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.

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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 Werkstat No. 1

June 15, 2016 in Performances

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

Dibertimento for Moog Werkstat No. 1 by Lawrence W. Moore

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 Werkstat 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.

Learning Synthesis with Pure Data Goes Modular

June 13, 2016 in Learning, Software

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Learning Synthesis with Pure Data Goes Modular

Going Modular Synthesis with Pure Data

I have been deriving a great deal of enjoyment out of making the Learning Synthesis with Pure Data series. Considering that it is a rather niche subject, the videos have been receiving some pretty good attention. In the first 3 lessons, the focus had been on demonstrating how Pure Data works, teaching the fundamentals of digital audios, and synthesis fundamentals, and different approaches to synthesis. While many of these subjects will be addressed again as the series goes forward, the focus has shifted toward building modules, which are components that make up the overall synthesizer. In doing so, it will be easier for the learner to see how the concepts apply to the software or the analog instruments that he or she is currently using or is hoping to use. As one builds components like a MIDI input module, acarrier oscillator modules, and an ADSR envelope module, it becomes clearer how these commonly used features in software and isntruments actually manipulate the sound signal. this approach also aids one in seeing how math, and thus signal, is transformed for different purposes to trigger different events in the overall system design.


Lesson 04 is devoted to building a MIDI input module, which will allow one to use a controller keyboard or other MIDI device to send MIDI data into the synthesizer. At this point the module is kept basic, receiving notes, velocity, pitch bend, and modulation. This will be enough for one to play the synthesizer that is being built.

Lesson 05

Lesson 05 is about making a carrier oscillator. A carrier oscillator is a sound generating oscillator. The term “carrier” is used only to differentiate the sound generating oscillator from oscillators used for modulation and other filtering or distorting techniques. The carrier oscillator is the beginning of the sound making process. The module in the lesson is capable of generating the 4 basic wave shapes which are selectable by the user.

Lesson 06

In lesson 06, the modules that gets built is an ADSR envelope module. An ADSR envelope, which allows one to adjust attack, decay, sustain, and release settings, is the next logical step in the design of this modular synthesizer. It allows the user to turn notes on and off by pressing the key of a MIDI keyboard or triggering notes otherwise in some other MIDI device. It also allows one to design the shape of the note’s amplitude over time. This is essential in making a sound expressive, and gives the user the ability to have a dynamic range of loudness and softness to his or her playing experience.

The series will continue with new modules coming each episode. As more and more capabilities are added tot he synthesizer, the modules that are made will continue to evolve to handle new features. In this way, the synthesizer will be built form the ground up as we focus on simpler subject matter to begin with and gradually encounter more and more complexity as the series goes on.

Crafty, the series co-host, would like everyone to know that very soon, we will have some high-end sounding capabilities with our growing synthesizer. Crafty cannot wait until the series gets to sampling.

The New LWM Music

June 10, 2016 in Announcements

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LWM Music - Exploring the Magic of the Multimedia Arts

The New LWM Music Has Launched

LWM Music has become quite a busy site recently with frequent visitors accessing the resources from the Learning Synthesis with Pure Data YouTube series and the Pure Data Patches YouTube series. There also have been many visitors coming to look at what I have been doing lately as a composer and video artist. I have decided to install WordPress software to make the website a little more time-efficient to maintain and more friendly for those browsing on mobile devices. The launch began last night, and it has taken only about 24 hours to get some of the conent back up in the new theme design. Both the learning page and the software page have been launched so that those of you who are utilizing the YouTube videos can access the rources easily. The rest of the pages that the site has been maintaining will return over the next day or two. The only content that will need to be generated beyond that point will be new content.

I have been engaging in a number of activities recently, and I will be posting about these activities int he upcoming days. Likewise, new videos in the two different YouTube series will be forthcoming as well. I hope that all of my visitors and colleagues will enjoy the look of the new site, and I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that you may have for improving the site. Thank you for your patience over these next couple of days.