01.
Aconcagua
2021 Apr 13th

Aconcagua

Every so often I come back to the idea of generating self-similar or "fractal" chord progressions by recursively applying grammar rules, as in my 2015 composition Dharmapala. I like the general method described in that article, but one thing I don't like so much about the finished piece is that it sounds the same all the way through. There's a little bit of "development" or shift in texture…

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02.
Panel painting photo gallery
2021 Apr 2nd

Panel painting photo gallery

Last year the contractors who make panels for my products had an issue with some newly-installed equipment and they shipped me a batch of panels with the wrong colours. Here's a comparison of a good panel (left) with one from the bad batch (right). I can't really use those as-is; the colours are important to my branding and I don't want to have miscoloured panels that look like knock-o…

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03.
Passive multiples and friends
2021 Jan 29th

Passive multiples and friends

Passive multiples are often recommended as first synthesizer do-it-yourself projects. There are a few reasons for that: they're simple modules without too many things that can go wrong; they're useful modules that almost everybody needs; the parts don't cost a whole lot; and they're an opportunity to practice soldering. Often the advice just starts and ends with "build some passive multi…

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