Welcome to Exquisite Coast, a shared patch game for the Make Noise 0-Coast created by Damon Holzborn and John O'Brien. Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative image or text game, developed by the Surrealists, where a text or drawing is created either by some set rule or by only revealing the end of what the previous person contributed. In this spirit, Exquisite Coast uses a tight set of technical constraints as an artistic challenge that encourage a deep exploration of the instrument. These guidelines are designed to foster creativity, provide a useful method to get to know your 0-Coast, and engage with a wider community of music makers. Of course you are free to make up your own rules for yourself and your collaborators. If you feel a different process would work better for you, by all means go for it!
Create a patch and record a performance using only the 0-Coast (the Prompt).
Document the state of your 0-Coast at the end of the Prompt recording.
Share your Prompt for others to use (the Response).
All sound and control comes from the 0-Coast — no outside MIDI or CV.
The only outside modules allowed are passive mults (this minor exception makes sense for those who don't have any stacking cables).
MIDI B CV and Gate should be set to LFO mode.
Re-patching while performing either the Prompt or the Response is not allowed; all interaction is through the knobs and buttons.
The knob positions notated in the patch chart should reflect the state of the patch at the end of the Prompt recording. The Response Author should use the knob positions as they explore the patch, but a Response recording need not start at those positions.
Linear editing (splicing) of the recordings is acceptable, but not multi-tracking.
Only mastering-type plug-ins (reverb, dynamic processing, EQ, etc.) are to be used on the recordings (i.e. no distortion, delay, flanger, etc.).
A good place to share Prompt patches and recordings is the Lines forum.
If you share your recordings on platforms like SoundCloud or YouTube, consider adding [exquisitecoast-prompt] or [exquisitecoast-response] at the end of the title so others can find your recordings. We'll keep any eye out for such tracks and add them to our SoundCloud playlist (YouTube playlist to come soon). Don't forget to include a link to your patch in the track description (and of course give credit to the original author when posting a Response).
If you share a patch on social media, consider using the hashtag #exquisitecoast.
If you are comfortable with doing so, it would be helpful to include contact info (email, website, social media, etc.) in the Author Info section so others can properly credit you in their response (or tell you how great your patch is!).
How to Play the Exquisite Coast Shared Patch Game
Notate your patch using the interface below.
Click the Get Share Link button to view the URL so that you can copy it.
Paste that link into an email to send to a friend, post on social media, or share with the Lines community.
Some Notes About this Web App
No information is stored on a server, all data is saved to your browser. This means that your work will only be available in the browser that you used to create the patch. You might want to save the links to any important patches somewhere else for safekeeping.
Your patch is automatically saved as you work so any patches you work are will be waiting for you when you return (with the same browser).
Exquisite Coast is still in beta, so please bear with us as we work out any kinks. If you run into any issues, please let us know. Be sure to include as much detail as you can in your message — browser, device, OS version, what you were doing, etc.
Happy bleeping! We look forward to seeing and hearing what you do with Exquisite Coast!