March 6, 2016
Following on from yesterday’s uncharacteristically fast and jolly dance track, here is another, this one even faster. At least the first part is, about two thirds of the way in I segue to a slower version of the same beat, which has a very different character.
iSpark was the drum machine app again today, I have been enjoying it very much all week. The synth sound is from Poseidon and the bass from iFretless Bass. That’s it really, a deceptively simple track.
March 5, 2016
Seldom If Ever:
Unusually for me this is an upbeat and fun piece of EDM. Exact genre unknown.
Arturia’s iSpark on drums, Poseidon on arpeggio, me on vocals, all into Auria for arrangement.
Most of my stuff is slow and dark, so I thought I’d try something a little different 🙂
February 18, 2016
DoubleU DoubleU DoubleU Dot Alone:
Again this is one that I have trouble placing in one of my little genre holes.
This began with that slow bass arpeggio in Poseidon, which I put into Auria and then added a simple beat using Patterning. I then did my usual trick of adding some interest to the simple drums by adding two more tracks of it with different sounds and slight variations, and then arranging those.
I then came up with a simple melody using a layer of Poseidon, a Cello from ThumbJam, and an Oboe from ThumbJam; they sounded like an Erdu to me and that affected the melody very strongly.
I then added another two tracks of Poseidon; one of drum hits and one for the intro.
February 6, 2016
When One Door…:
Is it a Beatscape? A Soundscape? Ambient? Or something else? You tell me (probably fictional) listeners 🙂
Auria, Patterning, AudioShare, TwistedWave, BeatMaker 2, Dedalus, AUFX:Dub, Emo Chorus, Altispace, Sector, Korg Module…four bottles of stout and a homemade pizza.
January 30, 2016
Once Upon A Time:
I’m not sure how to classify today’s track, some sort of electronica, that’s the best I can do. Any suggestions anyone?
It’s a whimsical piece anyway, fun, slightly silly.
Only three apps were used to make this; it all takes place within Auria, the beat is from Patterning, and all the other sounds are from Poseidon which is fast becoming one of my favourite synths.
I began with the bell-like tinkling arpeggio and built up from there adding sounds and arranging as I went.
December 17, 2015
A happy little arpeggiated electronica thingy 😃
A very simple little piece today, I had intended to do more with it but somehow it just seemed to exist in it’s own pleasant world, so I let it be.
The arp was done in Addictive Synth and I added three tracks of drums in Auria: one by DM1, one by Patterning, and one by iMaschine 2.
Simple but fun.
December 13, 2015
A slow piece of electronica with Spoken Word.
Figure was the start of this; I made an 8 bar piece at 80 bpm and reversed it with TwistedWave before taking both into Auria and arranging the pieces. I effected some parts with Dedalus, and some with Emo Chorus. I also took a drums only version of the Figure file and arranged that along the timeline.
So far it sounded fine, but I must admit I find using apps like Figure and iKaossilator a little difficult, they are fun but the results tend towards an EDM thing that gets just a little too poppy for my tastes. I need to tweak things for a darker vibe I guess. And if you’ve been following my posts you may well guess what I did next, that’s right…
‘If in doubt, Slow it down’.
It was already quite slow at 80 bpm but I slowed it by 80% in TwistedWave giving a bpm of 56, not to mention a slight robotic tinge as an artefact of the algorithm, which I love.
I opened a new project in Auria, imported this new file, and added a file of me reading a poem which I had recorded into AudioShare. I felt I had read it a little fast for this context so I slowed it 90% which gave it a better feel. Finally I did a little arranging.
December 2, 2015
The Triumph Of Enthusiasm Over The Grey Bunny Rabbit Of Despair:
I think I may have made some sort of Electro Pop track…please forgive me (wrings hands and weeps).
My fellow perpetrators in this crime against musically were: ElasticDrums, TwistedWave, AUFX:Dub, AUFX:Space, Figure, FLUX:FX, Addictive Synth, AudioShare, Auria.
May The Gods have mercy on our souls…
November 30, 2015
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.
November 27, 2015
Profit of the Bored (featuring Trudi McBoody):
Genre Unknown 🙂
Another play with my Patterning drum kit into AudioShare effected with Dedalus was the start of this track. I loaded it into Auria and added a Poseidon arp bass patch that I made the other day. Then I loaded PhaseRings into a track and jammed along.
Finally a wrote a little lyric and typed it into iSpeech TTS, imported the result to AudioShare, effected it with AltiSpace, slowed it by 80% and lowered it by 1 semitone in TwistedWave, and imported the result to Auria for arranging.