Tuesday, April 3, 2012

MACHINATIONS : make noise rene

In spite of having a Tiptop Z8000. a Serge sequencer, both Buchla 250e/251e sequencers and a Genoqs Octopus, the Make Noise Rene is quickly becoming my favorite. This "electronic signal generator" is simply a lot of fun! Named after the french mathematician/philosopher/polymath Rene Descartes, "it uses his cartesian coordinate system to unlock the analog step sequencer from the shackles of linearity," according to the manual's introducion. The option of multiple clocks, snake and pendulum location movement, and access choice or denial are just the beginning of what the Rene can do. With no clock input, the location touchpads can act as a pseudo-keyboard...so much potential!

The usual Make Noise mystical cryptic markings that populate the surface of the Rene suggest a lost civilization or one from a distant planet; they also make functions initially hard to decipher. But once you get past them, the fun begins!..."I am Rene, pleased to meet you."

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