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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 12:15 pm    Post subject: Music preview - improv using bent instruments Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Maybe not an offical part of the electro-music 2005 event, but we are already making music. Joker Nies has been over here in the US for several weeks. He appeared at the Bent 2005 festival in New York last month. He's been staying with me for a few days and helping with preparations and such. We have been playing a bit together with some circuit bending improvised music. Attached to this post is a recording of some music we played last night.

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Joker is using a very special synth designed by Peter Blasser (see http://ciat-lonbarde.net/kittennettik/index.html ). It's called a Fources. It's an analog synth designed to be played like a bent circuit. There are many nodes for the performer to touch, as well as knobs and switches. This is the most exciting synthesizer I've seen in many years. Here's a closeup of Joker's Fources:

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I suspect Joker will talk a little about Peter Blasser's instruments at his talk during the event. He will be using it during his performance as well - reason enough in itself to come to the conference.

I was performing on a bent Suzuki Portachord, a very early Omnichord, perhaps the first Omnichord. I routed the Portachord though a special G2 patch (frequency shifter and compressor mainly) and Joker routed his signal through a Chaos Pad.

We played for hours. This recording has all of the usual MP3 encoding/decoding problems. Much of the edge is taken out because the transients are not reproduced very well. Still, you will get the idea.

We hope you enjoy listening.


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Improvisation on bent instruments

Howard Moscovitz and Joker Nies

Copyright 2005 by Howard Moscovitz and Joker Nies

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Sounds like fun. Cool

Somehow this piece conjures up an image in my head of a ball bouncing wildly around inside a pinball machine. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I like this alot.
I am pretty picky when it comes to some forms of music without a beat etc. Some of the high pitched stuff though I am not as fond of as the odd
phased almost ring modulated sounding stuff. I am not aware of this Bent circuit music stuff I will have to learn more. Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oh ok , I know what this bent circuit means now. This store here has some of these things I am interested in. Check the link if you want , they are old speak and spell toys! very cool.



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Bending stuff yourself is a great deal of fun, and it's not too hard. Look for these toys on EBay, garage sales, flea markets etc. Old battery powered radios are great bending candidates too.
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