Ruben Brovida (Sonology Ba Alumni, graduated in 2016)
The first musician that shared his experience with the SPG was Ruben Brovida, a graduated Sonology student. He really wanted to join the workshop and provided me with very useful comments and interesting audio-examples. Ruben is the owner of a modular synthesizer setup and he was really eager to start experimenting with the SPG.
Ruben: “The use of the VC-SPG allows a different workflow both in the studio and in the live performances. The interface stores patches as drawings do, but you can very quickly recall them, allowing the user to keep developing and building up his/her own collection of patches, evolving them and saving them.
Aside from the recall features, the sequencing possibilities offered by the matrix, are interesting composition-tools, pointing at different directions in reference to the traditional patching. Working with a digital representation of the matrix also gives a different perspective on the possibilities offered by the modular system itself, showing new possible relationships between audio and control-voltages. Because of the hybrid approach, live performances (using modular synthesizers) can be prepared in a completely different way. Few modular artists change their patch on stage and for many different reasons usually sticking to only one pre-prepared patch for each set. The SPG allows to store 32 patches, so that user can even on stage quickly swap them and push the set in much less static directions.”