Painting with sound – a techno exercise

Try this at home: you take a stable synth riff, control the filter cutoff, and feed it into a series of massive delays & reverb, to set off a beautiful cascade of sound. We’ll call this “painting with sound”.

Inspired by requests to analyse Planetary Assault System’s sound design strategies, this exercise hopes to make you think more deeply about stability, repetition, timbre, texture, and energy contour, all without ever changing the notes of the synthesizer.

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0:00 Being the Bob Ross of Techno
2:05 How to Paint with Sound
3:08 Setting up the Synth
5:47 Setting up the Delays
8:37 About Convolution Reverbs
10:21 Adding in the beat for the whole painting

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