Day 96: Monday 30 Nov 2015

Audio, EDM, Song, Spoken Word, Tracks 2 Comments

How Come It’s So Smokey In Here Ma?:

Genre unknown. From now on if it’s got drums and bass and notes and vocals and stuff…I’m just gonna call it a Song.

I started with Arpeggist driving iMini, MitoSynth, iFretless Bass, Animoog, and Animoog For iPhone, through MiMix in AudioBus into AudioShare. That’s a lot of apps to make one little bassline, but there you go. It actually ended up as only a small part of the track.

I made a matching beat in ElasticDrums and recorded it into AudioShare before adding Dedalus and AUFX:Dub. Then I combined all three in Auria and made an arrangement.

Next I turned to Addictive Synth and added: an occasional synth stab, another occasional synth stab (with a different patch of course), two long synth crashes (slightly different and panned hard left and right) which became the intro, an arpeggiated line, and another arrpeggiated line at twice the speed.

Now it’s already a much more complicated track than I usually do; 14 apps and 9 audio tracks. My stuff is usually far simpler, not necessarily in app numbers but certainly in tracks,  but some people regularly get much more complicated.

I’m confused about this. Am I too simple? Should I aim to be more complicated? Is my modus operandi of ‘making shit up as I go along’ and ‘do it, move on’ enough? Does it produce decent music?

I don’t know.

It does suit this blog I suppose 🙂

Anyway It was beginning to sound a little song like, so I decided to try some vocals. Gulp.

I wrote some words and sang them into two tracks which I panned and effected etc. I’m not sure I did a good job but what the hell…

Oh and I decided that one of the arpeggiated tracks didn’t fit so I muted that.

Thanks for listening.

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  • Laura Gutman on December 9, 2015

    I hope you’re not serious about the whole “am I doing this right?” thing. Your tracks are brilliant and inventive, and I love listening to them.

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      Grant on December 9, 2015

      Thank you so much Laura, that’s good to know.
      Yes I’m always filled with self doubts.

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