Scratch Synthesizer, 1 & 2

These were taken at IngenuityFest in Cleveland in 2011 & 2012.

Scratch Synth 1 featured four heavily modified radios as a sound source, with both high and low pass passive filters feeding all four audio signals into four effects units meant for voice modification before feeding into 8-step sequencers which were all controlled via arduino and Max/MSP.

The second synthesizer went to Cleveland for IngenuityFest in 2012 and I spent a few extra days there beforehand to give a workshop to middle & high school students on electronics as well as appearing on Ohio Public Radio on the show Around Noon where I talked about the new synthesizer I’d built.

Scratch Synth 2 featured four oscillation devices with erratic behavior sets as a sound source, fed into active filters feeding all four audio signals into both fuzz and distortion circuits before being finally fed into four 8-step sequencers which were all controlled via arduino and Max/MSP. You can see the reactive video synth that I designed running in the background in some of the images. An audio feed was passed from the synthesizer into the computer where a Jitter patch generated in live-time synthesized images based on a series of audio analysis techniques.

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