June 19, 2016
A Beatscape today made entirely in Gadget. I really struggled to get anything today but must admit that in the end I’m very pleased with this.
I experimented with some Gadgets that I’ve barely used: BilBao and Abu Dhabi, loading two instances of each and using my own files to load into Abu Dhabi for cutting up (iMPC Pro). I must admit it was a lot of fun. I also used one instance of London and one of Darwin (for the bassline).
I also used AudioShare, Auria, ApeDelay, and Dedalus in the process.
June 18, 2016
Nit Picking (for The Lord):
I have no idea what to call this one, I’m going with ‘Abstract Beatscape/Vocalscape’ but I’m not entirely sure if that’s right, though it’s an accurate enough description I suppose. Which is fine, we don’t have to cater to obsessive genre labelling now do we? We don’t want to hand the world over to the marketing people do we?
But I digress.
This piece revolves around the juxtaposition of two elements; each one simple but filled with subtle changes, each coming and going and sharing the space in semi-regular but subtly changing ways.
At 9 and a half minutes it’s a fairly long track but, for me, the small variations and unexpected fluctuations hold my interest throughout. Let me know what you think.
The beat was made with Patterning and FLUX:FX in AudioShare. The vocal was made with Samplr, FLUX:FX, Auria, and AudioShare. Both were made on different days a month or so ago and have been sitting in AudioShare awaiting their moment in the sun. Today I put them both into Auria and collaged/arranged them as you hear here. (hee hee I said ‘hear here’ hee hee)
Peace out tracklings.
June 18, 2016
Indus Valley Sunday:
An Ambient Beatscape made from a simple combination of iMPC Pro, Shoom, and Auria.
I had difficulty today getting any results; I made three tracks but ended up throwing away two of them and even this one had to be rearranged several times until it finally swam into focus.
June 12, 2016
Dream Machinations Echoed:
A strangely chaotic little Electronic Beatscape today.
All the sounds are from DM2 processed through AudioShare, AUFX:Dub, Dedalus, ApeFilter, Dedalus again, Auria, Caramel, AudioShare again with Caramel and EmoChorus, and back to Auria.
It’s a good example of the backwards and forwards between apps that often occurs.
June 7, 2016
Penny For Your Thoughts:
Made with Elastic Drums and DM2, I made a beat in each centred around the same bass drum pattern, recorded them into Auria using Wow2 as a plugin on one. Then I slowed it in TwistedWave and ran it through AUFX:PeakQ to tame the EQ a little.
I intended to add some more elements but ran out of time. On reflection it does seem quite finished as is but I may update with a new version if it seems to work. It is not uncommon for me to spend ages adding stuff to tracks only to go back to an earlier less cluttered version. I do value simplicity.
June 5, 2016
June 4, 2016
Maschine A Day #15:
I have been continuing with my little side project of quick tracks using either iMaschine 2 or Alchemy, if you recall I chose these apps because they each have 4 tracks to use which gives a broad enough palette of sound to work with and I find them both easy quick and fun.
I’m not posting all of these on this blog but occasionally, like today, they make an appearance.
This one has no effects applied, it’s simply iMaschine 2 jammed (by muting and unmuting parts) into Audiobus.
May 30, 2016
The Tale Of Flying Bertha:
I felt like having a play with Rebirth today, it’s a little fiddly and little more ‘blippy bloppy’ than I usually get, but I’ve been slowly learning to embrace my inner blip and blop. So no worries.
I jammed onto AudioShare with Dedalus and ApeFilter (because I wasn’t in the mood to struggle with Rebirth’s song mode today) then moved to Auria where I did my cutting up and arranging and added a hit from yesterday’s Impactor recording for good measure.
May 27, 2016
Another pure Beatscape like yesterday’s, nothing but drum apps.
Also like yesterday’s this one uses three beats from three apps. Today it’s Attack, DM1, and DM2. Assembled as usual in Auria, with a little assistance from Dedalus, ApeDelay, and FLUX:FX.
May 27, 2016
A Beatscsape, nothing but drum apps.
DrumJam, Diode-108, and iSpark.
I did a little experiment: I made a beat in each of my drum apps at 100 bpm without otherwise trying to match them, then brought them together to see what would match and how. The beats from the above three seemed to go together and I was able to construct this track from them but the ones from DM1, DM2, Attack, ElasticDrums, and Patterning didn’t fit. I may yet be able to use those in related projects.
I didn’t use my more groove box sort of apps like iMaschine, BeatMaker, iMPC Pro, iElectribe, and Alchemy all of which I tend to use as drum machines with extentions, and three of which (BeatMaker, iElectribe and iMPC) I haven’t used enough to be fluent with.
I also tried to use Different Drummer, DrumPerfect, and Gumdrops but realized that I had no idea how to use them. Manual and YouTube trips required there I’m afraid.
As you can see I am a fan of drum apps (there are several that I don’t own yet) but I was surprised at how many I don’t use much or at all. Each one has slightly, or massively, different approaches and can give different results and I really want to be able to use them all to see what they can bring to my tracks.
On a related note doing this blog has made me realise that I don’t really use synths all that much. Drum apps and Grain Synthesis apps have become my main go to instruments for constructing the sort of sounds that I like. Subtractive synths in particular aren’t getting much of a look in. That wasn’t a conscious choice but it’s an interesting thing to discover.