Day 33: Monday 28 Sept 2015

Audio, Beatscape, Tracks, Videos 4 Comments

Drum Meditation (YouTube Edit):

A Beatscape.

Today I created a simple beat in ElasticDrums, which I then jammed into AudioShare with Dedalus in the effect chain.

When I say I ‘jam’ a beat from one of the iPad drum synths, I mean that I create a landscape (or story) by muting and soloing the various parts, live as it record.

ElasticDrums has 6 drum parts; so I create a mixture of those six voices, spontaneously in one go. But it may take several attempts to get a good mix: and today it was my fourth jam that yielded good results. So good in fact that I felt I had arrived at a finished result; a complete Beatscape that told a story, took us on a journey, without need for any additions.

But it was here that my nerve failed me. How could I present a complete track that was just a drumbeat? Even though I was convinced that it was a finished piece?

So carry on I did, and indeed I could add stuff. But to tell you the truth I think I could do better, if I had the time. But it is ‘A Track A Day’…so here is todays track…I have added a bass jam with iFretless Bass, and one from Addictive Synth. Plus a high synth part, and a drone, both from Addictive Synth. But I do have the niggling feeling that I could push this further.

So here is the original ElasticDrums jam. Tell me what you think, is it better left alone? Is it better with additions? Can it be better yet?

The Video:

A series of pictures from iColorama, sequenced with Pinnacle Studio, run through PicFrame, back to Pinnacle etc etc.


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  • Anonymous on September 29, 2015

    Great, Grant, We really liked it. Meditations on a high level.

    • Author
      Grant on September 29, 2015

      Thanks 🙂

  • James B on October 16, 2015

    Which one?
    This is a great pair of tracks…both stand alone in their own right but I see the dilemma…
    There’s a simplicity, as well as a depth of nuance that is lost in the more produced version.
    (Further Mastering might remedy that to some extent)
    Really liked both, but am “intrigued/compelled” by the spontaneous, unpredictable,
    non-formulaic, minimal/exploration of silence, qualities of the original version.

    Continuing to love “A Track A Day” thanks for putting this stuff out there,


    • Author
      Grant on October 16, 2015

      Thanks for the feedback.
      I am finding myself attracted to, and compelled by simplicity.

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