= Folktek Arts =

= Folktek Arts = The works of Arius Blaze, Ben Houston and co.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Luminist Garden at ARS Electronica Center

via ARS Electronica;
"Short clip on the live performance of White Sample and Raum Null at the Deep Space of Ars Electronica Center on September 05, 2014. Visuals by Veronika Pauser aka VeroVisual and Peter Holzkorn aka voidsignal. Body Controller by Michael Platz.Video-Documentation: Michael Mayr, Veronika Pauser."

Sunday, September 21, 2014


A new piece by Arius Blaze. Materia is a part of the triad; Materia/Mentalis/Aether - three instruments designed to work together and enhance eachother.
Materia is the rhythmic hub and creates a touch-based symbiosis with the player and Aether. Drone, Noise, beats and oddity
More info can be found on the folktek site where preorder is currently happening for both Aether and Materia ;

More info on Aether here;

and Mentalis will be along to join the others soon.

An overview of the triad to come soon as well.

Note that the videos below are my first experience with the three of these instruments together. Only Aether and Materia are actually producing audio - Mentalis is providing function to Materia but the audio element of that instrument is still being prototyped. You may find a few of these videos...slow...So flip through them if you need to. I have no doubt that as I have more time with them, I'll discover a broad range of possibilities that even I, being the instrument designer, didn't realize existed. There may be more videos in the future.
There is an element of aquatic life present.
so it goes.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Elysian Drum Scape (lmtd 2014 edition)

Available now.
The Drum Scape is know for the big nasty bass and the sweet, yet tense drone that makes sound that is somehow distinctly all its own.
This edition has a little finer oak box design and a few small tweaks.
All the informations are here;

Friday, August 8, 2014

Nice illuminist garden demo

video info from AudioCentralMagazine;
"A two-part improvisation on Folktek Illuministic Garden; three delay lines with separate behaviors (loop, mid delay, harmonizer) are treating external signal (courtesy of MS-20) and internal signal(s) from eight trees made of strings from electric guitars caught with an internal pickup. Great look, experimental and extreme features. Probably, non the only (nor the best) way to play with the Garden."

on the folktek site;


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Aether (official)

On the official folktek Aether page you'll find more details, photos, sounds, video, order info, etc.:

Aether, created by Arius Blaze, is a touch based work with a very sweet and rich sound similar to that of the Euphonos Field (though not as broad). It features 20 oscillators and a 20 note polyphony, is capable of connecting with anything that accepts control voltage and also has a set of touch "keys" that transmit CV.
Two touch panels contain 10 responsive "keys" each that represent the primary low oscillators and higher decay oscillators. When the global pitch is dropped, the low oscillators go into a synchronized LFO mode where each key represents a different time signature. The decay section is made to have a natural decay where attack and sustain are controlled by touch. Another panel integrates a more subtle set of oscillators that replicate the decay panel and are made to influence the other oscillators. Finally, the amp section alters the sound of the low oscillators and provides everything from deep, filtering swells to subtle pitch change.

These oscillators travel to a reverb/delay (switchable) that provides an enormous reverb or a nasty tape style delay. Additionally, an external signal can utilize these effects as well. In fact, the synthesis of Aether can be made to pass through the player, into the upcoming synthesizer "Materia" which is then sent into the effect section of Aether where it can be mixed with the original signal how you like.

*This piece is made to connect with an upcoming synthesizer called "Materia" which greatly expands the possibilities and sounds. Materia will be available when Aether is officially released (not preorder). Materia provides its own clicky poppy deliciously odd drum sounds and rhythms via trigger-based sequencing, touch-based wierdness, CV sequencing to control and synchronize with Aether as well as more touch panels that allow the synthesis of Aether to be heavily altered. It also allows the oscillators of Aether to pass through the user without any audio cables connecting the two(!). Materia has a second power jack and if both pieces are purchased, a jumper cable will be provided to eliminate the need for two power supplies.

Aether Control Voltage is as follows; 
Global CV input
Clock output (to synchronize Materia or anything else with the rhythmic clicking/popping of the low panel when the pitch is dropped. 

CV out transmits 0-5v based on touching the decay "keys". Each key outputs a dedicated voltage in .5v increments.

Layered 4 tracks + beat in an attempt to display the more synth nastiness and practical production with the Aether. No external effects or filtering (and no looping or major editing) - each part with control voltage supplied by the simple and effective Electro Harmonix 8 Step Program synched via midi to a simple beat from the Korg ESX sampler.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sound Installation by Andreas Gerth

Prominently featuring the Drum Scape by Arius Blaze.
More info on the Drum Scapes can be found via the folktek site;

Andreas writes;
...with a sound installation in which the drumscape plays a main role.

The box on the left to the drumscape is a cv-trigger to s-trigger converter which I built. This was a big step forward to use the Drumscape more and integrate it into my modular system. The drumscape here is triggered via this box by a Doepfer A-149-2 Digital Random, which is clocked by the Benjolin pulse out, which is modulated by………
The Drumscape-out goes into an Optomix LowPass Gate… (not connected on the photo)

You can see full documentation and hear how it sounds here:

The second 30min take is how it sounds in the exhibition and you can hear the drumscape very well.
It's also on Soundcloud:

Also on my newest album Driftmachine "Nocturnes" the Drumscape was used often. The album comes out on the label 
Umor Rex on 17th of June:

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Aether" - contact synth

Preliminary photos of "Aether" - a touch synthesizer created by Arius Blaze with a sound and function much like the Euphonos Field. Exceptionally sweet sounding and cool to the touch. Official photos, video and sounds will arrive in the coming months.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Time Scape Sequencer (suitcase edition)

Built by Arius Blaze on Comission. The time scape sequencer with patchable keys. Essentially the time scape; http://folktek.com/instruments/time/time-scape, the scape sequencer; http://folktek.com/instruments/time/scape-sequencer with they patchable keys of the time machine; http://folktek.com/instruments/time/time-machine-x built into a suitcase. Also with the addition of Midi out to synchronize external gear to the time scape circuit

Sunday, October 20, 2013

the first Euphonos Field videos



Videos for Part 1 (takes 1-4)
All four of these were recorded using the same primary patch method. More videos to come will include other primary patches as well as external synchronization and such. More on the Euphonos Field page of the Folktek site;