Does anyone but me remember those “Industrial Strength” records out of Detroit in the late 80s and early 90s that had loops like any other DJ loop record, but they were really thick? No? Okay. I should try to track those down.
Anyway, I recently had to change my audio interface (a first-generation Apogee Duet) because it no longer worked in Mac OS X 10.12 (“Sierra”). I went with a Focusrite Saffire Pro 26, which I must say I’m quite pleased with so far. One thing about the experience has been that Focusrite gives up a ton of free plugins, but they’re often only available during a given month. Since it’s the last day of February, I had to get this month’s plugin today, so although I was stoked for Torment: Tides of Numenera (and did play it a fair bit), I took some time out to get all the plugins that I had waiting, plus update a bunch of my other software. I rolled this loop out in a few minutes just to test it all, but I thought it was fun so I’d share it with you all.
There’s no fade-in or fade-out and it’s just a short four-bar loop, repeated for 3 minutes for your enjoyment.
You can download the 300 kbps MP3 file here, and a full-rate AIFF file here. Do anything you like with it.
Oh, and hi! *waves*
Well, I went back into the studio for the first time in millenia. I opened some old files and recorded a bit of audio that I needed to record so that I wouldn’t lose it if I re-patched the modular. (Yes, that’s actually a sentence — basically it just means I did some necessary tidying up.) Then I hit play on the last several things I worked on and wound up in a dark cloud of, “I hate myself, everything I touch turns to shit.”
So… I decided to take a different tack and I spent a little while teaching myself to use this one sequencing program that I like but almost never use called Nodal to drive my Access Virus TI2 Desktop synth in “multi mode” (where you load up a bunch of different patches on channels).
This is all pretty basic “use your synth” stuff, but the “TI” in the synth’s name stands for “Total Integration”. What that means is that there’s a software suite that you can load which makes the whole thing act like an app on your computer. That’s almost the only way I’ve ever interfaced with the Virus. One of my long-term goals is to get more comfortable working with it offline (i.e. without the computer). Eventually I want to build a little compositional environment that’s totally computer-independent, centered around the Sequentix Cirklon sequencer (which I don’t own yet and will have to save up for for a long time). So I want to start learning to use this stuff offline more.
Nodal *is* software running on my computer, but it interacts with synthesizers in this fairly basic way, sending MIDI data. It doesn’t do plugin hosting or any of that jazz.
Anyway, I got it working, and that was fun. And I feel like I accomplished something. So there’s that. Actually writing a complete song in Nodal rather than just using it to noodle out little bits of pieces would be a bit of an interesting experiment, but I might give it a go.
I wasn’t able to get the audio streaming over the Virus’ USB port playing out through my computer speakers, so for now I’m just using my headphones plugged into its headphone jack. For the new studio setup I’ll presumably need to get a mixer and grab its analog audio outputs.
So, no music written (unless you count my little test loop, which I’m actually quite enjoying listening to, but likely won’t be used for anything), but some things done. I suppose it’s better than nothing for the first day back.
It’s been a while, eh? Yeah, um. Please, if you listen, let me know what you think. It’ll mean a lot to me.
I haven’t posted here in millenia, and some of that has been that I haven’t been doing a lot of work on music recently, although I’ve done some. My energies have been mostly elsewhere. However, I do still noodle at it once in a while, and it occurred to me that I could post the noodlings for the curious.
Tonight I was trying something on the modular involving clock division using the STG Soundlabs Trigger Mini Store, and I wound up with this, which I let run for a while and then recorded a chunk of for the heck of it.
It’s a short loop in some senses, although there are slight bits of randomness and variation that mean that some cycles through it turned out notably cooler than others.
Here’s the patch sitting on the system:
You should be able to click to embiggen that. If any modular fans come by and want the actual patch notation before I pull it next, let me know and I’ll type it up for you.
So, I bet the last thing you expected today was a new Ramp track! For the past while I’ve been trying my hand at a lot of different things, doing less music. However, there have been a couple of things simmering, and one of them finally settled out, so here it is! I hope you enjoy. 🙂
A Matter of Time: (download)
As always, comments and feedback are both wonderful.
Yup, I’m still here. 🙂 I’ve been working on a few things, but none of them have a lot of forward motion at the moment. This started out as a break from those tracks, and I wound up liking how it turned out.
As always, comments and feedback are both wonderful.
I debated a lot about holding back tracks until I had an EP or album and then putting them out in that format, but then decided, given the intermittent nature of this all, to just go ahead and keep releasing these as I finish them up.
This one took a while — just shy of a year, off and on. In part it’s because there’s a lot of fine editing, but mostly it’s because I kept getting stuck and back-burnering it, then pulling it up later and working through it. It definitely was a “butt in chair” project, rather than a “whirlwind of inspiration” project. However, I think that, after poking at it again and again, it’s finally hit a point where I’m happy with it and ready to toss it out there. (As it’s been in development for so long, I suspect that some of you may have heard earlier versions.)
I *think* that the Flattr thing should be set up now, so if you use Flattr and like the track, feel free to click it! 🙂
SoundCloud seems to be taking off by leaps and bounds. I admit that I’m WAY behind the curve on that. However, I’ve just made my most recent album, “Everything Comes Around,” available there. If you’re an ardent SoundCloud user, you can check it out and do all the usual SoundCloudey stuff (commenting, etc.) here. I’m waiting to see how useful I find it before I consider uploading the whole back catalogue, as I’d need a Pro account for that. If you’d like me to start doing the SoundCloud thing regularly, let me know!
My friend Lora tipped me off about Flattr, a system for making micropayments for content creators and bloggers whose stuff you enjoy. It seems like a pretty workable idea, actually, so I’ve enabled Flattr buttons on all my stuff. That way, if people like a new track, they can click to add it to their Flattr scheme for the month. Likewise with the Music page in general, and so on. Only time will tell if this system will see a lot of use or not, but it was pretty easy to sign up for, and I think I’ll be putting some money in it to use elsewhere as well.
So, I’ve gathered all the stray tracks from 2009 to present into an album and titled it, “Everything Comes Along.” For the most part, there’s no need to download it again if you’ve been downloading the individual tracks, but if you want the correct album artwork, track numbering, title, ID3 info., etc., then it might be simpler to just grab the zip file than to edit everything by hand.
Of course, I wouldn’t do this as a strictly administrative task. There’s another new track, the last of the album (both in the sense that I won’t be putting anything further on this album and literally track 12 of 12 on the album). It’s called Pixel Part 2. For those wondering what the relation is with Pixel Part 1 (from Orchard Days), given that they’re aesthetically somewhat dissimilar, Pixel Part 2 is comprised entirely of sampled material from Pixel Part 1.
Anyway, if you’re just here for the listen, here’s the new track. I hope you enjoy!
Pixel Part 2: (download)