The Cradles of Electronic Music - Part 3

Producing a Piece of Early Electronic Music like in the 1950s

The following steps of the project are all done with the software “Berna 3”. The project itself is part of my new E-book about new and old approaches to producing electronic music. The book will be published in February 2023 (probably). This is  quite long article. If you are kind of impatient, well, then you might like to watch the video first. The link to it is at the end of this article.

The Cradles of Electronic Music - Part 2

… but it all sounds rather “far away in the past”, and quite theoretical. IT IS NOT! And I´m not going to bore you with mere theory. There is a software called “Berna” (most up to date version: “Berna 3”).

Berna is a simulation of these early electronic music studios. It contains equipment from the mentioned studio in Milan as well as from the studio in Cologne. But it is not just the old functionality packed in software, not just a bunch of physical/electronic functions transferred to code.

The Cradles of Electronic Music - Part 1

Pioneering spirit, unbridled curiosity, radicalism in artistic thinking, dissatisfaction with the status quo and the rejection of any boundaries shaped the climate into which electronic music was born. Artists and technicians, musicians and physicists were the parents who brought new music to the world in the 1950s - electronic music. Some of them called their works timbre music, others still stuck to terms like atonal music for a while, not having found a more adequate term yet.

Semi-Modular ultra-quickies #1

Here´s the patch I promised in my Video (

Patch oscillator 2 out to VCF in / Patch VCF out to VCA in / Patch LFO bipolar out to Attenuator 1 in / Patch Attenuator 1 out to oscillator 2 frequency modulation 1 / patch envelope 2 out to Attenuator 1 CV in / adjust the parameters as written in the description below, and take the sound from the OUT jack in the patchbay.


OSC 2 triangle wave

VCF frequency 3 o´clock position

VCF Resonance zero