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Luca Longobardi: Constant Surprise

Italian composer and pianist Luca Longobardi shares some of his Polyend Tracker adventures.

“I’m proud to have been one of the first to buy the Polyend Tracker. I immediately fell in love with some of its functions such as the built-in FM radio and the possibility of Wavetable and Granular synthesis in addition to its design that invited to the usability (the big knob is something that can make you addicted) and its extreme portability. From a creative point of view, it is a constant surprise. It was pretty easy to integrate it into my experimental ambient set. I have started to use it together with my ‘comfort’ gears until I gradually found myself to create generative loops using it as a solo instrument.”

Luca Longobardi - The Carillon

“Five irregular sequences made on the Polyend Tracker. Built with the Fill function and managed through the chance parameter to make them sound always a bit different. Filtered by the Hologram Electronics Microcosm and paired to an asynchronous loop on the OP-1.”

Luca Longobardi - Semi Generative Polyend Tracker Solo Loop Walkthrough

“Is it possible to create a complex and semi-generative ambient loop using only the Polyend Tracker? The answer is yes!

This loop was created using onboard samples (Loops n Trouble and Legowelt) and effects only.

Track 1: Clouds sample, LFO on Panning (Triangle, 32);

Track 2: Crimemood sample, LFO on Panning (Triangle, 32) and on Cutoff (Triangle, 1), delay applied on steps;

Track 3: nochancemood sample, LFO on Panning (Triangle, 16);

Track 4: SYNTH-harp sample, LFO on Granular Position (Triangle, 4) and on Panning (Square, 12), sequence filled every 4 steps with Change 50 on each step;

Track 5: SYNTH-KwakkelEend1, sample start 2.300s, LFO on Cutoff (Triangle, 4), sequence filled in randomly with random Roll (from 0 to 6) applied, Chance 50 on each step;

Track 6: SYNTH-SwanLake, LFO on Granular Position (Triangle, 1) and Panning (Square, 16), a note every 8 steps, random Roll values (from 0 to 4) on notes;

Track 7: SYNTH-EasyTone, LFO on Granular Position (Triangle, 1), sequence filled randomly with Chance 50 on each step.”

Italian composer and pianist Luca Longobardi represents the generation of classically trained musicians who incorporate the language of contemporary electronic music into their pieces, which are furthermore strongly connected to the multimedia arts. Born in 1976, Longobardi studied classical music in Italy and New York and went on to earn his doctorate in digital audio restoration in Rome in 2011. His works reveal a strong interaction between classical and contemporary music. The experience he has gained as a theatre musician has increased his interest in the relationship between sounds and spectacle; he has composed music for ballets and films and accompanied installations and experimental art productions (Atelier des Lumières – Paris, Carrières de Lumières – Baux-de-Provence, Kunstkraftwerk – Leipzig).

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