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Busy head churning over with ideas and thoughts…

Would be nice to sleep through sometime.

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I’ve been playing with my Theremin a bit lately and after having conversation on the subject with the guys at work an idea has emerged for a sound / music project that the general public would participate in with or without their knowing.
This idea consists of using a Theremin on a large scale, the Pitch Antenna would be a Bus Stop though the Volume would fixed.
As people started walking past the bus stop and que’d for the bus the pitch would change, the bus might pull up and really effect the magnetic field of the Theremin Bus Stop! All these changes would be played in real time to the area with the Theremin, so its a mixture of Musical experiment to create random sound scape’s and Art installation.

I’m writing this down just so I get it out there, I think its an interesting idea for free form sound generation which would be interactive with anyone near by. If anyone actually does this I’d be very interested.
Public sculptures would be another good source for an Antenna making more than a Physical presence for the artwork and giving each member of the viewing audience a roll in creating and interacting with its new Aural field.

I have no idea of the logistics or actual physics and electronics of this project, whether a certain size of antenna would need a certain amount of power to drive it?? Would my little Theremin Kit be capable of driving an old red British phone box?! 🙂

Who knows! Do you? I’d like to hear….

My very first Podcast is now online, you can copy and paste it into iTunes for a weird Theremin and Roland MC202 Experiment.
There is also a link over at the top right of the page 🙂
Podcasting under the License.


It comes complete with power supply, manual, Midi leads, Jack leads, Official Roland Dust cover, and a Custom made Aluminum Rack Tray for use on angled 19″ Desktop rack.
This unit has had the Free Roland Upgrade of the main chip, which apparently smoothed out the bugs in the earlier versions and gave better midi implementation.
Never Gigged, just home acid tweaking!!!!

This is how Roland described it:
The MC-303 is an exciting new product that presents new creative approaches to dance music. Dance music, especially techno music, can now be approached creatively by anyone using the MC-303.
All that’s required is just to combine any preset sounds and patterns from the huge selection offered, including sounds from vintage analog synthesizers.
Realtime performance capability is emphasized, such as realtime Cutoff and Resonance controls to vary the sound as well as Arpeggio and Groove Quantize for adding a special feel or groove to the song.
The self-contained MC-303 can offer a level of performance which has been only available with huge set-ups including turntable, mixer, and various instruments.
The MC-303’s integrated features provide advanced DJs with another innovative way of creating techno music.

With its 120 Preset Patterns and an awesome 448 Tones and 12 Drum Sets, the MC-303 has everything to get you up and grooving within seconds.The Preset Patterns and Tones cover various facets of modern dance music, from Techno, Jungle, Trance to House, Acid Jazz and Hip-Hop.

The MC-303 comes loaded a selection of vintage analogue sounds that are so typical of dance music: TB303 basses, SH-101 basses and solo sounds, Juno and Jupiter sounds, synth pianos, etc., and of course scratch noises, orchestra hits, white noise, TR-909 and TR-808. Techno and Jungle drum sets are also included.

The Preset Patterns can either be used ‘as is’ or customized by muting some parts (the chord backing, for example) and then stored to one of the 300 Variation memories. Original Patterns can be created either by modifying existing Preset Patterns or by programming them in real-time or step time. The MC-303 provides 50 User Pattern memories. Pattern sequences can either be programmed in real-time or as Songs for repeated use.

The MC-303 is essentially a real-time performance tool, providing four large knobs for recordable sound parameter editing (filter, LFO, envelope, resonance, etc.), Real-time Phrase Sequencing (RPS), and advanced arpeggiator with more than 30 styles, and sophisticated Quantize functions (Grid Quantize, Shuffle Quantize, and Groove Quantize).
The MC-303 also features a Low Boost knob allowing you to dial in as much low-end as it takes to create powerful Kick or bass sounds so that anyone can ‘feel’ the groove.
The BPM rate can be specified down to the first decimal place for precise synchronization with external sound sources or by using the Tap Tempo function.

The MC-303 also sports a MIDI IN and a MIDI OUT connector to interface with external MIDI compatible equipment.

Just what would we do without camera phones! They come in handy for all sorts of stuff, this for example, I fancied letting a friend hear a little snippet of audio from what i was playing with in Reason so just grabbed the Sony Erricson W800i and sgot this… 😀
Pretty random! 😀 😀

I figure its about time I made a Blog post about some of my musical things, I put this together a while ago and its up on the propellerheads site. I actually have a ‘Home Made Theremin ReFill’ in the works but I keep forgetting about it. I’ll hopefully get that released over at the props site too. This was my first Free ReFill.

K1 Roland MC-202

Description: “Sampled from my Roland MC-202: A collection of NN-19, NN-XT, ReDrum, Rex, and a few Combi patches. From the weird to the ordered and smooth… I spent far too long editing Sustain loops in 32 note patches, so if you find a glitch…!”

Download: K1 Roland MC-202 Refill: (17.8 mb)
More info:
(You’ll have to be registered & logged in to get the downloads)

…enjoy! And drop me a blog comment with a link to anything you make with my ReFills 🙂 Thanks
Further Reading…

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This is an analog synthesizer/sequencer. It sounds very much like the TB-303 and SH-101 bass synths. Sometimes considered the “poor man’s 303”. It has a very evolved form of TB-303 like programming (more like the MC-4) and SH-101

The MC-202 was sort of a next-generation TB-303. So the idea was to program sequence/patterns into it internally which would give you those 303 basslines that we’ve come to love. But programming the MC-202 is a bit too intense and over done for the simple monophonic bass line. However you can control it externally by hooking up a MID-CV/Gate converter. Then you basically have yourself an SH-101!
like controls of the VCO, VCF, VCA, LFO, Envelope and Mixer sections. The LCD display is a great feature too.

The sequencer is actually a 2-channel CV/gate sequencer, with both channels being capable of driving a separate external synth. It’s a very useful unit, also, for its DINsync capabilities; it can receive on one port, and send over two, and also can ‘split’ DINsync to branch a sync signal out to multiple devices.

This machine is best for those who want to get 303-like patterns (it has accent just like the 303) and basslines with an SH-101 sound. If you can handle programming the notes into its sequencer you can have a lot of fun. It is used by Autechre, Future Sound Of London, Coldcut, The Human League, Underworld, Aphex Twin, LFO, Jedi Knights, Plastikman, Astral Projection, Sabres Of Paradise, Freddy Fresh, Jimmy Edgar, ProtoType 909 and Taylor 808.
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This is a great deal for someone with a PC wanting fast transfer of audio files from the computer, its only ever had light home use and is in great condition, go read the ebay item description.

(look out for my Roland MC303 auction coming up soon)

My Photoshop Brushes and Tunes pages are up, check ’em out, all my own creations.
let me know how you use the Brushes etc and what you think of the tunes, thanks

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