About

Reuben Son (b. 1986) is a software developer and sound artist based in NYC.

As a sound artist, he explores the notion of composition as the deployment of strategies for dealing with the propositional materiality of sound. Drawing from the origins of computing within the history of textile production, his current body of work attempts to formalize this idea of sonic materiality by abstracting principles of weaving and textile design into a generative framework for electronic music production.

Selected Discography

Days Gone By (2012)
7" record on Wagtail Recordings

Asleep at the Drawing Board (2014)
7" record on Private Chronology

Still Sleeping (2015)
7" record on Private Chronology

Untitled Maquette (2015)
7"/CD on Estuary Ltd.

AMBIENT (2019)
LP forthcoming on Empty Editions

In Collaboration

  • Worked with Eli Keszler in both instrumental and technical capacities for a number of installations and performances at sites such as The Boston Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, and the MIT List Center.
  • Developed an app for James Hoff entitled Hobo UFO, in which navigation and camera movement in Google Maps Street View is made to respond to live audio and MIDI control in real-time. Hobo UFO was premiered at the London ICA in 2016, and presented at the Unsound Festival in Krakow in 2017.
  • Served as recording engineer for the American Primitive guitarist Glenn Jones on his album The Wanting for Thrill Jockey, published 2011.

QCVG

The QCVG (Quad Control Voltage Generator) is a hardware and software package designed 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.

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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, control signals were generated digitally using simple algorithms programmed on the QCVG.

Visit the Private Chronology Archive