Pyer (aka Pierre Collard) and Marc Boulé have released Geodesics, a collection of free modules for the VCV Rack modular synthesizer.
With a goal of seeing how science can inspire us to create new music, the Black Holes, Pulsars, Branes and Ions modules are loosely inspired by astronomic events and physical theories.
Every module must be feasible in the hardware world, interacting elements must be only knobs, buttons, LEDs and serigraphy. Right click must be avoided as much as possible.
For a more immersive concept, every parameter displayed uses terms related to the scientific phenomenon that inspires the module. It might be confusing at first but that’s why the user manual is here. While a lot of advanced science is involved, the final purpose is to create musical and creative instruments, effective and friendly to use.
Geodesics includes the following modules:
- Black Holes – Gravitational attenumixet
A black whole attracts everything that gravitates around to its centre, even audio and CV signals… Black Holes is 8 vcas in two groups of 4, it’s also two mixers with 4 channels each.
- Pulsars – Neutron powered crossfader
A pulsar is a star turning on itself and emitting very high and precise frequencies on its spinning axis. Pulsars is a rotating 8 to 1 and 1 to 8 selectors with crossfades in between each signal.
- Branes – Colliding sample and hold
Branes are objects involved into the ekpyrotic theory that describes two parallel universes colliding to create our world… Branes is 2 groups of seven S&H driven by the same trigger source. Triggers can be summed for polyrhythmic effects.
- Ions – Atomic dual sequencer
An Ionic bond describes two atoms that exchanges electrons. Ions is a two voices sequencer. While each voice has its own sequence, they can exchange their steps as easily as an electron can jump from one atom to another.
Geodesics is available from the VCV plugin manager.
More information: Geodesics