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
GeoSynths Talk Show
Over the last year or so I had the pleasure of appearing as a guest on the GeoSynths talk show out of the UK. Check it out for some in-depth discussions of synthesizers and music production.
“From far from eve and morning, and yon’ twelve-winded sky…”
I had a magical experience working with Kendra Warren and Zack Coker on the soundtrack for the short film, “The Yurt’. We created much more music than the film actually needed and the extra was just languishing on the cutting room floor as they say. I happened on it again digging through a hard drive, and got the idea to aggregate it here.
This expanded version does not necessarily follow the film timeline and will take you on its own journey. It contains the songs, “Usual Oracles” and “An Alternate October” from my album, “Disambiguation.”
The modoru EP is a short return visit to a few of the musical ideas first explored on my “Xenography” and Disambiguation albums. It felt like there was more to say. Enjoy – Chris
Exploring some of the possibilities on the Sequential Pro 3
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]
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.
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