Patchable 0016

When I was just a little kid, I was in complete awe when Luke, C3PO and R2D2 walked into Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina (Mos Eisley Cantina). Not yet having experienced a club atmosphere everything happening was unfamiliar and new. I was drawn to this smoky, alien filled remote watering hole where shady deals, boisterous gurgling laughter and the danger of a bar fight were all intertwined. The jaunty music seemed to glue everything together.

As I got older, and learned that dixieland music was not that alien at all, I found it more and more difficult to believe this was the sort of music that would be played here, in this raucous, dark and mysterious hangout. I often wonder, what would music sound like in an alien club?


For this Patchable, you are to create an original piece of music for what you think the Cantina Band should be playing. This challenge is fairly open to creative interpretation and execution. Just ensure that you are using modular synths as part of your process.



  1. Create an original piece of music. It does not have to be a complete track. Ideas are welcome.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0016 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0016
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Sunday June 21st.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.
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black dingus
i tried to make it somewhat whacky AND clubby but evidently i’m not good with clubby. anyways. it’s very simple — e352 and 208r are the only sound sources, er-301 and norns shield are processing. seq — er101/102 and 208’s 5 step.

Giacomo Fiore UTONAL SPACEPORT Three o_c hemisphere shift registers running in parallel, two outputting gates, and one quantized CV for 31-limit just intonation scale (but with only four notes). One stream of gates generates the rhythm, the other affects whether the “rhythm” register changes over time or locks up. Another random gate from Instruo Scion controls the probability of change for the melodic shift register. The piece consists of two melodic lines (high voice) in a tight canon (just a few clicks apart), accompanied by three-voice chords in utonal inversions of the melody (because aliens OBVIOUSLY prefer rational tunings). All voices… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Giacomo Fiore
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I didn’t Really set out with anything in mind here. But ended up with a soulful lament from the Cantina, late night.

This was fully generative, rolling from the Ornament and Crime in to the Qpas and Monsoon. Lots of intramodular patching, with some light editing.

Ethan James Startzman I choose to make groups of 5 rhythmically for this, because not everyone dances in 4. I also wanted something a little more like a modern listening bar, where it’s more downtempo and about relaxing. Patch notes: Stream 1: Two final outputs from Instruo CS-L to Befaco A*B+C for AM. Timbre and wavefolding are randomized by Frap Tools Sapèl. Oscillator 1 pitch controlled by 0-coast, and Oscillator 2 is receiving a 5 note sequence from Stillson Hammer. Befaco audio to Make Noise Optomix with Strike triggered from Stillson Hammer. Optomix Audio to X-Pan, with panning controlled by Intellijel Quadrax LFO being limited by a… Read more »

forestine I was thinking about how the musical choice is extra weird because, like, there were synthesizers in the ’70s! So I started with trying to get one of those PBS logo-y filter sweeps. Grandmother with fastish square wave and cutoff for filter from lfo about 2/3 of the way up Oscillator 1 at 32’ droning a low C Filter resonance turned up, noise turned up, Clep Bipolar into Cutoff In Smooth Random from Pamela’s New Workout in “lydian” into osc 2 at 2’ SQ-1 sequences Werkstatt with slide Werkstatt’s LFO in square wave modified by smooth random from Pam’s… Read more »