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A glass or two of wine
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Author A glass or two of wine
wingcommander
Have you ever tried explaining your modular and/or the current patch to someone after a few drinks?
grep
I tried explaining modular synthesis to Bach on a beach in Ibiza as the sun was setting... oh wait that wasn't wine I was drinking.
Never mind.
BenA718
Most people assume you are drunk even when you're not when trying to explain synthesis. Guinness ftw! Mr. Green
dikkietrom
Tried explaining my dad this evening what a module is anyway, sober. No matter how simple I try to keep it or make analogies, like it is an instrument but electronic. He keeps on replying with ok there is music on it. No dad music is on a cd a module produces sound, the owner makes the music:ok but how d'oh! and then it starts all over again, nevermind indeed
ranix
try telling him the oscillator vibrates like a guitar string, and the other modules are like the neck and the body of the guitar.

it's easy if you have an oscope you can see the sine wave on

Also useful to show how a filter is like muting a string or compare filter resonance to playing harmonics on a guitar. Or be like "turning this knob is like if you could change the physical shape of the guitar while playing it"
unrecordings
dikkietrom wrote:
Tried explaining my dad this evening what a module is anyway, sober. No matter how simple I try to keep it or make analogies, like it is an instrument but electronic. He keeps on replying with ok there is music on it. No dad music is on a cd a module produces sound, the owner makes the music:ok but how d'oh! and then it starts all over again, nevermind indeed


I've had these- you can't win
The best you can manage is 'it's like a piano' and hope they settle for that as an answer
cptnal
When I'm drunk I assume everyone wants to hear about my modular in great detail, which apparently isn't always the case seriously, i just don't get it
BugBrand
grep wrote:
I tried explaining modular synthesis to Bach on a beach in Ibiza as the sun was setting...


How to wreck a nice beach - you must have been vocoding.
dubonaire
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

Albert Einstein.
Eric the Red
Mom comes over to drop off a book for me...

Mom: what is that horrendous noise coming out of the floors?

Me:trying to figure out Modular Synthesis in the basement. I'm in Robot Fart mode. Next up I hope to work my way up to Human Fart and then music.

Mom: and this is what you spend yOur time doing?

Me: yeah...
Parnelli
Most of the people I have met have little (if any) interest in modular synthesis. Now if I tell them I play the guitar I can strike up a conversation with just about anyone, but most folks don't even know what modular synthesis is.

For instance I was at a party a while back and a gal told me that she and her husband have a recording studio. I told her I was into modular synthesis, and when she didn't understand what it was I played a video of some soundscapes I had done. She said what good is that? She simply saw no purpose in it or the machine. Such limited vision!

But then that's many folks in my experience.
cptnal
Parnelli wrote:
Most of the people I have met have little (if any) interest in modular synthesis. Now if I tell them I play the guitar I can strike up a conversation with just about anyone, but most folks don't even know what modular synthesis is.

For instance I was at a party a while back and a gal told me that she and her husband have a recording studio. I told her I was into modular synthesis, and when she didn't understand what it was I played a video of some soundscapes I had done. She said what good is that? She simply saw no purpose in it or the machine. Such limited vision!

But then that's many folks in my experience.


Amen, Bro. Is there a modular equivalent of "muggles"?
mskala
Last year my Mom asked me what I was doing, so she could put it in the annual "Christmas Letter" she sends to her friends. I said I was making electronic musical instruments, and that seemed to be good enough.
C3P4
My parents came by last weekend and I tried to explain my modular and how it works. Dad now calls it my "sound board" which I guess is pretty accurate.
witchbutter
I think modular can best be explained by people's reactions to it as they walk into my studio:

"Holy shit that is a lot of wires"
"He'll be in there for hours, so if the noises freak you out just shut the door cause he won't notice"
kingmaxwell
Nice Dave Tompkins joke up there Bugbrand! I think that book is genius.

I think the better combo is the drunken display of the modular. When you attempt to illustrate how things work while impaired the fun and coherence just . . . flow.

"Yeah, control *voltage* . . . ConTROL VOLTage . . . like this knob . . . turn it and . . . y'know . . . like . . . the voltage is . . . "

"more controlled?"

"yeah."
esko997
I've explained it to my girlfriend as essentially pieces of equipment that manage/manipulate/interpret electricity to create and shape sound. I think she gets the idea more or less.

Not sure if she gets why I spend so much money on it lol
AW198
Explaining how modular works to people is basic level Muggle teaching.

For advanced level Muggle teaching, try explaining why you've spent £300 on 'something that goes beep'!
ranix
that's the weirdest spam I've ever seen
dubonaire
ranix wrote:
that's the weirdest spam I've ever seen


And possibly the best. Bot-art.
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Someone's had more than a glass or two I'd say!

Or is this the beginnings of AI? All living things learn by imitation; why should it be different for artificial life?
colulizard
C3P4 wrote:
My parents came by last weekend and I tried to explain my modular and how it works. Dad now calls it my "sound board" which I guess is pretty accurate.


Top dad! I like the term.

A friend of mine is a pianist and not really into electronic music whatsoever.

He could not understand the concept of a mono synth
"Only one note at a time? Why spend all that money for one note at a time?"

It was a difficult conversation.
mousegarden
I always avoid starting, or getting involved in conversations regarding my modular. It's pointless, and people just go blank anyway.
A modular is one of those things that you really do not want to know about unless you intend to use one.
sasbom
I'm in a really weird situation regarding this

People really like listening to me explaining how a modular works
or music theory or whatever, but they use me more as a background podcast
so they are only listening 10%

seriously, i just don't get it what's one to do
ranix
sasbom wrote:
I'm in a really weird situation regarding this

People really like listening to me explaining how a modular works
or music theory or whatever, but they use me more as a background podcast
so they are only listening 10%

seriously, i just don't get it what's one to do


Sounds great. I think that's the most efficient way to learn - immerse yourself in a subject even if you don't fully understand what's being described. You'll pick up concepts and vocabulary passively that will make sense later when you hear something that ties them together.

You might be a good teacher if people are listening to you like this.
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