Sunday, 31 August 2014

Minerva - video

Video I made back in 2002 for an unreleased Dave Noyze track called "minerva".




The video is made up from a bunch of video sampling that I used to sometimes VJ for Rephlex / Aphex Twin / Mike Dred in late 90's & early 2000's. Fun times mixing VHS tape decks, computers and video camera's... This vid contains stuff like the Aricebo Interstellar Message, munged up images of my old Cellular Automata sequencers & munged up images of my website in an old mac html browser.

The soundtrack is made using a Doepfer A112 Voltage Controlled Sampler module. It uses a custom Max patch I built to send algorithmically generated wavetables to the A112.

ZX81 Polyphonic Sequencer Part 3 - E&MM Feb 1982 (Peter Maydew)

Wow, it didn't take much code or hardware to get a polyphonic sequencer together for the Sinclair ZX81!! All you need is a digital to analogue converter chip (DAC0801), a little extra circuitry & a handful of machine code. This article is scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1982. Article written by Peter Maydew.

UPDATE (5-9-2014): Part 1 is here!


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Pierre Deutsche Mark V - video

Video originally constructed for Bryen Telko - Storm in a Mandelbrot NOT SET (Commissioned by Hull Time Based Arts for FIST 4) in 2002. This version of the video I put together for my Dave Noyze performance at Liquid Architecture Festival 2006 Sydney, for the track Pierre Deutsche Mark V.


Original track was simply called DM5, made in the 90's by self-referential / generative feedback sampler systems, using sounds sampled from various different analogue and digital synths. I generally called this style of tracks I made back then as very electronic. Also includes samples of Pierre Henry. The track appears on my album Dave Noyze - Generative Compositions 1998 - 2006 :



The video is made up from a bunch of video sampling that I used to sometimes VJ for Rephlex / Aphex Twin / Mike Dred in late 90's & early 2000's. Fun times mixing VHS tape decks, computers and video camera's... This vid contains stuff like: a munged up image of my Hinton Pin Matrix, my mouth, a harshly lit but darkside tunnel in Leeds, me & aNt (skeleton unit from Cataclyst) lying in church crypts in Leeds & munged up scientific visualisation software I used at British Telecom Research Labs.

Lectomy Menkota Redux - video

Video I put together for my performance at Liquid Architecture Festival 2006 Sydney, for the track Lectomy Menkota Redux.


It is actually a combination/re-edit of two tracks : Lectomy & Menkota made in the 90's by self-referential / generative feedback sampler systems, using sounds sampled from various different analogue and digital synths. I generally called this style of tracks I made back then as very electronic. The track appears on my album Dave Noyze - Generative Compositions 1998 - 2006 :



The video is made up from a bunch of video sampling that I used to sometimes VJ for Rephlex / Aphex Twin / Mike Dred in late 90's & early 2000's. Fun times mixing VHS tape decks, computers and video camera's... This vid contains stuff like UFO, mangled images of my synths, a video I made when I visited SETI's Aricebo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico on tour with Mike Dred in 2000, and a whole heap of processed complex / chaotic systems.

The Hello Larry start is a long story, but briefly : It turned up by accident when I was recording & testing my newly built Practical Electronics Ring Modulator in 1988 with my radio and an oscillator. The dudes name is Larry Grason, a popular TV character from my mum's hometown.


Comdyna - The Analogue Computer music setup for CELLDYNA

A bunch of pictures and a brief bit of background on the Comdyna GP6 I used for the track CELLDYNA on my Automata 49 album ==>


For CELLDYNA I used minimal analogue computing elements (2 to 4 integrators, 2 potentiometers and an inverter) for direct sound synthesis from the GP6, hybridized with a digital Cellular Automata sequencer driving various different synths for the drum sounds.

The spoken word samples are from a 1969 lecture from EAI titled "Understanding the Analogue / Hybrid Computer". In order to use such a small amount of computing elements I setup a fairly messy chaotic style feedback patch. I did this intuitively pluging around to see what happens on the scope while listening to the output in realtime. This approach worked well for this track, and enabled me to get quick results without resorting to theory. I made a bunch of recordings during Dec 2008 & Jan 2009, which I then edited into the final track.

Comdyna GP6 & Oscilloscope - obligatory photo with the lights off to see the glowing lights better!



Landscape Explored Interview - E&MM November 1981 (Mike Beecher)

Interview with Landscape, well known for their Einstein A Go-Go & Norman Bates tracks. Interview written by Mike Beecher. Looks like they were well in with Roland, included is the inside front cover showing them advertising Roland clobber. Scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, November 1981.


Friday, 29 August 2014

Bhang : An Open Lassie - video

Video to the opening track Bhang : An Open Lassie from the album Dave Noyze : Generative Compositions 1998 - 2006, released by Cataclyst in 2008.







Algorithms (in decreasing order of importance) : Cellular Automata, Self Referential Paradox & HumanTwiddling.

Originally released in 2008 as a completely black CDr hand numbered edition of 50 in black clamshell case with wraparound 200gsm card sleeve housed in heavy duty PVC wallet. The CDr is now sold out but you can buy the digital copy through Cataclyst on Bandcamp.

Produced by Bradbury & Dave Noyze.
Additional fiddling on 02, 07 & 09 by Bradbury.


Norman Records were nice enough to review this album  in the following manner :

Right. What i want to finish the day is a crazed CD of intense electronics, warped classical pieces & general ear-shredding sonic cacophony. Dave Noyze, currently residing down under in Oz (He's getting booted out by immigration on the day of this release!), is a generative artist & scientist producing electronic sounds since the late 70s. His music is a bizarre, yet compelling journey investigating the outer realms of music generated on ancient & contemporary machines. You can one minute get screeing white noise, another, disorientating chinese water style madness, mixed with archive samples & feedback. 

Now I'm feeling frantic Venetian Snares-esque digital electro gabber that sounds like I-F in a blender. An "ambient" piece follows, sounding like the alternative soundtrack to Pan's Labyrinth, a lip biting hyper-trip in a ghost sleigh through a haunted forest full of Juddermen sporting bagpipes & moths full of pointy teeth. Eerie! More stuttering metal machine music follows sporting some obscure eastern European sourced library sample or other. This is breakcore before breakcore knew it's identity. Algorythmic aggro in space!. He's bouncing off the satellites here. 'Generative Compositions 1998-2006' is a fine collection of brilliantly produced & fascinating outsider electronics from a man who's built equipment for Aphex Twin amongst others, so we're talking a real prodigy here. 

The album features several collaberations with Garry Bradbury who was a member of australian electronic music pioneers Severed Heads.There are moments that are similar to the more fucked up Team Doyobi stuff and moments of spooky melody amongst the noisier shards, one tune like a treehouse full of cooing cyborg hens trapped in a maze of blooping circuitry. As ground breaking as early Art of Noise in their day is some of this ear deceiving gear. And up there with some of the more revered Jap noiselords. Normally, some sections could get on my nerves if i had it as background music. But you really need to let yourself be absorbed in the melee, for the possibilities here are just as alarming as the latest Autechre album, another recent feat of electronic progress. 

So here you have it! The debut release for a new CDr label, Cataclyst (deliberatlly released on 29th February), lovingly packaged on black CDrs in a black clamshell with wraparound card sleeve in PVC wallets. All releases in the schedule are to be limited to a mere 50 copies. When we have more info on further exciting progressions we'll keep you informed! 

Fairlight CMI Review - E&MM June 1981 (Dr David Ellis)


In depth technical review of the ultra legendary Fairlight CMI sampler + see The Holmes Page for more info. Although mind-numbingly expensive when it came out it ended being used by a wide variety of artists / studios including the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (see more articles on this site relating them here), Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, The Art of Noise, SPK and Skinny Puppy. Review written by Dr David Ellis, based on an interview with Peter Vogel by Mike Beecher. Scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, June 1981.


Spacetime Gravity Modulator Part 3 - Eurorack prototype

unearthed another video form the archives (April 2012) of quick test of the spacetime gravity modulator eurorack prototype. this module is gravity/black hole-ish module, running a simulated physics with a little spaceship you can fly around. 



System Hinton 4a - How Noyzelab sounded back in 97


Here is another Hinton Music Lab track [System Hinton 4a excerpt] unearthed from the Noyzelab archives! This was recorded in 1997, and is among some of the first tracks I made with it. This track also used the Roland System 100m and System 100 modular synths.


Here are some bonus pix from Noyzelab Studio Suffolk, taken around the time this track was recorded.

Dave Noyze rockin out with the Hinton in his cardigan :) watch out for that Powertran Vocoder behind you!

David Vorhaus & Kaleidophon Studio - E&MM June 1981 (Dr David Ellis)

Detailed interview with David Vorhaus, notable in particular for information on his Kaleidophon Studio. Article written by Dr David Ellis. Scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, June 1981. A more recent Sound on Sound interview can be found here.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Generative Music on the Roland MC4 MicroComposer - Cellular Automata Sequencing

Roland MC4 MicroComposer with a Cellular Automata text printout, connected to the Hinton Music Lab Modular (Noyzelab Studio 2007)

Lots of people are becoming familiar with the Roland MC4 MicroComposer and its become quite a legendary box over the years. With well known works from composers such as Vince Clarke & Aphex Twin the musical applications of the MC4 cover a lot of ground. Over the years I've been playing around with different ways of working with this box since I got my first one in 1997, and I started integrating it with my algorithmic / generative composition processes. 

The simplest way to get algorithmic data into the MC4 that I have used is driving it directly using my other CA sequencers MANIAC or Ulamizer-II using step record mode and manually punching in "measure ends" to get bunches of generative sequences recorded. One method that works well but is somewhat tedious (although good for mental focus) has been to generate text files with a series of number values using custom programs made in Mathematica. I first tried this laborious method in 2006 using Cellular Automata, around the time I finished my PhD. I did a brief page on it here and this post is a little more elaboration on that webpage.



Texas Instruments / Speak & Spell - Industry Profile - E&MM June 1981 (Mike Beecher)

Behind the scenes with Texas Instruments in the height of the Speak & Spell era. Check out all that juicy speech synthesis development clobber. Article scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, June 1981. Article written by Mike Beecher.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ARP 2600 resurrection vids

i got given this arp 2600 by wade maryknowsky about 5 years ago, he found it in a skip outside one of the art schools in sydney many years back. it is thought to have been used by stelarc to control a robot, hence the stickers.



after wade found it this arp 2600 spent several years in obscure effects box builder "hairy dan's" house, which meant it was covered in mould by the time i got it. 

there's quite a lot shot on it, including the power supply.

this is a couple of videos of it in dry dock in my workshop. had to make these videos by torchlight as my light bulb had just blown! managed to get some of it working, but this is gunna be a long term restoration project...  videos were made june 2010.



Dave Noyze - Out of Memory album :: videos+stills of the compositional process

Handful of videos showing some of the techniques used on the Dave Noyze Out of Memory album available on Cataclyst. Also included after the vids are some ancient grainy digital photo's taken during the recording of the album at Noyzelab Studio, Suffolk, UK that have just surfaced from the archives (including more pix of the Hinton Music Lab modular synth).



This album is a collection of algorithmic/generative works from chaos and complexity theory, made between 1997 & 2001 with modular and MIDI synthesizers. Systems were initially prototyped on Acorn machines (BBC Master,  Archimedes 310 & Risc PC) in earlier years using the BBC BASIC programming language. Apple machines running Max were used in the later stages. The algorithms were drawn from (among others) 1 and 2 dimensional Cellular Automata, Lorenz and other strange attractors, various mathematical functions/surfaces of 1 to 3 dimensions, 1/f Voss noise generator and the Logistic equation. These algorithms were used to directly control various modular and MIDI synthesizers.  The video's below were all made at Noyzelab, Australia on my Risc PC in 2010/2011 using a Yamaha RS7000.

This album, like much of my work up until then, was mainly distributed privately to friends and peers. It caught the attention of Dr Linda Candy, one of the founders of the Creativity & Cognition Research Studio at Loughborough University. Linda persuaded Prof Ernest Edmonds to look at my work and I ended up being invited to do a PhD (Generative Music & Cellular Automata) for their newly formed group in Australia, at the Univerity of Technology, Sydney in 2003. Around this time an ultra-limited release of the album came out via Tom Ellard's Sevcom Edition.


Yamaha GS1 & GS2 Review - E&MM Feb 1982 (Martin Christie)

Interesting and rare in depth article on Yamaha's legendary GS1 & GS2, their first commercial FM synths, also see Sound on Sound's article here. This article is scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1982. Article written by Martin Christie.


Monday, 25 August 2014

Boss DSD-2 (Digital Sampling Delay Pedal) Review - E&MM Oct 1985 (Paul White)

Review of the legendary Boss DSD-2 Digital Sampling Delay Pedal, which was a cheap route into sampling for those without the requisite 30,000 quid for a Fairlight CMI back in the 80's. Keen spotters will also note the price of the Roland TB303 in the Dougie's Music Store ad after the review... Scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, October 1985.  The article was written by Paul White.


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Ulamizer II Cellular Automata Sequencer - assorted pix from 2006/7


Since the early experiments by contemporary composers such as Iannis Xenakis, interest in the use of Cellular Automata (CA) in music has dramatically increased. ULAMIZER II is a prototype of a CA music module, designed to be part of the Noyzelab studio environment for both modular and MIDI synthesizers. This module design has now been integrated into my MANIAC / Arthur development systems, see these posts here & here.

+ UPDATE 15-9-2014 : new page with sound excerpt & more pix 

Ulamizer II display

Friday, 22 August 2014

Electronic Dream Plant - Industry Profile - E&MM May 1981

WOW again! Imagine working for music technology company Electronic Dream Plant back in 1981, and getting $PAID to play with things like the Wasp. Here is another timewarp article giving a double ultra-rare behind the scenes look at Electronic Dream Plant back in those days. Article scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, May 1981. No author was credited in the article, Mike Beecher was Editor at the time.


Roland UK back in 1981... Industry Profile - E&MM Nov 1984 (Mike Beecher)

WOW! Imagine working for music technology company Roland back in 1981, and getting $PAID to play with things like the Jupiter 8, MC4, TR808, System 100M + a mountain of other ultra cool clobber etc... !! Here is another timewarp article giving a rare behind the scenes look at Roland UK back in those days. Article scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, Nov 1981, written by Mike Beecher + this is the kind of advert we used to get excited about back then... (Roland SH09 / CSQ100 from the inside front cover of the same E&MM issue).

Roland TR-909 & MSQ-700 Review - E&MM April 1984 (Dan Goldstein & Geoff Twigg)

In depth review of the legendary Roland TR-909 drum machine, as well as their MSQ-700 sequencer. Review written by Dan Goldstein & Geoff Twigg, scanned from my copy of Electronics & Music Maker, April 1984.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Casio FZ1 covered with foam grunge...

Have recently been digging around and tidying up some of my storage area, and came across the Casio FZ1 sampler. This is what they look like after being in a flightcase under Australian conditions when the foam deteriorates... almost a shame to clean it now.


Roland Juno 6 Review - E&MM July 1982 (Mark Jenkins & Mike Beecher)

In depth technical review of the Roland Juno 6, scanned from my copy of electronics & music maker, july  1982. Also contains info on the chips/circuitry. Review written by Mark Jenkins & Mike Beecher. Also included in this post is a scan of the Roland Juno 6 advert of the time, this one from the back cover of One..Two.. Testing magazine.

Roland Juno 6 ad from back cover of One..Two.. Testing magazine 


Ronny's Electro-Music Cabaret - E&MM July 1982


in depth interview with Ronny's Electro-Music Cabaret (Ronny, Warren Cann & Hans Zimmer), scanned from my copy of electronics & music maker, july  1982. notable in this interview are some amazing photo's of the "Switched on Bach" Moog! stunning the amount of clobber people used to cart around for gigs... i can't find any author credit for this article.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hinton Instruments Music Lab Modular - Assorted Pix

Below are a handful of pictures of part of the Hinton Instruments Music Lab Modular synthesizer, which has been a central feature of Noyzelab studio since the mid 90's. This was built by Graham Hinton back in the mid 70's ! Its the precursor to his current series of modules. The strange looking co-ax like connectors are nuclear physics spec Lemo connectors which connect to the virtual earth inputs on the Music Lab modules and the Pin Matrix module. One day I'll get around to writing up some more about this incredible machine. In the meantime enjoy this series of photo's, not all modules are shown in these pix, I'll post up some more soon...


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Hinton Instruments Music Lab Pin Matrix

Below are a handful of pictures of the pin matrix modular (MLP 59x24) for my Hinton Music Lab modular synth, which has been a central feature of Noyzelab studio since the mid 90's. This was built by Graham Hinton back in the mid 70's ! Its the precursor to his current PinMix module and is a 59 input by 24 output. The outputs are nuclear physics spec Lemo connectors which connect to the virtual earth inputs on the Music Lab modules. The pin matrix itself a completely individual module and can be patched up into the modular like any other module. There's also an interesting thread about the Pin Mix on the Muff Wiggler forum here and here.

+ UPDATE 30-8-2014 ! more pics on these posts here, here, here, here & here ++ check back on this blog soon for more Hinton Music Lab sounds & pictures as I dig through the arvhives

Friday, 8 August 2014

pi, chips & ravey by dave noyze



algorithmic / generative ravey noise experiments composed from late 90's to the early 00's. synthesizer source material recorded at noyzelab between 1986 and 2000.

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