It Spoke to Me in a Strange and Rhythmic Language

This dissonant microtrack was created on the Roland MKS-80 with MIDI mapping on a Korg nanoKONTROL for real time manipulation of the settings. I setup three scenes on the nano to control virtually every parameter, although I was only adjusting a few of them for this recording. What makes this patch so interesting to me are the opposing oscillator frequencies. I managed this by routing the LFO to the VCO and by using cross modulation, which are settings on the MKS-80 that I’m just starting to get familiar with. Everything else on this machine fits snuggly into the subtractive synthesis model, but the cross modulation uses the second oscillator to modulate the pitch of the first. This can be used to produce FM or frequency modulated sounds including bell like tones similar to what the famous Yamaha DX-7 was doing around the same time.

It Spoke to Me in a Strange and Rhythmic Language