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Jack Hertz

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    Sound Design, FM Synthesis, Publishing, Improvised music, Music Concrete, Digital Synthesis, Visual Design, Video Production, Software Development, Unix, Outdoors, Spirituality, Reading, Publishing

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  1. An ode to the moss, lichen and algae of this and other worlds; Microflora is Jack's first cassette release since 1993. I was drawn to Jack's compositions after observing him perform on a radio program a few years ago. Jack's conscious and active involvement in the process of generating ambient sound-spaces, is refreshing and stimulating, and lends a narrative quality to the work. The title of Jack's own small record publishing label, "Aural Films", suggests the focus of his audio works, which are cinematic in their approach to composition and performance. For the listener, Jack's work is like watching a film with one's ears. This is also why I reached out to Mea to provide the striking and equally narrative visuals for this album. So, with the synthesis of Jack's audio journey and Mea's inspiring visual prompt, follow these artists into a realm where living structures, normally obscured beyond the curtain of micro-scale, emerge as landscape and architecture for the wandering and questing listener...
  2. Humans have used music for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Studies have found that music can slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve cognition. As a powerful tool to access higher levels of awareness. Sound can help to resolve the mental and physical obstacles encountered in life.
  3. Jack Hertz

    Uncle Art

    Dave Lowe composed some of the most iconic gaming music from the 80s & 90s; his hits include Street Fighter II, After Burner, Frontier Elite & many more. Discover how he broke technological boundaries, changed gaming music forever and follow him as he re-invents his classic tunes at Abbey Road Studios, with a 50 piece orchestra. From 8-bit to Abbey Road, the music of a generation is reborn.
  4. With everyone wanting a Synclavier for $200,000. Yamaha created an affordable music system that retailed for only $500. Introduced in 1984, the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer was an actual home computer combined with a built-in 4-OP FM synthesizer module, sound editors and sequencer. As Yamaha's own promotion put it: "The CX5M is a computer. But certainly not an ordinary computer. It has been designed specifically to be used by musicians, composers and arrangers. both amateur and professional, to produce music in ways that were never before possible." Unfortunately, a QWERTY keyboard and TV monitor had no place in the studios in 1984, but it got my attention with all it had to offer for how little I had to spend. This album is a document of my first works with the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer. The unreleased tracks were composed exclusively on the CX5M between 1984 and 1985. Originally recorded on 4-track cassettes, these primitive recordings reflect the sound of an exciting time in music history when people began to compose with computers at home.
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    Behringer 2600

    There is new Part 3 video out with SOUND demos.
  6. The Elektriktus album "Electronic Mind Waves" was, and may still is a bit of an enigma when it comes to 1970s electronic music albums. What may be seen as a ripple in time, was really just a single thread in the long and dynamic career of the artist, Andr View full article
  7. History & Mystery of Elektriktus Interview with Andrea Centazzo
  8. A new collection of works examining how modulation interacts with composition, arrangement, and presentation in a closed system.
  9. In 1969 Alan Robert Pearlman founded Tonus Inc with goal of building a synthesizer. From a small building Kenneth Street, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts a handful of engineers designed the ARP Electronic Music Synthesizer and unveiled it the world in 1970. Over the next decade their synthesizers were immortalised in the music of many of the greatest artists, film composers and sound designers of the 1970s and played a significant part in defining the sound of the era. Whilst the company closed its doors in 1981, their mark was permanent and the story was far from over. Featuring never-before-seen interviews with the pioneers who did it, along with demonstrations of all of their iconic creations; this is Electromotive: The Story of ARP Instruments. Coming 2020.
  10. The EssenceFM is a modern FM synthesizer representing our new vision of FM synthesis. By using a large touch screen and dedicated knobs/keys for common operations, creating complex FM sounds is easier than on any other synth. The 1000-step undo/redo history encourages you to experiment with sound without having to worry about making mistakes! Features Hybrid FM and subtractive synthesis with resonant filter. 300 voice polyphony (6-op FM) with layering ability to create sounds made of 12, 18, 24 or more FM operators Free algorithm & envelope design: use the touch screen to link the operators together and shape your envelopes 24 fully customizable waveforms, built-in effects, multitimbral, microtuning support and much more... Choose between linear and exponential envelopes Link the operators together by drag'n'drop Design complex envelopes easily The EssenceFM is organized into 4 modes accessible with the buttons. Performance is ideal for orchestrations, polyphonic expression controllers (MPE) or very fat sounds. Patch is where you layer Voices, split them across the keyboard, detune them and setup other behaviors like the arpeggiator Voice is a 6-op FM sound with its envelopes, frequency parameters, filter settings and more. Global provides everything else: display and MIDI settings, waveform editing, scales. Design your own algorithms by creating links between operators. Draw waveforms with the touch screen or import them from wave files. The EssenceFM has 24 fully customizeable waveforms. Make complex envelopes easily by moving the points and defining their attributes (sustain, loop start, loop end...) Create layers and splits with advanced options like round robin, exclusion groups and arpeggiator. Design exotic scales, early temperaments and microtunings. Use the modulation matrix to shape the sound in every possible way. Assign parts to different audio outputs and configure each effect DSP.
  11. Advanced synthesis has never been so fun! Announcing Blipblox After Dark, the newest addition to the Blipblox toy synthesizer product line. Featuring a mature look with completely re-engineered electronics and software, it's the synth you'll play when the lights go out and the little ones go to sleep. Key Features The Blipblox After Dark has the same signal flow as the original Blipbox, including selectable oscillators, two LFOs, two envelope generators and a 3-by-3 modulation matrix. All new software and electronics gives the After Dark these additional features: + Advanced multimode resonant filter gives every sound a rich, analog-like quality. + Multi-tap stereo delay adds a full, lush effect to the output. + New oscillator modulation schemes include enhanced Blipblox classics, plus all new schemes that utilize 256 custom wavetables that can be morphed and scanned. + The After Dark’s drums are generated by over a hundred new kick and snare samples that can be individually pitched for unique, professional beats.
  12. Since the release of the JUPITER-4 in 1978, the name JUPITER has marked the pinnacle of Roland sound and playability. Roland synthesizers with the JUPITER name carry our most advanced sound technologies, are supremely playable, and are built from premium materials. JUPITER-X combines classic Roland design and premium build quality with a powerful new synth engine. It faithfully recreates sought-after instruments from our long history of genre-defining sounds. And with multiple layers, loads of polyphony, and deep hands-on control, you can craft huge, spacious sounds that have as much sparkle as they have warmth and punch. Iconic synthesizer with legendary sound and design. The 61-key JUPITER-X is the peak of Roland sound quality and design. Its all-metal build uses premium materials throughout, and the all-new aftertouch-enabled keyboard is the best we’ve ever made. A familiar layout and large array of controls let you dig in and easily shape your sounds, whether you’re composing in the studio or performing on stage. Classic analog to vintage digital. And beyond. JUPITER-X is equipped with our latest sound engine, capable of morphing into legendary synths from our long history of genre-defining sounds. It’s so flexible that it can reproduce our highly sought-after analog classics like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, and SH-101, as well as digital machines like the vintage XV-5080 and modern RD pianos. You also get the many Roland drum machines that are the foundation of electronic and dance music like the TR-808, TR-909, CR-78, and more. It’s like a studio full of vintage gear, with modern capabilities and a deep synth engine so you can explore unmapped sonic territory. Intelligent. Inspiring. Need something wonderful, fast? JUPITER-X’s I-Arpeggio is a next generation arpeggiator that uses artificial intelligence to not just accompany you, but to inspire you. I-Arpeggio takes your input—notes, rhythms, phrases—and creates complementary drum parts, basslines, chords, and arpeggiated lines. It works on each of JUPITER-X’s five parts simultaneously, and generated patterns can be customized and even exported to your DAW. These aren’t canned backing tracks—they’re intelligently generated beats and phrases that energize live performance and pulverize writer’s block. Find the sweet spots. In addition to its informative display, JUPITER-X has a huge array of large, comfortable knobs, sliders, and buttons. They feel sturdy and precise for incredibly smooth sweeps and subtle changes. And with the dedicated effects section and quick switching between synth layers, you can immediately take control of any aspect of a sound. This kind of natural, hands-on control gives you the feeling of reaching in and touching the sound, shaping it to find just the right settings for the moment. The power of polyphony. JUPITER-X can layer up to five parts, four for synths and one for drums. Its engine can power multiple authentic Roland classics like the JX-8P or JUPITER-8 with enough polyphony to create thick layers and complex backing parts. Create the perfect bass and lead split with an SH-101 and JUNO-106, layer a rich RD piano with lush JX-8P strings, or make a monster stack of JUPITER-8s. Built to last. Made to play. Whether it’s a personal studio, professional studio, or a touring rig, JUPITER-X is right at home. The tough metal and premium components mean it stands up to the rigors of live performance and always feels solid and precise. The high-quality balanced connections, numerous performance controllers, and multiple pedal inputs make JUPITER-X ready for any situation. Ever-expanding. JUPITER-X is part of an expandable platform, so it can be updated with fresh new content as it becomes available. It can also directly share sounds and other contents with the highly-mobile JUPITER-Xm.
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