The album is an interesting project and this is what is said on the Bandcamp site:
Originally recorded and produced in 2012/13, this album is the product of experimentation with a software synthesizer know as "Virtual ANS" - a simulation of the ANS Synthesizer created by the Russian audio engineer and inventor Yevgeny Murzin in 1958. The software simulation was created by Alexander Zolotov, and has - since its original iteration coded for PC - more recently been made available as an Android/iOS app.
This album was inspired by the preparatory sketches by and ideas of architect Lebbeus Woods for an installation exhibit. Using these sketches, and guided by the ideas detailed in his essay on the installation, I used the Virtual ANS to transform the sketches into sound, and then combined multiple layers of differently processed copies of each image to create these soundscapes. My goal is to create in the listener a deep, visceral, non- or pre-verbal experience of the ideas, as I understand them, conveyed in the earlier work by Woods.
As Woods has written elsewhere:
"If ideas were immortal, we wouldn't have anything to do. Because we die, and because knowledge can't be transferred directly, each person has to reinvent the form of ideas all over again. Our social existence is about helping each other to do just that."
Lebbeus Woods died on October 30, 2012. He was 72.
released December 29, 2015
James J Pyke - all programming, arrangement and production
It is a smaller update but as I love Virtual ANS anything that enhances the possibilities are great!
Still wishing for selected area to be loopable... but the new duplicate function will do until such a time.
Play Store info:
* additional UI language - Russian; you can change it in System Preferences -> Interface;
* new drawing modes: * (lighting), / (darkening);
* Xor, Add and Sub modes has been renamed to ^, + and -;
* new operation in the Selection Mode: Duplicate (CTRL + D);
* compressor has been added to the audio engine;
* bugs fixed.
Remember that it is for free on PC/MAC/Linux
The parenthesis that it is new music genre is the title of the video and not my observation!
Ha ha. Maybe it is a new music genre, just do not expect a big rush of musicians and producer to follow. One thing to observe and hear is the kick and how it is "painted" as one thing that have been hard is to get the low end and specially drums to sound okay in Virtual ANS.
Here it sounds pretty good and with some mixing and mastering it could work.
Remember that the same goes for Phonopaper so it is a idea for low end kick drums on paper!
maybe not to good but it is interesting to hear the attempt at making techno using only Virtual ANS... Have the feeling that it is no composed in Virtual ANS but it is precomposed and imported into Virtual ANS (just my guess...). Have done that sometimes and the result can be very good and do recommend to try it out with whole songs... it can be used as an addition or effect mixing the original and the processed ANSed version.
So this is one of my favorite dark ambient musicians and he is a big time user of Android.
Was going to report on this way earlier but being in and out of faster internet connection it somehow got side tracked inside the mess of my head...
This one made entirely in Virtual ANS and as such it is interesting but in my opinion Virtual ANS comes into it's full glory as an addition to compositions or as an effect treatment of sounds...
It is not bad by any means and it has got some nice mini reviews plus that it is pay what you wish on Bandcamp. And the most important thing is to hear how an album using only Virtual ANS would sound like.
He wrote a article about using Caustic 3 for the album he made before this (the album is really good and is available for free, check the article for link) and you can read it here:
This is definitively not something you see every day!
A good friend of mine have started a new art project and he is going to use some Android apps for some of the art work.
This being the first post where he is using Virtual ANS and Pixivisor to great effect.
We are good friends but if anyone else made this maybe I would have been even more impressed by the use and the ideas as my imagination would be able to run wild as who this person could be.
Even if they are a little bit too out there for me and probably many of you it is still very good example of what is possible with these apps.
We were talking about collaborating in some ways so there will probably be some posts directly from this artist in the time to come...
To read the post:
If you read the information that is out there on the ANS synthesizer this will not bring anything new to the table. But it is cool that they talk about it:
Plus that they mention some other earlier experiments with sound from image that was used in film and it has been my intention to write about that subject for some time but...
blame the summer and lack of focus!
If you want to read more and have good links to more information plus also talking about the Virtual ANS app please go here:
Play Store link:
How I wish that I could hear these lectures!
Hey Mr Nightradio take a break from coding and make subtitles for us that do not know russian?
Well until we can convince him of this we non russian speakers can look at the ANS synthesizer that Virtual ANS is based on and see it being used and manipulated.
Play Store link:
D.N.P made this album using Virtual ANS.
It is probably the first album made entirely using Virtual ANS.
It is full of happy music made for dancing and good times!
In my post about the update of Virtual ANS it got mentioned that there was an image export added called PhonoPaper and I was speculating.
Happily my speculations were totally off and it was much more interesting than that.
The export was for generating images of your Virtual ANS creations that you can use for PhonoPaper that Mr Nightradio released the day after.
So PhonoPaper is in the same family as Virtual ANS and uses the same sound engine.
What it does is reading audio from print. Anything that you can print on.
It reads it like a barcode outputting sound as long as it is in between lines on the top and bottom like this:
There is videos and the explanation on the Play Store but here is some things that entered into my mind since it came out.
First of all you can draw or paint the lines on top and bottom and they do not have to be perfect. I did some experiments last night painting on canvas and the idea was to see how exact the lines had to be painted and in the end I just painted by eye without guidelines being too lazy recovering from sickness but it worked.. They still have to be more or less aligned but you can more or less do it by hand or with a ruler.
I can see that it becomes a very nice alternative to sculpting sound in the way if you learn to draw the sounds that you like you can repeat that anywhere in the end having built up a set of sounds to use on any flat surface with any material. Open up the PhonoPaper application and use those symbols playing a piece of music or a longer performance.
It is interesting to if some people come together for jamming.
Drawing / Painting as playable presets directly from your hand / mind.
It can easily be used as a portable sound set using live just lay out the paper with prints on them or hang them up around you. Direct the camera towards the paper and it will play the sound with you controlling which parts and speed it reads the images. Visually it can be both beautiful and different.
It is funny to see the pictures on the play Store as it show that they can more or less far away, hanging sideways and PhonoPaper can still read it.
Soundwise you can accomplish the same sounds as in Virtual ANS which is interesting as you can get words and whole music out of it as you can hear in the videos below.
The other day I fed a whole minimal techno track into Virtual ANS and it came out really good. What suffers most is the bass as it easily break up.
This you can print and as size do not matter as long as someone can keep the top and bottom lines visible on the camera screen. So everything from a wall to small messages on small pieces of paper.
It could be nice to do some pieces of music to hang in different places even though very few people for some time to come will know what it is.
So you can record sound but not take photographs and you can not import images or sound so the best way to be more flexible in creating prints is of course with Virtual ANS that import any image or soundfile. Print them from Virtual ANS and play them with PhotoSounder. But like said you can also create any visual file and use any size that the camera can take in.
As a parent I am looking forward to print out some paper with the lines in place and feed them to my daughter of four years that have a older phone that runs Android 2.3.3 but enough for PhonoPaper and see if she gets hooked on drawing sounds?
Okay what can I say for me this is more Mr Nightradio Magick. The third in a bout a year!
First Pixivisor then Virtual ANS and now PhonoPaper.
It is accessible, for free (totally self contained, no internet or permissions) and there is endless creative possibilities opening up with something that could be dismissed if someone has a very short attention span.
Look at the videos and test it out. I know there is some people that is going to dismiss it but there is going to be some that like me is going to be very excited and hopefully push this concept further as it has the flavor of something that can push limits not foreseeable.
Here is a simple template if you feel like drawing painting lines instead of printing them.
Here is some videos:
There was some negative comments but there has been some updates already fixing it.
Virtual ANS the wonderfully exciting application are now updated with some good new features. One thing that I like to use it for is like a effect, importing tracks and manipulate and then mix them in with the original track or the rest of the music and with this latest update it is good to see that the audio import and recording is better.
A new effect that seems to clean up that audio (it came yesterday and did not have enough playtime yet) called Gamma correction.
The most intriguing new function though must be something under the name Phonopaper export. So now you have JPG and Phonopaper export to get your Virtual ANS track as an image instead of an audio file. (If this is the first time you hear about Virtual ANS it may all seem weird but investigate and dismiss or be amazed...) So here is how the images looks like after export.
This being the JPG export.
This being the Phonopaper export.
I have tried to get some answers and hopefully will get some soon...
Meanwhile here is some speculations...
There was an invention in the thirties that was a reading music from paper with light instead of with a needle as in phonograph record and this could have something to do with that and guess if there is someone that am inventive enough could build a reader/gadget/electronic device to interpret the music.
It could also have to do with the Sound archaeologist Patrick Feaster works and his use of the free program ImageToSound that reads images and converts them to .wav files.
You can find out more regarding the fascinating work of Patrick Feaster here:
In either case I could be totally wrong but color me intrigued!
For the free PC/Linux/MAC version go here:
A recorded live set where amongst other things used is Virtual ANS.
And yes with the man and creator of Virtual ANS himself, Mr Nightradio!
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