I’ve wanted a Mannequins Mangrove VCO for a long time. What an oscillator it is!
That sound is just the Mangrove with audio-rate modulation of ‘air’ and slow LFOs on ‘barrel’ and ‘formant’. Reverb from a Strymon Blue Sky. I’ve only been playing with it for 20 minutes and have found sweet spots everywhere. Beautiful. I think a long partnership lies ahead.
Here’s the wonderful pitch dividing behaviour of the Mangrove as the formant control is lowered.
Études I: Blue Box is a beautiful piece of work by Nathan Moody. The ten tracks were created using a small modular system, based primarily on the wonderful Mannequins modules. The music carries an impressive emotional heft and the liberal use of distortion, saturation and rectification is gorgeous.
It’s one of those releases that captures what modular is all about and makes you question what you’re doing. Wonderful.
My modular’s got a nice loping shuffle on the go, thanks to the wonderful Malekko Varigate 4. A make Noise Rene is running through the sequence variations, clocked by one of the Varigate channels.
Some machine jazz from Steevio:
and here’s a walk-through:
Robert Lowe is charismatic, intelligent and a fine modular synthesist. His performances are generally patched on the day rather than pre-prepared. He understands what modular is fundamentally about: the moment.