Exploring the Garden Listener: A Biometric Signals to MIDI Module for Eurorack

The Clatters Machines' Garden Listener module is one of the most unique biometric signals to MIDI modules to hit the market. This eurorack module is capable of detecting variations in the surface of living beings and converting them into MIDI notes and CV signals. What sets apart the Garden Listener from other biometric signal modules is its ability to generate trigger, gate, and CV signals. In addition to this, the CV output behavior can be modified through the octave selector.

The Garden Listener is equipped with a one-knob menu controller that can be used to set the sensitivity of the probes, scale, MIDI channel, and LED brightness. The probes' sensitivity can be tweaked to make it more or less sensitive to current variations. The scale can be chosen from a range of options, including chromatic, major, minor, Indian, and Arabic. The MIDI channel can be set from 1 up to 16, and the LED brightness can be adjusted as well.

The CV output behavior can be changed through an octave selector which acts as a "CV equalizer". This feature allows the user to generate CV only if the respective MIDI note falls within a certain octave range. The module also features a MIDI output that enables the user to take advantage of the sound of any synthesizer equipped with a MIDI port or VST in their DAW.

The Garden Listener comes with a set of 3.5mm white probes and adhesive reusable electrode pads. It should be noted that a MIDI-TRS type A adapter (not included) is required for the MIDI output.

This module is perfect for those who want to experiment with something unique and unconventional. For once, leave that LFO alone, and let living conductive beings modulate your signals with the Garden Listener. Overall, the Garden Listener is an excellent module that is perfect for those looking for a new source of inspiration.

Example Usage

If you're new to using biometric signal modules and looking for a fun way to experiment with the Clatters Garden Listener, you could try using it to control the pitch of a simple synthesizer patch. Plug in the included white probes and attach them to your skin, then adjust the module's sensitivity knob until you start to hear pitches being generated. From there, you can explore the different scale modes and octave ranges to see how they affect the output. For an even more immersive experience, try having multiple people wear probes and see how their movements affect the sound. The possibilities are endless with the Garden Listener!

An intermediate-level usage for the Garden Listener module could be to use it in a live performance to add an interactive and biometric aspect to your music. You could have a performer wear the probes on their skin and have their movements and biometric signals affect the module's output. By adjusting the sensitivity and scale settings, you can control the range and intensity of the signals that are being picked up. This could create an interesting and unique musical experience for both the performer and the audience. Additionally, the CV output can be used to further shape and manipulate the sound, allowing for even more creative possibilities.

Further Thoughts

The Garden Listener's biometric signals to MIDI conversion capabilities open up a whole new world of experimental music creation. Imagine connecting the module to a plant and using the plant's conductivity variations to generate MIDI notes in real-time. With the sensitivity control, you can fine-tune the module's response to the plant's signals, creating complex melodies and rhythms. Add in the ability to select different scales and octaves, and you have a powerful tool for exploring the musical potential of the natural world. The CV output can be synced to the MIDI output, allowing you to control other modules in your Eurorack setup with the plant's biometric signals. This is a truly unique and innovative module that is perfect for anyone looking to push the boundaries of electronic music.