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Subharmonicon is a versatile analog labyrinth of subharmonically derived synthesis and polyrhythmic patterns.
This new semi-modular analog synthesizer is designed for the exploration of sequences that unfold and evolve over time, spiraling through six-tone subharmonic chords and organic polyrhythms.
The newest addition to our family of semi-modular analog synthesizers (Matriarch, Grandmother, Mother-32, and DFAM), Subharmonicon is capable of complex sounds and patterns, yet is incredibly simple to use. With two VCOs, four Subharmonic Oscillators, two 4-Step Sequencers, and four Rhythm Generators, this new musical machine creates a rich harmonic kaleidoscope that divides into itself until everything that is up becomes down. Although no patching is required to start creating, Subharmonicon can be patched into itself, expanding its onboard capabilities, or interfaced with Mother-32, DFAM, and other external Eurorack-compatible gear for endless possibilities.
To design Subharmonicon, Moog drew inspiration from radical theories on music composition that arose in experimental circles during the 1930s and 1940s. Subharmonicon is inspired by Joseph Schillinger's mathematical systems for musical composition and is influenced by two analog innovations from the 1930s and 1940s: the Mixtur-Trautonium, which employed a series of subharmonic oscillators to generate electronic undertones, and the Rhythmicon (developed by Leon Theremin, the inventor of the Theremin), an instrument capable of sounding multiple harmonically related polyrhythm generators simultaneously.
"Music As Living Matter"
"Music As Living Matter," is a short film conceptualized to explore and question conventional ideas of music, sound, and expression. Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani and multidisciplinary visual artist Scott Kiernan invite you to reimagine these concepts through a delicate balance of mystery and order in this experimental piece composed entirely using Subharmonicon and analog video synthesis techniques.
VCO 1, SUB 1, SUB 2 / VCO 2, SUB 1, SUB 2
Self-Oscillating Ladder Filter, Low-Pass, 4-Pole (-24 dB/Octave)
VCA EG (Attack, Decay); VCF EG (Attack, Decay)
4 Steps per Sequencer, selectable Quantization
Driven by any and all of the Rhythm Generators
Derived by dividing the Tempo by an integer value (1-16)
20 BPM to 3,000 BPM (Beats per Minute; 1 Pulse per Quarter-note), MIDI Clock, EXT CLOCK
32 x 3.5mm jacks
17 Input Jacks
15 Output Jacks
3.5mm MIDI Input (Type A dongle included