= Folktek Arts =

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

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Time Machine ver. 5

A commissioned collaborative work by Arius Blaze and Ben Houston with Folktek Magnetic patchbay - live remixing the world. The Time Machine takes incoming sound, samples that sound (up to about four seconds) and twists it up however the player likes - in thousands of ways. Or it can be used for a real nasty delay with dub feedback in addition to the possibilties as a multi-osc. sound generator.

For more info check out the folktek pages on time; http://folktek.com/instruments/time

for currently available works go here; http://folktek.com/instruments/for_sale

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

new Feedback Harp

The Feedback Harp version 3, a collaborative work created on commission by Arius Blaze and Ben Houston.
An acoustic feedback-driven electronic environment generating a broad realm of sweet sound or controlled noise.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

folktek in Biz Markie's studio

"Biz markies mixing room. Scene (for new VH-1 show) was shot with him at the board."

Folktek works; Luminist Garden on the speaker, Folktek plaque between, Drum Scape to the left of the mixing board

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Synergist by Arius Blaze

currently available;

The Synergist is a touch synth with 8 osc. and an 8 note polyphony - each tuned in correspondence to one another to create a full body of notes in addition to touch-based noise and time control. The oscillators tie into a delay, the timing of which controls the global pitch of the oscillation (when the time on the delay is lowered or raised, the frequency of all 8 oscillators are lowered or raised accordingly). Thge delay ranges from extremely tight to a longer approx. 2 seconds (getting gradualy dirty and grimier toward the lower end)

The oscillators can be feedback driven to create decay and the level of all touch points can be lowered or raised to either overload the delay completely or create more subtle background drone. This all helps to mix the level with any incoming sound as the an input signal can be sent into the 1/4" in jack allowing for processing of external sources. The selector switch switches between a variety of clean feedback and altered feedback (altered feedback being a more compressed droning sound)

The result is a piece capable of drone or synth lines, very nasty noise and dub massacre. The layout of the touch plate is designed to make it easily playable in a percussive manner. It's also laid out so that metal pieces (coins work well) can be placed between points to acts as switches for drone or connect points to alter the delay signal.

More info on the site and more to come; http://folktek.com/instruments/symbiotic/synergist

5 of these have been made and are currently available

Sounds and video to come. The piece shown here, however, is extremely similar in nature;

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Interpol 2010/2011 Luminist Garden intro

This video link was just sent to me by Joseph Fraioli of jafboxsound...
"not too long ago i created the intro for interpols 2010/2011 tour using solely the luminist garden. thought you may wan to check it out. heres from a recent show, a little hard to hear with the crowd cheering:"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Luminist Garden played by Roy Harter

Roy Harter, sound designer extraordinaire at SkinnyMan in NYC playing his Folktek Luminist Garden

More on the Luminist Garden on the Folktek site; http://folktek.com/instruments/electrocoustic/luminist-garden