"Octavia"

"Octavia" [2.2 MB .mp3]

Am interested in demos as an art form: a piece of music that's not intended as music, just to demonstrate various features of gear. This song is done in that spirit. The instrument is Native Instruments' software version of the classic early 80s synth, the Prophet 5. Am using four patches here: Hot Bass, Hihat, Hihat 2, and Playground. The tune has been posted earlier as "Free Alpha," "Alpha Inshore," and "Blistering Alpha."

Many consider the Pro-53 to be "cold" and "thin" compared to the "warm," "fat" sound of the Prophet 5. I suppose it is. This song was written as if cold and thin were virtues.

"Tesseract Farm Incident"

"Tesseract Farm Incident" [1.5 MB .mp3]

As in incidental music.

I broke my Mutator filter. It was fixed by Armen's Music Shop (highly recommended; thanks also to Mutronics/Audio Kitchen for the great instrument). Did this "song" to test out having both channels working again--it's really more of an intro or demo (see next post) but I'm happy with it and may add to it. The rhythm is from an earlier song, "Tesseract Farm."

"Monomechanic II"

"Monomechanic II" [4.1 MB .mp3]

This was actually written before "Monomechanic" and is made with the Mutator filter, Electribe rhythm box, and some software drumming. The rhythmic (occasionally overloading) pitch shifting is a midi controller curve in Cubase disturbing the Mutator in mid-sweep.