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Moog is Crowdsourcing Field Recordings for a Global Synthesizer Project

They want to make an interactive tool that enables users to make their own collages of geospecific sounds.

by Alexander Iadarola
Apr 25 2016, 8:17pm

Photo courtesy of Moog

Veteran synthesizer manufacturer, Moog, has announced an ambitious, experimental new undertaking in collaboration with London-based sound artist Yuri Suzuki called the Global Synthesizer Project. The goal is to create a tool that will allow users to create compositions using field recordings from around the world, wiring them together in networks resembling those of a modular synthesizer.

For the Global Modular, the rectangular grid shape of a modular synth will be digitally reimagined in the image of an international map, which users can engage with interactively to make their own collages of geo-specific sounds.

The project will debut at the upcoming Moogfest 2016 in Durham on May 19-22, and in order for it to be successful, Moog is asking people across the globe to send them field recordings. If you're interested in contributing, you can read more about the project on Moog's website.

In March, Moogfest spoke out against North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, popularly known as the "bathroom bill," which bans transgender people from using bathrooms not corresponding to their assigned-at-birth gender. The festival also recently unveiled the full lineup for this year's festival, including an array of workshops, conversations, and master classes.

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