Started 320 days ago (2017-01-02T00:00:00Z).
Ends 43 days from now (2018-01-01T00:00:00Z).
Let's keep the weekly music process going into 2017. The rules are simple: compose and produce a new piece of music each week. Your submission is due every Sunday at 11:59 UTC. You should aim for at least one minute of music, and should be created that week.
Late submissions: Late submissions are open. If you miss a deadline you can still submit by clicking the week on the calendar to the right. If you late submit your post will get a big Late submit tag, but it will still count for your streak. No reason to stress out about deadlines, do your best!
Going back to where I left off before my hiatus and continuing creating songs that use only my sax for the source for samples. This includes programming beats in DM-1 using key tapping samples I recorded using my sax, then running those programmed sequences through various effects in Logic Pro. Not as much melodic playing on this one, just a couple lines to break it up a bit.
Overall I'm pretty happy with how this came out. Definitely going on the planned EP of songs created in a similar manner.
Didn't really have any idea what to do for this week, but at least I wanted to try something slow and a litte sad sounding with a little bit of ambience. Could not come up with any melodies to this, so that's the end result.
Really having a hard time this past week or so getting back into music. Hopefully I can find my pace and muse again soon..
Just wrapped this one up a few minutes ago. Not really a song, more of an idea that got weirder the more I delved into it. Sort of lost my footing here... not remotely close to the idea I had in my head when I started...lol.
Sunday, Nov 12.
12:25 - 12:35. I'm probably going to be out all afternoon, so I'm going to try to crank out a drone track from nothing (no patches or anything) in a few live takes in about 20-25 minutes.
12:45 - 13:00. Resume and attempt to start recording.
13:00 - 13:15: Minor amounts of software post-processing: mostly adding EQ and some compression and a bit of light plate reverb.
So total time about 40 minutes. Not my shortest song ever… but it's an improv.
So another ambient track, but in a minimal vein this time. I thought about doing a generative patch, but this was a simple tune that just sort of came together really quickly. Sketched it Live using built in instruments and then used outboard gear to print it to loops/scenes. I am really digging Roland's SE-02. It was used for all sounds in this track. Printing the poly sounds was a PIA, but worth it.
Sunday, Nov 5.
14:15: I'm trying to learn the sequencer on the Linnstrument. It's taking a bit of time (I probably started an hour ago). I also have to go out tonight in less than 2 hours and I don't have any songs yet, so if I don't get anything started soon you might end up with another modular noise improv this week.
15:45: Finish. The end result is pretty different from what I was practicing because my mini-keyboard that I was playing leads with ran out of power. I wasn't a huge fan of it in the first place, but without it I can't really play a melody so you get random accents instead.
I used Linnstrument's step sequencer for the bass. The wavetable was selected by modulation value, so it ends up being that each note in the sequence is different from the last.
Total time: 1h 30m (without setup time).
Synthesis Technology E352 for bass
Intellijel Dixie II+ for accents
Roland TR-8 for drums
Linnstrument as a controller/sequencer
A return to guitar (Res-O-Glas) and bass (Epi), here's a drifty kind of track, named in part after the 44th department of France.
I started with a Drumulator part, much faster, and slowed it waaaay down, I added hand drum and hand claps, some Operator bass (which I took out) and organ lines, along with grand piano in Simpler...and based on a dream I had, I went back and split the two drum lines, adding a vocoder chain to each one--Analog on the Drumulator and Operator on the hand drum. Grand piano sounded too...grand-piano-y, so I used auto-filter to reduce bandwidth and sent it to sends only. Guitar got some auto-filter, as did the Drumulator kick (to bring out the peak).
Sends are two convolution reverbs and one LFO auto-filter into Simpler. Full-chain master on the 2-bus.
Hi, I'm late joining the streak this year, wanted to earlier but didn't have the guts to submit anything so far. So here's my first little piece, couldn't finish it as a complete song, but might be usable as a loop in a game or something.
Downtempo glitchy thing again. I'm focusing on getting better at mixing lately so having a new song to mix every week is helpful. I feel like the mid highs are kind of kind of grating here, but my room isn't optimized yet, so I can't be sure.
I wanted to make a generative patch on the modular so I could set it up and let it play while kids answer the door.
What I realized pretty quickly is that I don't have enough modulation options in my modular to quite get the effect I wanted. I still hope that the result is sufficiently spooky or haunting without annoying the hell out of us at home.
Sun, Oct 29.
I'd like to make a generative Halloween patch so I can play it when kids end up ringing the doorbell.
Another busy week, including a show using one of my Max/MSP patches, so here's a little dark ambient track making use of the same patch and similar improvisational methods. (The original input is just a sine wave, going through ring mods, pitch shifters, and delays, all of which have some level of randomization.) As a slightly different approach, I also put on a drum rack of Analog-synthesized drums. Bit of convolution reverb, delay, and Full Chain Master as well...and you have this steady-state kind of thing. My younger son suggested the title, because it sounded to him like something malfunctioning. (It does!)
It's been awhile since I've submitted anything for this streak, but I'll be back soon enough. Been sidetracked with Inktober and trying to reset my brain to work on music. Put together this little beat for a short video I'm going to make of pumpkins with some of my "art" painted on them.
I really wanted a sample from Halloween to scratch over this, but can't seem to find the particular clip online anywhere. The line about believing the boogeyman being real. Anyone familiar with that one or am I just totally imagining that line?
Ambient modular improv.
Sunday, October 22, 11:00-11:50ish
Today might be busy, so I figured I'd record a "quick" improv track just in case I don't make it back to the music later this afternoon.
This is done with my modular and Arpeggionome, an iPad app. The modules doing the heavy lifting here are the E352 Cloud Terrarium and the Dixie II+ through Polaris FIlter and Noise Tools doing the S&H filter effects.
No post-processing except for some compression/limiting through Neutron.
I forgot to turn on the initial time, but I think it's been about 50 minutes or so. I tried about three takes (and some repatching) before I was happy with the result. There are still some changes that I would make if I kept at it - some of the high notes are too sudden and better gating would have helped maintain a background drone.
Took a little more time on this one. Using u-he repro-1 for the bass + lead, smackos amiga 909 for the drums as per the usual, recorded some sloppy guitar for the guitar part (...), wrote some dumb dumb dumbity dumb stupid lyrics and then couldn't stand my own voice so I murdered it w/ the vocoder and a grungy drone from my 0-coast as the carrier. I'm pretty happy w/ how it turned out. Think the solo at the end sounds slick and maybe a little less forced then they usually sound. Enjoy (if you want)!
Sunday, October 15. I started by making a patch on the modular. I want to get some S&H action going now that I read through the Intellijel Noise Tools manual.
14:20 - 16:50. I really lazy-produced this track and lazy-composed it. It's pretty noodly but kind of has this avant-garde feel to it.
Wow, long hiatus here. I've actually been making music, but lots of different collaborations/side projects/little things and some of it while traveling so I wasn't keeping up with my usual habits. I promise to diligently follow this for the rest of the year, though I've missed so much.