STEREO FIELD is an instrument which allows its user to manipulate and patch two analog stereo pre-amp circuits via touch plates. By utilizing skin conductivity as paths for the current to follow you are essentially creating new circuits and new sounds 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 analog synthesized audio with either of the two mirrored circuits represented by interlocking touch-plate 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 synth tones 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 two stereo input volume knobs (center) shape and effect distortion, drive amounts, internal feedback pitch, and modulation rates depending on how your fingers are patching. 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. If multiple audio signals are traveling into the Stereo Field these audio sources can be intermingled and can modulate one another, again depending upon where your fingers are patching. Sending CV signals into the 3.5mm input jacks will open up many more possibilities both in terms of synthesized sounds and audio processing. The Stereo Field can also be used as a sort of lo-fi controlled random source when using the 3.5mm outputs to send CV to your modular system. Due to the nature of feedback and finger patching the 4 available CV signals have the ability to get incredibly complex and textured in nature (see audio examples below in use with a euro-rack system). Because of the open nature of Stereo Field it can both send and receive CV modulation simultaneously. In addition, this can all be happening while your finger patching is changing and altering the incoming and outgoing CV while also processing incoming audio. These ins and outs can also be patched together with cables for sustained tones with the pitch/rhythm/volume/"cutoff" being affected by adjusting the incoming and outgoing volume knobs in various settings. 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 incoming audio during processing. Since the user is directly touching analog circuitry through gold/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 plates. To bring this even a step further it the synth tones can be triggered by only breathing on the plates using breath control to sculpt the audio.
There is a sort of collaboration with the instrument as sometimes you will be reacting to what it is doing and other times you will be attempting to control and shape what it is doing but most of the times you will be doing both simultaneously.
-More specifics are found at the bottom of the page and additional important information can be read on the "Why" page.
STEREO FIELD prototype heavily processing a Yamaha RY-10 drum machine.
STEREO FIELD creating synthesized sounds on it's own
STEREO FIELD as a controlled random source sending CV to a euro-rack modular system.
STEREO FIELD receiving clock and modulation from a euro-rack system while simultaneously sending modulation to euro-rack system while simultaneously outputting audio result of this (Stereo Field is the only audio source here)
STEREO FIELD golden plates creating playable field without touching.
STEREO FIELD breath controlled option
STEREO FIELD 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.
-10" x 5.75" x 1.5" Aluminum and Maple enclosure
- Immersion gold touch plate interface
- 1/4" L/R inputs, 1/4" L/R outputs on rear of unit (outputs/inputs audio through both circuits)
- 4 x 3.5mm inputs (2x L/R pairs corresponding to each of the two circuits, can be used for CV, audio or both)
- 4 x 3.5mm outputs (2x L/R pairs corresponding to each of the two circuits, can be used for CV, audio or both)
- As a "Controller" CV outputs approximately 3.8v to -3.8v depending on hand placement and input/output volume settings.
- 8 x touch plates corresponding to each of the 8 x 3.5mm jacks for visual and direct interaction with inserted signals
- 2 x stereo input volume knobs (for vastly changing touch plate interaction as well as incoming audio signals)
- 2 x stereo output volume knobs (for changing touch plate interaction as well as overall output volume)
- 9v Regulated (tip +) US power supply (100-240V AC)