To be On, to be OFF, that’s the SWITCH – una
lezione di Roland Kuit
After being in Rome, last autumn, for an intensive seminar on virtual modular
synthesis, Roland Kuit decided to publish – for an almost symbolic price – the
content of his lecture by placing it at the disposal of those who feel ready to
face the complexities of unconventional programming.
By Enrico Cosimi Although the topic may seem exhausted in a matter of minutes, thanks to
his formative experience at the Institute for Sonology Utrecht--where, we
recall, was one of the first resident event generators, the result of the genius
of Stan Tempelaars – allowed an approach and an absolutely unconventional
setting, both in tone generation, as in the construction of complex structures.
Without going too much into details,
we anticipate that the density and expertise poured in the text are absolutely
worth the few euros required to purchase; we can list a few programming and
finesses demonstrated by Kuit:
* Switching from raising
events to design sound structures; * The articulation,
event after event, switch after switch, control mechanisms that enable
functional tonal variation in the instrument; * The use
of a simple event generator as the switch for the construction, along with
programmable delay lines of low-level oscillators
(i.e., lightweight impact on CPU);
* Treatment applied to an audio signal - internal or
external - achieved through switching on and off
of the individual bits of the AD and DA converters available on the Clavia NMG2
(from this point of view, you can put your OTO Biscuit to the attic.....;)
* The production of fierce sound treatments
obtainable through numerical signal through rearrangement.
All this, through conscious and stylish use of simple
structures concentrated around the on/off switch.
As with other educational texts produced by Kuit, again
from a PDF with the patches ready to auto-loading in the Clavia Nord Modular G2
Demo Editor: apart from Safari, any browser 2.0 can open the PDF – or its html
version – and to ensure, with a simple click, the reading and listening in real
time of the patches. The text contains all information
necessary to the proper functioning of the mechanism and, as you can imagine, is
a real mine of programming tips also applies in other contexts.