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BlowFly v1.01
Old 14th October 2013
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Software BlowFly v1.01

Have recently been looking into some of the work of Iannis Xenakis, in particular his dynamic stochastic synth ‘GENDYN’ and the soundscape pieces he produced with it, such as s.709.

Got inspired to implement my own interpretation of the technique, and have just released BlowFly – and as with all my apps - it’s free.

Could equally have called it ‘merlin engine’, ‘circular saw’, ‘lawnmower’, ‘shredder’....and although it can be ‘tamed’ into a spluttering, whimpering or whimsically meandering little sound maker, ‘unpredictable’ is definitely the buzzword here (no pun intended), and ultimately, it still winds up making the short-list for an anger-management boot-camp

Unlike the ‘movement of breakpoints’ based dynamic stochastic synthesis that Xenakis implemented with ‘GENDYN’, Blowfly uses a Bezier curve to represent a single cycle of the waveform, and various user settings controlling things like probability distributions (acting on the curve control points) and barriers behaviour, in turn determine the range of shapes and length each cycle can take, from one cycle to the next, thereby changing the amplitude, pitch and harmonic content of the sound as it plays along. It is midi-controllable (to the extent that it can be controlled, anyway ).

Download, demo video, sound samples, here:
BlowFly - FlexibeatzII
Old 14th October 2013
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Great stuff!!! The youtube description is particularily funny yet very informative. Awsome.
Old 14th October 2013
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Originally Posted by electrojunky View Post
Got inspired to implement my own interpretation of the technique, and have just released BlowFly – and as with all my apps - it’s free.

Could equally have called it ‘merlin engine’, ‘circular saw’, ‘lawnmower’, ‘shredder’....and although it can be ‘tamed’ into a spluttering, whimpering or whimsically meandering little sound maker, ‘unpredictable’ is definitely the buzzword here (no pun intended), and ultimately, it still winds up making the short-list for an anger-management boot-camp
I love this though I can't run it, being a Mac guy. But it fills me with delight. It's just like great circuit bending, but purely algorithmic! I've caused hardware to make these sounds on purpose and been well pleased. Good job!
Old 15th October 2013
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It's just like great circuit bending, but purely algorithmic!
Hadn't thought of it as 'algorithmic circuit bending' myself, but that's a neat and pretty fitting description
Old 18th October 2013
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Hadn't thought of it as 'algorithmic circuit bending' myself, but that's a neat and pretty fitting description
I particularly like the way you're using Bezier curves to make waves. It's perfect for the technique and gives really interesting tonalities
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