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The Krell Suite

by Chris Stack

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Altair IV 08:10
Bellerophon 02:36


Music for Make Noise 0-Coast and Eventide Anthology X Effects

I’m offering this music on a “pay what you want” basis. Anything from $0 on up is fine. While you’re at it, check out my other albums and buy them if you like them. The same goes for Pearl Diver by YONDER, my duo with Sally Sparks.

The Krell Suite was inspired by one of Make Noise’s Patch of the Week videos, a demo of their 0-Coast version of that abstract electronic music staple, The Krell Patch. Based on Louis and Bebe Barron’s ground-breaking soundtrack for the movie Forbidden Planet, a krell patch (usually) uses a modular analog synthesizer to create a self generating soundscape.

In this work I only used Ableton as a plug-in host and audio router. There was no sequencing. The 0-Coast krell patch sound unfolds on its own, and thematic and textural changes are made by adjusting the 0-Coast knobs and/or the effects settings.

In the Make Noise’s Patch of the Week video, it was suggested to bathe the sound liberally in reverb. Since I had just gotten the Eventide effects suite, and since Eventide is a world leader in reverb hardware and software, I thought “let’s take this to extremes”. In addition to Eventide’s cavernous BlackHole reverb, I ran the 0-Coast through multiple harmonizers, choruses, rhythmic delays and a lot more.

I posted a short video of it on my ExperimentalSynth YouTube channel and was very pleased with how orchestral the results were. It reminded me a bit of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. I kept coming back to re-listen to it a surprising number of times, and that was the push for me to create this longer version, a suite of my own.

I have released this work The Krell Suite album under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. As part of the attribution, please include my name and website. i.e. “Chris Stack, chrisstack.com”


released October 13, 2017




Chris Stack Greenville, South Carolina

"This music crept by me upon the waters,
Allaying both their fury and my passion
With its sweet air. Thence I have followed it,
Or it hath drawn me rather. But ’tis gone.
No, it begins again."

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