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Welcome. My name is Chris Stack. I have had the good fortune to work in some interesting corners of the electronic music world. ExperimentalSynth is my way of sharing ideas and techniques I’ve picked up along the way. The core of what I do here is to create videos that delve into under-explored areas of electronic music production.

Below are my newer ones, mixed with a few old favorites. Start one up, click the fullscreen icon and enjoy. More are curated under the “Videos” menu above, and even more are available on the ExperimentalSynth YouTube Channel.

“The best work of artists in any age is the work of innocence liberated by technical knowledge.”

– Nancy Hale (b. 1908), U.S. writer, editor.
in Mary Cassatt: A Biography of the Great American Painter

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Dave Smith Instruments website

Honored to be able to share some of my Pro 2 tips on the DSI site…

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“We have harmonies, which you have not, of quarter-sounds and lesser slides of sounds. Divers instruments of music likewise to you unknown, some sweeter than any you have, together with bells and rings that are dainty and sweet. We represent small sounds as great and deep, likewise great sounds extenuate and sharp; we make divers tremblings and warblings of sounds, which in their original are entire. We have also divers strange and artificial echoes, reflecting the voice many times, and as it were tossing it: and some that give back the voice louder than it came, some shriller, and some deeper; yea, some rendering the voice differing in the letters or articulate sound from that they receive. We have also means to convey sounds in trunks and pipes, in strange lines and distances.” —Francis Bacon, c. 1620

NEW MUSIC

YONDER is a musical collaboration between Sally Sparks and Chris Stack that explores the intersection of acoustic and electronic, human expression and machine precision, new and ancient, near and far. This album is primarily a collection of pieces recorded live in the studio.

After her prog keyboardist career was overwhelmed in the late 70’s by the tidal waves of disco, punk, and new wave, Sally was lured to Europe and the shadowy world of electronic eavesdropping on the Soviet Bloc. It had some similarities to being a prog synthesist…. knobs, dials, wires and oscillators set up in strange places. But in recent years she was lured to the unlikely electronic music haven that is Asheville, North Carolina. There she found a community of sonic explorers.

Chris’ ears were opened by an early exposure to Switched-On Bach. Later he spent a decade as a printed circuit designer, with work winding up on a space shuttle, and in custom designs for Bob Moog. Playing music for belly dancers, working as marketing manager at Moog Music and as an engineering manager elsewhere in the high frequency analog electronics world all distracted from his life’s goal of finding the perfect sample & hold filter modulation patch. [more]

The Eaton-Moog Multi Touch Sensitive Keyboard

In addition to my time as Marketing Manager at Moog Music, I also did printed circuit board design work for Bob back in the 90s. The Eaton-Moog Multi-Touch Sensitive Keyboard is the main project on which I worked.
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Billy Cardine :: Moog Lap Steel

Mix cutting-edge electronic vibration control technology with an instrument born on a train track, put it in the hands of musical omnivore Billy Cardine and the result is music with one foot in the past, one foot in the future and both ears wide open.
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It can’t all be about experimentation, at least not in my book. You have to leave the lab every once in a while and put it into practice. My album Xenography was created to not only scratch my creative itch, but to put into practice the techniques I’ve learned over the years.

Chris Stack Xenography Album

“…an album of inspired soundscapes. Feel free to stream it first if you have any doubts. Rest assured that mere seconds into the first track, you will know that you are in capable hands.” – Ted Stahl

On “Xenography” an array of synthesizers, piano, nylon string guitar, Moog Guitar, shakuhachi and voices pure and processed, come together to give you, if nothing else, a grand tour of the inside of my head.

Learn more about my musical endeavors at chrisstack.com

“Words cannot express as music does, that unsayable grace which cannot be defined.  It leaps like light from mind to mind.”

– Gwen Harwood

Exploring production techniques is a rewarding endeavor, but what is even more rewarding is using these techniques in performance or the recording studio.

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