oddTimes is an advanced phrasing device.
It allows immediate and intuitive creation of musical phrases with non-trivial time divisions on top of incoming clock reference.
Or to explain the same simply: it is an eight step sequencer, where timing is as flexible as the control voltage.
Eight energy values can be freely arranged in a timely progression using eight corresponding time faders. In various modes of operation the time faders act differently, inviting playful experimentation as well as precise articulation of sequenced musical events.
oddTimes offers two control voltage outputs and two gate outputs, which allows using it as a standard sequencer.
With addition of control voltage input, which can be processed by each step and extensive interpolation possibilities, oddTimes becomes an extremely capable function generator or even sequenced signal processor.
Rhythmic information can be easily assigned to both of the gate outputs.
The exact way how these behave depends strongly on the current mode of operation, but it is always possible to repeat gate pulses up to eight times, and to adjust gate length settings per output.
Our intention here is to provide as much variation but as well precision with limited number of controls as possible. Therefore all the information concerning oddTimes operation is visible at a glance on its surface, encoded in rainbow light colors.
oddTimes is currently under development funded by Austria Wirtschaft Service.
landscapes is a musical pattern generator. It invites you to literally evolve musical structures out of either random sequences or musical data you tap into the device.
The idea of control is questioned here – instead of setting notes one by one, you rather listen, crossbreed, allow mutation, listen again…
once the machine comes up with a sequences you like, you can store them, so that they become ‘parents’ for the next iteration.
By default, landscapes initializes with 64 random patterns, each one of 128 steps on 4 cv and gate channels.
You can browse them using the bottom fader.
Two uppermost faders allow you to limit what currently is played back from the selected pattern, by setting the beginning and end steps.
Once you encounter something interesting, use one of the four buttons above the bottom slider, to store what is currently playing as a ‘parent’.
At this point, if you press the ‘evolve’ button, the musical data of the stored patterns will be crossbred. You can introduce ‘mutation’ to this process, and it can be adjusted per channel.
Mutation is a random variation around the given musical data.
Lets think of an example:
Assuming you stored two ‘parents’, with 0% mutation assigned to all 4 channels, evolving will result in 64 new musical patterns, out of which 2 will be exact copies of the ‘parents’. The rest will have various degrees of similarity to both parents. Perhaps 4 notes of one of the parents will be followed by 6 of the other one and so on.
Once ‘mutation’ is introduced, both cv and gate information will tend to deviate from the ‘parent’ data, up to the point of the offspring becoming barely recognizable. But isn’t it how new things come to existence?
Instead of starting with a random set of patterns, you can tap in yours – it works similar to sh-101 or more specifically to roland csq-600… that means you are ready to listen how a bastard child of BOC, Vince Clark and Juan Atkins sounds like.
landscapes is currently under development funded by Austria Wirtschaft Service.
cvCycles is possibly the most capable hardware sequencer ever created.
16 channels of highly dynamic musical data are at your fingertips.
Each channel has a dedicated cv and gate output while they are available via midi as well.
Essential to its operation is the idea of cycling, overlapping patterns of various speeds, durations and intensities.
However complex the attempt to interact simultaneously with such amount of musical information might seem, we believe it doesn't necessarily need to be complicated.
Instead of endless menu structures, all the musically relevant information is displayed on the device's surface with arrays of rainbow lights.
Instead of reading parameter descriptions, you can focus on interaction with dynamic sound and color.
cycles is currently under development funded by Austria Wirtschaft Service.