EigenD – A Free and Open Music Performance Environment

This video, via developer Geert Bevin, is an introduction to EigenD – a general purpose music performance environment.

While EigenD was developed for using with the Eigenlabs Eigenharp, it’s grown into a free, open source performance platform, for all digital music instruments and controllers. Continue reading

Eigenlabs Planning New Batch Of Eigenharps

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Reader Geert Bevin (the creator of GECO MIDI) let us know that a new batch of the Eigenharp Alpha is in the works:

The Eigenharp Alpha is Eigenlabs’ flagship instrument and due to the difficult building process and complex engineering, they’re built in batches. Since there have been enough people signed up through the waiting list, Eigenlabs is now kicking off a new build of maximum 40 instruments. If you’re interested in an Eigenharp Alpha, now is the time!

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The Eigenharp As A Game Controller – Extreme Overkill At Its Best

Eigenharpist Geert Bevin has found a new use for his Eigenlabs Eigenharp – as a game controller. It may be extreme overkill, but that has never been a problem for us at Synthtopia.

Here’s what Bevin has to say about using the Eigenharp as a game controller: Continue reading

This Is Not The End (Eigenharp Alpha Meets Animoog 2)

Reader Geert Bevin, inspired by how Animoog 2 works with his Eigenharp Alpha as much as the impending apocalypse, created This Is Not The End. The composition explores how different types of touches on the Eigenharp can be used to create very different sounds with Animoog.

Here’s Bevin’s explanation of the technical details:

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Ambient Eigenharp Performance

Sunday Synth Jam: An ambient synth jam on the Eigenlabs Eigenharp, by Paul Harriman, at Electro-Music 2012.

via Mark Mosher

Can Your Hardware Synth Do This? (PPG WaveGenerator + Voice-Per-Channel MIDI Expression)

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This video, via Eigenharpist Geert Bevin, demonstrates a new capability that is under development for WolfGang Palm’s PPG WaveGenerator – voice-per-channel MIDI expression.

Here’s what Bevin has to say about it:

I’ve been helping Wolfgang Palm with adding a new feature to PPG Wavegenerator that allows per-note expression over MIDI, by implementing a voice-per-channel MIDI mode. This is a quick test of the first fully working version he sent me today. It’s short, but I hope it shows the possibilities of this feature with new electronic instruments like the Eigenharp.

Note that this demo is only using one single sound that has independent expression in three axis for each individual note.

I’m using a modified version of the standard ‘Jigsaw Lead’ patch that has up-down movement mapped to per-note filter cutoff (Y movement in PPG), pressure (X movement in PPG) to note volume and left-right movement to per-note pitch with a 5 semitone interval.

At this point, this is a sneak preview of an unreleased feature. But apps like PPG WaveGenerator could make polyphonic synth expression, something that’s largely been limited to rare and expensive synths, into a relatively inexpensive option.