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

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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

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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

Grant

Day 20: Tuesday 15 Sept 2015

Beatscape, Spoken Word, Tracks, Videos No Comment

What Winter Has Left Me:

A Beatscape with a gentle groove and some spoken word.

iDensity with AUFX:Dub, AUFX:Space, and Dedalus for the drone/soudscape.

Patterning for the drums. Two tracks using different kits, layered and panned.

iFretless Bass for the baseline.

I read a poem/lyrics straight into the iPad mike, with a few favourite quotes. For the vocals.

It felt great to being playing bass again. Must do more of that.

Grant

Day 19: Monday 14 Sept 2015

Ambient, Soundscape, Tracks, Videos No Comment

Tell Me That You Love Me:

Dronescape.

A simple piece that is a live take on one patch of one synth. Slight movements of just three knobs gave all this variation. I love simple tracks like this.

Addictive Synth jammed into Audioshare.

Grant

Day 18: Sunday 13 Sept 2015

Abstract, Soundscape, Tracks, Videos No Comment

MIsmatched:

Abstract Soundscape with vocal snippets.

An abstract jam done in Cyclops Through Audioshare with AUFX:Space, Dedalus, and AUFX:Dub.

Added another Cyclops jam with AUFX:Dub slowed in TwistedWave.

Added parts of a poem done in iSpeech TTS.

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