

Watch the short video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4EkVehm48M


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This reminds me in an oblique way of the Buchla Arbitary Function Generator.
But a bit easier to use!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:56 pm

Reminds me a bit of the video you posted recently about the chap who makes new instruments - because there is no 'way' to play them, anybody can. :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:14 pm

Gordon Monahan - Speaker Swinging

Time to top up your inspiration with some new sounds methinks:

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"First performed in 1982, this piece uses 9 sine/square wave oscillators broadcast over 3 loudspeakers that are swung in circles by 3 performers. This video was produced in 1987 and is edited to just over 7 minutes, while a live performance of the piece lasts approximately 25 minutes. For more information visit http://www.gordonmonahan.com"

Now watch the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... elDUry0_eo

Radical! :shock: 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:37 pm

I remember Gordon mentioning how an audience member suddenly decided to leave mid-performance while the speakers were swinging above the audience.
He stood up right in the path of an approaching speaker. I don’t think the speaker was damaged. :headbang:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:50 pm

Ouch! I'm almost surprised that health and safety regulations didn't kick in to insist that the swinging loudspeakers must never be swung anywhere near the audience :headbang:

Have you seen any of Gordon's performances yourself then MFG?


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:30 pm

A few. He lives a half hour away and every summer hosts the Electric Eclectics festival on their farm. An outdoor event presenting the interestingly experimental to the really out there experimental all performed live and loud! Great fun. Gordon likes to dress in his best vintage polyester attire for that weekend. He rarely performs his works but is happy to jump in on keys or guitar if the mood strikes.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:50 pm

MAGLEVDRUMMER

I do so enjoy DIY instruments, especially when they are as delightfully 'Heath Robinson' as this "Magnetically levitated random drummer thing made with elastic bands satee prikkers and golf karton"

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Now watch it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pbH-2E ... e=youtu.be


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:56 pm

I particularly like the wood sounds! :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby N i g e l » Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:00 pm

A cheerful little dity for Christmas

Hyperbubble - "A Synthesizer for Christmas"

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