STEREO FIELD is an instrument which allows its user to manipulate and patch analog stereo circuits directly via touch plates. This utilizes skin conductivity as new paths for the circuit to follow essentially creating new circuits in relation to where your fingers are patching. The individual touch plates are directly connected to nearly every connection point of every component in its circuitry (located directly under each corresponding touch plate). When touched it will create sound with either of the two mirrored circuits represented by the interlocking circles. These parallel mirrored circuits can be patched separately or together yielding vastly different results in regards to texture, timbre and stereo imaging. This instrument has the ability to create atonal analog audio in stereo (and quad) as well as process incoming stereo audio (and quad) sources via 1/4" and 3.5mm ins and outs. Incoming audio sources can be "patched" or rewoven into any area of either or both of the circuits via skin contact. The quad inputs and outputs via the 3.5mm jacks have small touch plates leading to and from allowing for touch access of each of the 4 inputs and 4 outputs. These ins and outs can also be patched together with cables for sustained tones and the pitch will be changed by adjusting the volume knobs in various ways. Inter-patching in this way will also allow for sustained pulse beats and filter like sound shaping in addition to bringing new results to patching via the touch plates. Most importantly, processed audio and synthesized audio are available simultaneously with the ability to influence and modulate each other. This will often blur the lines between the two; who is manipulating who? who comes out on top as audio and who is modulation? This can be a constantly evolving cycle based upon where the performers fingers are placed and highly sensitive skin contact or "pressure" changes.
The sound is sometimes easy to describe; (distortion, filtering, feedback, square wave, pulse width modulation, rhythms, wave-folding, frequency modulation, amplitude modulation, spacial shifts, panning, sub octaves, pitch following) but most of the time these definitions fall "between effects" or in combinations of multiple effects that can be shifting, feeding back or pulsing in sync with the incoming audio. Since the user is directly touching analog circuitry through copper touch plates, shifts in pitch/timbre/stereo/drive/modulation can be accessed instantly. The stereo (or quad) imaging of the instrument is both influenced by feedback and modulation in regards to where your fingertips are patching along with modulation caused by incoming audio content. In addition to the sheer number of patching and finger pressure combinations available, the instrument has shown theremin-esk properties in certain settings due to the large surface area of the gold and copper plates. To further explain, the heat of your hands hovering above the plates can affect pitch at times which also means the specific body heat of the individual performer will change how the instrument reacts and sounds.
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STEREO FIELD creating synth type sounds on it's own
STEREO FIELD lightly touch processing a Yamaha DX100 FM synthesizer
STEREO FIELD heavily touch processing a Yamaha DX100 FM synthesizer.
STEREO FIELD touch processing a Roland TR-606 drum machine.