Started 259 days ago (2021-01-04T00:00:00Z).
Ends 104 days from now (2022-01-03T00:00:00Z).
Compose and produce a new piece of music each week. Your submission is due every Monday at 04:59 UTC (Sunday 11:59EST). You should aim for at least one minute of music, and should be created that week.
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(Description lifted from Leafo's 2017 description--thanks, Leafo!)
I'd done some rhythmic composition with guitar and bass, and...it didn't seem that interesting. So Sunday evening I did a few improvisations with home-built Res-O-Glas guitar, Moyo passive volume, and my eight-delay Max/MSP patch with Hainbach's Wires (for grit and warble) and convolution reverb. I recorded that to the drive, and brought it into Ableton for fixing levels a bit.
Title this week refers to NGC 90, a spiral galaxy interacting with NGC 93 to form the galaxy pair Arp 65.
I was playing a lot of persona 5 this week and was inspired by the sparser style of music that plays in the background for most of the game. I kinda like how this one turned out overall, but I think some of my choices for the percussion could have been better.
A live improv techno song with Eurorack doing percussion (and growls, and some weird melodic stuff) and Future Retro 777 doing the bass. I was doing this while smoking ribs outside. Loop-based, but hopefully simple and fun.
I streamed this. You can check it out, https://twitch.tv/emeraldarcana/
Still not enough time to write and sing lyrics. Maybe I'll revisit this one because I think it could be a song. I started yesterday with the bass line from the intro and went from there over the course of the week end.
Hard to stay motivated in challenging times but I'm taking one week at a time to put more music composing / playing under my belt for the whole year and use the momentum to work on full-fledged songs in 2022.
High quality on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-493253580/struggling
Back to acoustic guitar this week, with a very simple track, played sort of free form and recorded in one take. It has multiple parts and could probably become a more structured song in the future, provided I record with a click track or add drums. I added a few effects and subtle synth parts to add some variety. Once again it's in DADGAD tuning, I've been listening a lot to Pete Huttlinger's brilliant album McGuire's Landing on which he uses that tuning a lot, and I've become quite obsessed with it. Not really satisfied with my playing, I really need to practice... but it felt good playing guitar again. Recorded with an AT2035 mic and as well as acoustic pickup as DI, synth effects with the Surge plugin, effect plugins are Calf Vintage Delay and a linuxDSP (now Overtone) RVB500 reverb, DAW is Harrison Mixbus.
Decided to give a name to our streaming project with this inaugural track thats a hypnotic kind of minimal part from our jam session this week.
High quality on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/trent-hawkins/telecharger-2513
More links to video/audio here: https://tlchrgr.tumblr.com/post/662770927134720000
This one started with a sparse and syncopated rhythm I imagined, and grew a bit organically from there: first vibes (removed) and PureMagnetik Berlin electric piano, and then PureSalem Mendiola guitar lines (straight into the Focusrite). Finally, a pass with Epiphone bass. My timing is very loose on this one.
There's the usual processing here: Drums are the 64 Pad Kit Jazz with Humanizer. Bass gets the usual EQ-8 rolloff. One guitar gets high-pass Auto-Filter with drive. Sends: one echo and two convolution reverbs (one large, one small). Wide & Warm audio effect rack preset on the output.
The title comes from NGC 89, a peculiar spiral in Robert's Quartet.
A bit of an exercise that illustrates things that I should practice than my composing and producing prowess.
QUESTIONS I NEED TO ANSWER:
Note to self: How do I save Grid presets?
How do I map the device quick controls to a particular Grid parameter?
How do I reverse an audio clip?
I should improve my timing when playing chords, etc.
I sampled some Lyra-8, guitar and bass sounds to make this beat on the Digitakt. Recorded, added some effects and mixed in Ableton Live. Lacked time, motivation and energy this week. Good point was I worked mainly without a computer and had my hands on more instruments.
I found the funk factory preset phrases in the Yamaha QY100.
Intro came out well, not sure about the rest of it - I am not so good at mixing dance music maybe.
High quality on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/trent-hawkins/202109090909a
I struggled with making a track this week. I had seeds of different tracks, including this one here. There was another one I was working in parallel to it, to see which one could be completed (and totally different, some funk track with dog sounds).
I ended up finalizing this track, but I am not really happy with it. It is uninspired, derivative, has a bass that has been heard 10,000 times (and probably at least used in 30 other of my tracks) and the melodies are meh. The only thing I enjoyed here was finding a very cool drums sample that has a lot of punch.
Hopefully next week will be more inspired.
Kind of a late edit on this, but it was a busy weekend. This one's drums (Ableton Acoustified Kit 02), two tracks of Epiphone Embassy II bass (one with EQ-8 low-end rolloff, and the other with Auto-Filter high-pass, played higher on the neck), and two tracks of home-built Res-O-Glas guitar--one through Montreal Assembly Count to Five (the backwards-sounding one) and one straight to the Focusrite, though with some low- and high-pass Auto-Filter with drive.
Sends: one echo (with LFO band-pass Auto-Filter in front), one convolution reverb (with high-pass Auto-Filter in front), and Valhalla Supermassive. There's Wide&Warm preset compression on the stereo output.
Title comes from this week's number, counting from last year.
There are other things in real life I'm having to deal with which are slowing my productivity down but I'm still making tracks.
I took a very rash decision and zipped up all my unfinished tracks and put them away. There were so many, some had been there years and not been completed. I wanted to try and see what happens if I had limited tracks, and tried to finish them before starting a new one. Here's the first one.
A noisy drone ambient set with lots of distortion and wall of sound. Performed live on the Eurorack. This was streamed, you can check it out when the VOD comes out at https://twitch.tv/emeraldarcaa/
Warning: long-ish (7 minutes)
I haven't done "traditional" music in a while, I might go back to that next week.
This week, I went for the Digitakt, which I hadn't used in a while. Oh, the sheer joy of making a beat on this box! This song is for my friend Toffge's birthday, hence the name and vocoder part. While the Microfreak was plugged in, I threw in a supersaw solo to lead the track out.
Here's a speedtrash this week. I had a few bits and ideas of tracks here and there but upon seeing a video of Instragram of Robin Finck (NIN guitar player) jamming in the desert with his Orange amp in the sand, I knew I had to do some Kyuss inspired stoner track.
This is raw, the sound is bad (i especially dislike the drums) but it works and I like this stupid prehistoric riff. I'll definitely bring it to the band when we're back to playing together in real life!
A track is a track is a track.
Note: no keyboard player was hurt during the recording of this track.