Patchable 0010

Feeling inspired can often be challenging. It is not uncommon to be up against a wall and unable to see a way around. Creativity like a river, can flow when rain is plentiful, or dry up into cracked mud and dust in a drought.  For this Patchable we are challenged to draw inspiration from other sources.  Specifically from this photograph, taken by Will Ellis for his book Abandoned NYC.  What do you see and what would it sound like? 



Place this photograph in sight while you patch. Use the photo to inspire your creative process. Interpret what you see and feel, then create a track that transforms your ideas into sound.



  1. Create an original piece of music. It does not have to be a complete track. Ideas are welcome.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0010 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0010
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Saturday February 1st.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.
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Its my first generative patch. Be gentle! ~~Patch Notes~~ EXTENSIVE use of the Make Noise Wogglebug in this one. Master clock is provided by the Malekko Varigate 4+ Sine wave from oscillator 2 of the Pittsburgh was droning and being mixed with the noise out on the Wogglebug. Sine from oscillator 1 of the SV1 was going to channel A of the Random*Source Dual Wasp filter. and the sine wave oscillator mode of channel one of Mutable Instruments Warps was going to Channel B. These are both being mixed with a Doepfer a-135-2 VCA/Mixer and going through the… Read more »


Pretty stoked on this one! Here are my notes: So it’s primarily a sequence on the Varigate 8+ controlling a kit on the Squid Salmple. Running that into the Black Hole DSP. The main voice is the QuBit Chord, being sequenced by the Rene. Splittling the signal between the Milky Way (not sure which mode), which is being modulated by a random sequence on the Voltage Block, and the Mimeophon. The Voicing CV on the Chord is being modulated by a very slow envelope on the Zadar. The whole thing is going into a Doepfer vca, then being triggered… Read more »


Had a lot of fun doing this. Patch Notes: The photograph screams cavernous reverb, so I have a short sequence from the BIA going into the Milky Way plate reverb. This sequence remains relatively constant, with changes to the fold and morph parameters interspersed throughout. The FM sounds coming in about 1/3 of the way through are from a self modulating Rubicon. The saw output is going into the Viol Ruina low pass filter and a slow LFO from PNW is modulating the cutoff frequency. Later in the patch, the LFO frequency is increased, creating a classic sounding bass… Read more »

black dingus

my first patchable:
it is mostly Ciat Lonbarde Plumbutter + Buchla 208r rev. 1 jam.
it also employs the ER-301 playing a tape loop i recently made.

PeriodicResonance Great tracks. I like what people have been doing for this challenge. Some have a similar vibe to what I was aiming for. This is my first ever modular track (just unstructured noodling before this). I also just bought a Buchla Skylab a week or two ago and this is my first attempt at creating something with it. This was meant to evoke the open, partly obscured by shadows spaces of an abandoned subway track with drips of water nearby. I intentionally did not want a rhythmic piece and wanted a more ‘organic’ sound, although I will try something… Read more »

Midi piano controlled from the Genoqs Octopus Sequencer. Drones and Shimmering synths via the Buchla synthesizer – Digital Resonator from 1979 and 296e through Stereo Microsound Processor.

Ethan James Startzman My piece is called “Echoes”, and it both scores the emptiness and echoes of the current photo with the echoes of the past, when trains were busy flying through the tunnels and workers were maintaining the tracks. Lots of machinery sounds meeting with echoing ambience. Patch notes: Stream 1: Instruo CS-L Oscillator one with no pitch modulation into Befaco A*B+C into Optomix. AM modulation is coming from a 5 step sequence in Stillson Hammer controlling Oscillator 2, which goes into the A*B+C as well. The Optomix levels are controlled by a combination of an LFO from Quadrax and an envelope from Maths being… Read more »

forestine I went from ghost train to maybe a purple worm interrupting an underground circus. This is probably not what you want to hear in that tunnel. First I started with Grandmother’s Noise being lfo’d with a sine. Creepy melody Primary Oscillator sine into VCA with an envelope from Erica VC EG (envelope rather than gate gives it some periodic repeating dings depending on where I have it set), then sent into SEM filter which creates a bell-like sound. Didn’t think you could ping this filter, but it does something! Mimetic Digitalis, with a weird Pam’s clock (as usual) is… Read more »