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.
August 24, 2016
A gentle groove, a smooth and soothing Beatscape.
Nothing but drum and beat apps were used today. I began in iMaschine 2 using drums in three of the parts, I also had a chordal part but I abandoned that halfway through, as it became more and more obvious that it got in the way of the story. I exported the parts separately and loaded them into Auria for arrangement. Next I loaded a Diode-108 file which I had in my ‘beats’ folder and an iSpark file (which I may have used previously). They were all in related bpms and on listening through my beats folder these two stood out as ones that would fit.
Arrange arrange, mix mix and Bob’s your Uncle.
August 23, 2016
The Logician’s Locket Franchise:
Beats and other sounds at 120 bpm, it must be some sort of EDM 🙂
Step One: Make some music in Gadget.
Step Two: Flavour it with AudioShare, ApeFilter, Dedalus, and DubFilter.
Step Three: Place all the ingredients into the Auria mixing bowl and whisk carefully.
Step Four: Add some vocals that have been steeped in Borderlands Ganular.
Step Five: Arrange artfully on the plate and season to taste with AUFX:PeakQ.
August 22, 2016
A Delicate Irritation:
Gadget can be used not only for beat driven EDM stuff but for just about anything that you can imagine. Here I am imagining a delicate melancholy; peaceful but with a darkness, if not looming, at least on the horizon. Perhaps a flower with just the first hint of decay.
Gadget fed into Dedalus, then into TwistedWave, then into Auria for mixing.