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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:03 pm    Post subject: The vintage Aries Modular Synthesizer
Subject description: another "switched-on" work from the archives
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Hi!

After the EM2007 festival, I spent the next few weeks at home doing all the stuff that I had put off doing so that I could prepare for the festival. Lately, I have been heads-down to create more live-looping works and look forward to completing new works in the next few months.

Has been a while since I've posted a track here on electro-music. Many folks here enjoyed hearing my Aries synth version of the Bach Concerto in d-minor (3rd movement) and I'd like to share the 1st movement with you.

The track below is a remix from the 4-channel master tape (originally recorded in 1977). The performance of the solo part is recent -- I used the Aries synthesizer and used a touch-sensitive keyboard (I didn't have such a keyboard in 1977). Originally I used a foot pedal to control the volume of the solo.

Hope you enjoy all these vintage synth sounds, painstakingly recorded one line at a time on analog tape (ah, the memories!).

Many thanks to you, the electro-music.community, for your support and encouragement.


BachDminorM01hi.mp3
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I. Allegro from Concerto in d-minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

Performed by Kevin Kissinger on the Aries 300-series modular synthesizer

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: The vintage Aries Modular Synthesizer
Subject description: another "switched-on" work from the archives
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kkissinger wrote:
Hi!
Hope you enjoy all these vintage synth sounds, painstakingly recorded one line at a time on analog tape (ah, the memories!).


Yes I did, as always. thumright

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

very "Switched On Bach" Exclamation very well crafted tracks. a bit more adventurous, soundwise, than SOB. Great job Exclamation
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Dang - I always say I don't get out of the instruments forums enough, adn this is a perfect example of why I need to (I ran across this on MatrixSynth).

This is amazing, Kevin - absolutely splendid. And surely one helluva lot of hard work!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thank you very much!

Back in the stone age (that is, in the late 70s) I used to perform this stuff live -- that is, I played the lead live along with the pre-recorded tape elements.

Not sure when my next music post will be however it will be something new Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This is one of my favorite pieces of music, and you did a stupendous job. I can only imagine being able to play that well.

I love the playfulness of this. I've heard this music at least 1000 times and your orchestration brings out lines I hadn't noticed before. Your performance makes the music new again.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Kevin, I notice that the mp3 file is missing. Probably it went with several other attachments in a previous crash. Would you please re-upload it?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:22 am    Post subject: Done! Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
Kevin, I notice that the mp3 file is missing. Probably it went with several other attachments in a previous crash. Would you please re-upload it?


OK, done!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

AAAAAAAAAH! NICE:)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:27 am    Post subject: Thank you Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Glad you enjoyed this track.

Turns out the Aries synth was a real "hit" at the Regional electro-music festival so I'm going to bring it with me to Bloomingdale. I am going to present a seminar with it to cover some modular synth basics (I'm going to bring my 'scope so we can look at the waveforms and observe the effects of sync and processing.

Look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:07 pm    Post subject: Bach d-minor concerto (complete)
Subject description: performed on the Aries Synthesizer
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Quite a few years ago, I posted an MP3 (above) of my realization of Bach's Concerto in d-minor.

Long story short ... I decided to create modern, high-quality MP3's for all three movements.

These were recorded back in the 1970s on my Aries Synthesizer which, at the time had only 11 modules and a keyboard. I recorded the tracks on a Teac 3340s (four-channel) recorder.

The recorded tracks included all except the "lead" voice which I played live with the tape tracks (mostly at various Art Shows that happened quite a bit in the Kansas City area back then).

For these mixes, I carefully copied the analog tape tracks to digital and was able to clean up some of the undesirable noise and apply automated mixing, etc to get a better mixdown than I could with my original (primitive) mixer.

When I decided to re-learn and play the lead track, I used a touch-sensitive keyboard (something I did not have in the 1970s).

I also chose, for the lead voice on the 2nd movement, a "tuned air" kind of sound. I found it difficult to make the sound work because, while it sounded ok in the higher register, it lost clarity on the low notes. I added a sine wave tuned to a perfect 12th (the 3rd harmonic) above the unison. This worked for the low register but was too shrill for the upper register. The solution was to adjust the patch so that the sine wave faded out as the pitch ascends.

I hope you enjoy these tracks!

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BachDminor1stMovement.mp3
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Bach d-minor concerto m1

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BachDminor2ndMovement.mp3
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Bach d-minor concerto m2

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BachDminor3rdMovement.mp3
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Bach d-minor concerto m3

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PostPosted: Yesterday, at 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Very nice Kevin :)
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PostPosted: Yesterday, at 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Blue Hell wrote:
Very nice Kevin Smile


Thank you!

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