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With the launch of the new live stream, Ear Worms, Dr. Lawrence W. Moore of the Wayfarer Project has been studying some of the early innovations in electronic and electro-acoustic instruments. Many of the early instruments in electronic music history are better described as electro-acoustic instruments because of how much of a role acoustic properties play in the creation of their sound. This is especially true for the musical telegraph invented by Elisha Gray and the Ondes Martenot invented by Maurice Martenot. In this episode, we will design a sound that has elements of the Onde Martenot and the Theremin in it both in its electro-acoustics and is control design.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

This week on Ear Worms, we will be discussion two electronic musical instruments that were historical innovations in the design of instruments, speakers, and components. The instruments that we will be covering are the Ondes Martenot and the Trautonium. The former was invented by Maurice Marenot of France in 1928 and the latter was invented by Friedrich Trautwein of Germany in 1930. These instruments came from innovations that were important in the lineage and continuous development of electronic and electro-acoustic music. We will look at the instruments themselves and we will look at some of the great music that was composed for them.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

This week on Ear Worms, we will be dedicating our efforts to learning about and enjoying great music composed for the Theremin. We will look at the history a little bit, and then look at some perfomers and some of the great music that has been composed for the Theremin. The Theremin was invented in Russia by Lev Sergeivich Termen, also known as Leon Theremin in 1919. When Leon and his instrument made it to the United States, the music industry and Hollywood all took advantage of this great instrument. Performers like Clara Rockmore and Samuel J. Hoffman brought the performance to a whole new level. We will look at some of the films that were greatly uplifted by the instruments as well as some albums of music.

Credits

Jay Goodwin regularly appears on B sides @brollstage and occasionally appears on Musicngs and other episodes @mrbrownalliance

The Problem Being @problembeing and Audred Audio Visual @audred

Reference Links

- Theremin page on 120 Years of Electronic Music https://120years.net/the-thereminleon-termensoviet-union1922/
- YouTube Playlist of Clara Rockmore's The Art of the Theremin: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIsmdb6_gDByRqsL8QbW0326uDmlmkll0&si=sugvLooE_EpLP3uh
- Spellbound 1945 Dali Dream Sequence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyPe1Jahyfo
- YouTube playlist of Harry Revel's Music Out of the Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dawxnlRTgE8&list=PLEC2EBD4F6020F297
- The Day the Earth Stood Still Clip "Gort Appears": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6iF5sINVns
- The Delicate Delinquent theremin scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzFkDAlAKR8
- Good Vibrations Lost Studo Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVlSVkzbJDA
- Theremin Cello Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiOKcu9yKy8

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Ear Worms is a live stream discussion dedicated to appreciating the beauty of sound. More specifically, we focus on electronic and electro-acoustic music and sound experiences. In this inaugural episode of the stream, we are looking at some of the early innovations that made electronic and electro-acoustic music possible. We will look at the telegraph, the musical telegraph, the telharmonium, and the singing arc. We will also look at the inventors of these devices and some of their other creations. Join Jay Goodwin and Lawrence W. Moore on this adventure into the origins of electronic and electro-acoustic music.

Reference Links

- Elisha Gray - The Musical Telegraph AMIS 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxxsTdjT7PA&t=20s
- Elisha Gray Inventor of the Telephone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPZDCIRsLS8
- The Musical Telegraph or Electro-Harmonic Telegraph at 120 Years of Electronic Music: https://120years.net/the-musical-telegraphelisha-greyusa1876/
- The Telharmonium or Dynamophone from 120 Years of Electronic Music: https://120years.net/the-telharmonium-thaddeus-cahill-usa-1897/
- The Telharmonium episodes: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=marc+doty+foundations+of+electronic+music from Marc Doty's Foundation of Synthesis series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHGZsq10nFV8oW1j2wPGFSjRhDrCGTmtw&si=CMBHAyF3D_-d8FXy
- William Du Bois Duddell The Singing Arc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDQ-S5kPbRI
- Speaking arc and Singing Arc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCEU3ShVE2E
- The Singing Arc William Duddell UK 1899 from 120 years of Electronic Music: https://120years.net/the-singing-arcwilliam-duddeluk1899/

In this episode we see how to make a drone sequence that can also function poly phonically allowing you to play the same sound as a lead. This lead can also do simple harmonies and still sound good. It does have a complex timbre to it and the modulation wheel can be used to morph the sound significantly. The overall sound is distorted, but in a refined way that still sounds high quality with just the right overtones being accentuated and modulated. The sound is largely composed of modules from SurgeXT, using the Alias module as the core oscillator. There are a lot of parameters to Alias that allow one to make some really cool sounds. The overall episode is a learning experience for folks who are looking to design their own sound patches in VCV Rack.

Recommended Artist
@TheMilangudzik

Links

The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

Let's design the sound of a nighttime scene that has crickets and a crackling campfire. The campfire is small and peaceful and the crickets are hypnotic, which is just how we want them for relaxation, meditation, or sleep. In this episode, we will see how to make the campfire sound step by step in VCV Rack, which includes the flames and the crackles. We then bring in the cricket sounds from episode 010 of this series and integrate the two together to make this pleasant sound experience. The crickets are good for brain hemisphere synchronization and the crackling of the fire makes for some good ASMR.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

In the ongoing search for cool sounds that can be made in VCV Rack, this sound came about during the course of events. It has a medieaval quality to it that sounds like a cross between a reed organ, and a bladder instrument similar to a bagpipe. When using the mod wheel to adjust the filter and the resonance, the sound becomes a lo fi electronic distorted resonator. The overall sound is quite dynamic and can produce subdued medieval qualities, as well as some screaming distorted lead qualities. The drone can be utilized in both flavors. One really needs to hear the sound a bit to truly appreciate it. The lo fi distorted electronic world merges with the dark, Gothic world.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

This sound experiment for Relaxation, Meditation, and Sleep is 1 hour in duration and has a black screen for the listener's comfort. It is highly recommended that one uses headphones to listen to benefit from the effect of the binaural beats. The experience begins with the ocean waves gradually fading in. Then, a didgeridoo-like sound enters to create a pleasant, and mysterious sound. Over time, the sound of rain enters and ethereal tones are played to entrance the mind. The ethereal music helps to give the internal verbal dialogue of the mind a bit of a sedative, like a lullaby. The binaural beats soon enter to encourage a borderline theta and delta brain wave state. The important frequencies of 432 Hz and 768 Hz are utilized. Soon the Synth ASMR prickles enter and the stage is set for deep relaxation.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

This episode is about making an ethereal pad in VCV Rack that also has a didgeridoo-like drone element to it for ambient music. This pad sound will be utilized in the upcoming 17th release of Sound Experiments for Relaxation, Meditation, and Sleep. This sound is very dynamic, can can be magical and mysterious at the same time. The upper register is glassy and smooth, while the lower register is capable of holding the aforementioned didgeridoo drone with harmonics controlled by the modulation wheel. The pad utilizes reverb and delay. All of the modules used int his episode are free modules from the wider VCV Rack community library. In the upcoming release, this sound will be used alongside ocean waves, rain, binaural beats, and synth ASMR prickles.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

In this episode, we will be looking at techniques that will be used in the upcoming release of Sound Experiments for Relaxation, Meditation, and Sleep. We will look at how to control the mixing of the different elements, such as ocean waves, rain, binaural beats, and synth ASMR. These approaches will be used in the real time mixing of the next experiment using a MIDI controller. We also look at the new approaches to these elements that are being used. The binaural beats have been improved as well as the synth ASMR. The tactile mixing using a controller allows for smoother transitions and more feeling as one moments unfolds into another. For real time sound design, this is a plus.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

In my exploration of ideas for an upcoming album release, I decided to try to make something that would be somewhat auto generating in that it would give my a dynamic sequence that I could manipulate, change, and orchestrate through live mixing. I decided to use the drum modules from SV Modular as well as the clock generating and sequencer. Then, I used the mscHack envelope pattern sequencer to make changes to tuning, panning, and other parameters in the sequence. I used the Audible Instruments Macro Oscillator to generate formants for a drone as well as w ailing chant. The result from the original to the one produced in the episode are quite different, but it goes to show how dynamic this process works and how flexible it can be.

Artist Recommendation: @SenorMarron

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

This is a 1 hour session is best experienced through headphones, and is for relaxation, meditation, and sleep. The session begins with the beautiful sound of ocean waves and light rain. An ambient and ethereal melody comes in with moments of uplifting harmony. The melody brings to life the binaural beats with a beating frequency of 4 Hz, which helps to induce a borderline delta and theta wave state of brain wave activity. The carrier frequencies of these binaural beating tones are 108 Hz, 432 Hz, and 768 Hz. There is also synth ASMR for the second section where the binaural beats and the soothing sound of the ocean waves and rain take the forefront.

Links

The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

Now that we have a solid bass drum rhythm and shakers to ornament that rhythm, it's time to add some nature sounds to the experience. In this episode, we see how to add cricket sounds to our synthesized shamanic drumming patch in VCV Rack. The crickets really help the sound experience to lift to a whole new level of power with a really hypnotic effect. The crickets sound in and out of time with the drum beat in such a way that it really helps the mind to let go. We use VCV brand modules to make these cricket sounds and put them in their own space with a the SurgeXT Reverb.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

As we continue our journey in making synthesized shamanic drumming sounds, we now turn to making shaker sounds. The shaker is an important part of shamanic drumming instruments and it helps to create that hypnotic state that is the whole purpose to the drumming. Now that we have the bass drum sound, we need a shaker. In this episode, we see how to make a shaker sound using noise. A few different flavors of noise are tested out. We use the segment envelope generator from mscHack to great effect in creating the shaker rhythm. It also helps us to control changes in the VCF and panning of the sound. With the filtering, the shaker sounds more realistic and with the panning, the nypnotic effect rises to a new level. Once again, the VCV Rack noise module helps us to select the right noise color, and the SurgeXT VCF helps us to find the right filter for the job.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

Let's see if we can do some shamanic drumming in VCV Rack by exploring some of the sounds, effects, and possibilities that would contribute to a hypnotic, drum circle-like experience. We will be handling this in parts. This first part is establishing a good rhythm for the bass drums. Using two different modules to create two different pitches of bass drum, this sequence seems to work well for shamanic drumming. The equalized version of the drums with chorus sounds pretty realistic and clean. The delay allows for the rhythmic pulsing to take on it's own life. The mscHack accent sequencer is the sequencer used and the SV Modular Marionette Bass Drum module is used for the bass drum sound. The SurgeXT Delay, Chorus, and Reverb modules round off the effects.

Links

The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

Here's the sound of a patch that I made in VCV Rack where I combined some drums, delay, and formants. The patch can be found in episode 004 of Wayfarer VCV Rack Patches. It's got a bit of techno shamanism to it with an ounce of humor. Just a bit of a twist to the techno shamanism vibe.

The visualization is "Agitator" by Aderrasi from the Project M library.

Links

The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

This sound experiment is a sonic experience for relaxation, meditation, and sleep. It utilizes a light rain sound to help one relax and has ambient music that can help the mind become quiet. The sound used is an ethereal sound that has qualities of Tibetan singing bowls as well as didgeridoo. Tones are used to create binaural beats at frequencies with meaningful harmonic relationships. The tuning of the pitches is based on A 432 Hz. There is an added tone of 786 Hz that has also sown promise in prior experiments. The length is 2 hours with the second hour being based purely on binaural beating and the sound of rain. The black screen is for the comfort of the listener. It is highly recommended that this sound experience be heard using headphones.

Links

The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

In this episode, we look at the techniques that were used in Sound Experiment 014 for Relaxation, Meditation, and Sleep. This sound experience used synthesized light rain, binaural beats tuned to A 432 Hz with a modulating filter on the harmonics of the tones, harmonic relationships between the binaural beats, a 786 Hz tone, and ambient music played on a sound that combines the elements of a didgeridoo with a Tibetan singing bowl. These elements will also be utilized in the next sound experiment, 015, for a 2 hour version. All of these techniques are performed in real time using VCV RAck.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

This episode explores a patch that really gets into a hypnotic state of consciousness with a drum sequence and synthesized formants. The effect is like a shaman singing with a drum beat. We look at how one can use the SV Modular sequencer and drum modules to create a pretty cool beat easily and then use the SurgeXT Delay module to add some echo-like polythmic action that is really trance inducing. As the idea evolves, we add the formant sounds from the Audible Instruments Macro Oscillator. Finally, we see how to execute the whole sequence with MIDI as a one note, one key groove.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

In this episode, Dr. Lawrence w. Moore shares a patch that he was working on to make drum patterns that were hypnotic, trippy, and just all out magical. The patch demonstrated int his video shows one some insights on making drum patterns for hypnotic or trance inducing purposes. The patterns can be varied using some parameter changes on the node sequencer as well as on the delays for the different drum sounds. The node sequencer from Sha#bang! is utilized to generate the drum triggers and the tuning of the drum sounds. The SurgeXT delay is used to create rhythmic delay patterns on the drum sounds. The drum sounds are from the SV Modular drum kit. VCV Rack has a whole plethora of options when it comes to making tripped out drum sounds. This is just one.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

In this episode we will look at a VCV Rack patch made by Dr. Lawrence W. Moore that has the sound of mallet tones being played in a pattern/pulse minimalist still with rhythmic variations. There are many ways to make this kind of sound in VCV Rack, but Dr. Moore elected to utilize the Node Sequencer from Sha#Bang! so that a collection of pitches could be selected and executed at different octaves. The Audible Instruments Macro Oscillator 2 is also used to generate filtered noise that has a pitch to it. This noise can then be used in reverb to sound similar to a mallet instrument. The oscillator generates a rhythmic flow of tones. This can be further shaped with the Befaco ADSR envelope generator. The panning is then randomized and attenuated using the VCV Random module and Befaco attenuator respectively. The resulting sound is an auto generating flow of notes from the mode or key that you select with interesting rhythmic variations in the minimalist pattern/pulse style.

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

In this first episode of Wayfarer VCV Rack Patches, we are going to look at making auto generating sounds that grow and evolve over time. Such sounds can add an element of chance in music. They are always more magical when the ideas seem to come from themselves and do not sound regular or formulaic. In this example, we see how to use the Macro Oscillator 2 from Audible Instruments to generate noise particle tones that sound quite lovely and that emanate with a quasi-random nature. The rate of particle generation is varied using an LFo along with the particle length. The spread of the pitches that the particles cover is varied using the random module from VCV. This allows for the same module to control the length of an envelope which allows for the musical ideas to have phrasing and space in between gestures. The overall effect is a beautiful ambient sound that sounds like particles and bodies in space. This bears insight on how one can compose music entirely in VCV Rack.

Links

The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

This session is best heard in headphones so that one can ebenfit from the binaural beating for a mixed delta and theta brain wave state. The session begins with light rain that helps one to relax. An ethereal melody, tuned to A 432 Hz is played and touches points the grow into frequencies that bear harmonic relationships to one another within the A 432 tuning system. These frequencies are offset to produce binaural beats of 4 Hz, which is the border between delta and theta brain wave frequencies. As the harmonics stack, they are reduced to a gentle, distant perspective in the rain so that one can benefit from their frequencies and beating while being sucked into the rain sound. Toward the second half, the 786 Hz binaural beating pair enters and nestles in with the other harmonics. The blending is reduced more until it become an ethereal glow in sound. The black screen provides comfort for relaxation, meditation, or sleep.

Links

The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

In this episode of Sound Design for Relaxation, Meditation, and Sleep, we look at how to make an even better light, steady, relaxing rain sound in VCV Rack. All of the modules used in this episode are free modules. The resulting rain sound is relaxing and light enough to be used for relaxation purposes. The sound design has a few different variable to it that you can customize for your own purposes. These different possibilities are shown int he episode. The heart of the sound generation features the Macro Oscillator 2 from Audible Instruments, the Rnadom module from VCV Rack, and the VCF and Reverb 2 modules from SurgeXT. This rain will be featured in Sound Experiment 014 for Relaxation Meditation and Sleep. Your feedback is welcome!

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The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

The sound of running, flowing, or bubbling water is definitely a very relaxing sound that can be used in relaxation, meditation, and sleep. In this episode , we look at how one can utilize free modules from VCV Rack to make such sounds. Specifically, we will make the sound of a waterfall in a cave flowing into a bubbling pool of water. Along the way, we will look at how one can take the sound design in different directions to customize the sound for one's own needs. At the heart of it all is the Macro Oscillator 2 from Audible Instruments, along with the VCF from SurgeXT modulated by the random module from VCV.

Also check out the music of @TheMilangudzik

Links

The Wayfarer Project Website: https://thewayfarerproject.com
The Wayfarer Project (Music channel): https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerproject
The Wayfarer Project Learning: https://youtube.com/@thewayfarerprojectlearning
The Wayfarer Project Adventures: https://youtube.com/thewayfarerprojectadventures

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The Wayfarer Project is the home of Wayfarer music and Dr. Lawrence W. Moore's tutorials in synthesis, sound design, audio production and multimedia art.