Eileen sent off for her first packet of seeds when she was 8, from Suttons there was a send for a sample cutout in the Radio Times, her lifelong passion for anything that grows had begun.
Gradually my philistine'ism faded and now I make the occasional image, the posts above made me think, finding pt3r 's drones and his advice concerning the right modules, will help me into turning still images like this into a video.
My name is Thom Blane (previously Aethia who started this thread ), I am the artist working alongside Sam to create the Biodata Sonification module for AE Modular. Just wanted to send some updates re the progress of the module:
The Biodata Sonification module will now be officially known only as the 'Organon' Given the nature of the modules ability to give inanimate organic objects a voice, I did some research into the etymology of the word "Organic". Turns out it was pretty interesting..
"organic (adj.): 1510s, "serving as a means or instrument," from Latin organicus, from Greek organikos "of or pertaining to an organ, serving as instruments or engines," from Organon "instrument"".
"Organon /ˈɔːɡ(ə)nɒn/. noun: an instrument of thought, especially a means of reasoning or a system of logic."
Therefore, the Organon was born.
Sam has produced a beautiful prototype, which you'll be pleased to hear is playing great with the AE Modular system. In Sam's words " this is the 'dev module' which has the Eurorack jacks and all in a 3d printed case with a usb cable unceremoniously strung out the back". There are some tweaks to be made, especially in terms of the module size/fitting everything in such a compact space. I will leave sam to answer any questions on the technical side of things. However, here's a look at the current prototype within my setup, powered here by a Jade Plant:
Whilst Sam has been busy doing the hard stuff, I have been prototyping some frontplate designs. The core design will silkscreened with white ink on a black board. We would also like to include copper resist on the L/R side of the module to allow for hands on interaction with the module, and LEDs down the middle which are seen ’through’ the board, to notify when a gate/note is being triggered. The play on words continues with the inputs/knobs: Blossom = Threshold control, Matter = Probes Jack Input. The Organon title is set in an unreleased typeface custom designed by myself. These designs are still in the very conceptual stages, but here is a sneak peak:
I was fortunate enough to have played a live show in Copenhagen last weekend and I was able to integrate the "Organon" into my performance, using a living block of King Oyster Mushrooms as my musical counterparts. Here the module were used to send Note CV to a pair of oscillators, which were mixed in the MM33, and sent out through various FX and Filters. As my performance was already pre-planned and rehearsed prior to receiving the module, (and my modular was nearly fully patched!) it wasn't front and centre of the performance, rather just to provide some extra ambience. Once I am done with this current patch, I plan to reset my Modular and find more creative ways of testing the Organon. Me performing an ambient meditation with the Organon in Copenhagen:
I just sent out the manufacturer designs for the version 6 of this module, hopefully this will be the production version and we can start making some available. The DAC quad chip that I use is still mostly unobtainable, but I've got enough parts to make a couple.
I have tried some clever things to make the board stack fit into the tight AE modular case dimensions. Having the module be a couple millimeters to deep it's still the biggest risk on the AE design. Perhaps for this run of prototypes users would put up with the module sitting slightly proud. Another solution would be moving to all SMD components. We also have a nice design for eurorack panel, but I don't want to offend any friends on this forum
Thanks for the idea rodney I just made some last second modifications to the boards, cut out a big hole where the AE power connector will sit, and popped a 'single row' of 5 pin header on the back of the middle board. I'm hopeful that the cut out in the brain circuit board is big enough to accept a power cable. I was really worried about the fitment for the AE format, but I am very hopeful now that Thom sent me some more photos of his case and connectors.
It'll be a couple weeks before the boards arrive from overseas, and i'm sure thom and i will do a media blast when i get some spun up. We will be sure to pop back into this thread to offer some modules to the community.