I have to admit that I have made a mistake which could have plunged us in serious legal trouble and I’m very lucky and grateful that it was resolved in a good way after all.
What has happened?
In March 2022 I released a new filter module which was based on the circuitry of the Soviet-Era Polivoks synthesizer and I asked the community what I should call this module. I wrote a few blog posts about this and we also had a poll on the forum to let the community determine the name. With overwhelming majority the name “Kuzmin Filter” was chosen and I released the module under this name. I also advised that I would send 70% of revenue from the sales of this module to UNICEF to help children who were affected by war.
What I didn’t do, was to contact Mr. Vladimir Kuzmin to ask his permission to use his name! This was a gross oversight on my part and absolutely not OK. Mr. Kuzmin wrote to me recently and made me aware that he didn’t give his permission to use his name. Luckily he was very nice about it and was happy when I instantly took the module off the shop. He also pointed out that my posts made it seem as if he was endorsing the donations to UNICEF, which could be problematic for him, as he lives in Russia. Therefore I am issuing the following statement:
The module, formerly sold on this website with the name “Kuzmin Filter”, was not endorsed in any way by Mr. Vladimir Kuzmin nor were the donations made to UNICEF from the sales of this module endorsed by Mr. Kuzmin.
I have apologised profusely to him, which he has graciously accepted. He has also made it clear that while the name is protected, the circuitry is not, and that I can release the module under a different name. Therefore, the module isn't available in the shop at the moment.
This situation could have been much much worse if lawyers got involved and it could have easily killed tangible waves! So I feel very lucky and very grateful for the way in which Mr. Kuzmin has conducted this affair. I also would like to make it very clear that, although the name was chosen by members of the forum, the responsibility for not checking in with Mr. Kuzmin lies with me alone. No one else is at fault.
But now we can move on and this filter module will soon be released with a new name. I’m thinking of “Grunge Filter” or “Gnarly Filter” which, to me, best describes the sounds you can get out of this module.
Ornament & Crime remains unavailable
More bad news due to the “chip-ocalypse” - which affects the O&C module as it is based on the Teensy 3.2 development board. This is most likely to be discontinued, or, at least, it’s going to be a very long time before it will become available again. Better don't put much hope into it. See this screenshot below:
Unfortunately the O&C firmware is made specifically for the 3.2 version and will not work on the new 4.0 board. Time will tell if and when the original firmwares will be ported. Until then, the O&C module will stay unavailable.
“Le Module 01” from M4vrick
Fresh out of France is this amazing new module called “Le Module 01” made in collaboration by Gregory (@m4vrick) and Zeno (@keurslagerkurt). It is a complex wavetable oscillator which plays chords and sounds really good! Here you can and hear it in action:
More information and how to order on the forum:
Music from the Community
Therapy by @glitchyfrog - this incredible track about depression is hauntingly beautiful!
Lone Dark Sequence by @mathias - This beautiful track comes with a full patch description in the forum post below!
Split Groove by @pt3r - This is an interesting MIDI experiment. Check out the groovy track and patch notes:
jAEst rAEn by @waporwave - This track is so polished and smooth, it should be on a Bandcamp album!! Showing that the AE can interface well with the Reaper DAW:
The coolest Room by Beaucarnea Collab - @maydonpoliris and @pols on vocals! The Youtube video with images made with Midjourney AI..
Etherbunny by @pt3r - A different kind of Easter fun. Imagine going on an Easter-Egg-Hunt in a dark cave, hundreds of meters below ground ...
The Ominoculus Abendment by @krakenkraft - We are not quite sure what we are listening to here, but it sounds strangely hypnotic! Definitely a very interesting composition:
Lost in the Bush & Rattlesnake Tarantula by @maydonpoliris - experiments with the uTone module
XY Plotter and AE Modular by @hand - this was an art installation where the AE was driving a real plotter … check out the very meditative video
Droplets, or it’s raining today by @ampersand - It’s raining RAINS modules and here is the first one which was shared on the forum to great interest
Robert Langer, founder of tangible waves. Here, I will share some thoughts, background infos and news about AE modular and tangible waves.