Over on the Reaktor G+ group, Marque Etienne has posted a video demo of a simple but fun theremin ensemble.
I’m a sucker for Reaktor ensembles that make noise and sound effects rather than having a more traditional musical goal. Each one is unique, offering different possibilities and something of the character of the builder. Freestyle, baby. On this particular unit, the granular delay with a pitch control adds a nice touch – the fed-back echoes can go up or down in pitch as they repeat.
It’s an easy to understand .ens under the hood and you ought to be able to modify it easily, and add your own embellishments. Marque says a Lemur template is in progress, and you’ll find OSC terminals in the ensemble waiting for input.
Hey gang, did you notice that the Konkreet Performer half price sale is still in effect? Go get it right now. Even if you don’t have an iPad – you can get that later, it’s a good reason to get one. (edit: sale is long gone but the Performer software is still there and it… is… fantastic!)
As a little bonus for Konkreet users, I’ve reskinned and refreshed my theremin ensemble, with some features from the Chroma sequencer.
The onscreen display is just a display – to make some noise, set up Konkreet Performer with three nodes and a ribbon. The three nodes control its three voices, and the ribbon controls beat-repeat and voice panorama.
It’s a lot of fun to play and if you’re ambitious, the structure within is a good introduction to mapping Konkreet parameters to Reaktor voices: node angle from the central node controls pitch, distance from the central node controls vibrato intensity and resonance, and touching and releasing the nodes gates the voices.