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”.

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Experimenting with a small, portable setup. External audio from iOS devices adds a nice layer. An Eventide H9 puts the magic on it.

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

One From The Vault

Many years before going to work for Moog Music as marketing manager I was a printed circuit board designer. I met Bob Moog in Asheville and wound up doing the PCB design work on his Multi-Touch Keyboard project. Around this time, Bob hosted a presentation called “New Vistas 91”, a look at some then current happenings in avant garde electronic music.

Bob was gracious enough to let me record the presentation on my then new Video 8 camera. The tape was lost for decades, but recently found and digitized. Unfortunately the audio and video quality is not great, but I feel this is very interesting from a historical perspective, and I offer it as such.

Xenography

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…

These are your tools. They’ll teach you things. They’ll teach you things you don’t even know you want to know.

Laurie Anderson

INDUSTRY PROFILES

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]

Synthtopia

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]

MatrixSynth

Koushion MIDI Step Sequencer New Features – [article here]

Introducing Jambé Drum Controller & Synthesis[article here]

More articles on MatrixSynth – [here]

Many more videos are available on the ExperimentalSynth YouTube Channel.
Take a look. Currently over 3,600 subscribers and over 1,200,000 total views [go there]

Experimental Synth

“We have also sound-houses, where we practise and demonstrate all sounds, and their generation. We have harmonies which you have not, of quarter-sounds, and lesser slides of sounds. Divers instruments of music likewise to you unknown, some sweeter than any you have, together with bells and rings that are dainty and sweet.

We represent small sounds as great and deep; likewise great sounds extenuate and sharp; we make divers tremblings and warblings of sounds, which in their original are entire. We represent and imitate all articulate sounds and letters, and the voices and notes of beasts and birds. We have certain helps which set to the ear do further the hearing greatly.

“We have also divers strange and artificial echoes, reflecting the voice many times, and as it were tossing it: and some that give back the voice louder than it came, some shriller, and some deeper; yea, some rendering the voice differing in the letters or articulate sound from that they receive. We have also means to convey sounds in trunks and pipes, in strange lines and distances.”

– Francis Bacon. (1561–1626). The New Atlantis.

“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