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Phonogene 1.2

2011
New York, New York

Phonogene is a digital model of three of the earliest tools of musique concrète, devloped by Pierre Schaeffer and Jacques Poullin while heading the GRMC {Groupe de Recherche de Musique Concrète}. The original phonogenes were magnetic tape recorders modified for varispeed playback. The chromatic phonogene used an array of 12 capstans to pull the tape across the read head to produce the 12 pitches of the chromatic scale. A second version, called sliding phonogene, allowed for continuous modification of speed all the way to a stopped position. The continuous variation of speed creates a proportional adjustment of duration and pitch, as well as modification of the spectral distribution of the sound.

Almost a decade later a more complicated version, the universal phonogene, was able to dissociate playback speed and pitch via a rotating drum fitted with multiple read heads that could scan the tape even when stationary, creating an model for later developments in harmonizing, pitch shifting and time stretching.

This software models a 3 head tape recorder with a positionable read head and continuously variable motor speed. A max external coded in C allows for varispeed recording and playback, meaning that adjustments made while recording input are captured to the “tape” allowing for interesting effects, such as starting the tape :”motor” after the program is record enabled. Phonogene can function as a traditional delay, a sound on sound varispeed looper, a time-stretcher, a pitch shifter or a more unorthodox combination of the above.

How was MAX used?

Max is used as a graphic interface for a custom C external.

Phonogene 1.2

Feb 20, 2012 at 11:07am

Thank you, very interesting ! I did not know about the Phonogene. Groundbreaking machine for its time.

#262368
Feb 23, 2012 at 10:19pm

I must mention that this can alias pretty hard if you try to do anything radical.

I’m just resampling the input (using cubic interpolation) to oversample it into a buffer, to get some wiggle room for changing the “speed” of the tape.

Sometime soon a manual.

Also, I have a prototype that uses sinc interpolation that I could never quite get to work – open to collaboration if anyone wants to help with some coding.

The keyboard shortcuts combined w/ mouse movement really help this become a playable piece of software.

-T

#262369
Jul 8, 2012 at 2:50pm

I would love to see a manual. I am swimming in the program from time to time, which is a blast, but maybe even some simple video tutorials would give me the tools to take it further. I appreciate the nod to early electronic music. That’s where most of my interest lies and so my digital prowess is pretty lacking.

Thanks!

#262370
Feb 18, 2013 at 2:53pm

I’d like to check this out but the link doesn’t work :( “This domain name expired on 02/12/2013 and is pending renewal or deletion.”

#262371
Feb 18, 2013 at 3:19pm

sorry! – website is down for redesign

if you send me an e-mail, I can send you a .rar or .zip of the program, source code if you want that sort of thing.

Best,
Tristan

#262372
Apr 11, 2013 at 7:44am

Would love to get this, too. info (at) markchambersmusic.com if you can send it.

#262373
Oct 7, 2013 at 9:16pm

I would love this as well. If you could send it along, I would greatly appreciate it: jpratcliffe (at) gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

#267402
Oct 8, 2013 at 4:40am

Please send here too: tonn333 ,-(at)-, gmail -(dot)- com

#267432
Oct 21, 2013 at 5:19am

hi tristan, im really interest at trying, looking at your software. i have a makenoise phonogene, but i can see that a piece of code would be much flexibler to experiment. im interest in playing it with sensors for human interaction. is it possible you send it to me at: zaburius (at) gmail [dot] com. thank u much for the inspiration :)

#268589
Nov 24, 2013 at 10:58am

Hi, would it be possible to get a copy of your Phonogene recreation. Looks amazing. Ive always been a big fan of Schaffer’s research :) samconran[at]gmail.com Thanks.. Keep up the good work

#273668
Dec 4, 2013 at 9:52pm

Hi Tristan, I’m interest at your software. Is it possible you send it to me at: prr1212@gmail.com? Thank you
(I’am a professor in electronic music, and now my course is dedicated to concret music).

#274780
Jan 15, 2014 at 8:33pm

Hi Tristan, I would be very interested in trying out your software (Phonogene). Would it be possible to send a copy to me at ctrimmer6 [at] gmail [dot] com? Much appreciated!

#278339
Jan 16, 2014 at 10:32am

Hi Tristan, I’m also interested in your software. Would be great if you could send it. john.baq[at]Gmail[dot]com. Thanks!

#278386
Jan 17, 2014 at 11:58am

T-Man can u send a copy also to me when u get the chance?

#278481
Jan 22, 2014 at 1:15pm

Hi Tristan, I’m also interested in phonogene. I appreciate if you could send me it, thanks. alea.fab(at) gmail [dot] com.

#278886
Apr 9, 2014 at 1:46am

Wow.. cool.
I am actually doing a project featuring Musique ConcrĂ©te and I’d be very greatful if you could explain how I could go about getting this patch also. martydoherty80 [at] gmail [dot]com

#286118
Apr 10, 2014 at 6:40am

would love to check under the hood…hook me up please chubbfire2002[at]yahoo[dot]com

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