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Dirty-Carter Experimental Sound Generating Instrument

Music Technology

Chris Carter (founding member of Throbbing Gristle) presents his latest sound generator, the elegantly styled Dirty Carter –

The Dirty Carter Experimental Sound Generating Instrument uses a dual 4-stage shift register. Each register is controlled independently. Two oscillators are used per register: one as a clock, the other as input data that is cascaded through the four stages. The outputs from the stages are mixed together. A fast clock rate produces a crude form of wavetable synthesis, whilst a slow clock rate creates audible pulses and clicks. The clock speed and the data input’s frequency are controlled by touch electrodes/pads. By tilting the instrument, sound from both the 4-stage shift registers can be mixed together. Glitchy noise, deep drones and percussive peeps!

Definitely looks like fun to use, but it’s the device’s aesthetic that takes the cake here. Check out the Flickr set below for details –

[via Synthtopia]

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