Midnight Playground is an interactive, kinetic, installation by Peng Wu, Jack Pavlik, John Keston, and Analaura Juarez. Peng initiated and directed the idea, Jack built the jump rope robot, and Annalaura helped refine the concept and promote the piece. My role was to produce the music and track it to the still images that Peng had selected. I ended up making a one hour video with thirty minutes of the image from the moon followed by a four second transition into another thirty minutes with an image of Mars. To produce the sound I gave Peng a list of audio excerpts that had all been previously posted on AudioCookbook in One Synthesizer Sound Every Day. He picked the two that he thought would work the best and I went back to my original recordings and processed them specifically for the piece by adding some reverb and delay to enhance the spacial properties of the music. The piece will be on display in Gallery 148 at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design through January 29, 2012.
This experiment is called Magnet Head and features a filtered drone combined with percussive, analog spatterings all generated by the Roland MKS-80.
Lately I have not had the Pro-One setup in my studio since I’m using it frequently for live performances. Today I had a rehearsal for the Battle for Everyouth in my studio so afterward I decided to record something from this magnificent little machine. Here’s a drone that I programmed by tuning the oscillators to a major third, then letting them hold while the LFO swept the filter and I adjusted knobs on the Pro-One and Memory Man delay.
Pro-One Major Third Drone with Memory Man Delay
This unprocessed, lawnmower-like, drone was generated on the Roland MKS-80 by modulating a sawtooth waveform with the LFO configured as a sawtooth waveform as well. I found the pitch (a low C) on the keyboard that closely matched the top speed of the LFO then manually swept the tuning of the oscillator by no more than a semitone. This is what created the phasing that can heard throughout the recording.
Sawtooth Modulated Sawtooths