In fact, it uses the orbital data of 12 moons from 4 different planets to modulate the synthesizer parameters of the forthcoming Quadrivium virtual synth and it can modulate your synths too!
This new synth comes from the mind of artist and sound designer Giorgio Sancristoforo and he’s released a preview of Quadrivium in action on YouTube. Giorgio has been responsible for a number of interesting software synthesizers. Particularly impressive was the Berna 2 1950’s electronic music studio simulator we saw last year. Now it seems to be all about the planets.
There’s no information outside the video as yet but as far as we know the synth has 4 oscillators, filter, a filter bank, ring modulation, reverb and a tape echo. The oscillators can be detuned, reshaped and folded. The cosmic modulation comes from using a decade of orbital data from 12 moons around Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. You seem to be able to control the rotational speed and then feed that data into a modulation matrix to route to different parameters.
The result can be an everchanging and evolving sound with textures controlled by spinning bodies in space.
He also mentions how you can use the planet-sized modulators to control your own gear and just use Quadrivium as a modulation plug-in. Groovy!
No mention of availability other to say that it’s coming soon.
- Giorgio Sancristoforo Quadrivium: Giorgio Sancristoforo