Psych Glitch

Resolume is a really powerful VJ software that I have been exploring a lot with preparing for live visual shows. An output of one of these experiments was recording some footage of my analog glitch art through a few effects.

The analog textures come alive in new ways when combining them with digital processing effects. To achieve the output I’m using the Mirror Quad and Delay RGB effects. Not every analog glitch capture has worked for this, it needs to be something that scrolls so make the desired output.

I started using the output as a backdrop for recording some jams with the Moog Sound Studio. The result is something that is visually and audibly stunning and mesmerizing.

I plan on creating a collection of these videos to sell as a pack for creatives to use in their sets or whatever creative output they explore.

Playing the SubHarmonicon Live

As someone who has been playing live regularly, my mind almost instantly tried to figure out how to perform with the various Moog synths in a live setting. On YouTube and in Facebook groups, it seemed like most of the musicians that use these instruments are in a studio setting. I challenged myself to find a way to perform live with these instruments with other musicians at the weekly open jam I attend that is mostly blues/rock/jazz.

I have very little keyboard or piano knowledge, so using the Mother-32 did not seem practical. Having to program the sequencer for each song does not work will in a dynamic and live environment. I also ruled out the DFAM as I am not looking to provide percussion. That left the SubHarmonicon as a possible good choice to use live.

I picked up a midi keyboard to allow me to change the key the SubH is playing in so I can stay in tune with the other musicians. Using the SubH’s midi interface, hitting a note on the keyboard changes the pitch the oscillators operate on.

After a bit of trial and error, I started to get the hang of using the instrument in a live setting. Using the built in sequencer, I try to adjust each note to create some sort of pattern. Either high/low, ascending, or descending. Dropping the VCA Decay to 0 and raising the the VCA attack to almost the 8 o’clock position can create a cool doppler effect. Doing the same to the VCF attack/decay can create a pulsating rhythm.

To my surprise, using the SubH at the jam was very well received. Not only was there a novelty around a new and weird instrument, musicians asked me to join with them on their jams. I found the SubH works well with more open-ended jams.

For live sound, I tried a few different things. I wanted to go into the house PA originally so that I wouldnt have to bring my own equipment. But how I am setup when I get there, I have no monitor facing me and it’s difficult to hear it through the mix. I tried one of the house amps but the sound was incredibly muddled and still hard to hear it.

I ended up going to my local guitar store and buying a Boss Katana-50 Mk-II. I tried a few other small 30-50 watt solid state amps but they just didn’t sound right. The Katana gave me probably the clearest sound I’ve heard for the SubH. Having full control over my sound at the jam has greatly improved my performance since I can actually hear myself.

A goal I had was to record my jam sessions to reflect and use. I’ve been posting some of the recordings on my SoundCloud. One of my favorites is “Name of the Wind.”

Exploring Synths

Music has been a part of my life since I was very young. I was always interested in it and would pretend to play on a stage in front of an “audience” on a pull-out sofa bed and a toy guitar my parents had got me. Around the age of 15, having a real guitar became a reality and I never stopped practicing. Even today, I play out pretty regularly at a local open jam with a variety of other musicians.

Electronic music had interested me a bit but never to the point of me every getting equipment. I remember visiting Alto Music once and being fascinated with a blue synthesizer that made the most bizarre sounds I had ever heard. Sadly the price tag was well out of the reach of an 18 year old, but it is something I wish I could find again.

When scrolling on Facebook one day, I saw a mention of the Moog Sound Studio and a demo video; I don’t think it was an ad but it was someone posting in one of the groups I was in. It caught my attention as compact and modular, so I started researching the product and modular synths in general. What caught my fascination was the ability to transform the sound in almost endless ways. I immediately saw potential of pairing this type of music with my glitch videos to create a sonic and visual experience for people in a live and recorded setting.

The Moog Sound Studio is a three piece bundle that includes the Moog DFAM(Drummer from another mother), Mother-32, and Subharmonicon. I watched countless demos and started reading how to even operate these things to make sure it would fit well into the vision I see for myself. Satisfied with what I found, I ended up buying the complete set when they were on sale to save myself some money.

This system is amazing. I’m able to shape the sound in so many unique ways in what seems like a never-ending rabbit hole. The creative potential with this set outshines many of my other ventures and it has become a regular go-to for me to produce music. Since starting exploring this unique area of music, I have made it a personal goal of myself to release a 6 track album every month for the remainder of the year. It is an ambitious challenge but something I’m using to push myself musically in new and uncharted realms.

5 albums have been released already with 1 more planned. Search “Psycho Moon Project” on all streaming platforms, links to a few are below: