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PLL

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about

After much preparation and discussion, the first volume of a new and ongoing series from David Burraston has arrived at Psoma: PLL, a catalog of recordings made using Phase Locked Loops.

For this first excursion Dave is using the Doepfer A-196 Phase Locked Loop module. The PLL is, even by Doepfer's own admission, an unusual and unpredictable device, which is remarkable considering the wild frontier of ideas that populate the modular music world. It continues to either astound or confound music makers who are new to its specific strengths and unorthodox charms. In layman's terms, the PLL uses a voltage controlled oscillator, a phase comparator and a low-pass filter in a combinatorial way, alongside two external input signals to track various aspects and adjust them internally according to a set methodology. The result is often an untamed and colorful source of processed audio and/or angular modulation, although, like many Doepfer modules, the PLL can act as an external sound processor or a sound generator itself.

This is where Burraston arrives to both discern what is happening inside the PLL, and to shape and guide it according to his own conceptual bent. We here at Psoma cannot say we fully understand what Burraston is doing on these recordings, even though we ourselves use the PLL in our own modular system, but that liminal space between recognition and unfamiliarity is often where NYZ recordings reside - threading a cosmically large tapestry with electricity, while most listeners experiencing this process from the outside will not be able to distinguish the advanced experimentalism from pure, mind-melting magic.

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released November 5, 2021

W/P by David Burraston. Recorded on 24th June 2018 at Noyzelab using Mutable Instruments Braids x2 [custom dark face built by Finlay Shakespeare] and Doepfer A-196 Phase Locked Loop. Text by ABM&D with amendments by Noyzelab. Design and physical assemblage by ABM&D based on a concept from Noyzelab. Mastering by Noyzelab with supplemental assistance by The Analog Botanist. This is Psoma Psi Phi number NYZ-XVI. David Burraston and the Noyzelab logo appear courtesy of Noyzelab.

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