March 22, 2017
I discovered this track from Feb 2016 lying around in one of my folders and decided that I really like it. I was making a lot of Abstract Soundscapes at that time and I have been thinking about making more stuff along that vein.
One of the disadvantages of loving lots of different genres and styles is that I can never decide where to put my energies or what is truly me.
The basic assumption of course is that the music that I make will be better the more ‘authentically’ ‘me’ it is. The problem is that I’m not entirely sure where, or what, or if such an ‘authentic’ me might be found.
The concept of authenticity I often find problematic anyway; it’s usually used by people who want the power to define and limit others, have you noticed how the people who claim to be ‘keeping it real’, never actually are. Also, whatever it is that you are talking about, the closer you look at the boundaries between the authentic and the inauthentic the more grey areas you see, till everything becomes a blur and a blend.
So, if I look at the world and doubt the usefulness or the ‘truth’ of the concept how can I still apply that concept to myself. And if there isn’t an authentic me, what is there? An inauthentic me? Or is that a false dichotomy?
Ah the thoughts that pester…
December 9, 2016
It’s been quite some time since I made a video though I have been thinking about it a lot.
The soundtrack is a slow Soundscape made by combining two jams: The first was made with Xynthesizr, AudioShare, Dedalus, and Flux:FX. The second used Model 15, Dedalus, AudioShare, AUFX:Dub, AUFX:Space, Emo Chorus, and AUFX:Peak.
The artwork was done in iColorama.
The video was made in Pinnacle Pro and treated with CinemaFXV.
Happy Birthday My Love.
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 12, 2016
A solemn Soundscape takes a melancholy turn with the introduction of melodic and beat elements.
Soundscaper recorded with AUFX:Dub, FLUX:FX, and Dedalus in AudioShare using a Gadget file as sound source. Combined in Auria with an iMaschine jam.
August 10, 2016
An Abstract Soundscape that somehow goes to prove that toads can tango too.
Made primarily with Borderlands Granular and Idensity, both using a Gadget file as the sound source. Some effects courtesy of AUFX:Dub and Dedalus. And finally of course AudioShare was the facilitator and Auria was the queen bee.
Most of today was taken up with ‘housekeeping’, the boring but essential behind the scenes tasks like filing, making space on the iPad, tidying the hard drive etc etc.
It’s not all glamour and glitz at TrackaDay you know 🙂
Keep on truckin’ Trackers.
August 9, 2016
August 5, 2016
A playlist for you today, a mini album, an EP. Four tracks that take you on a journey, or rather lose you on one.
The apps used: Moodscaper, Gadget, AudioShare, Dedalus, ApeFilter, FLUX:FX.
I hope you enjoy the experience. Rock on Tracklings.
July 31, 2016
A slightly off beat and abstract track today made in Gadget but using primarily my own samples loaded in to Abu Dhabi and Bilbao. Only the electric piano is from other Gadgets; I made that with a combination of two Montreals and two Darwins. No other apps were used, just Gadget.
The video was made with Fluid FX, Pinnacle Pro, and CinemaFXV.
July 17, 2016
Silvan Midnight Revisited:
This is an Ambient Soundscape made in response to a request from my son. He asked me to write a track to go with a print that he has hanging on his wall; a night time forest scene with a river running through it.
I used Gadget which, though primarily aimed at loop based EDM styles, is more versatile than that and can easily be used for more ambient work.
July 16, 2016
The Bells, The Bells!:
Today is a bit of a change, no Gadget, no drum beat, no bass, or synth arpeggios. Todays track marks a return to my Soundscape work; when I first started this blog a large percentage of the tracks were Soundscapes but for some reason there have not been very many lately. For me they are an interesting and vital way of approaching music; I try to create a landscape of sound that the listener can be immersed in, and/or a journey or story that can be followed.
Today I used Mersenne, TwistedWave, and Auria to make/craft/construct the track.
Thank you for your attention Trackers.