In a previous post (see here) I talked about “The world’s ugliest music”, a composition made by Scott Rickard using some math techniques in order to minimize the repetitions and the predictability of the sequence of notes. I also made my personal interpretation of the piece using a synthesizer and VCV Rack.
Then I launched a “challenge” on the VCV Community site asking VCV users to give their own interpretation of the ugliest music in an “sci-fi alien context” starting from the MIDI file or a small VCV template with the sequence. Many users accepted the challenge and created very interesting patches (and accompaining videos) … surely if put together they well represent THE UGLIEST ALBUM: The Alien Ping.
I’ll soon make a full video with all the “tracks”, but, for now, I list them here in the same order they were submitted to the challenge:
Track #1 by algoritmarte (Marzio De Biasi)
Track #2 by purf (Urs Basteck)
Urs about music: “♫ Music was my first loooooooooooove ♫ and it will be myy laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast”
Cosmo Productions about music: “Professionally I’m a visual effects artist. It took me a long time to realize that making electronic music follows the same process as VFX, and is super fun no matter how “ugly” the results are. The music bug bit hard the day I found VCV Rack”
See also Cosmo Production on bandcamp.
Track #4 by GretchenV (Gretchen van ‘t Veen)
Gretchen about music: “Surfin’ the sound waves, getting my feet wet from time to time”
Track #5 by Worker_13
Worker_13 about music: “I’ll mutate a Thelonious Monk quote “VCV Rack ain’t got no wrong notes”. My music theory professor would have hated this piece of music, so that’s a win for me!”
Track #6 by carbon14 (David O’Rourke)
David about music: “My head is always full of music, rhythm in particular, but I rarely express it. As a software developer I find I get satisfaction from creating usable tools; much more so that in using those tools for end results. My ambition has always been to express music, the reality is that I’m a back-room guy; and that is fine with me.”
Track #7 by DaveVenom (Dave Benham)
Track #8 by Ahornberg
Ahornberg about music: “I make ambient and microtonal music. To make the latter more easy, I started building VCV modules.”
Ahornberg on SoundCloud: Stream Ahornberg music | Listen to songs, albums, playlists for free on SoundCloud
Pineapple_Dave on bandcamp: https://pineappledave.bandcamp.com/
Track #10 by mosphaere (Markus)
People in the “modular world” are used to weird sounds and rythms … so “The Ugliest Album: The Alien Ping” might not be (AND SOUND) so ugly 🙂 !!!!
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I’ll mutate a Thelonious Monk quote “VCV Rack ain’t got no wrong notes”.
My music theory professor would have hated this piece of music, so that’s a win for me!
🙂 🙂 🙂 … I’ll use it as the “official” comment for the track