December 1, 2017
My intention this month was to write lyrics, I joined the November Album Writing Challenge and hoped to write at least 30 odd minutes of Spoken Word/Sung pieces but alas although I wrote 5 texts, I failed to find a setting for all but one of them. No matter, their moment will come.
However, though I failed at my intention, I did manage to make 24 tracks of various kinds this month and here they all are if anyone is interested. I think I will call this pseudo album ‘Words Are Hard”.
November 24, 2017
Tumbleweeds abound here lately.
It’s not that I haven’t been working, just that I’ve been a little discouraged of late. Not to mention a little lacking in direction; or perhaps it’s just lacking in energy. My head is always full of music, so perhaps I’m just in a period of gestation. Soundscapes, Beatscapes, Synthscapes, Spoken Word pieces; all swirling around in my imagination crowding around for my attention, and me a little bemused and unable to focus.
Anyway here is a Beatscape that I made yesterday which gives me joy. May it give you some too.
July 3, 2017
For the last few weeks I haven’t been making any tracks but I have been busy making and assembling samples for my drum apps.
Specifically for Patterning but DM1, ElasticDrums, iMaschine, and iSpark are also sample based and I have been having great fun both making samples and trying them out in each app and seeing what each can do.
Today I assembled 5 beats that I had made in Patterning using 5 sample kits, I loaded them into Auria and made this Beatscape. Then I made a video (which I also haven’t done in a while).
Great fun was had. I hope you enjoy.
April 17, 2017
I’m getting more and more fluent with my horn writing and enjoying myself immensely with these pieces. Hope you find them fun too 🙂
October 21, 2016
Two horn sections again here. The one playing the punches is tenor sax and alto sax playing octaves and a ‘brass’ preset playing the thirds in the middle, while the other is the more melodic part is simply a trombone and another ‘brass’ preset in unison. I guess that, in terms of trying to learn how to write for horns, using these presets is cheating a little…but hey its early days yet.
September 30, 2016
As you may have noticed if you checked out yesterdays MixCloud Show I have started to use horn arrangements. This is a new obsession that arrived out of the blue the other day and I have no idea what I am doing, so lots of research and listening is in front of me. It is going to be an ongoing side project for a while and I thought that I would share my trials and my progress or lack of it with those of you who care to follow along. Motown and Stax as well as Afro Beat are the sounds in my head here.
This is the track where this idea arrived unexpectently. I’m just using Gadget here: a muted trumpet from Marseille, a trombone from Darwin, and a Trumpet sax sound also from Darwin.
Oh and it’s in 5/4 time which I’ve never used and don’t really ‘get’ but…well you’ve got to try new stuff at times don’t you?
September 29, 2016
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 27, 2016
It’s been fun folks, a great experience to learn more about music and more about myself. A huge shout out to those of you who have followed this journey, your support and interest has meant a lot to me. A special thank you to my lovely wife Lene without whose love and support nothing would be possible.
Something a little different for you on this last day. Something that I think is a little bit special…it’s a video, it’s an ambient piece, it’s a spoken word, it’s a field recording.
Ladies and Gentlemen I give you…
Peace and joy to you all Tracklings.
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.