Expert Sleepers Intros ESX-8MD Expansion Module

Expert Sleepers has released the ESX-8MD MIDI/DINsync Expander - an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5. The new module adds eight MIDI/DINsync outputs from one expansion header.

The ES-4/5 Controller software (part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way) allows the ESX-8MD outputs to be used for MIDI output (note – not just MIDI clock output, but as an actual MIDI port, capable of sending any MIDI messages). Since these outputs are driven from an audio connection, they have sample-accurate timing, which no USB MIDI interface can claim. Continue reading

Billy Corgan Plans Follow Up To 8-Hour Siddhartha Jam – 4 Sonic Impressions Of Sufi Poems

billy-corgan-modular-synthesizer-siddharthaBilly Corgan has announced plans for a follow up to his recent 8-hour Siddhartha jam.

On Sunday, March 30th at 1pm, Corgan will present Sunday With Rumi. The event promises ’4 sonic impressions on poems by the great Sufi mystic’. He has not announced what sort of gear and/or band will be involved, but the last show was largely a solo modular/synth sound improvisation.  Continue reading

Make Noise Teleplexer Puts A Telegraph Into Your Modular Synth

Make-Noise-Teleplexer-2The Make Noise Teleplexer is a telegraph style multiplexer (signal router) that applies the fast, physically immediate techniques of telegraphy to playing the modular synthesizer.

The user patches any number of control sources leaving the destination end of patch cables un-connected. Destinations are patched to the outputs of the Teleplexer. Touching the tip of any patch cable carrying a source signal to the surface of the Teleplexer creates a momentary connection. The user determines the destination(s) and polarity of signal by touching the patch cable to any one of the 14 metal plates.

Here’s what the developers have to say about the Teleplexer:

As the building blocks of synthesis are a by-product of communications technologies, why not look to telegraphy for inspiration? The speed and agility telegraph operators displayed relaying life-altering messages across the world was staggering toward some form of future musical genius.

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