Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
 

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December 27, 2016

Groove Experiments...

by Chris Randall
 



During the course of testing products, I often end up with more-or-less full patches. It is important to test everything in context; you can't just listen to something by itself and expect to just know how it sits in a mix. This is especially important for effects, as they generally end up far too thick for normal production if you don't test them in a song while you're developing.

Our next product is a Eurorack hardware version of our Eos plugin, and during the course of development, I built up a patch with several different sound sources; this morning, I was like "oh, that's almost music right there" and popped out a quick video. This, like most of my modular improvs, doesn't have much of an arrangement, but I kind of liked the feel of it. These sorts of pieces of music are not created with the intent of having a finished song, but rather to test something, and thus they tend to not have much Song to them. But if you know that going in, I think they turn out okay.

As is usual for me, everything is sequenced from Sequencer 1 and White Whale. The bass is coming from the WMD/SSF voice; the melody line is Noise Engineering LI -> our own analog filter prototype. The drums are Boomtschak x 2 and Neuron x 2, and the effects are the usual gaggle. The chord drone and found-sound voice are coming off the 4-track cassette, like normal. In short, nothing in this video you haven't seen a dozen times already in my stuff, but I think it's probably a fun insight in to my workday.

 
August 14, 2016

Tech Time No. 006: Fun With Contact Mics...

by Chris Randall
 



Part of the problem with having been in this business so long is that some of this stuff seems really self-evident to me. Someone in one of the Facebook groups I follow asked about this contact mic shit, and several others chimed in to say "yeah, that'd be dope!" and I happily complied. The problem is that I don't know how basic to make it.

I think I struck a happy medium here between showing the basic techniques and showing some stuff that more advanced users might find interesting. I'll let you be the judge. Let me know in the comments.

 
July 23, 2016

Full Of Techno: Push 2 And Simpler...

by Chris Randall
 



This week's Tech Time is a more sophisticated version of something I touched on in the last Push 2 / Modular video, making polysynth patches from a mono analog. I show my whole workflow, from initial sample to laying it in the mix.

The channel is starting to get a little momentum; I'll do my Cranky Old Man video on Sunday.

 
July 16, 2016

AI Weekly No. 003 - Battery Acid...

by Chris Randall
 



Super busy this week shipping the restock of Sequencer 1, the initial stock of Shapes, and generally moving cardboard around my living room. So just a shorty.

Note that I will be in PDX on August 6th at 2:30pm at Control Voltage, along with Scott Jeager of Industrial Music Electronics. Facebook event page is here.

 
July 3, 2016

Tech_Time No. 001: Tape looping with a Nagra III...

by Chris Randall
 



Someone asked in the comments of the last video if I could do a quick demo of how I loop with a Nagra III, and I wanted to do a second weekly that was just anachronistic tech shit, so the stars aligned. Here's a video about how I make tape loops with my Nagra IIII deck.
 

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