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Picnic at La Brea - Jack Hertz

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Music systems like arranging, notes and tunings are the earliest tools we have for controlling timbre. About 20 years ago, it occurred to me that one day, there would be new ways to control timbre without the need for traditional music systems.

So, I started developing some early models using various types of synthesizers that didn't work too well due to the limitations of MIDI and low powered machines. A few years ago, I was able to resolve these limitations using USB, Softsynths and fast computers to devise what I call the "6x6." A system of 6, 6 Operator FM Synthesizers that are controlled in real time with custom made interfaces. Nothing is predetermined in this system. There are no keys, samples, loops, recordings or sequences. When I turn it on, and start turning knobs. Things can go in any direction at any time. Its a bit like trying to drive an avalanche, as you have a lot of power but no control over the destination.

Listen to what music-less timbre can sound like. The following tracks were all created by manipulating the waveforms and envelopes of 36 oscillators in real-time direct to the mixed you hear. The tracks were recorded at the follow places and dates:

Track Listings:
    1. Picnic at La Brea 14:00
    2. Forest of Spires 17:50
    3. Devils Slide 10:07
    4. Gamelan Moods 05:46
    5. Dry Waves 09:24
Artist Name(s):
Jack Hertz
Release Year: 2013
Drone, Minimal, Soundtrack
Album Type:
Live, Studio
Digital / Download
Cover & Packge Design:
Painting by Robert Bruce Horsfall
Creative Commons
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Catalog Number(s):
Offenbach, Germany
Internet Archive, FMA
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