Started 87 days ago (2017-01-02T00:00:00Z).
Ends 276 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!
last few tracks have been really tossed together at the last minute. hoping to get some focused modular time this week with a couple of new modules.
anyway there's a trend here: when you don't have any great ideas just crank up the 80s aesthetic
This started kind of funky early in the week, and then (as sometimes happens) things got dubby. I started with an 808 kit, and just wasn't getting the impact I wanted. 909 was better, but distracting from the funk feel, so I replaced the 909 with a kit of dry single hit drums. In editing, I slid the snares a tiny bit late, and the hats a tiny bit forward, to see how that'd sit. I added some percussion and claps, and kick and toms from another kit, high-passing this second kick so it was almost another tom.
I added Ableton's Tension instrument for clavinet and Electric for Wurlizer, both going through band-pass auto-filter, with LFO modulation. I tracked bass (Epiphone P/J on P, into the Focusrite), putting a bit of Cabinet plugin inline, along with side chain compression triggered by the kick. Then I tracked guitar (Epiphone Moderne through Vox Wah), putting it through band-pass auto-filter with drive, giving it a small-amp sound.
Most tracks got some automation to the sends--these were two convolution reverbs (large space and large tracking room), and a filter delay with LFO-band-pass auto-filter going into it for extra wah.
All the drums and percussion got 30ms of M4L Humanizer (maybe shouldn't have used it on the drums--some hits seem too late now), and the master channel got full-chain master.
Title from the fact that, according to Wikipedia, "Twelve is the smallest weight for which a cusp form exists."
Warning: High Frequencies
Sun, March 26, 14:15 - 15:30. I bought Zelda: Breath of the Wild recently so I've been a bit focused on that.
For the next few weeks you might be getting some strange modular music.
Live, couple of takes, lots of plug-pulling, no software efects.
Bass 1: Future Retro 777
Lead/arp/weird stuff: Kilpatrick Phenol
Total time: 1h 15m
I had to get this week's song done early due to moving this weekend, so I took a more experimental approach. Almost all of the sounds are coming from my sax, other than the minimalistic drum programming. Think of this as sort of a sequel to my earlier track, "Saxually Transmitted". I created a couple droning loops on the sax and then built up from there using various effects in Logic.
For this song I used the following:
-DM - The Drum Machine
- Logic Pro (DAW/various effects)
- Alto Saxophone
*No movie sample this week. :)
Track For 2HourTrackSunday
I didnt think it get this far (far)
I didnt think i'd leave this bar (bar)
But i was fucked up on patron (patron)
Way Too fucked up to go home alone
I told him i didnt bring my car (I ubered)
His places wasnt very far (come over)
I was too messed up to say no so
I just decided to just go oh
He kept the lights off,
as he moved towards the room,
he slipped off my shoes,
He said girl it's up to u,
We could nextfilx and chill,
as he led to the bed
No cares in my head
I didnt hear what he said
when i smelled it (gary's mattress)
I was in hell with (gary's mattress)
Didn't feel well with (gary's mattress)
I had to bail cuz of (gary's mattress)
It smelt of hot dogs and sweat
And like he had about 10 pets,
but i didnt hear no pets here,
My drunkness became clear,
I looked for my purse,
This has been the worse,
then this fool try to kiss me,
And now even he looked too icky
I tucked and i roll,
accidently touch his dirty flo,
Is this pizza?
there was something on my hands,
what a fucking digusting man,
as i looked around i gagged,
he said the mess aint that bad
Was he freaking mad
I turned slowly, I looked at the bed,
Almost passed out,
My ass should have been dead
There were boxes and trash bag
And that ain't the worst
There were bread crumbs all over
The sheets matted with dirt
Saw roaches and beer cans,
My mind was about to burst
My mind bout to burst
In the open world, there's gold at the end of the rainbow.
Track notes: I kind of didn't try hard enough. I ran a bunch of errands earlier in the day and kind of came home late-ish. I did aim for two things in this track:
1. A new key. Arpeggios. Stuff like that. The composition isn't anything amazing but new keys take a bit to learn.
2. Compose more chiptune and make sure that it sounds like passable pleasant chiptune music that doesn't have anything fundamentally wrong with the timbre.
A few habits I'm picking up: Changing drum timbres. Thanks onezero!
Things I didn't spend a lot of time on: Mixing. I think it's reasonably balanced but I applied very little EQ and compression.
Also, as cool as analog synths are, they fall out of tune and rar I keep on having to fix things. Maybe that's not a bad thing because my ear's starting to get trained finally.
Hope I achieved those goals and that you enjoy this!
Sun, March 19. 11:30 - 11:50. I'd like to work on making arpeggios and other backing elements, chiptune style this week.
I also plan to work on the key of F major/D minor to get more used to different keys. I currently do a lot of C, G, and E and adding another key will help diversify my sound.
It also reminds me that I should work on playing scales as a regular exercise.
13:00 - 13:20.
16:25 - 17:45. Not really my best work - I kind of half-assed the mixing. It was fun though.
Total time: 2h
So, I reworked the Trance Part. Next, I'll mix it, with which I have some struggle atm. Especially I want to get the Volume more constant especially Intro vs Climax. I dont want to compress the whole thnig yet so its really time consuming to get the levels right.
EDIT: For some strange reason no file was added. I reuploaded it. Sorry :)
An extremely busy week of work, performance preparation, and performance, with ups and downs. Coming off a very satisfying snwv set with my new Max/MSP patch at Oscillate: Pittsburgh 2017, here's a quick improvisation with just a sine wave oscillator into the patch. I added a bit of reverb and full-chain master in Live, and cut out a longer part of the noisy waterfall section, but otherwise it's the result of this improv. Features of the patch: pitch-shifting, delay, delay regeneration, and sample-rate and bit-depth reduction, all of them randomized and continually updating. And the time between updates is itself randomized, for extra confusion. Title comes from previewing the piece for the kids, and talking about it after they listened.
This came together rather quickly in an odd sort of way. Not as much sax in this one, just a few runs with some delay. I'm thinking about using this as an interlude track on one of my upcoming EPs.
For this song I used the following:
- DM - The Drum Machine (with some effects automation)
- Logic Pro (DAW/various VSTs)
- Alto Saxophone
*This week does have movie samples. Any ideas on which movie they're from?
late submission cause I lost track of time preparing for our show on Saturday that I forgot to record a track this week. This piece was composed using the raw data from a image file. I clipped out some glitchy parts and created a washy rhythm. Then I added some beats over it from a kit I created out of vocals and radio static.
Took this week's submission back to my jazz roots. Overall I'm really happy with this song other than my scratching, which need some work (I haven't practiced scratching in about a year). So other than tweaking/re-recording the scratching I'd say I've got a complete song here.
For this track I used the following:
- Logic Pro (DAW/various VST/FX)
- Alto Sax
- Traktor on my laptop for the scratching
Can you guess where this week's sample comes from? It should be pretty easy for fans of the show...
All in the box--drum racks, Impulse, Electric, Tension...and a lot of Auto-Filter wah on a lot--including a delay send channel with auto-filter on the front. (I'd recorded bass for this, but ended up replacing it with Tension Clavinet when the key changed.) It started as a dub thing, but got funkier, and I ended up applying wah to a lot of it. Busy week, so not a lot of time to devote to tracking, but I did spend some time in the evenings making variations to the drum line.