August 3, 2016
The Crucible Burns (Slow & Dark):
Slow and dark, mean spirited and painful; this Beatscape borders on the chaotic and the abstract, it punishes the pure and the wicked alike, it lavishes it’s disinterested brutality on all comers. You have been warned.
iMaschine 2, Dedalus, ApeFilter, AudioShare.
August 2, 2016
Another minimal piece.
This time a relentlessly simple (hence the title) beat from Patterning is overlaid with an equally simple electric piano bass line which is echoed by simple chord voicings. Korg’s Module is the piano app.
August 1, 2016
Eating A PreMade Loop Sandwich; Shitting Out Gold:
Sorry about the cheeky title 🙂
I do on occasion post a track that comes from a loop type app where all I’m basically doing is arranging pre-made loops. Now some people object to this on the grounds that it’s not fully your’s, and I agree. I am most proud of and I strive to achieve tracks that are fully representative of my vision (that sounds pretentious) and my life. However…I’m not of a purist disposition, I enjoy playing with these apps and especially if I can give it my spin, make it feel like it belongs in my oeuvre, then I have no problem joining in and seeing what I do.
Anyway I did that today with an app I just heard about Remixlive. It comes with some free sound packs and then you can buy more as IAPs as well as an IAP to import your own loops where of course the objections I covered earlier cease to apply. However I have yet to delve into the IAPs and just used the free Dubstep sound set here. I jammed this arrangement, exported it to AudioShare then to Dedalus where I ran it at 0.70 sampler ratio which slowed the 140 bpm to 98 (more in my zone) and also lowers the pitch and stretches the samples. Finally back in AudioShare I treated it with AUFX:Dub to give the regularly occuring snare delay.
I must say that despite the fact that I had nothing to do with the making of the sounds or the loops I feel that I have made this my own. On top of the fact that I had a great time making it.
I guess I’m saying that even though I have the skills to make everything from scratch, I don’t feel that I have to that all the time. Music, like life, exists on a spectrum (in fact it’s a multidimensional spectrum) and I see no reason to artificially limit my participation.
Rant over. I hope you enjoy the sounds 🙂
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 30, 2016
Gently Does It:
Sweet and gentle, minimal and restful, simple and warm, like the sun on your skin as you sip an Earl Grey in your backyard on a summer morning.
iSEM into FLUX:FX in AudioShare, this is simply an arpeggio with slight adjustments to the VCF frequency from time to time. Originally intended as a background, I loved it as is and decided it could stand as a track in it’s own right. Minimal simplicity is really attracting me at the moment.
July 29, 2016
Falling Slowly Into Dawn:
Temple drums heard through the mist. The forest damp; cold. Dawn emerging, reluctant.
There you go Tracklings, a free poem 🙂
Ambient and ethereal, this track was made with Addictive Synth and flavoured with Dedalus, AUFX:Dub, and AUFX:Space in AudioShare.
July 28, 2016
A video for a change!
This Ambient track meanders along like a walk through a vague forest; meanwhile the walls between the self and the other fade, becoming indistinct, amorphous…inviting osmosis.
Apps used: Noatiki 2, AudioShare, ApeFilter, Dedalus, Caramel, TwistedWave, Auria, Patterning. Also Pinnacle Pro and CinemaFXV for the visuals.
July 27, 2016
Get Out Of Here!:
My friend Nick Lau introduced me to Skram. It’s a new free app for making, in his words, Mindless Electronica. I love that description!
It’s another of those simple and rather limited but fun apps that I enjoy using from time to time. I also enjoy trying to work within and around their idiosyncrasies and limitations to try and make something that sounds like it’s mine and not just the product of the app. Not that I feel I’ve achieved that here; this is the very first thing I’ve made with the app the very first time I opened it. I’m posting it simply because it was fun to make and I hope will be fun to listen to, imperfect jam though it is.
Nick’s music is amazing by the way, he is one my favourite discoveries of the last year, and can be found here: https://thedeadsociety.bandcamp.com/ and if you want to explore a more noise based approach here: https://n0isedive.bandcamp.com/
I ran the jam through the old AudioShare/ApeFilter/Dedalus secret sauce trick to finish it off.
Peace Out tracklings.
July 26, 2016
A slow, sparse, and minimal (so what else is new) conversation between an electric piano and a beat. Each part evolves slowly as they listen to each other over a cappuccino in a quiet middle paleolithic cafe.
Nothing but Gadget was used and no animals were harmed in the production of this track.
July 25, 2016
The Antihero Relaxes By The Fire After A Hard Day Antiheroing:
The electric piano is emerging as my favourite sound lately. It began featuring as an element in several tracks and is slowly becoming the main compositional and sound factor. I’ve always favoured it and it occasionally has featured in this blog before but the current fascination has surprised me; arising of it’s own accord from within the daily process, and perhaps therefore from my subconscious.
One of the reasons for maintaining a daily practise is to allow room for just such happenings, so I’m joyfully embracing the moment despite the fact that my keyboard skills are limited.
Gadget was the one and only app used here but I have now used my midi keyboard to play the piano part which leads to very different results from just using the touch screen.