Optigan.com has introduced two new sound discs for the vintage Optigan, Glitchdelica & Guitarscape.
Glitchdelica is an experimental rhythmic pattern generator. Forgoing the usual drums/chords/keys convention entirely, each button and key features a different loop, drawn from Optigan.com’s Pea Hicks’ archive of oddball instruments, electronics, and other sound sources.
SFX Rockers: Glitchedelics
Chord Buttons: Glitchedelics
Guitarscape is the first Optigan disc in 5/4.
The chord buttons feature bass guitar riffs, with drums on the SFX rockers. The keyboard scale features clean guitar tones, and like the other discs in their “scape” series, the notes are rhythmically articulated in a variety of syncopated patterns. This makes the scale generally more suited to chords than melodic playing, but both approaches produce nice effects, either forward or in reverse.
The bass patterns have been specifically written to allow for a maximum of complimentary chord button combinations, such that pressing certain buttons at the same time produces composite, complex bass patterns.
If 5/4 is a bit too odd for your needs, you can change chords on, say, every 4th beat, and you’ll get even more complex pattern cycles. All of these effects are demonstrated in this demo video.
SFX Rockers: drums
Chord Buttons: Bass
Each of the discs is available for US 99.99.
Also, for a limited two-week time period only, through March 3rd 2016, they are making available any Orchestron and Optigan discs from their back catalog. See the site for details.