I’ve played it a lot in loop mode as background to Zen out during work. It is also great to fall asleep to - I loop it for 4 plays when my wife and I go to bed. I’ve always been able to fall asleep to music, but if it does not shut off, then inevitably it wakes me up later in the night.
Very cool - thanks! I had never heard their music, but I like it! It also plays beautifully with some flute improvisation. I searched out some more examples, and enjoyed them all.
Here is the result of my first experiment with the fixed rack for this year’s Day of the Dead contest. It only uses two uOpulus and a self oscillating Lateralus as noise sources, and a fairly limited amount of modulation. But I really like the atmosphere.
I’ve never used any of the Geodesics collection except for Fate in last year’s contest. And I haven’t used the Vult uOpulus or Flux either. So this is a massive learning curve for me. There is so much more to explore!
I may never get a patch I feel is worthy to submit to the competition, but this is fun and educational either way.
I’m not making the patch available for now. If anyone wants it, I can upload it after the contest is over.
This conceptually simple piece is composed entirely from the first 8 partials of the harmonic series, rooted in D. The inspiration for the patch came from this post:
My patch has four voices. The first three simply fade in/out from one partial to the next, never playing more than two partials at a time. Each droning voice moves back and forth through the three octave series at different rates:
Triangle wave, rooted in D2, at the fastest master tempo
Square wave at 1/4 speed, with pulse width modulation, also rooted in D2
Complex voice at 1/12 speed, with three components
Triangle wave rooted in D2
Saw wave rooted in D1
Saw wave D1 drone
The fourth bell voice (sine) rings out at random times, randomly selecting pitches from the 8 note series rooted in D4.
Here is a 1/2 hour drone-scape showing the patch in action:
The name of the piece stems from a comment made during this live virtual open mic performance where I improvise with flutes and voice alongside the patch.
As shown, pressing either Alt key will toggle the lights on and off as long as VCV Rack has the focus. The lights will fade in over 1 second, and fade out over 10 seconds.
My setup was more complex, using multiple Count Modula Countdown timers, plus a Submarine NOT gate module, plus Stoermelder uMap, etc. to automate my entire recording sequence, all offscreen. The only visual evidence is the cable patched to the Recorder Gate input.
It takes a bit of setup and finagling each time the patch is loaded, but a single press of the Alt key would:
Start recording & fade both audio and record volumes in over 4 seconds
At 30 seconds fade the lights out over 10 seconds
At 29:50 fade both volumes off over 10 seconds
At 30:02 stop recording and fade the lights back in over 1 second
I did not include that setup in the patch on Patch Storage
oh, I get it. But you would only need 2 chebys, one at each of two root octaves. You can modulate the harmonics any way you like, at as many rates as you want. If I were still making modules I would be happy to incorporate your feedback, as I did with the ill-fated Harmony module. but, so it goes…