Author Archives: Berkus

The Gas Of The Week: Jewish Poker (Week 13/3)

I am starting a new creative fun feature on the CCG site: The Gas Of The Week … but (like my Drone Of The Week) not every week. Expect to hear all kinds of lighthearted pieces here: sarcastic comments, daft … Continue reading

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Entrainment And Resolution (Duet for Cork City and Modular Synthesizer)

I just finished setting up my integrated hardware and software system for performing and for recording the performance on up to 32 tracks. I tested and tried everything thoroughly, and feel confident that I can easily do an afternoon of … Continue reading

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The Probability Switch (live improvisation along with self generating synthesizer patch)

Composing Uncommon Practice Music often involves making “patches” of sorts. I consider this a rather beautiful way of working. Much of my music explores structures, and I can connect musical structures directly to patch structures … which can relate easily … Continue reading

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Drone Of The Week #46, 2012, Made On My New Modular Synthesizer

This week’s Drone Of The Week is the first music I made on my new  Modular Synthesizer – thank you, Bellows, for assembling this Thing Of Beauty for me, and thank you, Konny, for help with raising the funds. I … Continue reading

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My Modular Synthesizer Has Arrived

My Modular Synthesizer has arrived. I just took it out of the box. Now, how do I switch it on? Where does my keyboard plug in? Where is the volume control? Playing a Modular Synthesizer is usually an open ended … Continue reading

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A Modular Synthesizer Is Coming To My Studio!

This is big news for me: I was able to raise independent funds for putting together a Modular Synthesizer (Thank YOU, Konny!!). I chose the Eurorack standard, which is supported by many manufacturers, and I just ordered 26 modules of … Continue reading

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Improvisation: Evelyn Glennie’s Approach (Part 1)

Denis gave me an indefinite loan of his old electric guitar to experiment with. He says it is the cheapest electric guitar money can buy. Whether or not I was ever able to play the guitar can be disputed. I … Continue reading

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Solstice Blessings And A Happy World Music Day To All

Update June 24th: I felt that the drone sounded too “industrial”, and I filtered it drastically to sound more like “nature” to me. Here is the final most recent mix: Sunrise In The Glade – New Mix Today, the 21st … Continue reading

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Dark Time – Abstract Art Music In A Light Hearted Mood

I am calling this very abstract piece of music “Dark Time” – a reflection on the concepts of dark energy and dark matter. Dark Time, as defined by myself, passes just like ordinary time… however, for some reason science still … Continue reading

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A New Departure And A New Piece Of Music

In order to use my Cork City Gamelan sounds for live performance and improvisation, I started using Patcher software. This is an entirely new departure for me, and here is my first Cork City Gamelan piece I recorded on the … Continue reading

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