Patchable 0002

Underwater Evolution

What would music sound like if humans evolved underwater? Answer this question by making a track using any tools at your disposal. The one rule is that modular synths must be included. Feel free to share your process in the comments. We would love to hear how each of you interprets this idea.

This new Patchable was submitted by @mrwilliam


THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FROM Sep 5th – sept 16th

  1. Create an original piece of music following the above challenge.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-002 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0002.
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day September 16th.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.

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Evolving underwater, How would we communicate and speak across the lonely vastness of the sea? A lonely siren sings her song to you. So recording this, I’ve had a Make Noise Mimeophon and a Mutable Instruments Clouds clone realistically for all of 20 minutes and I’m not quite sure how either work yet! Clock Chain: My DAW, (Cubase) is sending clock to a Korg SQ1 which is sending clock to a Pittsburgh KB-1 Controller. Clock out of that is going to CV bus on the Make Noise case and providing clock to the Pittsburgh SV-1 and to a clock divider.… Read more »


For this track, I envisioned how we currently navigate underwater, and if humans who had evolved to live underwater would view the pings, and bips and boops, as music. This track is all modular: Clock: Pamela’s, out to Varigate 8+ to control rhythm. The sub-bass is SARA, pitch controlled by the ADM06, which is controlled by the trigger out, on the PGH Envelope. The envelope also controls VCA, giving the track its beat. The clack (snare) sound is a triggered Rings, with both odd and even outputs going to the JOVE, to create the muted, snare-like sound. The repeated, almost-submarine-ping… Read more »


Like the challenge! I’m a fan of the disquiet junto projects, glad to see more doing this format. Often thought about how sea creatures hear differently. I’ve been told sound moves faster in water, maybe why whales can recognize each others calls from hundreds of miles away.. crazy Anyway I was thinking about layering watery textures with this one. Some drones w/ wave of texture over them. Thats it. Started recording a couple layers of guitar using an ebow, then filtering w/ sisters. Some sampled percussion sequenced w pam’s. Sine wav w/ feedback on the er301 sequenced in ableton. This… Read more »


I always had a fear of drowning, so this was a reaction to that. How sounds and ambience would take over, and the uneasiness of whatever may be out there. I was going for the atmosphere of submergence which played throughout. Other textures played throughout are a loose interpretation of underwater activities/things/living creatures. I attempted to incorporate some subtle melody to give the ocean it’s own voice, which otherwise seems vast, mysterious, and sometimes menacing.

forestine Second patchable for Repatch! This is hard to make patch notes for, but the tl;dr is it’s a pitch shifter/spring reverb feedback loop, plus some other stuff. pitch from md – blade wave is modulated by timbre wave, modulated by clep diaz and eg release mix out from vca into monsoon, which is in pitch shifter mode monsoon outputs multed with mutes into both my mixer and into spring reverb in and noise in of grandmother triangle from werkstatt into monsoon stereo input pam’s into trig in, feedback in, reverb in, density, freeze werkstatt doing a quick filter sweep… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by forestine
Ethan James Startzman

this was really cool!

Ethan James Startzman This is a live eurorack modular synth jam for the second challenge of this month’s New York Modular Society Patchables. The first voice stream is two channels of an Instruo CS-L into an Optomix, with the strike controlled by two channels of Make Noise Maths in Cycle mode. The second stream is an Erbeverb feeding back on itself, and later I use an Intellijel Quadrax in burst mode to gate each channel. The third stream is a Serge NTO being controlled by a Stillson Hammer sequencer into a Serge VQVCF and into an Echophon. I’m controlling the tempo of this stream from a… Read more »