About Cristian Vogel
Cristian Vogel (founder of NeverEngine Labs™) is a long-term innovator in the composition, mixing and performance of electronic sounds. Spanning over two decades at the vanguard of European electronic music, his work has been acknowledged as an outstanding influence in the fields of composition for stage, club culture and studio. Cristian is passionate about Kyma™ and has been studying the system since 2005.
About Gustav Scholda
Gustav Scholda is an experienced Sound Designer and educated “Tonmeister”. He used to work in audio post-production but in 2013 he discovered his real passion: Kyma. By now he is quite well known for his blog (kymaguy.com) and his spectral processing skills and modules.
Our Mission Statement
The NeverEngine Labs is where Cristian and Gustav are developing a suite of libraries (aka ‘Galleries’) which extend Kyma in the spirit of the core values of Symbolic Sound. We have created a subscription model during the development phase of each Lab. After that, the Lab becomes a Gallery available to everyone at a fixed price for the future of Kyma (which we hope is a very long one!) . Our subscription model is one which considers the participants as being both micro-funders and highly creative people who like to work cutting edge tools. The whole experience is designed to feel educational, deep and rewarding at the same time – like Kyma itself.
The NeverEngine Labs™
The NELabs are virtual “Labs” which can be subscribed to on a monthly or annual basis. Each Lab is focused on developing different areas of sound design and composition into a fully grown set of galleries for Kyma 7. Cristian and co-developer Gustav Scholda design and publish the protoypes from the Labs directly to subscribers desktops, showcasing exclusive source code and design patterns. Subscribers gain inspiring new sounds and prototypes on a regular basis as well as valuable knowledge about “the Holy Grail of sound design” – Kyma 7.
…study Kyma by ear and by example
…access a growing library of original content
…get inspired by the quality of what you see and hear
…socialise with fellow Kyma practioners
All of the Kyma designs in the galleries, elements and labs, are not intended to be fixed in their function or design (like plug-ins or presets are). As a subscriber, you are encouraged to explore the modular content in any way you want. You will be loosely guided by a change log document and descriptions within the Classes themselves. Better than instruction manuals, we provide, live communication channels open 24/7 and dedicated to discussion, regular updates and announcements. All in all, investing in a NeverEngine Lab product means less predefined expectations and more listening, curiosity and discovery.
Like a real-life workshop, interpersonal communication is a big part of the NeverEngine Labs and, as mentioned above, a subscription entitles you to access realtime messaging using the Slack platform. It is a free tool for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. Cristian, Gustav and other participants will be reachable there and you are invited to discuss anything related to the Labs or your own work. Certainly a valuable resource to have, alongside the official Kyma Q&A forums.
About Symbolic Sound Kyma™
Kyma is a sound design language originally invented in 1986 by harpist, composer and music technologist Carla Scaletti as part of research conducted at the University of Illinois for her masters degree in computer science.
Symbolic Sound was formed in 1990 by Carla and hardware designer Kurt Hebel to develop, manufacture and market Kyma. The Kyma sound design language and its custom built hardware was one of the earliest examples of a graphical signal flow language for real time digital audio signal processing.
The Kyma sound design environment continues to develop and evolve with regular updates from Symbolic Sound and has a dedicated community of users at all levels. The current hardware models, called “Pacarana” and “Paca”, are state-of-the-art parallel processors dedicated to high quality computation of digital sound in realtime. Kyma can run across multiple Pacarana and Paca units, allowing for the possibility of creating a supercomputer for sound.
Kyma is being used in sound design for music, education, film, dance, speech and hearing research, computer games and many more fields of professional performance, artistic and academic research.
Cristian Vogel and Gustav Scholda are endorsed by Symbolic Sound™ as professional Kyma coaches. Contact us if you would like to book some Kyma coaching.