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Currency Patterns

by Scott Metoyer

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Currency Patterns was recorded Winter 2019 and features 30 minutes of new music by electronic music pioneer Scott Metoyer.

This single-track EP explores the hidden symphonies all around us, locked away in the mundane artifacts of consumerism. Scott has built Arduino-based custom controller hardware that extracts data from credit card magnetic stripes and numeric barcodes and uses it to generate MIDI note sequences and parameter control values. He captured the data ‘in the wild’ at grocery stores, libraries, and local shopping markets, often composing and recording in real-time using a small battery powered lunchbox modular synth. The results are a new take on found sounds - found melodies.

The source code and schematics for the devices used in this recording are open source and available on GitHub for download, reuse, and misuse.


released December 5, 2019

Mastered by Nathan Moody at Obsidian Sound.

Artwork by G. Engelmann, Wellcome Library no. 16059i, CC BY 4.0


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Scott Metoyer California

Scott Metoyer is an electronic musician, experimenter, software developer, and visual creator from Southern California.

His work lies at the intersection of the concrete and the abstract, using technical tools and processes to create evocative and cinematic soundscapes.

Scott uses a combination of modular synths, bespoke software, Reaktor, Max, PureData, and custom controllers.
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