I first met Tony Rolando when we were both working at Moog. It’s been great watching him and all the folks of Make Noise grow over the years.

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An early ExperimentalSynth video… an experiment in using the Make Noise René Cartesian Sequencer and Moog synths to make an ambient backing track for a “piano” improvisation.

The Krell Suite

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.

In this work I only used Ableton as a plug-in host and audio router. There was no sequencing. The 0-Coast krell patch sound unfolds on its own, and thematic and textural changes are made by adjusting the 0-Coast knobs and/or the effects settings.

In the Make Noise’s Patch of the Week video, it was suggested to bathe the sound liberally in reverb. Since I had just gotten the Eventide effects suite, and since Eventide is a world leader in reverb hardware and software, I thought “let’s take this to extremes”. In addition to Eventide’s cavernous BlackHole reverb, I ran the 0-Coast through multiple harmonizers, choruses, rhythmic delays and a lot more.

I posted a short video of it on my ExperimentalSynth YouTube channel and was very pleased with how orchestral the results were. It reminded me a bit of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. I kept coming back to re-listen to it a surprising number of times, and that was the push for me to create this longer version, a suite of my own.


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I have released this work The Krell Suite album under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. As part of the attribution, please include my name and website. i.e. “Chris Stack, chrisstack.com”

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Tony Rolando, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Richard Devine talk synth at a recent seminar at the Make Noise factory in Asheville, NC – 30+ minutes of expert synth talk. Good stuff, over 50,000 views.

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Trying out some things with the Arturia MatrixBrute, Make Noise 0-Coast and Eventide Anthology X software. More in-depth explorations to come, but this was a fun “shake-down cruise”…

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Moog Lap Steel pioneer Billy Cardine carves out a unique sonic landscape with the Lap Steel, analog and digital effects (Moogerfoogers, Eventide reverb) and cutting-edge modular synthesis gear (the MakeNoise René cartesian sequencer). A top player meets powerful, expressive technology and this video just shows the tip of the iceberg…

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A quick recording of a groove I liked. Made with an Arturia MatrixBrute and MicroBrute, a Make Noise 0-Coast, an Eventide H9 and a Line 6 Echo Pro. The 0-Coast acts as a 4th oscillator for the MatrixBrute.

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Many more videos are available on the ExperimentalSynth YouTube Channel.
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