Modular diary: 27 January 2019

by aragorn23

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This is the second entry in my modular diaries - an ongoing documentation of exploratory modular synthesiser patches.

The melodic structure of this patch, inspired by the ambient electronica I listened to a lot back in the mid-90s, is generated by slowly evolving integer sequences taken from the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (, as implemented by the open source ornament and crime module in Quantermain mode. The melody is played by two Doepfer VCO's (regular and through-zero), a Rings and an Elements. Timbral aspects are covered by several filters and a wave animator and everything is modulated by about 15 CV channels of chaos. Stoicheia and LDB-2E are on percussion and a cross-patched Miasma dual function generator occasionally causes a self-resonating Polivoks filter to call out.

The rule I've set for myself with these diary recordings is that I cannot interact with the modular at all during the recording process. Instead, once I've stumbled across a patch I enjoy, I simply hit record and let the generative process do its work. This method is closer to curation than composition - even though I've connected a series of sound sources and modifiers together with cables, the results are largely outside of my control and yield surprises as I'm listening.


released January 27, 2019




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Aragorn23 / Asqus is an experimental musician based in South Africa. His current work focuses on algorithmic and gestural composition as well as modular synthesis.

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