ERD modular eurorack series 2018

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The ERD modular eurorack series, from the creator of the Black Death and Dark Interpreter noise synth devices,aims to infect and contaminate the world of Eurorack with a radical, new artistic sensibility. Current ERD series modules include the ERD/ERD (Earth Return Distortion), ERD/SIR and the newly released ERD/γ random voltage and radioactive source.

All ERD modules are supplied fully hand assembled and totally Eurorack compatible (+ and -12v supplies). Most series will be sold in a limited, strictly numbered edition of 20-60 modules each. Future modules planned for 2018 include: ERD/RAVEN vocal filters and vocoder, All the Colours of the Noise, and ERD/[z] worm advanced CV generation.

Contact m[at]1010.co.uk for press details.

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ERD/ERD raven edition

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This opinion, in its general form, was that of the sentience of all vegetable things. But, in his disordered fancy, the idea had assumed a more daring character, and trespassed, under certain conditions, upon the kingdom of inorganization. I lack words to express the full extent, or the earnest abandon of his persuasion. The belief, however, was connected (as I have previously hinted) with the gray stones of the home of his forefathers. The conditions of the sentience had been here, he imagined, fulfilled in the method of collocation of these stones –in the order of their arrangement, as well as in that of the many fungi which overspread them, and of the decayed trees which stood around - above all, in the long undisturbed endurance of this arrangement, and in its reduplication in the still waters of the tarn. Its evidence - the evidence of the sentience - was to be seen, he said, (and I here started as he spoke,) in the gradual yet certain condensation of an atmosphere of their own about the waters and the walls. The result was discoverable, he added, in that silent, yet importunate and terrible influence which for centuries had moulded the destinies of his family, and which made him what I now saw him - what he was.

[Edgar Allen Poe. The Fall of the House of Usher]

The ERD/ERD raven edition contains earth from the grave site of Edgar Allen Poe in Westminster Cemetery, Baltimore. Within The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe in 1839 instantiated one of the first geophysical writing machines, describing in detail how the earth and all "vegetable things" creates psyche and sentience. It is this earth which is contained and rendered audibly and psychically influential anew with the ERD/ERD raven edition.

Pricing: 185 euros (with free worldwide shipping with tracking number). Sold out.

Technical and HOWTO

12HP, 20mA at +12V, 8mA at -12V, 0mA at 5v. 1 CV input, 1 signal input, 1 signal output, 2 jacks for external earth connection, 37mm deep.

Manual and layout at: http://1010.co.uk/org/erderdraven.pdf

With many thanks to Raymond Johnson for the fine, wormy earth sample.

ERD/WORM

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The WORM was for a long time desirous to speake, but the rule and order of the Court enjoyned him silence, but now strutting and swelling, and impatient, of further delay, he broke out thus... [Michael Maier]

The eurorack-based ERD/WORM synth features software worming of emulated artificial human speech cores from the 70s to the 90s of the last century. Six key speech cores are simulated with a vocabulary of over 4000 words and phrases, including basic allophones or phonemes which can be used to build new phrases as well as a Text to Speech engine for advanced textual constructions. A further set of COMPOST modes allows for sample-based re-working of constructed and wormed words and phrases.

Emulated speech cores include Texas Instruments' famous Speak and Worm family of devices (and subsequent circuit-wormed modifications), Atari and TI99/4 arcade games such as wormsec, Federal Screw Worms VERMIS worm-n-talk and General Instruments Intelliworm. ERD/WORM further bends and worms these key speech synthesis algorithms across 64 modes with full trigger, CV and knob control over nearly all aspects of these speech cores.

ERD/WORM functions best the more it deviates serpentinely from a simulation of recognizable human speech (as if it would ever) towards the slipped and stammered, a/rhythmic and timbral, producing new sounds through the use of fast re-triggering of phrases and phonemes, and exploring multiple bends by knob and CV control.

ERD/WORM is produced in Berlin by various worms and hands.

ERD/WORM ships with a golden Riso-printed full manual in a limited edition of 100. The second batch of 25 units is now available. The next batch will be available in July 2018.

Pricing: 265 euros with free, tracked worldwide shipping. SOLD OUT.

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Technical and HOWTO

12HP, 110mA at +12V, 18mA at -12V, 0mA at 5v. 5 CV inputs, 1 audio/trigger input, 1 audio output, 20mm deep.

Manual, code and design files at: http://1010.co.uk/org/ErdWormOnlinewhitemanual.pdf and https://github.com/microresearch/WORM

With thanks to Ioana Vreme Moser for manual editing, layout and design and Kathrin Guenter for image.

Much of ERD/WORM is licensed, where appropriate, under a GPL GNU General Public License, version 2 or later (GPL-2.0+). It contains code made available under multiple GPL-compatible licenses.

ERD/SIR re-issue

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This is the final limited re-issue [white] of the ERD/SIR (Susceptible, Infected, Recovered) with a few potentially damaging plague "fixes" and the addition of a new embedded full Turing Machine simulation. This ERD/SIR is produced with an opposing white panel and is issued in an edition of 40.

ERD/SIR roots the ERD modular philosophy firmly in a vampiric earth plague. Coded contagion and infection simulations and 8 bit processor models have been ported from the infamous micro-blackdeath device, and placed under control voltage (CV).

ERD/SIR offers a fully fledged viral computation unit including a central plague unit [CPU] acting as interpreter for selected instruction sets which operate on the interior cells or sound-generating individuals (the simulation of a medieval village within the synth). Instruction sets include masque (of the red death, courtesy of E.A Poe), brainfuck, redcode, plain plague, programmable Turing Machine, and SIR (susceptible, infected, recovered).

ERD/SIR is a digital/analogue module which can be used as a stochastic, chaotic pattern and waveform generator. The three knob controls and CV can be used to change the speed of simulation and output voltage, the selected plague and instruction set, and to actually input instructions, live coding style, into the simulated plague processors or CPUs.

Pricing: 145 euros with free, tracked worldwide shipping. Sold out

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Technical and HOWTO

8HP, 50mA at +12V, 30mA at -12V, 0mA at 5v. 3 CV inputs, 1 CV output (this is not an audio signal but lower frequency), 25mm deep.

Manual and layout at: http://1010.co.uk/org/ERDSIR_white_manual.pdf

New extended modes reader: http://1010.co.uk/org/erdsir_modes_reader.pdf

ERD/ERD vampiric edition

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There, in one of the great boxes, of which there were fifty in all, on a pile of newly dug earth, lay the Count!

The ERD/ERD vampiric edition contains mixed earth from both Golgotha, Jerusalem and Whitby Abbey, England. Whitby is the landing and stranding place of Dracula's ghost ship Demeter, delivering the fifty oblong boxes ("a number of great wooden boxes filled with mould") which find their way to the Count's chapel at Carfax. This earth is essential to Dracula, it forms "his earth-home, his coffin-home, his hell-home..."

It is this earth which is later sterilised and rendered more holy by Dr. Van Helsing. It is this earth which is contained and rendered audibly and psychically influential anew with the ERD/ERD vampiric edition.

It is our belief that Stoker was programmed by the geology and earth of Whitby to literally transcribe the story of a technology to come; the future technology of plague or contagious computation which in turn writes itself on every earth substrate (doped silicon) as holy. This ERD/ERD edition seeks to re-animate this geophysical writing machine, and to curse that more than holy earth.

For more details see the original ERD/ERD below.

Pricing: 185 euros (with free worldwide shipping with tracking number). Sold out.

Technical and HOWTO

12HP, 20mA at +12V, 8mA at -12V, 0mA at 5v. 1 CV input, 1 signal input, 1 signal output, 2 jacks for external earth connection, 37mm deep.

Manual and layout at: http://1010.co.uk/org/erderdvampiremanual.pdf

With many thanks to Avi Caspy, Joy Kemp and others for the twin earth samples.

ERD/γ

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Gamma images: Dirk Dunkelberg

Provide by Arts, for the hardnesse of Nature, for one Sister weepeth without the other.

Extending the explorations of material process and ever viral code initiated by the micro_research ERD series, ERD/γ digs the Eurorack synth deep into geological time scales of radioactive decay. The module provides a radioactive source (Uraninite aka. Pitchblende), Geiger counter and processing to deliver both pure random voltages and random timing/triggers.

Given the half life of the isotopes within the active material (Uranium-238 and Uranium-235) the module must be returned for recalibration in perhaps a few billion years.

According to selected mode (four CV modes) ERD/γ outputs a scaled random control voltage (0-5v) either at specific adjusted time deltas, or at scaled random times. A low entropy mode allows for faster random CV out (maximum 100-150Hz as compared to 10-20Hz). A trigger mode supplies the last available random voltage on trigger in (rising edge). A dedicated trigger out provides a 5v pulse (200uS duration) at random scaled intervals (at zero speed scale each pulse mirrors a beta decay event at the geiger tube). Timing and voltage scales are under CV control; local entropy can thus be reduced.

Pricing: 225 euros with free, tracked worldwide shipping. Sold out completely

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Note that the ERD/γ releases high entropy CV data embedded in the material world, rather than emitting any sound itself.

Technical and HOWTO

12HP, 35mA at +12V, 4mA at -12V, 0mA at 5v. 2 CV inputs(0-5v), 1 trigger input(edge trigger), 1 CV output(0-5v), 1 trigger output (5v at 200uS), 35mm deep.

Manual and layout at: http://1010.co.uk/org/ERDgammamanual.pdf

ERD/ERD

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ERD/ERD (Earth Return Distortion) is the first and most extreme expression of the ERD philosophy, seeking to literally put the earth back into circuit with technology. All world electricity travels through the earth and nearly all electronic circuitry and devices are extracted and refined from the earth. ERD/ERD puts a small block of forest earth into the Eurorack circuit, allowing control and audio signals to be distorted and amplified as they pass through the earth block. It can be viewed in conventional terms as an earth conditioned VCA (amplification factor by knob control or CV) and distortion. Local electrical and atmospheric signals can condition and distort the earth signal. Two jack connections are also included, optionally switching out the local earth block in favour of routing through local earth piles and forest sites. Discounts are available in return for earth samples (eg. Edgar Allen Poe earth from Baltimore, vampire earth from Transylvania or Whitby).

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Technical and HOWTO

10HP, 20mA at +12V, 8mA at -12V, 0mA at 5v. 1 CV input, 1 signal input, 1 signal output, 2 jacks for external earth connection, 35mm deep.

Manual and layout at: http://1010.co.uk/org/ERDERDmanual.pdf

ERD/SIR

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ERD/SIR (Susceptible, Infected, Recovered) roots the ERD modular philosophy firmly in a vampiric earth plague. Coded contagion and infection simulations and 8 bit processor models have been ported from the infamous micro-blackdeath device, and placed under control voltage (CV).

ERD/SIR offers a fully fledged viral computation unit including a central plague unit [CPU] acting as interpreter for selected instruction sets which operate on the interior cells or sound-generating individuals (the simulation of a medieval village within the synth). Instruction sets include masque (of the red death, courtesy of E.A Poe), brainfuck, redcode, plain plague and SIR (susceptible, infected, recovered).

ERD/SIR is a digital/analogue module which can be used as a stochastic, chaotic pattern and waveform generator. The three knob controls and CV can be used to change the speed of simulation and output voltage, the selected plague and instruction set, and to actually input instructions, live coding style, into the simulated plague processors or CPUs.

Pricing: 145 euros with free, tracked worldwide shipping. Sold out.

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Technical and HOWTO

8HP, 50mA at +12V, 30mA at -12V, 0mA at 5v. 3 CV inputs, 1 CV output (this is not an audio signal but lower frequency), 25mm deep.

Manual and layout at: http://1010.co.uk/org/ERDSIRmanual.pdf

Hardware, software and design files

All ERD series modules are licensed as open hardware and free software with all schematics(KiCad only), software and layouts/notes available at:

https://github.com/microresearch/ERD

With thanks to Connie Mendoza for ERD/ERD and ERD/SIR images.

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