Submissions from 2021-12-20 to 2021-12-27 (10 total)

A quick Minibrute 2s Acid Jam that I did while I was streaming without a lot of preparation or planning. I need to learn how to save and restore sequences and then actually take advantage of them! Maybe I'll use the sequences in an upcoming live show...

I keep on unraveling this Lyra-8-based thematic streak. The process was different this week, though: I recorded and assembled parts in Ableton as I went. The result is more varied and polished but lacks the coherence and spontaneity I find the live takes I used as a base for the previous tracks had.

High quality on Soundcloud:

This track, as given away by the title, was started at this winter's solstice on the 21st. It follows a structure I used on a couple other tracks with this theme: a synth drone and several layers of percussion in increasing tempo. On top of this two tracks of acoustic guitar and a mandolin (from the Wavestate). I think it's a nice energy to push us through to the last week of the year and beyond!

The pain. The fury. The sweat. Man vs the Thing.

For this one, I brought together most of the techniques and plugins I've accumulated over the last couple of months to put it together. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I didn't have any trouble writing it either, it just kinda popped out :)

This is another experiment track, playing with half step slides chord progression. It kinda reminded me of Sleepy Hollow or other eery/mysterious vibe, and I built from there.

The title comes from the movie Krull, where the heroes have to visit an elder lady who is at the heart of the web woven by a giant crystal spider. They have to ask here where the fortress of the beast will be the next morning! Yeah, it does not make any sense if you have never seen Krull. I loved that movie in the 80s. Haven't watched it in more than 20 years, I suspect it has not aged well.

Generative ambient track composed with an L-System. Did the hyperosc thing again but this time with a lot of different oscillators controlling the crossfade, and some compression too.

Too long for the site so listen here:

It was time to go back to my beloved Polyend Tracker, as it was pretty much what got me started on this 2021 streak ! After a firmware upgrade, and some fun playing with single cycle waveforms and granular instruments, this weird, haunting and dark track came up and took me. It's based around this pretty simple reverb-drenched drony D minor chord, bouncing kick drum, ominous bass and glitchy percs, and a touch of arpeggio. The raw mix from the Polyend was not bad, but I redid the delays and reverbs in my DAW after tracker stem export.

Another of the all-one-guitar + resonator network pieces. This one uses the Danelectro baritone, with one channel going through the resonator network. I tracked some compatible parts, and putting them together...didn't work. Rather than scrap the whole piece, I started over with arranging the parts, relying less on repeating one chord progression and keeping parts a bit shorter. Then I tracked a few new parts in each of three tracks to fill in gaps.

There's a convolution reverb on all three of these, and Wide & Warm compression on the output.

The title comes from what may have been the meaning of the Onojutta-Haga word that was the source of the name for the Juniata River.

Rudimentary 4 track sketch. Sort of Johnny Cash meets sludgepunk?