Open Source 01 is a new journal of synthesizer culture, art and technology.
The publication was created by Distortion Productions, along with collaborators around the world. It combines a print magazine with music, software and more on digital media.
Here’s what Distortion Productions’ Danny Kim told us about the new journal:
“Open Source is a collectible, limited edition art catalogue rather than a traditional magazine.
We’re interested in balancing the artistic and creative aspects of music production with technical discussion. Other mediums such as modular visual art and music history are also of interest.
From the start, it was important to keep Open Source only in physical print. I’d like people to be able to hold it in their hands and see the artwork on the highest quality printed material available. The included 4GB microSD card is loaded with two full-length albums, music videos and five original modular patches.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to do a print-only magazine in 2019, but so far, there has been almost universally positive responses to people who have seen the magazine in person.
We tried to make the content timeless, so that an issue could be read years from now and still feel relevant.”
Kim plans on publishing future editions on a flexible schedule:
“I’m tentatively planning the second issue for a fall/winter 2019 release. There are no deadlines, we will publish when there’s enough quality articles and content for readers. I’m exploring different topics and talking to a couple designers for the next magazine right now. We may also put on an accompanying show for the 2nd edition.”
Issue 01 features:
- A conversation with ambient artist Robert Rich about the virtual vs. sensual artistic process.
- A year-long development journal on the Endorphin.es BLCK_NOIR percussion module written by designer Andreas Zhukovsky
- Interview with visual artist, Bill Wiatroski discussing “Manifestation”, his analog video installation in Alameda, CA
- Creating electroacoustic instruments using contact mics by Nathan Moody
- Guide to Granular Modular Synthesis by Austin Cairns
- Decibel levels in Eurorack Synthesis by Kurt Kurasaki
- And James Cigler’s perspectives on moving beyond East Coast vs. West Coast synthesis
- Original Artwork by Zach Johnsen (Tank Theory, zenvironments.com)
- Photography and m.0 album cover by Lisa Teng
The 4GB microSD card contains:
- Open Source Records presents “Rituals:in:Time”, an exclusive album by m.0 aka Maurice Jackson including the “Passage” music video directed by Danny Kim
- “Blck Noir”, an album from Principal Uno (Julia Bondar and Andreas from Endorphin.es) including a bonus track named, “Le Fleur du Mal” and a behind-the-scenes video from the photoshoot
- An exclusive preview of r beny’s untitled album
- Five original patches from James Cigler, m.0, r beny, Distco and Qorser demoing the Endorphin.es BLCK_NOIR
- Darkwaves effects firmware for the BLCK_NOIR
Open Source 01 is being printed in a limited run of 200 issues. It will only be available in physical print at retail/online locations for $30 USD/28 Euro.
You can find Open Source now at:
- Control Voltage (Portland)
- Schneidersladen (Berlin)
- Endorphin.es (Spain)
- Analogue Haven (LA)
- Robotspeak (SF)
- Control (NYC)
- Modular8 (Portland)