February 21, 2017
Well I’ve been beavering away this last week or so trying to write words that I can use, and trying to find aways to incorporate guitar into my iPad Soundscapes etc. Trying to find some ‘Songs’.
And largely failing in that endeavour. The song part of it anyway.
I have enjoyed trying to focus on writing words (which as I have mentioned before I find really difficult) and though I have mainly found poem/texty sort of Spoken Word things rather than ‘lyrics’ which might be sung, I do quite like the results.
I have also enjoyed reacquainting myself with my old guitar playing self and thinking about how differently I approach music through different instruments and techniques. As well as what that might mean in the long run.
I have 9 tracks so far with a few more coming up, so here is a link to the entire playlist so far, I hope you enjoy them.
February 14, 2017
Still struggling with this, words are so hard to come by. I’ve also been trying to bring guitar into things but it has been so long since I played regularly that it’s taking me some time to get comfortable with the instrument again. I think I’m starting to get there.
This track is just guitar and vocal. I improvised the guitar using BiasFX on my iPad and then added the spoken word in Auria.
February 9, 2017
I’m struggling with this. Number two is another spoken word set this time in an ambient soundscape which I hope suits it.
Words are difficult to get as usual and I want to experiment with more song type forms and with using guitar but I keep coming across barriers, sometimes technical and sometimes of my own making.
Oh well it feels like a learning experience so lets soldier on. I have two or three fragments building so hopefully I’ll have more soon.
February 3, 2017
I have decided to participate in FAWM this year. That’s February Album Writing Month, I seem to need some thing to focus on, perhaps this will help me clarify my direction and bring things together.
I’m going to try and write words for each track, perhaps experiment with song form a little more, I also have in mind something sparse, but quite what that means I an unsure.
This first one is a spoken word piece over a minimal beatscape, so not really a song. But you have to start somewhere 🙂
January 1, 2017
Happy New Year Trackers. Lets hope we all have a good one.
The days are short and the nights are long here in Norway but no snow in January is a sad sight to see.
I’ve only done two tracks this week which is the quietest week in a long long time, but my mind has been contemplating sound the whole time, and I hope that contemplation will bear fruit soon.
This is one of those tracks: it is my most complex Gadget piece ever and though quite long it does go through several stages or sections and I hope it is enjoyable throughout. For some reason I have gone very ‘synthy’ lately.
November 30, 2016
Back to Gadget but still without horns, I got the new Korg app Odessei (based on the Arp Odyssey synth) recently and decided to have a play with it’s Gadget version Lexington. I must say that I am enjoying this synth much more than I usually enjoy subtractive synths.
I got 4 instances of it in this track before it began to strain my iPad. Also used were 5 instances of Darwin for the bass drone (I often craft one sound in Gadget from multiple sounds) and Bilbao for the drums.
I hope that you enjoy this gentle track.
November 26, 2016
Hi Trackers, sorry for the lack of posts this month.
I have been having one of my recurring depressive episodes (which often happens with the onset of winter) and therefore have been full of doubts and self loathing, not to mention being unable to concentrate or focus for long. All of which has left my music floundering a bit; I have several unfinished pieces that I don’t have the energy to revisit (which is not like me), and I’m having difficulty sorting through my options and projects to decide what to do next.
Thank goodness for iMaschine! It’s relative simplicity and it’s comfortable workflow means that I can still produce tracks with it.
This is my favourite from this month, it has a soothing quality which may explain that.
September 19, 2016
I thought that I would continue occasional posts for those of you that care to follow my continuing musical journey. I am still working daily though without the pressure of absolutely finishing something each day. That being said I have completed several tracks this week and I thought that I would try a different way to present them. So here is Trudi’s first MixCloud of her new show Totally Fictional.
I hope that you enjoy the journey.
August 26, 2016
Under A Stone:
Only one more post and my Year Of Posting will be complete.
Today I have a Soundscape for you. Chaotic rhythms, voices, and eventually an ambient scene chase each other across the landscape in a six part tango.
iDensity is the star here, I loaded my own files into all six streams but I used an existing preset from Red Sky Lullaby which I adjusted as needed. The whole thing was jammed three times into AudioShare; this is the third jam (it got more and more defined as I went).
Tracks like this illustrate the need to work regularly and often as it takes advantage of multple tracks from multiple days over months. At least two of the files have already been used in previous tracks but I have no issue with introducing the same sounds etc to new contexts. Helper apps today include: iMPC Pro, ApeFilter, Dedalus, ApeDelay, Auria, Xynthesizr, TwistedWave, AUFX:Dub, AUFX:Space, Patterning, and FLUX:FX.
August 25, 2016
Another Gadget excursion featuring many of my own samples via Bilbao, today also featuring the vocal stylings of the inimitable Trudi McBoody.
Trudi as usual brought to you be iSpeech TTS and TwistedWave. Batteries not included.