Scanner is a electronic musician exploring an experimental terrain between sound, space image and form to create multilayered sound pieces. The performance at this event was working on an idea of free improvisation, twisting and turning into new sonic environments with each interaction of the performer.
Since the 1980s Robin has consistently experimented with different technology, in fact the name Scanner comes from his use of Police Scanners in early performances. It is no wonder then that we find Robin completely absorbed in the eurorack modular realm.
With a relatively small 6u eurorack system Scanner based his patch around the Abstract Data Octocontroller (a module we know a lot about). The Octocontroller sent gates out to the rest of the system to be processed or trigger sounds.
A wide range of sounds were coming from two sampling modules the Radio Music from Music Thing Modular and the Granpa by Bastl Instruments. Preloaded with a wide array of different textures and sound sources to recall and work with during the performance.
"What I've done is just use it as a resource but without knowing whats in there. I like this almost John Cage idea of this thing coming through but I don't know quite what to anticipate."
The full performance was captured by Divkid so if you're left wanting more then we suggest heading over to his youtube channel!
All the modules in the miniMOD range together in a standalone keyboard
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