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Ciat-Lonbarde Sidrassi Organus

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The Sidrassi Organ has seven pressure sensitive bars you press to express the seven tones within. Use the buttons on the front to scroll each bar through random tunings. There is a master pitch knob, as well as a master modulation knob. There are 42 nodes, six for each tone. Half the six are inputs- one linear modulation and two polar modulations. The other half are outputs- one square wave and two gestures from the bar. The organ is "normal" when unbraided; it has no special node modulations. You can play seven-note pitch sets to your hearts content, and turn up the modulation to make it more and more nasty. With special node modulations, the instrument reacts more to your touch and you will find more dynamic whirlpools within.

THE BARS RESPOND TO DOWNWARDS PRESSURE AS WELL AS UPWARDS. And these two movements are separated into left and right channels. So the instrument has an echo effect; each note plays out of the left speaker then the right speaker as you press and release. Imagine the complicated panning once you're pressing seven bars!

The Sidrassi is an Organ, designed to reflect the glory of god. But it allows exploration of the Devils' Tone, which is irrational relationships.


Is it possible to set every one note(frequency) of the aluminium pads like intended (per poti) or just randomly (which would mean, I could not reproduce a tuning I have found and would like to use for a live gig). and if not (which is also a fine concept, but I would welcome the possibility to tune every tone manually)???

Each note owns a unique button controlling a unique tank, which is also known as analog storage scroll. So you can set each bar separately. When I play the instrument, I find that I am constantly rediscovering new tunings, and if I don't like a note I scroll through a few random possibilities for that note and then play in the thus mutated tuning. Thereby I feel- although I cannot reproduce a fabled tuning verbatim- I can channel the mood or essence of that raag emotionally and so manifest it orbitally on the random notes.

Yes, I am looking for some simple exercises to teach children the Sidrassi?
Well there's one that I can think of right off the top of my head. It is how to digest all of musical genres and scales into your own subconscious. The exercise does not allow you to say "I will play mysterious indian music" or "I will do a ragtime pattern now", in fact your children have no preconceptions about what "type" of music they will play. Plug the organ in and disconnect all modulations and put it into simple tone mode, put pitch at midrange or so. Now play a random tuning and focus on areas that you seem drawn to. Meditate on them (without other thoughts in your head) and you will begin to see the connotations, perhaps a gothic church with demented organ music, or a smoky free jazz parlor, or perhaps a zen pagoda. The irrational tunings that you are currently using will sift through the maze of your brain and trigger what is in there. This is the inductive mood, which comes from the situation of the moment rather from your head's drive for a specific "beat".

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Additive, Frequency Modulation
Oscillators: 6
Waveforms: Square, White Noise
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Input, Keyboard, Oscillator, Velocity
Envelopes: 0
Filters: 0
LFO: 0
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 7
Timbrality: 7
Tuning: Atonal
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 1
Case: Desktop
Case Details: 7 bars
Keyboard: Touch Plates
Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Knobs, Velocity
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 2
Power: 9V Batter or 9V DC Wall Wart
Year Released: 2007
Design Notes:

Peter Blasser
MSRP List Price: $550 - convert

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