The PHONOGENE is a digital re-visioning and elaboration of the tape recorder as musical instrument. It takes its name from a little-known, one of a kind instrument, used by composer Pierre Schaeffer. While it is not an emulation, it does share the primitive, tactile nature of its namesake and expands upon the original concepts. It is informed by the worlds of Musique Concrète (where speed and direction variation were combined with creative tape splicing to pioneer new sounds) and Microsound (where computers allow for sound to be divided into pieces smaller then 1/10 of a second, and manipulated like sub-atomic particles).
Having voltage control over every parameter, it is most dynamic as a digital audio bu er for the modular synthesist. The PHONOGENE is comprised of a pair of tool-sets, which work well together. Tape Music Tools allow for sounds to be recorded on the fly, layered using the internal Sound On Sound function, manually cut into pieces using the Splice function, and re-organized
with the Organize control. Once it is spliced up, it is possible to create nearly infinite variations of the original loop by modulating the Organize parameter. Vari-Speed allows for the speed and direction of playback to be controlled continuously with one control signal. Gene Size, Gene Shift, and Slide make up the Microsound Tools. Gene Size divides the audio bu er into progressively
smaller pieces called Genes (aka particles, grains, granules). A clock signal applied to Gene Shift steps through those pieces in chronological order, while a control signal (such as the Wogglebug Smooth CV) applied to Slide, moves through those pieces in a nonlinear fashion. Using Slide, random access of the audio bu er is possible. Obviously, functions such as Vari-Speed and Organize are useful for Microsound as well, which is why these functions were grouped into one module. The end result is a sampler/looper/audio manipulator that is able to exist within a modular synthesizer system, and over a vast amount of real-time sound manipulation in a fast and tactile way.

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Brand
Make Noise
Model
Phonogene
Finish
Silver
Categories
Eurorack
Year
2010s
Made In
United States

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Make Noise Phonogene Eurorack sampler
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