Grant

Day 333: Tuesday 26 July 2016

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Mousterian Renaissance:

A slow, sparse, and minimal (so what else is new) conversation between an electric piano and a beat. Each part evolves slowly as they listen to each other over a cappuccino in a quiet middle paleolithic cafe.

Nothing but Gadget was used and no animals were harmed in the production of this track.

Grant

Day 332: Monday 25 July 2016

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The Antihero Relaxes By The Fire After A Hard Day Antiheroing:

The electric piano is emerging as my favourite sound lately. It began featuring as an element in several tracks and is slowly becoming the main compositional and sound factor. I’ve always favoured it and it occasionally has featured in this blog before but the current fascination has surprised me; arising of it’s own accord from within the daily process, and perhaps therefore from my subconscious.

One of the reasons for maintaining a daily practise is to allow room for just such happenings, so I’m joyfully embracing the moment despite the fact that my keyboard skills are limited.

Gadget was the one and only app used here but I have now used my midi keyboard to play the piano part which leads to very different results from just using the touch screen.

Grant

Day 331: Sunday 24 July 2016

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Searching For The Language Of Ultimate Clarity:

A Beatscape today; minimal, sparse, harsh, uncompromising.

The title is from Solshenitsyn’s In The First Circle which I am currently rereading in a new translation; it seems to me to encapsulate not only this track but my whole Beatscape concept where I am attempting to a) tell a story, b) describe a journey, c) present a picture, and/or d) evoke a feeling. All with the most minimal tools and with no, or at least very little, recourse to melody and harmony; relying instead on my favourite elements in music: rhythm, texture, and colour (timbre).

On a side note I often reread my favourite books (this is my 4th reading of this one) just as I re-watch favourite movies and TV shows and re-listen to favourite songs and albums and indeed re-visit favourite artworks in galleries or books. This surprises some people but I don’t understand why.

iElectribe provided the basis of this track assisted by AudioShare, ApeFilter, Dedalus, and AUFX:Dub.

Grant

Day 330: Saturday 23 July 2016

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The Last Few Inches:

A playlist today consisting of 3 new tracks plus one from a few days ago (I may add more).

An EP of tracks made in Gadget and featuring an Electric Piano in some way (using either of both Darwin and Montreal gadgets).

Please enjoy.

Grant

Day 329: Friday 22 July 2016

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Apparent Calm:

An uncompromising, harsh, noisy Beatscape today. Perhaps my favourite kind.

I don’t know why I called it Apparent Calm as there is no calm of any kind here. Irony? Sarcasm? Stupidity? If I don’t know who does?

iElectribe is the culprit here with AudioShare, ApeFilter, and Dedalus as accomplices.

Grant

Day 328: Thursday 21 July 2016

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Paper Bag Brings Closure:

A Beatscape; slow, dark, and abstract.

Made entirely in Gadget. Today I loaded some of my own samples into Bilbao for the first time.

Grant

Day 327: Weds 20 July 2016

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Maschine A Day #20:

Part of my ongoing occasional series of quick tracks made with iMaschine, this was jammed into AudioShare with Dedalus and ApeFilter. Slow and sparse (which you may have noticed is how I roll) it has a quirky quality that appeals to me.

Grant

Day 326: Tuesday 19 July 2016

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Awash (In The River Of Tears):

The second of my flying home tracks, this was made on the Bangkok to Oslo flight; a nightmare of lack of sleep, lack of leg room, back and neck pain, and a general feeling that I was in danger of loosing my humanity.

A simple, gentle, sparse electric piano plays tangentially over an almost chaotic rhythmic ground.

Made in Gadget the piano is a combination of two Darwins and a Salzburg, while 2 Bilbaos, 1 Tokyo, and 1 Abu Dhabi make the beat. I love Bilbao and Abu Dhabi ­čÖé

I’m very happy with this track.

Also used to get the final result were: Twisted Wave, AudioShare, Dedalus, and ApeFilter.

Grant

Day 325: Monday 18 July 2016 [Day 19 Holiday]

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Released:

Beautifully slow and sparse, this downtempo piece of electronica via Gadget really soothes my soul. I hope it does for you too.

The first of two tracks that I made on the flights home, this one was made on the Sydney to Bangkok leg of the journey.

Grant

Day 324: Sunday 17 July 2016 [Day 17 Holiday]

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Concentrated Work Ethic Rots (from the inside):

A downtempo, almost dubby track from Gadget, I love how the bass ostinato feels slightly awkward at times against the rhythm.

I wanted to try out two Gadgets that I never use; Berlin and Phoenix, because they got a of love in a post on the iPad Musicians Group, but I quickly found that neither of them is to my taste. So I added 3 instances of Kiev plus some London and Amsterdam for the drums and I quite enjoy the result.

Addendum:

I just noticed that I accidentally posted two tracks for Sunday when I caught up with my travel posts on the wednesday morning. Never mind, let us leave it and consider this a bonus ­čÖé

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