Book Recommendation: PATCH & TWEAK (by K. Bjørn/ C. M.)

After the success of the synthesizer book PUSH TURN MOVE, graphic artist Kim Björn has continued to specialize in the publication of high-quality literature (and has since turned this into his main job). The new book PATCH & TWEAK – a cooperation of Kim Björn and Chris Meyer – reviews all aspects of modular synthesis – and involves the story of famous electronic musicians.

PATCH & TWEAK is a must-have for all modular enthusiasts. But this book will be of great value even for those among us who do not consider themselves as strictly modular musicians. Lying in  the nature of modular synthesizers, all aspects of analog synthesis are explained in detail (VCO, VCF, VCA, ADSR, LFO, etc.) – knowledge that can be used for every analog synth around the globe.

But there’s even more: Synchronization, sequencing, performing … the themes of PATCH & TWEAK seem endless. We recommend this book for every electronic studio.

Finally, a few impressions of PATCH & TWEAK …


Exploring Modular Synthesis

370 pages, hardcover
Foreword by Suzanne Ciani

Price: 450 DKK / approx. 60 Euros + shipping
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Filed under 2019, Books

“Es genügt, einen Ton schön zu spielen” sagte der Komponist Arvo Pärt im Jahre 2005. Diese Aussage ist ebenso einfach wie ich auch exzellent: Es braucht kein Meer an Tönen, denn entscheidend ist der Klang. Dass so mancher Vintage-Synthesizer der 70er und 80er Jahre teils unerreicht hochwertige Klänge liefert, steht außer Frage. Doch tatsächlich leben wir “heute” in einer nahezu perfekten Zeit. Einerseits hat man – mehr oder weniger – noch Zugriff auf die Vintage Analogen, andererseits wird auch bei Neugeräten die wichtige Komponente des hochwertigen Klanges wieder zunehmend berücksichtigt. Doepfer, Cwejman,, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Studio Electronics, COTK, John Bowen und andere Hersteller bauen hervorragende Synthesizer, die den “Klassikern” in nichts nachstehen. All diesen (alten wie neuen) “großartigen” Instrumenten ist Great Synthesizers gewidmet. _________________________________________________________ In 2005 composer Arvo Pärt said: “Playing one tone really well is enough”. In other words, it is sufficient to play one tone 'beautifully'. I agree with that. All musical efforts are focused on the sound itself. Although I studied classical music (piano and drums), it’s the electronic sound that inspires me. Synthesizers are the epitome of new sounds and exciting tonal spheres. Today, many companies produce high-quality - excellent! - synthesizers: Doepfer, Cwejman, MacBeth, Moog, GRP,, COTK, Studio Electronics, John Bowen and others. It's their products I'm really interested in ... apart from Vintage Synthesizers, which I have been collecting for 20 years. Subsequent to our former websites Bluesynths and Blogasys, Peter Mahr and I have now created GreatSynthesizers. We hope you like it.

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