~ drones… and drama! ~
This Norns script is a port inspired by the Drone & Drama Teensy instrument, a design and implementation originally made open source by Barry Joseph Cullen. In essence, it’s a 3x sine oscillator (drone) instrument with a bitcrushed, filtered noise channel (drama). I’ve been using it to accompany a friend in an improv setting as well as using it in some of my own solo sessions, and the instrument is really fun and playable! It’s great for exploring phasing and adding tension.
Back to the script, here are some additions I’ve made to the original design:
SinFBOscfor the optional of additional harmonics (tweak the feedback param for each osc)
- Sub-audio frequency support
- Filter resonance control
- Global oscillator slop
For a demonstration of an earlier version of this script, see this lines post featuring myself on OP-1 and
dnd. Note that this recording was pre-bitcrusher, but it does show usage of sub-audio frequencies with feedback (the glitchy clicks).
To see Barry’s original instrument in action, check out this Youtube video:
Additionally, note that the Drone & Drama Teensy is itself a compact version of a larger Drone & Drama instrument, which is analog rather than digital. I’d definitely recommend checking out his website - there are many videos and recordings of the instrument (and others!) in action there.
- KEY 2 / KEY 3 - select page
- ENC 1 / ENC 2 / ENC 3 - control selected parameter
Restart your Norns after installation, as this includes a new engine.
Thanks again to Barry for creating this design and for letting me distribute this port as open source!