Phase Shift

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-06-13T03:31:14+00:00

I made a video for my track "Phase Shift" in processing.

The song is two lines playing the same melody, but with different loop lengths - shifting in and out of phase

The animation was generated from a wild combination of trigonometric and noise functions generating 7200 curve vertices that are slowly changing over time

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new Track - Phase Shift

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-06-11T05:55:16+00:00

two lines playing the same melody, but with different loop lengths - shifting in and out of phase

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new Track - Random Broken Piano

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-04-28T04:47:23+00:00

this track started with a short piano loop that was timestretched and mangled in various ways to create a string like pad

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new Track - random Point in the Infinite

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-02-20T05:36:18+00:00

a new synth track exploring the infinte phase space of sonic possibilities

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processing sound visualizer explained

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-01-22T05:07:16+00:00

I have been asked to share the code of the sound visualizer I wrote in processing about a year ago, so I decided to write a blogpost explaining what I did

The program has two main parts - the autocorrelation function that creates the wiggly line and a glsl filter for the lens-distortion effect.

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SynthJam 01 2019

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-01-20T10:21:36+00:00

Yesterday it came to my mind, that in the last few weeks I've spent more time working on my music equipment than actually making music - I created a new stand for my Mother32 and my DFAM, I made a midi to trigger signal box based on an arduino, I wrote a controller script for my KMI SoftTouch2 so I can controll bitwig with my feed while jamming - all very important tasks that will help me focus on making music - but currently it feels like all those task are eating my time for making music.

So I recorded a quick synth jam using the repro1 plugin from uhe and the mother32 in Bitwig Studio. I also added some drums from the Volca Beat, the volca sample and the DFAM.

So - without further ado - here is my first syth jam of 2019

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Sonic Pi beatslicing livecoding session

Nikolaus Gradwohl2018-06-23T17:47:10+00:00

this is the recording of a SonicPi Livecoding session made from 2 sample loops sliced and rearranged in different ways

for the drum sounds I used a drumloop sliced it into 32 peaces each 1% the length of the original loop. Each click is chosen at random from the ring created by the line command.

n = 32
l = 0.01
s =  line(0, 1, steps: n+1).choose
f = [1,s + l].min

sample "drumloop.wav", beat_stretch: 16, start: s, finish: f

The samples are triggered at a given 16th slot with a changeable probability.

the e-piano loop is played back at different speeds chosen from an array using [1,-1,0.5, -0.5, 0.75, -0.75].choose and placed at a random position in the stereofield using a :pan fx

Sonic Pi Beatslicing session

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New Song - A Target you can't see

Nikolaus Gradwohl2018-06-19T06:49:45+00:00

a repeating yet ever changing 10 note pattern creating a world for the melody to live in

A Target you can't see

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Welcome Lil Erebus

Nikolaus Gradwohl2018-06-11T19:33:30+00:00

I build the Erebus Lil DIY kit by dreadbox this weekend - after 6 hours of soldering estimated 100000 components on very very tiny solder pads on saturday, I spent 8 hours on sunday searching for the one cold solder joint :-/

But everything is working fine now and here is a first short jam with my new synth - enjoy!

Lil Erebus

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New Song - Turn into a Tune

Nikolaus Gradwohl2018-05-22T07:01:38+00:00

A song starting as a simple arpeggio slowly evolving into a tune

Recorded and Mixed in Bitwig Studio drums are from a volca beats and sample, pads from streichfett and blofeld. The synth sound are from bitwigs polysynth and a 0-Coast

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