The DaReVoStock Study

March 2020 the world is partly locked down due to a virus that spreads quickly – during that period I dove into 2 componist that inspired me a lot, although both individual have a own unique history – style and legacy, they have some thing in common.

DaReVoStock is a morphology of “Das Reich Von Stockhausen” a combination of the composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Reich names. DaReVoStock isn’t ment to put Stockhausen above Reich, it just sounds ok.

Cover playlist DaRevoStock.

Reading their biographies distilled key words/phrases are “repetitive figures”, “slow rhythms, tape loops, “phasing patterns”, “controlled chance”, “transformers”, “generators”, “modulators”, “magneto-phones”, “abstract (synthetic) sound”, “noise”, etc. All these key words & phrases can be translated into the modular world of music creating several DaReVoStock parts (Steve Reich and Karlheinz Stochhausen where involved into electronic music).

Stephen Michael Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer known for his contribution to the development of minimal music in the mid to late 1960. More on wikipedia.

Karlheinz Stockhausen (22 August 1928 – 5 December 2007) was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. More on wikipedia.

Cover DaRevoStock Part1 IrCl

Part1 IrCl” is a composition for modular set up where “rhythmic” parts are triggered by an irregular clock; these irregular triggers influence the interaction between the musician and the instruments creating unexpected chances.

– Recorded: April 11 2020
– Location: SONICriderStudio – Netherlands.
– Play time: 42:46
– Tempo master clock (ER-M multi clock): 46 (Largo)
– Used gear & patch info check “Part1 LrCl and Part1 ReCl set up”.

“Part1 IrCl” is recorded in one take based on a score that describes volume, dynamic, filtersetting, mutes, intension for each sound source (21 in total). Check “Part1 LrCl and Part1 ReCl set up”.

Irregular (clock) means that the used sequencers have a different (uneven) length (63, 62, 61, 15, 14) or the triggers patterns have non-repeating settings.

Cover DaRevoStock Part2 ReCl

Part2 ReCl” is a composition for modular set up where “rhythmic” parts are triggered by a regular clock; the composition is the same as used by “Part1 IrCl” due to the more constant flow the musician interacts more In balance way. “Part2 ErCl” therefore has a calm(er) atmosphere.

– Recorded: April 11 2020
– Location: SONICriderStudio – Netherlands.
– Play time: 43:32
– Tempo master clock (ER-M multi clock): 46 (Largo)
– Used gear & patch info check “Part1 LrCl and Part1 ReCl set up”.

“Part2 ReCl” is recorded in one take based on a score that describes volume, dynamic, filtersetting, mutes, intension for each sound source (21 in total). Check “Part1 LrCl and Part1 ReCl set up”.

Regular (clock) means that the used sequencers have a different but even length (62, 60, 58, 14, 12) or the triggers patterns have repeating settings.

Part1 LrCl and Part2 ReCl set up” (gear – patch – score – audio routing – mix/master info)

Gear info as sound sources (number = used on the score):

– 1 – Pittsburgh Modular Waveforms (1)
– 2 – Pittsburgh Modular Waveforms (2)
– 3 – Instruo Troika
– 4 – Erica Bassline
– 5 – Moog Mother 32
– 6 – DFAM
– 7 – Benjolin
– 8 – TipTop Audio One (1)
– 9 – TipTop Audio One (2)
– 10 – TipTop Audio One (3)
– 11 – Electron Machinedrum mk1
– 12 – 4MS STS
– 13 – Noise Engineering B.I.A.
– 14 – Pittsburgh Modular Synthbox
– 15A – Koma Elektronik fieldkit “radio”
– 15B – Koma Elektronik fieldkit “LFO”
– 15C – Koma Elektronik fieldkit “Reverselandfill Creep Cluster”
– 15D – Koma Elektronik fieldkit “Reverselandfill Noise”
– 16A – Koma Elektronik FX kit “CV sequencer”
– 16B – Koma Elektronik FX kit “DIY String”
– 17 – Korg Arp Odyssey

Set up Part1 LrCl and Part1 ReCl


Patch info (number = used on the score – other modules in patch line same brand as sound source or other brand mentioned):

– 1 – Pittsburgh Modular Waveforms (1) – multiple waveforms into mixer – mixer into LPG – LPG into VCA – gate (Intellijel Steppy 1U track 1) into ADSR – ADSR into VCA and LPG “Freq cv in”.

– 2 – Pittsburgh Modular Waveforms (2) – multiple waveforms into mixer – mixer into Filter – Filter into VCA – gate (Intellijel Steppy 1U track 2) into ADSR – ADSR into VCA and Filter “Res cv in”.

– 3 – Instruo Troika – 3 individual outputs into traigh – traigh into vincâ – gate (Intellijel Steppy 1U track 3) into Ceis (#2) – Ceis (#2) into vincâ – gate (Intellijel Steppy 1U track 4) into Ceis (#1) – Ceis (#1) into traigh (Lin FM).

– 4 – Erica Bassline – VCA Env fully clock wise – Main out into (Koma Elektronik) Dual Discrete VCA – gate (Koma Elektronik) Sequencer A into (Qu-bit Electronic) Contour – Contour into Dual Discrete VCA.

– 5 – Moog Mother 32 – gate (Koma Elektronik) Sequencer B into Gate – cv (Koma Elektronik) Sequencer C into Resonance for some minor chances.

– 6 – DFAM – trigged/stepped by (TipTop Audio) Circadian Rhythm channel 7.

– 7 – Benjolin – played manually.

– 8 – TipTop Audio One (1) – card: recorded modular sounds – triggered by Trigger Riot channel A with a low probability setting.

– 9 – TipTop Audio One (2) – card: recorded modular sounds – triggered by Trigger Riot channel B with a low probability setting.

– 10 – TipTop Audio One (3) – card: recorded modular sounds – triggered by Trigger Riot channel B with a low probability setting.

– 11 – Electron Machinedrum mk1 – output (shaker sound heavily modulated into (Joranalogue Audio Design) Receive 2 – Receive 2 into (Alright Devices) Chronoblob2.

– 12 – 4MS STS – card: recorded modular sounds – triggered by Rotating Clock Divider (RCD trigged by TipTop Audio Circadian Rhythm channel 6) using output :4 and :5 – sampler CV controlled by (TipTop Audio) Z8000 (channel 1, 2 and 3 triggered by Qu-bit Electronic Pulsar output 1, 2 and 3).

– 13 – Noise Engineering B.I.A. – triggered by Rotating Clock Divider (RCD trigged by TipTop Audio Circadian Rhythm channel 6) – using output :8.

– 14 – Pittsburgh Modular Synthbox – mix out into (AJH Synth) Minimod Transistor Ladder Filter – Filter into (AJH Synth) MiniMod Discrete Cascaded VCA – gate input Rotating Clock Divider (RCD trigged by TipTop Audio Circadian Rhythm channel 6) – using output :7 into (AJH Synth) MiniMod Contour Generators – MiniMod Contour Generators into (AJH Synth) MiniMod Discrete Cascaded VCA.

– 15A – Koma Elektronik fieldkit “radio” – tuned manually – into channel 1.

– 15B – Koma Elektronik fieldkit “LFO” – played manually – into channel 2

– 15C – Koma Elektronik fieldkit (Reverselandfill) Creep Cluster into channel 3 (Creep Cluster played manually).

– 15D – Koma Elektronik fieldkit (Reverselandfill) Noise into channel 4 (Noise played manually).

– 16A – Koma Elektronik FX kit “CV sequencer” triggers VCA function on channel 1 which gets input from the AUX output from Koma Elektronik fieldkit.

– 16B – Koma Elektronik FX kit “DIY String” – string played manually into channel 2.

– 17 – Korg Arp Odyssey – played manually.

All pitch cv (D# minor) from (ACL) Sinfonion.

For output info into recording set up see “audio routing”.

First draft of modular score.

Score info:

– The score is a paper version divided into a line for each sound source where for each stage of the composition “cryptical” description of the manually action is stated, using a number in the column stating the priority of handling.

Audio routing info:

– Each sound source (1 – 17) has a dedicated output connected to UAD Apollo 19-inch sound cards – where 15, 16 and 17 go via a Mackie submixer (FX TipTop Z-DSP “Reverb” and “Delay”).

Recording is done by taking the main output of the UAD set up. Level control during recording done manually by adjusting output levels of the individual VCA’s.

Mix/master info:

– Mixing: since the recording is in stereo, during the mixing stage fade in and out, and fx (UAD Lexicon 224 and Tape Echo) applied – using Softube Console 1 SSL 4000 emulation (a bit of compression using the channel strip compressor).
– Mastering using Softube Console 1 SSL 9000 emulation (a bit LP and HP applied) adding some channel strip drive.

The DaReVoStock study will be a continuing story…..

Have fun listening part 1 and 2.