Welcome to ExperimentalSynth. In this website I curate the videos from my YouTube channel, and mix in a bit more from my other creative outlets. Although some of them are instructional, I don’t consider the videos to be tutorials but rather “inspirationals”.
There are many YouTube channels out there whose videos will teach you synthesizer basics or show you exactly how to get a certain sound or effect. I’ve found my niche in exploring more advanced or esoteric patching, programming and performance techniques. I would encourage you not to try to do things exactly like I do here, but rather use these videos as a jumping off point for exploring further down the road.
– Chris Stack
the new album by Chris Stack
“Learn what is true in order to do what is right.”
-Thomas Henry Huxley
“Things are more beautiful when they’re obscure.”
Disambiguation is an album that lives in the space between these two quotes; between a path informed by clarity and the gauzy beauty of misperceptions, illusions and mistakes. It started out to be an ambient album and still is, but a few less-ambient elements crept in. They seemed to fit, so they stayed. Think of them as palate-cleansers.
It is also an album of hazy borders and full of sounds from a particular environment, somewhere over the hills. It seemed like it was time to stop and gather them all together, so here we are. Enjoy – Chris
I recently gave the good folks at EMEAPP (the Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project) a tour of my vintage Electro-Harmonix EH-0300 vocoder. It works great with my Arturia MatrixBrute!
Learn more about EMEAPP [here]
SYNTH AND SOFTWARE
I’ve recently begun creating videos for the new online magazine Synth And Software.
My first video for them explores CV applications on the Korg Minilogue XD. The second shows tips and applications for processing external audio with synthesizers.
Check out the videos and the new magazine. Both will make you smarter.
The Krell Suite on Synth Expert
My album The Krell Suite was inspired by one of Make Noise’s Patch of the Week videos, a demo of their 0-Coast version of that abstract electronic music staple, The Krell Patch.
Based on Louis and Bebe Barron’s ground-breaking soundtrack for the movie Forbidden Planet, a krell patch (usually) uses a modular analog synthesizer to create a self generating soundscape. I used only this patch and Eventide Anthology plug-ins to create the album.
[more on SynthExpert]
IN THE PRESS
Art + Music + Technology Podcast
I was recently interviewed for Darwin Grosse’s podcast series. He has some great interviews in his collection. I’m very proud to be in such good company. [listen here]
Experimental Synth’s littleBits + Koushion + Ableton Demo – [article here]
The Alesis Andromeda A6 Synthesizer – [article here]
More articles on Synthtopia – [here]
Create Digital Music
Pushing the Guitar, Sound Further, with Moog Minifooger, Eventide H9 Stompboxes – [article here]
Watch iConnectAUDIO4+ Connect Absolutely Everything – [article here]
More articles on CDM – [here]
Koushion MIDI Step Sequencer New Features – [article here]
Introducing Jambé Drum Controller & Synthesis – [article here]
More articles on MatrixSynth – [here]
While I enjoy musical experimentation, I don’t do it so much as an end in itself but rather as a way of discovering new techniques to apply in earnest elsewhere, after these “proof of concept” excursions. My album Xenography is one of these “elsewheres”.
My vocal processing techniques were put to use in Lamentation 1& 2, and in Acai Moon. Moog Guitar experimentation gave the first three tracks much of their character, and Reaching Aleppo owes its subtle rhythmic pulses to DSI Pro 2 control voltage techniques I’ve come to love.
Take a listen…
A big synthesizer deserves a big video…
“This music crept by me upon the waters,
Allaying both their fury and my passion
With its sweet air. Thence I have followed it,
Or it hath drawn me rather. But ’tis gone.
No, it begins again.”
Shakespeare – The Tempest