A live studio session for a podcast by Klankargitektuur…….
….this post is about the inspiration and gear used recording FUTURE UNKNOWN
SONICrider thanks Alex (LXBeat) sending Future Unknown (soon) into the galaxy via Klankargitektuur,
TBD (december 2022)
Modular live session “a mix of ambient, drone, techno, electro, industrial, soundscape & natural sounds”.
“Hi, I am LXbeat and I present my project Klankargitektuur. It is the architecture of sounds and tracks, which helps me to create different feelings..”
Klankargitektuur Podcast 29: LXbeat & guest: SONICrider
About FUTURE UNKNOWN
Alan Watts quote “the future doesn’t exist’ is one of Alan’s views on the world; this quote got into my head. We as humans try to control the future but forget the now – we have to act now to solve future problems. How the future looks like we cannot determine.
“Future Unknown” is the musical translation of “the future doesn’t exist”; started up the gear, patched some sounds (also patched during playing), give it a thought how to start with an open mind what is next (to do). As in real life a communication and reaction on what happens.
Pushed the record button in Ableton and played in one go combining, mixing, modulating the sound sources telling the “Future Unknown” story. I hope the listener can feel the live vibe, it was fun playing/recording.
Listeners waring: “Future unknown” has a wide dynamic range and start quit. Headphones on, light out and feel the future now.
Done in Ableton as stereo, December 11 2022, SONICriderSTUDIO, The Netherlands
At the end of each sound source there is a volume control to mix levels on the fly, the output goes into an UAD Apollo. Total 24 in.
On each input an UAD API Vision Channel strip drawing the sounds EQ so they all have their own/right place in the audio spectrum.
Each channel uses a sent setting “hitting” the Lexicon 224 emulation (by UAD).
Channel 23/24 used by the main output of a Mackie 1604 VLZ – FX chain 2 x TipTop Audio Z-DSP (via the Mackie some of the cases/hardware mentioned further down.
Main out into Ableton.
Softube Console “Weiss Gambit”.
Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximiser.
Used gear playing “Future Unknown”
All sound sources modular, hardware and DIY. The studio set up is based on cases which all have a certain task. When playing live the type of performance determines which case will be used. Below the description/name of each case and the most important instruments/modules.
All cases have utilities like clock dividers/multipliers, multi, UTP connectors (chain cases, distribute cv, triggers, clock).
Foley case (DIY)
Various iron objects
Played with brushes/fingers/chain/,,,,
Koma Komplex sequences
Several oscillators, filters (Moog mavis, Instruo, Pittsburgh Modular, Erica Synts)
Benjolin by Rob Hordijk (a Dutch modular designer who sadly passed away this year)
Several TipTop audio drum modules.
Tiptop Circadian Rhythm, Trigger Riot.
TipTop Audio One’s, 4MS STS
Elektron Machinedrum via input module as sound source.
ADDAC 112 and 506
Pittsburgh Modular filter
AJH Synth chain
Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer box
TipTop Audio Buchla modules
TipTop Audio Z6000
Set of Droid modules (CV programmable units)
Reverslandfill Noise and Creepcluster
2 x TipTop Z-DSP (part of Mackie set up)
Collection of Error Instruments modules
Rebach chainThreetom Modular MS-22
Several utilities modulating/distributing Nerdseq’s outputs
Korg Arp Odyssey
Waldorf Pulse 2
DIY (connected with the Koma Fieldkit)