High quality on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/trent-hawkins/20210629-feat-lagoon-city
Inspired by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP-Xhu-T4qY
I spent most of the week away from home and didn’t want to bring more than my laptop to work on. This means I had to come up with something in a very limited time using Ableton only, which is a first for me.
Nothing much to say about this attempt at making music. I check this week’s box and keep on moving. We’re halfway through 2021!
I have been meaning of working on this track based on the short story by a friend. As this is based on a traditional Japanese folk story, I experimented with taikos, shamisen and flutes. My conclusion for now is that I need to listen to more Shamisen based music to get the scales and feeling right. Now i end up programming pentatonic scales on shamisen, which is all wrong. :)
Done in FL studio, using FLEX, lots of samples from Splice and a shamisen soundfont.
We're halfway through the year! Let's keep on composing!
This is another take at the instrumental pseudo-metal style I occasionally try. Still with the same improvising and looping techniques I've been experimenting with: the distorted guitar part is a single take with a new Marshall-inspired amp, followed by the bass guitar part, clean guitar inserts, drums (midi files played by Beathawk Acoustic Drums) and some subtle choir addition (also Beathawk) plus a synth lead solo (Arturia MicroFreak).
Continuing on last week's experiment with orchestral samples, I went back to the Philarmonia orchestral samples and tried to make a song using only percussion samples. This was pretty fun, but it's more like a musical experiment then a song once again. All done on the Polyend Tracker. I've had really disrupted sleep cycles for a few weeks, I probably lacked the energy to compose something more polished. Let's see what comes next week.
I didn't begin this one until Saturday evening, with a sense of doing something sparse--a bit like Bark Psychosis, though this did end up going in another direction. Having checked out a few Ableton Loop sessions, I also thought to use the clip-level probability interface for the drums and keys--in these cases, usually the first beat is at 100%, but subsequent notes were at 75-80% probability.
Drums are Ableton's 64 Pad Kit Special, with a bit of Max Humanizer, and sends to convolution reverbs.
Bass is the usual 80s Epiphone Embassy II, with some EQ-8 low-end rolloff, and sends to the reverbs for air.
The keyboard is LABS soft piano, with Auto-Pan and a send to an Echo plugin.
Guitars are 2008 Danelectro baritone on both pickups, with inline high-pass Auto-Filter with drive, and sends to the reverbs.
The title comes from the fact that this is week 78 since the beginning of 2020, so...78 rpm records came to mind.
A Eurorack jam. I spent a lot of time with the Metropolix on this one and came across tons and tons of bad takes. I streamed much of it today, but I ended up with a few technical problems and a lot of moments of bad inspiration.
Hope you like it, it's pretty much like a dark techno-y song.