Duet No.5 for Synthesizer and The Singing Ringing Tree

This is the fifth of about seven videos produced so far documenting my five day recording session and performance series at the Singing Ringing Tree (SRT) in Burnley, UK. I performed accompaniment for the SRT binaural recordings simultaneously using a Novation Bass Station II connected to a USB battery. I also ran the Bass Station II through a Moog Minifooger Delay.

NOTE: This is a binaural recording combined with a monophonic synthesizer track. Although it sounds great through speakers, circumaural headphones must be used to experience the binaural effect.


This piece was also captured during the third, and most productive, day into the project. In the year or so leading up to the project I had been preparing mental sketches for the improvised compositions. I knew that I wanted to produce pieces with drones and I knew that I wanted to produce others with evolving arpeggios. I see the drones as accompaniment for the SRT, while the arpeggios take on the soloist role allowing the SRT to provide the accompaniment.


The Bass Station II has an excellent arpeggiator. Not only does it have octave spanning and the typical modes (up, down, up/down, played, and random) it also has a range of 32 patterns that leave rests in strategic places within the sequence of notes. Switching the patterns while modifying the notes in the arpeggio can create some nice contrasts. Throughout this piece (one of my favorites from the series) I also adjusted the envelopes and filter to create even more variations.

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