Green Dungeon Alchemist Laboratories

Otrillodyne

Otrillodyne

3 oscillators controlled by touch contacts and light sensors, combined in unique ways to create cosmic sounds. The box is mildly distressed, recycled wood.

your ask is getting filled up by feeble jerkwads, and that's no fun! thusly, your friendly neighbourhood databats are here with a fun ask! an asteroid the size of, ummm, wales, is headed towards earth. NASA/ESA/ISRA has discerned the best way to repel this threat is via high amplitude soundwaves at specific rhythmic intervals (roll with it) and has chosen you to assemble a team of 4 to build a synth to make said sound. what three synth designers do you chose and why?

thanks guys, nice to know you’re still tuned in to the lab! Do the synth designers have to be alive? also I’m not sure I know the names of 3 synth designers…. but who would be the final person to make it a team of four? :)

Firstly, maybe Stanley Lunetta because he pioneered digital synths which are really digital synths, not poor emulations of analogue synths. His true insight would be useful.

The guys from korg are fucking spot on and japanese and you need some oriental efficiency in the design of anything on which the fate of the world depends.

Buchla because he pioneered a lot of stuff and is underrated, I had barely heard of him untill I started some detailed synthesizer research- he seems to have made some amazing circuits but no one has noticed apart from us synthesizer nuts.

Finally, David Cockerell, simply because he designed the EMS3 which inspired many of my synthesizers, including my first modular synth and yours. Also because I wanted a brit on the team :P

P.S. countries are illusions

Why do you always seem to insult people who ask you genuine questions?
Anonymous

Why do you interpret my replies as insults? I’m not going to pussy foot around you when I talk about real things like blatant naivete or stupidity and I’m not going to oppress myself when people ask about things which I disagree with. I’m not an arsehole, anyone who really knows me will tell you that. But I’m also not going to constantly hold back to avoid accidentally insulting hypothetical people who I’m barely even connected to, I mean, you’re anon ffs. My life has been fucked up so much recently that this is literally the least important thing in my entire day. I am homeless now, thanks to a moron. My clothes are all torn and worn out, I don’t have enough money and I can’t even sell this shit lap top I’m typing on. So that may have something to do with why I have no time for the bullshit of other people I’m barely even in contact with. By the way, this (GDAL) is my business, my income, and it’s practically been destroyed by morons ignoring themselves and being dishonest about themselves with me.

Remember, you can only take offence, not give offence- if I’m not trying to insult you and you are insulted, that comes form within you. I’m going to try and be civil, I won’t cast the first stone but I’m not going to hold back and erase myself because you might be offended or insulted.

P.S. http://xkcd.com/137/

Hey! I've got a technical question: Is the tube PL500 can be used in any kind of audio circuit?

Yes, if you design an audio circuit for that tube. I don’t mean to insult you but that’s a very naive question.

Do you have a simple/favorite saw osc you use often?
Anonymous

No, I don’t really like saw waves but if a circuit makes a proper saw wave, it sounds no different to any other circuit. If it has impurities, too much high pass filtering, clipping, etc, then it won’t sound like a saw.

The basis of most sawtooth circuits is an oscillator made around a schmitt trigger or hysteretic switch with something to discharge or charge the timing capacitor quickly, then something used to charge or discharge the cap at different rates to create the sloping portion, you can use a transistor for voltage control of the charge/discharge time.

ah no it's not like that at all, I'm not supressing anything & my friends are really great & between them cover a maaassive range of things I'm interested in. The issue is more about the fact that when you engage with people over a load of different niche, specialized channels (especially online) then it can be hard to naturally maintain a kind of 'sum of all parts' midpoint that represents you. It's almost automatic in person but If you try to synthesise that artificially it oft becomes weird

jolly good :) as a loner I can’t relate very well but I’m glad it’s not what I thought, us creative types need some acceptance to flourish. or atleast no oppression.

Boilophones 2 and 3; Sound machines in kettles.

fistofsatan:

gda-labs:

You may have noticed that I haven’t built many synthesizers recently, this is because I am busy repairing a caravan which is in a field with three ponies. I plan to live in the caravan while I build my house, so there might not be many synths for a while, but don’t worry; there will be more in the future!

omg what is this idyllic life??

Get beaten up by your mum’s boyfriend and flee to the countryside, get any job you can and find kindly farmers and people who are moving out and have a lot of unwanted caravans and possessions which you can take off their hands.
The kindness of decent people I’ve met cannot be exaggerated: I’ll be eternally grateful to Carol and John and Charles and most importantly Vikki, my girlfriend. It doesn’t matter what you know, just who you know.

fistofsatan:

gda-labs:

You may have noticed that I haven’t built many synthesizers recently, this is because I am busy repairing a caravan which is in a field with three ponies. I plan to live in the caravan while I build my house, so there might not be many synths for a while, but don’t worry; there will be more in the future!

omg what is this idyllic life??

Get beaten up by your mum’s boyfriend and flee to the countryside, get any job you can and find kindly farmers and people who are moving out and have a lot of unwanted caravans and possessions which you can take off their hands.

The kindness of decent people I’ve met cannot be exaggerated: I’ll be eternally grateful to Carol and John and Charles and most importantly Vikki, my girlfriend. It doesn’t matter what you know, just who you know.