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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:17 pm    Post subject: The sound of electricity
Subject description: Wondering how to synthesize the sound of electricity.
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Anyone know how to synthesize the sound of electricity? The tesla coil sounding, vibrating, arcing sound? I've been wondering about this for years and never have produced any results worth noting. I'm specifically wanting a way to do it with basic, or modular synthesis. I would rather not have to build a soft synth to do it.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:47 pm    Post subject: Re: The sound of electricity
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BILDOZER wrote:
Anyone know how to synthesize the sound of electricity? The tesla coil sounding, vibrating, arcing sound? I've been wondering about this for years and never have produced any results worth noting. I'm specifically wanting a way to do it with basic, or modular synthesis. I would rather not have to build a soft synth to do it.


Here is one I did a while ago using the intro from "the terminator has returned'" by Snap as a reference.

If you have the free G2 demo you can load and tweak.

The basic tone is white noise mixed with 6KHz sine (-12dB) which is then ring modulated twice, first with a 600Hz sine then a 120Hz exponential sawtooth.
The tone is then chopped randomly for a stutter effect, then highpass and comb filtered.
A little reverb at the end.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

that's good!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: The sound of electricity
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g2ian wrote:
The tone is then chopped randomly


This not only is a very nice electricity sound IMO, but the chopper seems to be just right for random speech Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Now I have been teased and I want a G2. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ohh.. that's a really nice sounding one! Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

it scared my dog away Shocked


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Cute dog, looks a bit young, so maybe still easy to scare off Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Blue Hell wrote:
Cute dog, looks a bit young, so maybe still easy to scare off Very Happy


he's a three months old golden retriever Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:14 am    Post subject: Re: The sound of electricity
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BILDOZER wrote:
Anyone know how to synthesize the sound of electricity? The tesla coil sounding, vibrating, arcing sound? I've been wondering about this for years and never have produced any results worth noting. I'm specifically wanting a way to do it with basic, or modular synthesis. I would rather not have to build a soft synth to do it.


An Australian composer using electronics ( her name has something to do with Rose), once made recordings of electromagnetic fields using coils as transducers. The fields where caused by industrial things like computer chips or railway overhead cables.

The results are beautiful and typical of female ingenuity in electronic music.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: The sound of electricity
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Karel wrote:
An Australian composer using electronics ( her name has something to do with Rose), once made recordings of electromagnetic fields using coils as transducers. The fields where caused by industrial things like computer chips or railway overhead cables.


Would like to hear that, just spent a few hours Googling on it, but all I could find was just 'related'

A sound sample is on this page , search for 'coil' there.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

When Cleo (the Chow)Posted Image, might have been reduced in size. Click Image to view fullscreen. was a small pup, I put on a Mingus cd. It was live and began with Mingus introducing the song. She was in the room, looked up, barked, and ran out of the room. I had to find her, she was hiding. For a while, I carefully picked what to play.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

One day I was playing a CD in the room.
It was Indian Bamboo Flute (Bansuri) by Hariprasad Chaurasia in his classical indian concert.
My dog (a chi hua hua) stared at me if there were something wrong..
but I didn't know, I thought he wanted to pee
so I asked him if it's so, but he said 'no' ..

(hmm yeah my dog said no but not by speaking -_-")
and I couldn't figure out what he wanted.

then he came up with the idea of speaking what's on his mind.
He ran to the stereo
Stare at the music
and Ran back to me
and show this "I don't approve" look on his face.

I guessed my dog just showed me his music preference the first time.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Cleo actually loves it when I pull out the sitar. Lies at my feet and drifts into dreamland. Cleo and Munchkin (a cat - Ragdoll) critique my music regularly. If Munchkin starts pawing at me, it's good. When they leave the room, it's time to start over.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

both of my black labs used howl along when I played sax in the house.
It wasn't that I was a bad player, I think they just liked to be a part of the performance.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:
it scared my dog away Shocked


I am sure Ambientlive aka 4m33s aka Yorky would love this picture.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

According to the question: 4'' SAW waveform, 2 LFO's and a HPF on it?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

smokris and i exhibited an installation at an art show called "pure" which was in boston, and as one would expect with proximity to MIT there was a lot of electro-nerd-art-stuff. one sound-art "exhibit" was a device that allowed people to listen directly to electricity. i didn't get a chance to inspect it closely, but it was big headphones + wall plug. they were ungrounded too, so basically you were plugging your head into the wall current. (yeah i know. but nobody got fried, to my knowledge).

one of the pieces from ruori's set at EM05 was called 'sinusoidial' and it was about the sound of electricity as the 'universal ohm' (lol@pun).

anyway, i think synthesizing electricity is such an amazingly meta-post-electro-modern-whatever concept. this thread is sweet.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:
it scared my dog away Shocked


The notes where to high!!!!
Great sampling idea btw

ps.. cute dawg
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:18 am    Post subject: Re: The sound of electricity
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g2ian wrote:

Here is one I did a while ago using the intro from "the terminator has returned'" by Snap as a reference.

If you have the free G2 demo you can load and tweak.


Got inspired and made this simple noodle by adding two LFOs and tweaking the values a little bit. Keep the volume down...lot of hissing and popping. No variations.


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