All sounds travel as waves of energy and waveforms are the abstract representations of sound waves. These waveforms, the building blocks of sound, come in various shapes and sizes. The sine wave, a pure and straightforward form, contains only a single fundamental frequency that determines a sound's pitch. However, as virtually all musical sounds are more complex than a sine wave, the addition of harmonics and overtones is how we distinguish between different sounds and instruments.
DIN Is Noise is a homegrown sound synthesizer that creates a playground for you to experiment with these waveforms & harmonics. If Moog & Reaktor are two synths, DIN Is Noise is described as a synth of the third kind. It's a standalone application that transforms your mouse and keyboard into instruments for sound creation. Inspired by central-Asian bowed string instruments like the Morin Khuur, Kobyz, Erhu, Kamancheh, Sarangi, and Cello, it serves as a dynamic sound synthesizer that can also receive input from your MIDI keyboard, enabling control over notes, pitch bend, control change, and clock sync.
The distinctive feature of DIN Is Noise lies in its use of Bezier curves to visualize and sculpt waveforms. The software not only encourages real-time exploration of constant, continuous, and live waveforms that you can edit with a graphical user interface and watch sounds change before your ears but also introduces shapes to sound synthesis through Shapeforms, turning any continuous and closed 2D shape into a waveform, even the iconic Bat-signal!
Behind the software is the meticulous guidance of its creator, Jagannathan Sampath. A programmer hailing from Chennai, Jagannathan has shaped DIN Is Noise into a standalone universe where musical notes morph into intricate patterns, unlocking doors to uncharted sonic territories. Unlike traditional synths, DIN Is Noise transforms waveforms into shapes of countries, fractals, and flowers, offering an avant-garde approach to sound creation.
Forplay, an autonomous artist-run performance and art space founded by Seljuk Rustum in 2016 in Kochi, Kerala, recently released a compilation of sounds crafted on DIN Is Noise by Jagannathan over the years. This compilation showcases the evolution and versatility of the software, taking the listeners on a journey through the diverse sonic landscapes created by DIN. You can listen to it below.
DIN Is Noise is not merely a tool; it's an immersive experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional sound creation, offering a chance to explore the uncharted realms of musical expression. Blending, programming, sound synthesis, and creativity, the open-source digital synthesizer and visualization tool unlocks new doors for experimentation in electronic music, both for artists and producers as well as music enthusiasts who want to get into the basics of sound design.