Sunday Night Synthesis Episode 001 – Lawrence W. Moore’s Modular Synth Setup Part 1

January 16, 2017 in Announcements, Learning

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this is the first episode of Sunday Night Synthesis

Sunday Night Synthesis is Here

The new YouTube series, Sunday Night Series is now here. Dr. Lawrence W. Moore hosts the show and shares his knowledge about synthesis and performs on his modular synthesis setup. The series can be enjoyed by both beginners and seasoned synthesis enthusiasts. In the first episodes, Moore will be showing the viewer his modular synthesis setup and teaching some of the fundamentals of synthesis. The series will progress from there.

Episode 001

Episode 001 is the first part of the tour around Moore’s studio. Moore shows the viewer his setup as a whole and then begins a more thorough exploration of some of the gear. In this episode, the focus is on Moog Werksttat and the Arturia KeyStep.

Description

This is the inaugural episode of Sunday Night Synthesis. In this episode, Dr. Lawrence W. Moore introduces his modular synthesis setup and focuses on the Moog Werksttat and Arturia KeyStep. He shows many of their functions and describes some of the fundamentals of synthesis.

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Sunday Night Synthesis Will Debut on January 15, 2017

January 9, 2017 in Announcements

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Sunday Night Synthesis is a YouTube series hosted by Lawrence W. Moore at youtube.com/lwmmusic

The First Official Episode of Sunday Night Synthesis

Liza Seigido and I finished filming our first Sunday Night Synthesis episode. We will be filming one week ahead of each episode’s release. this first episode will be released on Sunday, January 15, 2017. By filming one week in advance, we will be allowing ourselves time to edit the footage, render it, and upload it, which all takes time. The first episode will focus on introducing the viewers to some of the module synthesis equipment that I have and showing how it works. This will allow people to have some background as the episodes go forward. This is also useful for those who are learning the fundamentals of synthesis.

New episodes will be released on the LWM Music channel on YouTube, and shall be posted here on the main page of the blog. In the future, people will be able to see previous episodes on the Sunday Night Synthesis page in the learning section here at LWM Music.

A Taste of What is to Come

These are some short videos that Liza and I recorded in our new filming area. This gives folks an idea of some of the kind of things that will be explored in Sunday Night Synthesis. It is partially going to be a how to session and partially a performance session. It’s all about enjoying synthesis.

Producing Formants with a Moog Werkstatt and Arduino Uno

Description

This video is a taste of what is to come in the series, Sunday Night Synthesis with Lawrence W. Moore. In this video, Moore uses a Moog Werkstatt as a stand-alone synthesizer and an Arduino utilizing an ultrasonic range sensor to feed a voltage signal to the Werkstatt’s linear VCO input. With added low-pass filtering, a good bit of resonance, and LFO modulation of the filter, it makes for a pretty scary array of formants. All sound being produced is being generated by the Moog Werkstatt analog synthesizer.

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Harmonic Meditation No. 1

Description

This harmonic meditation is taste of what some of the content will be like in the series, Sunday Night Synthesis. This piece was performed using a Moog Werkstatt, a Moog Mother 32, an Electro-Harmonics Memory Boy analog delay, a Moogerfooger Clusterflux, and a Moogerfooger 12 Stage Phaser.

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LWM Music Thanks its YouTube Subscribers

January 2, 2017 in Announcements

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LWM Music is located at youtube.com/LWMMusic

Thank You for Helping LWM Music Reach 100 Subsrcibers

Just before 2016 became 2017, the LWM Music YouTube Channel reached 100 subscribers. LWM Music wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our subscribers for tuning in and enjoying the music and tutorials. The LWM Music channel will continue to feature its present line up of playlists and series, and will be adding more content very soon. Dr. Lawrence W. Moore will continue to produce the series, Learning Synthesis with Pure Data for those who want to learn more about Pure Data and/or synthesis and the series Pure Data Patches for those who want to know more about Moore’s software builds. Coming up soon, Moore will be presenting some impromptu performances and tutorials on synthesis in a new series called Sunday Night Synthesis, which will be released on a weekly basis.

The series will be focused on analog synthesis modules, as well as some digital hardware that can be integrated in this age of interactive music and home-made musical instruments and compositional systems. Moore and his wife and fellow composer, Liza Seigido, have put together a home filming/broadcasting/performance area for distributing more of their performance and educational content. The recent slow down in episode releases has been due to the setup of this new system. In about a week, this new setup will bear fruit as Moore and Seigido will be able to release more content, more quickly as LWM Music and the Psyche Electro-Acoustic Opera Company begin a new year of music making, software making, interactive system making, and teaching.

For now, the milestone of 100 subscribers has great importance to it on YouTube. LWM Music now his its own short url for the channel. By typing youtube.com/LWMMusic into your address bar, you are taken directly to the channel. thank you subscribers, your support has been greatly appreciated!




Learn How to Make a Virtual Modular Synthesizer in Pure Data

November 14, 2016 in Learning

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Learn how to make a modular synthesizer in Pure Data with Learning Synthesis with Pure Data Lessons 4-15

Learning Synthesis with Pure Data – Finishing Our Modular Synthesizer

In Learning Synthesis with Pure Data, Dr. Lawrence W. Moore has been taking the viewer through many of the fundamentals and common approaches to synthesis. Since lesson 4, the series has been covering the creation of a modular synthesizer that employs a lot of the common synthesis techniques that users would find in both software and analog synthesizers alike. The latest episode contains lessons 13, 14, and 15, which completes this specific synthesizer. The synthesizer is now a complete modular synthesizer with the added filtering modules, mixer module, and parameter saving module.

In lesson 13, the viewer sees how the filter module was made. The filter utilizes a virtual, voltage controlled filter with both band pass and low pass capabilities. The module allows one to set the center or cut off frequency, the q or bandwidth, and frequency and amount controls for its built-in oscillator. In lesson 14, the viewer will see how the mixer section is put together, allowing one to balance between the two signal chains that originate with the two carrier oscillators. Finally, lesson 15 shows how the parameter saving module was made. The synthesizer now allows one to create sounds on it, save them, and then open them later.

While this synthesizer is now complete, there will be more episodes in the future as we look at more synthesis topics in detail. We will continue building things, but these larger designs will now be reserved for the Pure Data Patches series. This series is housed on the LWM YouTube channel right alongside Learning Synthesis with Pure Data as well as here on the software page.

We are currently at 79 subscribes on our YouTube channel. If you like the video series, please subscribe to the channel. It’s free. If we can reach 100 subscribers, then we can get a short url for the channel. Please sotp by the YouTube channel and check it out.




A Time of Tribulation – A Time for Temperance

November 8, 2016 in Releases

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A Time of Triulation - A Time for Temperance

A Time of Tribulation – A Time for Temperance Has Been Released

In May of 2016, A Time of Tribulation – A Time for Temperance was performed live at the Compositum Musicae Novae Electro-Acoustic concert at the Coral Gables Museum in Coral Gables, FL. The music for the piece was performed and recorded for this video using a Moog Werkstat synthesizer, an Electro-Harmonix 8 Step Program Step Sequencer, an Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Analog Delay, A MoogerFooger MF-108M Cluster Flux, and a MoogerFooger M-103 12 Stage Phaser. Thus, the music is entirely analog synthesis. The video was produced using Apophysis 7x and Apophymator fractal animation script. The video was then filtered and post-produced by Liza Seigido.

This piece was composed to express the feeling of undergoing torment and suffering with no apparent means of escape. During this time, one finds that all one can do is temper one’s spirit and life. When outside conditions are beyond one’s control, one can only look inside and work on oneself. One day, perhaps this temperance will pay off in making escape possible when the opportunity arises.

Temperance is a rather tricky thing. It is a kind of purification of sorts. One seeks to remove all aspects of one’s life that no longer serves growth and enhance those aspects of life that do aid growth. Knowing which ways to go to seek growth is difficult, and tends to be trial and error over one’s lifetime. Temperance is something that one can practice throughout life, but in those stages of life where one feels impeded, there really is no other recourse. It is pointless to try to rage against outside conditions that do not allow for change. It is more useful for one to grow and strengthen oneself. If there is ever an opportunity to move forward, one will need the acquired growth in the form of strength, knowledge, or courage in order to proceed.




Two Travelers – A Free Concert at Kendall Sound Art

August 3, 2016 in Performances

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Lawrence W. Moore and Liza Seigido are two travelers bring electro-acoustic world music along with them in their journey

Two Travelers are Coming to Kendall Sound Art

Lawrence W. Moore and Liza Seigido are co-founders of the Kendall Sound Art Concert Series which brings art music to the West End of Kendall, South Florida. On Saturday, August 6, 2016, Moore and Seigido will be presenting a concert featuring the new styles in which they have been working compositionally in preparation for launching the Psyche Electro-Acoustic Opera Company. The music that they will be presenting will combine electro-acoustic approaches to sound design and sound processing with various world music styles and instruments. The combination has been sounding truly magical in rehearsal.

Moore will be presenting intriguing performance contributions on the digeridoo, hulusi, and EWI, while Seigido will be performing voice, on the hulusi, and on a dan ty ba that she transformed into a MIDI-compliant instrument. The music will be transformed by the electronic processing and sound design work of Moore and Seigido, bringing the power of these instruments into a whole new realm of imagination.

For Those Who Live in South Florida

This concert is part of the Kendall Sound Art Concert Series that has free admission and is open tot he public, presenting an experience suitable for people of all ages. The concerts are held at the West End Regional Public Library at the Hammocks Trail Shopping Center in Kendall. The Concert begins at 3pm and will last a little more than an hour. More information about the series and the library can be found at the Kendall Sound Art website.

For Those Who do not Live in South Florida

After some editing and production work, the filmed concert will be made available online. An announcement will be made here at LWM Music about when the various videos of the pieces are up.




End Cycle Bgin – Live at Miami-Dade College Arts & Letters Day

June 23, 2016 in Performances

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End Cycle Begin was performed live at MDC Arts & Letters Day 2016

The Video of the Live Performance of End Cycle Begin at MDC Arts & Letters Day Has Been Released

In April 2016, End Cycle Begin, an excerpt from the electro-acoustic opera, Shibeth by Lawrence W. Moore, was performed live. The opera, Shibeth, features the music Dr. Lawrence W. Moore as well as Moore’s live performance skills on analog synthesizer modules. Liza Seigido, who edited this film is also featured as the vocal performer of the “non-physical entity.” The part of Shibeth, is performed through dance by Brigette Cormier of the BV Dance Company. The projected video as the backdrop for the scene was produced by Lawrence W. Moore. The opera brings together music, dance, video art, and staging in a way that is modern and powerful for the 21st century opera enthusiast.

Shibeth is one of the short opera pieces that are coming together for the premier of the Psyche Electro-Acoustic Opera Company, which aims to bring together multimedia art, dance, voice, and electronic music into a magical experience for audiences of all ages. The opera company has scheduled a premiere performance of selections from the various operas in production on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at the Venerable St. Bede Chapel on the campus of the University of Miami, Coral Gables. More announcements and information about the event will be forthcoming here at LWM Music as well as on the Psyche Electro-Acoustic Opera Company website listed above.




Divertimento for Moog Werkstatt No. 1

June 15, 2016 in Performances

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Divertimento for Moog Werkstatt No. 1 by Lawrence W. Moore

A Kendall Sound Art Performance of Divertimento for Moog Werkstatt No. 1

Lawrence W. Moore and his wife (and fellow composer/multimedia artist) Liza Seigido are co-founders of the Kendall Sound Art concert series. Liza has been finishing up some video editing of older performances recently. She puts the video editing tasks for other composers and performers before those of the founders, and as a result, some of these gems of performances given by Moore and Seigido can come out much later than the others. This performance, from a year ago, is of Moore utilizing his modular analog synthesis setup. Moore has a strong affinity for analog synthesis, finding the sound to be pristine, powerful, and more “alive” than its digital counterpart. While digital synthesis is far more convenient for composing, editing, and arranging, Moore finds analog synthesis to be exquisite in live performance.

Divertimento for Moog Werkstatt No. 1 is the first in a series of piece by Moore that are of an improvised nature. They are called “divertimentos” in honor of the term’s usage in classical music. The term refers to a piece composed for the sake of amusement. Moore finds this term quite appropriate for when he is improvising with his modular synthesis set. At the concert, Liza Seigido also engaged tint he improvisation by creating a MAX/MSP driven interactive morphing image backdrop for the performance.