Grant

Day 29: Thursday 24 Sept 2015

Soundscape, Tracks, Videos No Comment

Dance Like Nobodies Watching:

I don’t know what genre to describe this as; it doesn’t fit into my scheme (which I guess means my scheme needs changing)

It’s made using only Addictive Synth for the sounds, and Auria for the arranging.

A rhythmic arpeggiated bass part plus two other synth parts; and I dance like a silly billy 🙂

The Video: Filmed with Imaengine, processed twice with CinenaFXV, all three versions put into PicFrame, finally finished in Pinnacle Studio.

Grant

Day 28: Weds 23 Sept 2015

Abstract, Beatscape, Tracks, Videos No Comment

Abstractions:

An Abstract Beatscape.

iMPC Pro for the drums recorded with Dedalus. I haven’t used iMPC Pro much and it seemed to glitch occasionally so I’m not sure if I’ll used it much. It’s got some great sounds tho.

It was a slow and almost abstract sounding beat, so I added two abstract sounding files I had prepared earlier: one from Borderlands Granular, and one from iDensity.

Video:

People have asked about the videos so I’ll start leaving notes about those too.

I made a series of pics in PicFrame, loaded those along with the song file into Pinnacle Studio (which is my main video app). Then it was just a case of arranging, adding some choice transitions here and there, adding the titles etc, and bob’s your proverbial.

Grant

Day 27: Tuesday 22 Sept 2015

Ambient, Audio, Beatscape, Spoken Word, Tracks No Comment

The World Is Breathing:

An Ambient Beatscape today. With me reading a poem at the end 🙂

I found an old beat that I recorded in Feb, I don’t know what app I used. I cut out a small segment that I liked and looped it with Dedalus effecting it. Then I slowed it in TwistedWave (that old trick again).

I loaded that into Auria and jammed a baseline from iFretless Bass. Only a small segment of that was successful, so i cut that out and arranged it (and bits of it) along the timeline.

Next I jammed four different sounds from Addictive Synth. Did some rearranging. Then recorded myself reading an old poem that seemed to fit the mood.

Grant

Day 26: Monday 21 Sept 2015

Beatscape, Tracks, Videos No Comment

Awaiting: Named for my lovely wife, confident, best friend, and muse Lene. Who is away for a few days.

A barebones Beatscape.

My first attempt at loading my own samples into a drum machine. This is Patterning, which I recently bought and have not yet fully explored. I trawled my files in Audioshare (recorded over the last 6 or 7 months), looking for bits to trim out. I loaded 15 or so into Patterning, built a drum kit, made a pattern, and jammed that into Audioshare.

Fun Fun Fun.

I’m looking forward to trying this with other apps.

PS All references to the soundtrack of Dead Man where purely accidental (Though I do love and recommend that).

Grant

Day 25: Sunday 20 Sept 2015

Beatscape, Tracks, Videos 2 Comments

His Slender Skin:

Beatscape.

Patterning, Dedalus, TwistedWave, Audioshare, Auria, iSpeech TTS, AUFX:Space.

Grant

App Of The Week

Notes and Musings No Comment
I loath manuals. I hate them. My antipathy is visceral, I can feel it like a hard knot in my gut. So therefore, for good or ill, I never read the things. I like to open an app or a program and leap straight in.
Of course this can have mixed results. Sometimes it’s fine, almost freeing; especially with simpler apps or ones that just ‘gel’ for you. But some apps are just so deep and complicated that this approach does’t get you very far, in fact it can be downright useless. And sometimes you can have results with an app while still missing half it’s capabilities and pleasures.
So I have decided to choose an App Of The Week, to really investigate and come to grips with. Note that I may choose longer or shorter periods of time depending on the app, I’m not going to tie myself in knots over the ‘week’ idea. I’ve got enough pressure with this track a day thing 🙂
My first App Of The Week will be Addictive Synth.
This is one of those apps that I just loved from the first time I tried it; if you’ve been reading my track descriptions you will have seen it’s name pop up regularly. But it’s been so easy for me to find sounds I love in it that I’ve only brushed the surface, and it’s time to dig in deep and see what I find.
I’m thinking that I’ll report back when I reach some conclusions.
Grant

Day 24: Saturday 19 Sept 2015

Spoken Word, Tracks, Videos No Comment

Miscommunication:

I’m not sure how to describe or genre this one. But I’m very happy with it.

Patterning, iMashine, Muckraker, FLUX:FX, iSpeech TTS, AUFX:Space, iSem, TwistedWave, AudioShare, Auria.

Grant

Day 23: Friday 18 Sept 2015

Audio, Tracks No Comment

Random Syllables:

Electronica.

Something a little different today, an arpeggiated synth track.

I don’t use arpeggios, sequencers or midi much. Partly because I find it difficult to make the sounds I want, and partly because it begins to have a cliched ‘electro’ sort of sound. But I’m keen to explore all the possibilities on offer. So here goes 🙂

 

I started with an arp patch in iSem which I recorded into Audioshare while altering parameters. Then I did it again, then again.

Next I loaded them all into Auria and lined them up as best I could.

Then for a little spice I imported a track I had created earlier with iSpeech TTS reading a random group of phrases. I cut that up and spaced it around the track as it seemed to fit.

 

My mixing is flawed here, some distortion is creeping in; I think because some frequencies are overloading (there is no distortion on individual tracks). But I’m coming up against my lack of skills in the mixing department here.

Some research and learning to be done.

But thats part of the fun 🙂

 

Grant

Day 22: Thursday 17 Sept 2015

Audio, Beatscape, Tracks No Comment

Stepping Lightly Ain’t My Style:

Beatscape.

Nothing but drum app. A simple beat in Patterning, using Dj Puzzles’s Funk Step drum kit,

jammed into Audioshare using Dedalus, AUFX:Dub.and AUFX:Space.

Sometimes the simplest of tools is sufficient to tell your story.

Grant

Day 21: Weds 16 Sept 2015

Ambient, Tracks, Videos No Comment

For My Love:

An Ambient Modal Jam

An improvised jam using iFretless Bass into Audioshare with Dedalus and Echo Pad.

Added two drones from Addictive Synth.

Assembled and mixed in Auria

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