About

Reuben Son is an NYC-based software developer and musician.

His work explores how compositional complexity can emerge from simple interactions between materials, systems, and environments. He places particular focus on how things happen to sound, the ambiguous ways in which causality may become diffuse as actions become audible.

Outside of his own work, he has worked in various engineering capacities for artists such as Eli Keszler, James Hoff, David Grubbs, and Glenn Jones.

Selected Discography

Days Gone By (2012, Wagtail)

Asleep at the Drawing Board (2014, Private Chronology)

Still Sleeping (2015, Private Chronology)

Untitled Maquette (2015, Estuary Ltd.)

AMBIENT (forthcoming 2019, Empty Editions)

Projects

QCVG

The QCVG (Quad Control Voltage Generator) is a hardware and software package designed, built, and developed for computerized control of an analogue modular synthesizer. On the hardware side, the QCVG is comprised of an Arduino Nano microcontroller interfaced to a pair of dual-DAC chips, which provide four channels of 0-4V CV (control voltage), and four trigger outputs (for triggering envelope generators in the synthesizer). Each CV output may be patched into an oscillator to control its pitch, and the trigger outputs are to be patched into envelope generators to control the articulation of notes through a voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA). The C++ library for the QCVG is still under development and a small production run of the hardware may be produced in the future.

The following demo was recorded in a single unedited take using the sample sketch provided on GitHub.

Visit privatechronology.com/qcvg

Private Chronology

Private Chronology was a micro-label operating between 2009 and 2015, with 10 editions published in cassette, vinyl, and digital formats.

Still Sleeping is the final release on Private Chronology, and consists of electronic music made with a Eurorack modular synthesizer. Although much of the sound design was executed using traditional analogue techniques, the music itself was generated digitally using simple algorithms programmed on the QCVG.

Visit the Private Chronology Archive