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.

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.


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”

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.

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”…

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…

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.

Many more videos are available on the ExperimentalSynth YouTube Channel.
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Experimental Synth