VISION.VHS

    VISION.VHS is a 2-volume concept album and experimental art project collaboration. As an art project VISION.VHS explores limitation, intuition, and interpretation. All artists were limited to the album titles and synopsis--they had no access to the music. This limitation added an unusual element of risk as there was no music to provide the additional guidance that is so common when creating album art. Removing musical influence from the creative process allowed for each artist to have a stronger personal influence in the work. Their interpretations in response to the abstract nature of the synopsis were effectively more intuitive.

    VISION.VHS is the first 2-vol Instagram music album and art collaboration with a total of 23 artists contributing 32 art pieces.  Their pieces were showcased on http://instagram.com/brainztain in a stack of old TV's.

    The extended album releases are available for free and can be found on http://brainztain.bandcamp.com

     

    VISION.VHS: Vol. 1 - Magnetic Prophecy

    Civilizations have risen and fallen; entire populations formed and exterminated[104]cyclically propelled[107] by their own faiths. Rulers, servants, prophets[103]... have attempted to infiltrate new dimensions[101], seeking streams of light[113] into the future[106]-- seeking power[212]. Exploiting their own souls as windows of destiny[108], fixated[105] on monochromatic clairvoyance[111], only to find themselves isolated[112] by their self-generated prophecies: tunnel-vision multiplex[109] in encoded noise cascades [115].

    It is now 2017 and numerous paradigm shifts[205] have morphed reality [116]. The VHS era has been forgotten by the masses: those unaware of the video revolution[204]. While only a split second in telecommunications history, the video revolution allowed for all-encompassing electromagnetic revelations[114] brought forth by the planet’s collective hyper-visual psychoactivity [201].

    Radio wave broadcasting and magnetic reproduction[202] of both authorized and unauthorized copies[101] in volumes never-before seen allowed for the perfect conditions to create abnormal quantum oscillation patterns. These, combined with the earth's magnetic field created an intense period of archaeomagnetic crosstalk[216] so abnormal that it affected electronic devices and materials containing sufficient oxidized iron (tape) to be magnetized, leaving an untapped apocalyptic imprint [110] never before decoded, until now.

    Dim the lights, tune in, and discover VISION.VHS Vol. 1 - Magnetic Prophecy
     

    VISION.VHS: Vol. 2 - Crosstalk Distortion

    Not all magnetic traces inspire prophetic revelations. Some of the energies captured throughout the VHS era[214] combined to form a heterogeneous concoction[209]: a candid and honest snapshot[203] of the video revolution’s hyper-visual minds.

    Turbo-conscious observers living the human error paradox[211] experienced philosophical contradictions[215] that inevitably led to the birth of new electronic cultures[213]. Sad souls laughed hysterically at their free will[207] when fate [210] crushed their innocence. Lonely minds awaited companionship lost in the multitude [208]. All feelings became vehicles of persuasion.

    Chaos is apparent; a disguise; perfection’s veil filtering out inadequate candidates. The message prevails for those that can track in a timeless dimension: free of expiration; free of expectation.

    A cat meows at an indian through an encoded binary stream [206] traveling through cyberspace: this is now. VISION.VHS: Vol. 2 - Crosstalk Distortion, that was then.
     

    VISION.VHS TRACKLIST

    VISION.VHS: Vol. 1 - Magnetic Prophecy
    # Track Name Visual Artist
    101 Unauthorized Copy @outer.temple
    102 Prophets @delirioustrashpanda
    103 New Dimensions @holochemical7
    104 Exterminated @jav_solo
    105 Fixated @cisko3000
    106 Future Ray Corona
    107 Cyclically Propelled @delirioustrashpanda
    108 Windows of Destiny @tvvin_pinez_m4ll
    109 Tunnel-Vision Multiplex @parydarian
    110 Apocalyptic Imprint @arbel420aka
    111 Monochromatic Clairvoyance @aeon.1
    112 Isolated @tvvin_pinez_m4ll
    113 Streams of Light @alexogreee
    114 Electromagnetic Revelations @distortionisgod
    115 Encoded Noise cascades @304angstroms
    116 Morphed Reality @paul_plastic
    VISION.VHS: Vol. 2 - Crosstalk Distortion
    # Track Name Visual Artist
    201 Hyper-Visual Psychoactivity @tvvin_pinez_m4ll
    202 Magnetic Reproduction @_m_e_s_s_
    203 Honest Snapshot @sagasounds
    204 Video Revolution @acidwinzip
    205 Paradigm Shifts @saulonzo
    206 Encoded Binary Stream @distortionisgod
    207 Free Will @aeon.1
    208 Lost In The Multitude @holsgr
    209 Heterogeneous Concoction @supershy_company
    210 Fate Ray Corona
    211 Human Error Paradox @arbel420aka
    212 Seeking Power @crossedxx
    213 New Electronic Cultures @acidwinzip
    214 VHS Era @tvvin_pinez_m4ll
    215 Philosophical Contradictions @babytron
    216 Archaeomagnetic Crosstalk @paul_plastic

     

A beginner's guide to EURORACK

2/08/2017

EURORACK!! The new trend is here and all the cool kids are doing it! Well, nope, nope, it’s not new, and hardly any kids are doing it, mostly middle-aged nerds that can afford.

Growing up in a computerized world with access to tons of free and mind-blowingly powerful open source plugins has been revolutionary and life-changing, but many people also feel that it has cursed them with overwhelmingly monotonous computer interactions.

Packing 6 VCAs + mixer in an 8HP DIY Eurorack module

2/06/2017

The Zlob VnIcursal Vca is a 6 channel 8hp ota-based linear vca with an additional mix output that sums any of the 6 outputs when they are not patched.  The module is 35mm deep so it will most likely fit your skiff case. The panel is made of laser cut acrylic.

Traffic Dice: an all-in-wonder cable adapter box for your modular needs (DIY)

12/15/2016

My first modular synth was a Kilpatrick Phenol, which uses banana plugs.  Soon enough I wanted to connect it to a Microbrute so I made a bunch of banana to 1/8" cables.  Then when I built my first eurorack synthesizer I wanted to connect it to the Elektron Analog 4's 1/4" CV outputs.  That's when I realized it would be cool to make an "all-in-wonder" converter box that did it all: 1/4" (stereo/mono), 1/8" (stereo/mono), and banana.

So I ended up with what I call the Traffic Dice: a swiss army knife adapter box for modular connections.

Phonewave EP Project

1/11/2016

The Phonewave EP is an international music project consisting of 20 tracks (38min) made entirely from telephone-recorded voicemails collected via 1-818-649-WAVE.  The project was born on my instagram feed (@brainztain) and most of its contributors were part of the Instagram community connected through hashtags such as: #vaporwave #seapunk #webpunk #netpunk #cyber #cyberghetto #sadboys #glitchart #vhsglitch #bitwave #8bit #pixelart #phonewave etc.

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Official Drupal 8 version released TODAY

11/19/2015

Very happy to announce that the fully supported Drupal 8 was finally released today after over 4 years of development and hard work from the open source community.

Drupal 8 features major improvements, including a new theme engine and a nice selection of API's that allow it to play competitively well with the outside world.  I'm very excited about this update and will soon be porting Synthmode.com to Drupal 8 to take advantage of all the new features.

But what are you waiting for? Go give it a test drive!

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The Kilpatrick Audio PHENOL is the 2nd semi-modular synthesizer I've owned (the first being the Korg MS-20), and it is also the closest thing to a modular.  Soon after getting my hands on it I started realizing what the modular fuzz was really all about.

The PHENOL packs a lot of modular features in a small package.  This includes a very simple but useful divider and powerful multi-mode envelopes--all things that are not very common outside the modular world.

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