Why is The Moogist playing in a pantry? It’s … unclear. (mmmm… Vanilla Almond Clusters.)

But this performer, aka Tim Tsang, demonstrates that with some modulation, you can turn you keyboard shredding into something much wilder. Expect explosive flurries of atonal melodic flourishes and timbral mayhem. Using a Moog Voyager, he modulates those pitches into some musical insanity. In short:

  • Shred.
  • Add pitch randomization with sample and hold (a lot of it).
  • Filter the result.
  • Hold that key trigger so you can use your fingers for something else. (Here, the Voyager’s X/Y pad.
  • Route mod wheel to LFO.
  • Route LFO to pitch, add more triggering, timbral modification like FM …and go all wobbly.

(Before you make assumptions, don’t miss the same performer nailing Liszt. Liszt would have loved the Minimoog, too, I think.)

I’m not sure there are quite ten tips in there, but you’ll see how to dazzle fans and frighten small children and pets. Come to think of it… okay, maybe I do know how he wound up in the pantry. But with gentle acoustics and plenty of snacks, it’s not a terrible idea. I’m counting that as a tip.

Enjoy … crunch. (Those clusters really are tasty.)

If that doesn’t strike your fancy, here’s another video in which The Moogist takes on external input:

Using Moog Voyager to process audio track with additional sounds. plays like a turntable.

Excerpt from the Moog Voyager Training DVD used by permission of Moog Music Inc.

Minimoog Voyager. Photo courtesy Moog Music.

By the way, one thing that’s great about Tim Tsang is that he doesn’t just shred on the keyboard. The man can also play Classical piano. And that kind of versatility – from the Classical to the mad and experimental – is something that marks a musician who can appreciate all kinds of beauty in music, not just through a narrow aperture but the whole lens of possibility. Watch:

  • A

    I like the sound at 2:50 and what he’s doing with the x/y pad at 4:10.

    I dunno, what’s the assumption? To me it sounds like someone screwing around and having fun, insane was kinda overselling it. :)

    I’d like to see him work on the XL and jam those patch cords in. :)

  • http://brianjohnwilliams.com Brian Williams

    Is this really worthy of a story?

  • tj

    The great thing about having about a lot of licks is how it gives you the versatility to respond to any opportunity – and to stand out from the crowd of thousands all copying each other’s formulas. Plenty of that around the world.

    People who master their gear and reach for untried, unfound ideas get to define the future.

  • Grumpy

    Looks like some one messing around with a synth to me, hardly worth recording and putting up on youtube

    • http://twitter.com/jmtd Jon Dowland

      My grumpy thoughts exactly. Not a great advert for mastering freestyle if it sounds pretty much the same as any other fooling around session.