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A monthly podcast focused on Buchla electronic modular instruments.

    Episode 28: Kilpatrick Audio & A Yellow Sine

    Episode 28: Kilpatrick Audio & A Yellow Sine

    Welcome to episode 28 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we explore the Kilpatrick Audio K4816 Pattern Generator, then we talk to Andrew Kilpatrick and Pat McMaster from A Yellow Sine about their joint venture: The Sextuple Quadraphonic Spatial Director!


     


    Show notes:


    Hello: 0:00


    K4816 Pattern Generator Exploration: 5:45


    Andrew & Pat Interview: 46:10


    Goodbye: 1:53:00


    For more information about Kilpatrick Audio and to preorder the SQSD go to: https://www.kilpatrickaudio.com/ 


    For more information about A Yellow Sine and the SQSD visit: https://www.ayellowsine.com/ 


    Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 


    Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 


    Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/


    Listen and subscribe to The Deerhorn podcast: 


    https://thedeerhorn.podbean.com/ 


    Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 


    Subscribe to Waveform Magazine: https://www.waveformmagazine.com/


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    Support the show and get access to exclusive videos and audio content through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sourceofuncertainty


    Our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SourceOfUncertainty 


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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Episode 27: Alex Pleninger - Keen Association

    Episode 27: Alex Pleninger - Keen Association

    Welcome to episode 27 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we talk to Alex Pleninger from Keen Association and dig into the Graphic Waveform Generator Model 268e and Quad Transevent Generator Model 282e. 


    Show notes:


    Hello: 0:00


    268e Exploration: 23:50


    282e Exploration: 1:10:05


    Alex Pleninger Interview: 1:57:00


    Goodbye: 2:58:00


     


    For more information about Keen Association:
    https://www.modwiggler.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=92 


    Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 


    Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 


    Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/


    Listen and subscribe to The Deerhorn podcast: https://thedeerhorn.podbean.com/ 


    Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 


    Subscribe to Waveform Magazine: https://www.waveformmagazine.com/


    Get your source of uncertainty t-shirts at http://sourceofuncertainty.threadless.com/ 


    Support the show and get access to exclusive videos and audio content through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sourceofuncertainty


    Our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SourceOfUncertainty 


    Find us on Instagram @sourceofuncertainty 


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    • 3 hr 1 min
    Artist Spotlight: The Sonny Downs Quartet

    Artist Spotlight: The Sonny Downs Quartet

    The Sonny Downs Quartet is proud to present a selection of music written for Buchla 200e. All pieces were composed and performed exclusively on the 200e, with no external MIDI sequencing and no multitracking. Everything was sequenced or played using a 252e, 251e, and 223e.
     
    None of the music uses 12-tone equal temperament. Since the release of Village Melodies in 2020, I have been writing music exclusively using just intonation, using up to 11-limit tuning.
     

    1- Afternoon Documentary
    2- Storm Season
    3- Whale Posse
    4- Herbarium
    5- Prefabricated Pond
    6- Patio Sport
    7- Water Feature

     
    https://thesonnydownsquartet.bandcamp.com/
     
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFJ8EWkSYN_dt-wbwwAVY8Q

    • 41 min
    Artist Spotlight: Steven Barsky

    Artist Spotlight: Steven Barsky

    Steven Barsky

    Music is life. I feel inspired to record the sonic patterns and sounds that are running around in
    my head. Sometimes they come fast and furious, I don’t think I’ll get the Logic up and
    recording before the ephemeral soundscape spewing from the speakers is gone. It happens so
    fast sometimes…

    Here are some examples of those dreams that got captured. Some meander, some bleep and
    bloop, some have something resembling an actual song structure. Some are part of my Tribute
    series of songs that pay homage to and remind you of the original song. Rain Dancing is an
    example of that. It is highly evocative of the end of the song Rain Dances on the Camel album
    of the same name. Listened to it as a teen, then it bounced around my head for several
    decades. Voila! Tribute! Give both a listen and you’ll see what I mean. Some of these songs
    pay homage to classic Buchla Styles. At least in my view. There’s a bit of Pop style here too,
    enjoy that.

    I love my Buchla gear. It takes me to a whole different place than my other synths do. Buchla is
    deep. I bought my Music Easel about 5 years ago and it’s only recently that I feel I understand
    a good part of it. The same with my 248r v2 MARF running v2.5 firmware ;-) At first I used it just
    like a sequencer for notes and gates, but with the special ability to change inter-step timing.
    Over the past year and a half the MARF has taught that it is oh so much more. Arbitrary
    Function, indeed!

    Thanks for the listen,
    Steven

    Tracks
    1. Einstein Walks his Cat
    2. Ropes Course
    3. That Feeling’s Gone
    4. Sticks
    5. Reverse Guitar Thingy
    6. Sparky’s Charge
    7. Inner Space
    8. Supercharged Roadtrip to the North
    9. Funhouse
    10. Gunfight at Noon
    11. We are Siamese if you don’t please
    12. Everybody, Now We Got It
    13. So Falls Niagara Falls
    14. Diamonds at Dusk
    15. Slowly Now
    16. FerryRide
    17. Rain Dancing
    18. DigiDooDoo
    19. Afternoon on the Nestucca
    20. Swing your MARF

    • 40 min
    Episode 26: Steven Barsky & The Time Domain Processor 288r

    Episode 26: Steven Barsky & The Time Domain Processor 288r

    Welcome to episode 26 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode Kyle fly’s solo and digs into the new Time Domain Processor Model 288r. He then talks with Steven Barsky about overhauling the v2 MARF’s firmware.




    Show notes:


    Hello: 0:00


    288r Deep Dive: 8:00


    Steven Barsky Interview: 1:11:44


    Goodbye: 2:05:40


     


    Check out Steven Barsky’s music: https://soundcloud.com/steven-barsky 


    Max Lord's MARF Book: https://github.com/wir35/marf-book/raw/ ... f-book.pdf


    Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 


    Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 


    Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/


    Listen and subscribe to The Deerhorn podcast: 


    https://thedeerhorn.podbean.com/ 


    Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 


    Subscribe to Waveform Magazine: https://www.waveformmagazine.com/


    Get your source of uncertainty t-shirts at http://sourceofuncertainty.threadless.com/ 


    Support the show and get access to exclusive videos and audio content through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sourceofuncertainty


    Find us on Instagram @sourceofuncertainty 


    Contact us at sourceofuncertainty.audio


     

    • 2 hr 7 min
    Artist Spotlight: Mattias Petersson

    Artist Spotlight: Mattias Petersson

    I am composer and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden. My work usually stays within the realm of electronic music both when performing as a solo artist and in different constellations, but I have also written for chamber ensembles, dance companies and some opera.



    Starting out with a basic Doepfer system in 1999, there have been modulars in my home studio ever since. Ten years ago I acquired my first small Buchla system. I started out with a 6-panel powered boat with a 206e, a 259e, a266e, a 281e and a 292e. Just before this was delivered, the Skylab cabinet was released. I tried to change my order into that instead and Don replied with a "yes". But of course I got the 6-boat anyway in the first shipment. Eventually, the Skylab arrived and I also added a 258v from Mark Verbos. The system has grown over the years and right now my system populates two Skylab cabinets, where one is my live system and the other have a more fixed position in the studio. I also still have the original 6-boat and an Easel Command.



    As an associate professor in electroacoustic composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, I also maintain and teach on our fairly large system which is a hybrid of 200e stuff and vintage modules from 1974. The school are also in possession of an original Easel which was very close to be thrown away in a move of store rooms some years ago.


    So, there's quite a lot of Buchla in my life and it is surely one of the cornerstones of my artistic work. My research is also all about different kinds of modularity, virtual and physical, human and non-human, and I usually strive for the perfect integration of my Buchla with self-made software instruments written mainly in the SuperCollider programming environment.


    For my performance at CCTV Stockholm in March this year, I started out with the intention to work with my Easel Command and a little live-coding system I've made. I practiced and made some recordings with this setup for some weeks, but also tried other solutions in parallel. I ended up using my my live Skylab, comprised of the following modules: 266e, Studio.h CSR, 225e, 281e, 292e, 285e, 261e, 259e, Studio.h DPO (258e) and 291e. For control, sequencing and mixing I used another home made SuperCollider instrument based on the Snyderphonics Manta controller (http://snyderphonics.com/manta.htm). It is a touch sensitive device with 48 pads, 4 buttons and 2 sliders. Basically, the SuperCollider instrument is a modular system where each pad can be assigned one or several functions, like volume control of hardware inputs from the Buchla, sending midi or cv, apply effects, sequencing or sampling. For the live set I used a combination of live input from the Buchla and loops and samples made during the recording sessions with the Easel.


    I have some music released on various labels using my real name, under the moniker Codespira1 and as part of different collaborations (mainly There are no more four seasons and RTTRSPRT). For further listening and info check these links:


     


    Social media:


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/codespira1/


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codespira1/


    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCspNTJ1xczCgKW0NUAMhSpQ


    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/emp/


     


    Releases as Codespira1:


    Artefact (Moving Furniture Records, 2016) https://movingfurniturerecords.bandcamp.com/album/artefact


    Rasterfeld Archives #1 (CO-DEPENDENT, 2019) https://co-dependent.bandcamp.com/album/code009


     


    Releases as Mattias Petersson:


    Remaining oddities, resultant additives (Jahr Null Aufnahmen, 2010) https://open.spotify.com/album/5IcAo9aprlVwNddnrXucLe?si=qXJ-Hd7tShqFXSmfhuDhbw


    Floodlight (Ideal Recordings, 2008) https://open.spotify.com/album/7nGL4dtqmfUnOKiXtvUzKD?si=uM7Yb9tUSsuGDovLMvzFEw


    Mimer (Fylkingen Records, 2003) https://open.spotify.com/album/41pgXkm2uw4iEbXSinyrSP?si=6aUh2fwfSS2kzuk5NMwICw


     


    RTTRSPRT:


    https://soundcloud.com/rttrsprt


     


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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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38 Ratings

38 Ratings

hlprmnky ,

Delightful and insightful even for non-Buchla users

A Buchla instrument is a hefty investment that not everyone can afford. Heck, I don’t own any Buchla synthesizers (…yet?) but I tune in every month to the Source of Uncertainty. What I get out of the show is a deep and insightful discussion of not just the gear itself, but the mindset and workflow - the “Buchlidean” nature of these tools and the people who make and use them - which can not only entertain but also inform any musical practice, from acoustic instruments, to iOS music production, to Eurorack …I’m sure folks who actually have a Skylab case or whatever maybe get _more_ out of this podcast, but I heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in making music.

Mogiyesyoucan ,

Fascinating!!

Love this podcast! Please keep them coming!

MudgyPaws ,

Great format and super interesting.

Great pod on everything Buchla.

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