Patchable 0007

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It is common knowledge that a great number of modular users suffer from Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  Sometimes it is about finding the modules that work for you but often it is driven by a need for the newest, coolest most baddass feature set available.  With the holidays fast approaching, it is a fine time to pause and remember what you have. Sure, there are plenty of Black Friday deals out there, but what if that neglected simple VCO you have could do more?

The Challenge

Get the most from a simple VCO possible.  Create a patch using only a single VCO as the only sound source and create as many voices as you can without multi-tracking.

Many simple VCOs offer multiple simultaneous wave outputs.  In this Patchable, you are encouraged to take full advantage of these.  Create bass, melody, percussion, and/or noise. Gate it all differently.  Mix waves, divide or multiply, filter, delay, frequency shift, chop them up or make them drone.  What you do with the waves after the VCO is entirely up to you and whatever you want to use. The VCO you use should really only have a single oscillator.  For example, STO, Spectrum, Dixie, VCOb

Some restrictions apply to this challenge:

  • The VCO you use should only have a single oscillator.
  • Do not use complex VCOs, this includes but is not limited to:
    • Modeling VCO (Plaits, Braids, Rings, etc)
    • Wavetable VCO (E352, Piston Honda, SWN, etc)
    • Dual, triple, quad or oct VCOs (DPO, Cs-L, Antiphon, etc)
    • Harmonic oscillators (Verbos HO, Stages, Odessa, etc)
    • Drum modules (no trig inputs, BIA, Fracture, etc)
  • Full voice VCOs are discouraged, but if you must, try to only use it in the manner of a single, simple VCO.  M32, 0-Coast are acceptable examples because there are single VCO.

Keep in mind, this is about getting the most from a simple VCO.  It is not meant to exclude those that do not have a simple VCO.  If you would like to participate but do not have a simple VCO, try your best to stick to the rules.  For example, if all you have is a DPO, use only one side of the DPO.

HOW TO PLAY

THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FROM NOV 23rd – Dec 6TH

  1. Create an original piece of music following the above challenge.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0007 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0007 (where “Spiral Vortex” is your song name).
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Friday December 6th.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.

Patchable 0006

For this Patchable you are challenged to create an extended feedback patch.  In its simplest form one could accomplish feedback by plugging a module output back into one of its inputs.  This creates a circular system in which there is no beginning or end. You can choose to do audio feedback or CV but you are encouraged to try both.  You are not limited to a singular feedback patch and could create an entire feedback network.

To get you inspired, one of the more popular feedback patches is the Krell patch.  This diagram illustrates the Krell patch in a very basic form.  The EOC from a looping AD triggers a random module, random voltages are sent back to both the attack and decay time of the AD.  This creates your main feedback loop.

The Challenge

Create a feedback patch using no less than 3 modules.  Feel free to extend this using several more modules or multiple feedback patches. You are not restricted from using other gear, but modular synths must be used.  

HOW TO PLAY

THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FROM NOV 9TH – NOV 22ND

  1. Create an original piece of music following the above challenge.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0006 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0006.
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Friday November 22nd.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.

Patchable 0005

Continuing our slow, off kilter shuffle toward the darkness of All Hallow’s Eve, for this patchable, you are compelled to draw upon the ominous energy and unresolved temperament of the tritone.  Pulling inspiration from classic horror films of the 70’s and 80s, create a track that uses the tritone in its gut wrenching deepness.

You are not restricted from using other gear, but modular synths must be used.  

HOW TO PLAY

THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FROM OCT 18th – OCT 31st

  1. Create an original piece of music following the above challenge.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0005 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0005.
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Thursday October 31st.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.

Patchable 0004

New York Modular Society is ready to release the hounds of hell during the October Patchable challenges. This month we cast spells and chant dark incantations to call forth shadows and demons.  

For this patchable you must create one sound that represents the zombies. Then build a track around the zombie sound that invokes the sensation of dread and doom from a zombie apocalypse.

You are not restricted from using other gear, but modular synths must be used.  Employ the dark art of sonic manipulation to strike fear into the minds of listeners.

HOW TO PLAY

THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FROM OCT 3rd – OCT 14TH

  1. Create an original piece of music following the above challenge.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0004 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0004.
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Monday October 14th.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.

LISTEN TO THE PATCHABLES

Patchable 0003

Autumnal Equinox

The third installment of Patchable coincidentally aligns with the beginning of Fall, the third season of the year. To celebrate fall, your challenge is to compose a track that primarily use threes.  This means 3, 6, 9 or 12 step sequences.  Triads, tritones and triplets are encouraged. Three chord progressions are welcomed.  Three oscillator synths are adored. 

 In NYMS usual fashion, you are not restricted from other tactics, strategies or equipment.  However, modular synths must be used.  The use of threes should be obvious to the listener.

HOW TO PLAY

THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FROM SEP 19TH – SEPT 30TH

  1. Create an original piece of music following the above challenge.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-003 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0003.
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Monday September 30th.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.

LISTEN TO THE Patchables

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

HOW TO PLAY

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.

LISTEN TO the results

Patchable 0001

3 Module Challenge

New York Modular Society is excited to start off Patchable with a standard. The 3 module challenge! The rules are simple, you can use any three modules you want, no restrictions. Output modules do not count. If you want to use a sequencer, a full voice module and something else that is totally cool! Or get crazy with a random,VCA and delay module. The choice is yours. Get patching!

HOW TO PLAY

This Patchable runs from Aug 25th – Sep 2nd

  1. Create an original piece of music following the above challenge.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0001 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0001.
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day September 2nd.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.

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