Off his head: man makes absinthe-powered synth
31st Oct 2008 | 14:53
One for my baby, and one for my modular
Some of music's greatest works have been composed by artists who were under the influence; now we have a synth with a sound that's controlled by the demon drink.
Confused? Allow DamagedMeat, the man responsible for this liquor-based lunacy, to elaborate.
"I love Absinthe, and I love modular synthesizers, so I thought it would be a good idea to do something featuring those two wonders."
That something involved plugging a mic into a modular hardware synth (a Doepfer A100, to be precise) and then using said mic to capture the sound of absinthe dripping into a glass.
This sound was then used to change many of the synth's parameters – pan, frequency modulation, filters and delay clock – resulting in the bizarre musical creation that you can watch and hear in this video.
Once the recording was finished, it seems that DamagedMeat decided to drink the absinthe, which, as he explains, did cause one problem.
"I had to make several takes and edited the thing while I was totally drunk."