Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
From: John Nowak (
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 21:14:19 EDT

On Aug 5, 2004, at 8:43 PM, wrote:

> Quoting John Nowak <>:
> 60 -> cycle~ -> dac~
> cv -> oscillator -> VCA
> I dunno, you tell me.

You can set the pitch of an oscillator on any synthesizer... that's not
surprising. That's what they do.

Say I have a table of data... perhaps the temperatures at major cities
around the world, every hour for the past month. I want to perhaps use
the temperature of each city to control a different parameter...
perhaps parameters like pitch, grain size, traversal rate, and panning.
I can map city temperature data to parameters.. perhaps the capital of
each country becomes the pitch, and the further away from the capital
you are, the less significant parameter you are assigned for that
country's sonic representation. Maybe I could map the sounds onto a 3D
sphere where the countries are located, and as the virtual world turns
around, sounds would move around your head.

I can write a program to do that using Max... along with some lovely 3D
visuals. You cannot do that on your synthesizer, be it a Buchla or an
FM7. You do not even have a way to deal with the data whatsoever. Why?
Because you can't write programs on a Buchla.

Making a patch for a Buchla or an FM7 is NOT programming... period.
There is little to no ambiguity here. If you think using your FM7 means
you are programming, you are deluding yourself.

- John Nowak

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