Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Autumn comes to our school!

Last week I helped my school to get some cool drone recordings for their KSWE-News. They turned out really nice! You can watch the video here (It's in Swiss German, but you can watch some of my footage ;)

I also took some images of the yellow and orange trees. It just looked lovely!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The past weeks have been quite stressful because I had so much to do for school. At the moment I am finalising my final project, which takes up a lot of my free time. That's why I haven't posted anything for some time.

But now a lot has passed! First of all, I've spent a week in France near Dijon with some friends, which was lovely! We made a lot of jam from fresh figs which we've collected in their garden, visited a lovely town and had a great time!
I also spent some time travelling around Switzerland. I visited Basel, Bern and Zürich a couple times to get some stuff, or just for fun.
With our band, we opened a jam session, which was amazing and there were some cool concerts at our school too! Yesterday, for example, there was one called "Light and Passion", where the orchestra performed pieces from Mozart and Salieri. Since I am now responsible for the advertisement of their Facebook page, I took some pictures and even did a live stream which you can watch here.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Build your own Modular Synthesizer!

In my last post, I’ve talked about the mono sampler I’ve built from a kit. Last week, my friend Gideon and I continued this journey and we’ve built two very tiny modular synths called “Kastle” from Bastl Instruments. This time we even had to solder a lot of parts together, all that time worrying if it would even work!
A little info about modular synths: there are, as the name already says, many different modules of synthesizers. Compared to a casual synth, these modules need to be connected by patch cables to change the way the sound flows. There are many different kinds of models you need to get sounds. First of all, one needs a sound source, which is an oscillator (a wave-form generator), filters, etc..
You can either apply different filters to the sounds, or you could maybe use one module (with a low-frequency oscillator) to change the pitch of an oscillator or any other setting you want.

The one we got, was a very tiny one. It's called the Kastle from Bastl Instruments and the cables are really tiny too! One could somewhat describe it as a modular-pocket-synth! It is quite cool and gives you really weird sounding, funky sounds.