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"Clouds 21" (Jules Laplace), "Clouds Remix," "Fog Computing"

Have been working on some collaborations with Jules Laplace. His original song, "Clouds 21," is below. Taking the mixes in reverse order:

"Fog Computing" [4.2 MB .mp3]
A MIDI file of Laplace's "clouds21" was played in Winamp and a few "general MIDI piano" notes were sampled. "Fog Computing" is made with those samples using the Doepfer A-112 8-bit sampler module and the Octatrack for sequencing. Some of the patterns were re-arranged and remixed in Cubase and imported back into the Octatrack.
It's uber-noisy and dirty. Both the wavetable and sampler functions of the A-112 were used. The really dense static-y sound is the sampler playing the notes very slowly.
Thing I learned: how to reduce an LFO signal to swing between 1 and -1 volts to modulate the wavetable: this adds Hammond-like grit to the sound.

Tom Moody and Jules and Laplace, "Clouds Remix" [4.1 MB .mp3]
Some of the gritty patterns also used in "Fog," but playing in conjunction with the march-like MIDI piano version of Laplace's tune below. This isn't the same Winamp piano as above -- it's a sampled concert grand, but "played" with very little nuance.

Jules Laplace, "clouds21" [6.2 MB .mp3]
I maximized the volume to CD level. A diaphanous, faintly Kirk Degiorgio-esque synth confection, very nice, that can in no way be blamed for what came later.

- tom moody

November 22nd, 2013 at 10:40 am

"Trippmatic Variation 3"

"Trippmatic Variation 3" [4.2 MB .mp3]

More rearranged drum-and-bass, almost becoming...dubstep. The "profit" pad is from the Synth Mania website, also rearranged.

Variation 1 / Variation 2

- tom moody

January 11th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

"Oort Lover"

"Oort Lover" [4.4 MB .mp3]

This short atmospheric techno stomper includes a looping guitar-and-Moog sequence by John and Brad Moody (my nephew and brother, respectively).
They just sent it to me today and it meshed/contrasted nicely with the drum patterns I was working on.

- tom moody

August 7th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

"H.M.M.J. 2," "H.M.M.J. 3"

More from my collaboration last year with Travis Hallenbeck: he came to my studio and we played a "live MIDI" set.

"H.M.M.J. 3" [8.3 MB .mp3]

Kind of tribal-sounding, with kinetic and varied percussion from Travis' gear. The reverb makes us sound like a Varese ensemble playing in an abandoned factory somewhere, if that's not too boastful.

"H.M.M.J. 2" [20.6 MB .mp3]

Nine minutes long, more tunes to work with here and the musical ideas run the gamut. ("The Charles Iveses of repurposed '80s synths" - Post-Hipster magazine)

The process, as explained last May:

A desktop computer plays MIDI files that we prepared in advance. One channel goes out to my gear: the Sidstation synth and Mutator analog filter. All the rest of the channels go to Travis's setup, which includes a midi mixer and Roland MT-32 sound module (see YouTube demo and this diagram).

So it is a live performance in the sense that the computer is dispensing a stream of MIDI on-off notes and we are changing settings on our gear in real time.

I was recording the performance, and did some minor post-production mixing, mostly for EQ and levels.

- tom moody

April 3rd, 2011 at 10:45 am

"H.M.M.J. 2 (Coda Only)"

"H.M.M.J. 2 (Coda Only)" [2.6 MB .mp3]

More from my collaboration last year with Travis Hallenbeck: he came to my studio and we played a "live MIDI" set. This is the end of a longer section I am working on. This does something sort of Debussy-ish at about :23 that I really like.

As explained last May:

A desktop computer plays MIDI files that we prepared in advance. One channel goes out to my gear: the Sidstation synth and Mutator analog filter. All the rest of the channels go to Travis's setup, which includes a midi mixer and Roland MT-32 sound module (see YouTube demo and this diagram).

So it is a live performance in the sense that the computer is dispensing a stream of MIDI on-off notes and we are changing settings on our gear in real time.

I was recording the performance, and did some minor post-production mixing, mostly for EQ and levels.

Travis' part got some heavier reverb this time around.

- tom moody

March 30th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

tunes elsewhere

"Weather Watch," by Mr. Andrew [YouTube] reminiscent of early '00s ambient electro (Plod, Duracel, Plasmalamp, et al) except this is from 1982 (hat tip stage)

"Trollz" by Glass Popcorn [Soundcloud] Mr. Popcorn "redefines dubstep" in the defining deviancy down sense of making it louder, grittier, and funnier. By the end this song is just square waves. What the home computer revolution should be about.

- tom moody

February 20th, 2011 at 8:29 am

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"Tapeworm of Love"

Brute Force, "Tapeworm of Love" [YouTube] (1967)

Young Turds, cover of "Tapeworm of Love" [2:38 min. - 3.7 MB .mp3] (1979)

- tom moody

November 17th, 2010 at 11:56 am

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youtube breakbeats and electr.

waveform "drifter" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcczyIq23xs (old nu skool breaks)

summer beach waveforms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E6PngNyOMY (found accidentally while searching for waveform "drifter"--not bad)

bonus, not drum and bass (rather, techno-house):

repeat orchestra "springtime" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9kZtTcBv5E

- tom moody

September 30th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

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"Love Reconstituted" and background

Made/posted this tune a couple of years ago:

"Love Reconstituted" [6.3 MB .mp3]

It's kind of an "atmospheric techno" bit with analog synth burbles and a "rave hit" ending consisting of some early '90s house piano stabs. Those were reconstructed more or less note by note from this nutty remix* somebody did of this pop tune.**

As you can hear, the remix* consists of "vocal science" made from clips of the diva's voice over minimal banging piano chords. I've always really liked the energy and simplicity of it. And thanks to the miracle of YouTube (the poor man's iTunes), I recently found the "original" hit that mix was taken from, Bizarre Inc.'s "Love in Motion."** It's pretty lightweight (unlike moi) but not unenjoyable.

*"Love in Motion (Unknown Mix)" [7 MB .mp3] (sound quality is dicey because it was cassette-taped from a radio mix show in '92)

**"Love in Motion" [YouTube]

- tom moody

August 25th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

"Lift" remix

808 State, "Lift (Moody Ex-El Mix)" [7.5 MB .mp3]

As a public service I removed a horrible middle section of this lovely dance floor tune that featured an abrasive electric guitar and some atonal stuff completely out of step with the mood. Will take down if anyone objects or if there is too much bandwidth.

- tom moody

June 20th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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