Videos of Leafcutter John OXYO set

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 | Building Things, Electronics, Live Shows, Max/MSP, video | No Comments

New Leafcutter John music and Gig at London XOYO

Well I’m currently working in a forest in an undisclosed country working on the new version of my light controlled instrument – this time the wax splattered cardboard gives way to clear acrylic for a slightly more professional appearance.

out with the old

in with the new.

I’m looking forward to playing some new music with this at BEAM@NIME 1st JULY AT XOYO LONDON- info and your tickets here!

I’m also making a record, yes it’s been a long while but I’ve been hard at work trying to make sounds that I’ve never made before and put them together is totally new ways for me. I’m making a lot of software at the moment to explore a new compositional technique which essentially weaves sounds together in different ways. Here is a little portal into the technique…

More exciting developments for you coming up soon….

 

Playing with a beta Music Thing Modular Mikrophonie

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 | Modular Synth, Music!, video | No Comments

A simple contact microphone and amp in a modular format. Simple but inspiring! Not sure when it will be released yet but keep an eye on http://www.musicthing.co.uk/

 

Simple Number Sorting in Max/MSP

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 | Max/MSP, video | No Comments

Here is the patch:

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Using a ‘Finger Vibrator’ To create sounds for Adriana Lara’s film

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 | Electronics, Max/MSP, video | No Comments

One self patched Doepfer A-143-4 LFO makes beautiful sounds.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 | Electronics, Modular Synth, Music!, video | No Comments

Sometimes the simple things are the best.

New Leafcutter John Mix for Kit Records/NTS radio.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 | Music!, Radio | No Comments

I’m really proud to have completed a mix for Kit Records who have a show on NTS radio. A very diverse playlist including: Harold Faltermeyer, Ivor Cutler, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty,0.00-2.16 Axel F, Harold Faltermeyer, Bernard Parmegiani, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Palace Music, & Autechre + lots of weird morphing of sounds and finally a new track from me.

You can stream the mix HERE and read the mix notes.

J x.

Saturday March 15th – Modular Synth Concert.

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Live Shows, Modular Synth | No Comments

Hack your MiniBrute into a Modular MEGABRUTE!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 | Building Things, Electronics, Modular Synth, Music! | No Comments

MEGA!

The MiniBrute (MB) is an affordable analogue mono-synth which offers several Control Voltages (CVs) for use with modular synth systems. As standard you get:

Pitch out

Gate out

Gate in

Amp in

Filter in

Pitch in

Main audio out

Headphone out

Audio in

Midi in

Midi out

This is amazing for a synth of this price but inside the MB lurk many more useful CVs! Opening up the synth you will see there are many test points, these are all numbered and will make the task of modifying your MB a piece of cake.

I spent the last week poking around with a osciloscope and discovered lots of useful CV signals and waveforms just waiting to zip in to a modular system. Here is what i found:

Power (small board middle, ground main board lower left)

PT742 +12v

PT743 -12v

PT720 / PT 605 3.3v

PT175 Ground – there are loads of ground points to choose from, try and stick with one though.

Envelopes (large board upper left)

PT105 Filter Envelope

PT112 Volume Envelope

LFOs (large board lower middle – these all respond to tempo and are MIDI beatclockable!)

PT59 Random Steps

PT58 Smooth Steps

PT35 Sine

PT32 Triangle

PT34 Saw

PT33 Square

Oscillators (large board mid right – respond to pitch)

PT13 Square

PT158 Sub (square or sine as selected on MB panel)

PT22 Triangle (+metaliser if activated)

PT19 Triangle (clean)

PT20 Saw (the modulating wave for this is PT65)

PT57 Noise

PT151 some kind of folded triangle ( |\/|/\| )

Clocks (large board bottom left)

PT136 Clock out

PT145 Clock in (see special tap emulation circuit)

Modulation (small board bottom right)

PT656 After Touch

PT655 Mod Wheel

PT654 Pitch Bend

there is a thread about the mods on Muffwiggler

And I’ve uploaded fairly comprehensive mod instructions here MegaBrute Leafcutter Mods 03.pdf

Have Fun!

 

Slow motion footage showing what happens when you play a glass filled with water….

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | video | No Comments

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