Saturday, October 3, 2009
The Scape Sequencer is currently available: http://ariusblaze.com/forsale.html
The Scape Sequencer created by Arius Blaze, was originally designed as an accompaniment to the time machine or any of its close cousins, ie. the Time Scape, however, it is made to work with any piece of gear that has a point to point patchbay including any of the patchable folktek works.
It gives entirely new dimension to everything we've tried it out with. Playability is simple - there are two "mains" to control respectively, parts 1-4 and parts 5-8 of the whole 8 part step sequencing - these are patched to any points on the main patchbay, then parts 1-8, any or all of them, are patched to alternate points on the patchbay making switches as the step proceeds. It has a clock in and clock out. In the case of using this with the time scape, as an example, the clock in can be sent to various points on the time scape patchbay thereby synchronizing to the time scape timing and repeats.
In addition, parts can be added with the "add step" button, so intead of having one part proceed step by step, any number of parts can be addedcreating a matrix effects and connecting multiple points at once and in succesion. Parts can then be subtracted as desired using the "subtract step" button.
Furthermore, all parts can be erased at once or the step can be paused with the push of a button.
There is a time knob and a swing knob to control timing variation.
The lamp section is custom, the low profile and small hardwood box is custom and all of the buttons are handmade.
Here are three videos which all utilize the Scape Sequencer;
With the midi chord modified by Ben Houston, a chord is played and then the Scape Sequencer is patched into the breakout patchbay.
In the following two videos the Scape Sequencer is used to control the Magnetic Bug by Ben Houston allowing glitchy phrases to be made and repeated - something that is otherwise impossible without first sampling and rearranging. Additionally, we've discovered the capability of pulling fourth sounds from the bug, not necessarily displayed in these videos, that we've previously not heard.
In the post below, you'll find photos of the Time Scape, also currently available, displayed with the Scape Sequencer. These two pieces together generate a world of possibility.