Archive for November, 2013
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"The Lost Gig (Acid House Version)" [mp3 removed -- tune is now on Bandcamp]
Continuing to experiment with Octatrack features and effects:
--Altering sample rates of drum samples (for example, the tom roll is a slowed-down clap)
--Using a "neighbor machine" for a primitive effect chain (as in two effects, but hey, I'm still learning, and had been wondering how to apply delay and reverb to the same track)
--Autopanning two tracks using inverted LFO waveforms so two loops crisscross throughout the song (the bubbly sounds are some "Fog Computing" riffs run through the Mutator filter and sampled).
The NI Massive tremelo-y patch I wrote and used in "The Lost Gig" makes another appearance halfway through. That's me playing the numerals 3-5-2-3 on my alphanumeric computer keyboard.
Update: Bumped the volume on the "bubbly" parts of this. Revised and reposted.
"Fog Computing (Drum Solo)" [3 MB .mp3]
Applying some tutorial-acquired knowledge of slicing, retriggering, timestretching and sample-looping in the Octatrack. Working with some of the same riffs from previous tracks, and some added "gnarly" sounds from the Doepfer A-112 sampler.
alternate title: "squatter family found living in crane cabin"
Mark Broom New Arrival
MG Wo gehobelt wird ... pure genius
Swayzak Kensal Rising (not "Kensai")
all youtube sorry, have been trying to avoid since it became a spy outlet but we need this techno
hat tips sucrete, FAUXreal, OIE and GCSP
"Fog Computing Variation" [mp3 removed -- tune is now on Bandcamp]
Spent some time crafting a bleep in the modular. An LFO was triggering it about 127 bpm. I added pitches and made a tune, recorded it, and then played it twice, four steps apart, to create a delay.
Then parts from "Fog Computing" were added, and some beats. It needed more so I wrote some softsynth tunes as counterpoint and imported them into the Octatrack. The USB cable is moving a fair amount of audio back and forth between the Octatrack and PC these days, at least until something is finalized in one or the other location.
This is pretty spare, robotic, and demo-like, but that's intended.
hat tips FAUXreal, footbath, unknown mod
This is a fan/user-posted YouTube tutorial course on the Elektron Octatrack sequencer/sampler. It's intermediate level in that it assumes you've read the manual, know some basics, and still have questions. It's fast-paced and smart, unlike many narcissistic how-tos-but-this-is-really-about-me-and-my-wonderful-hands-turning-knobs-on-this-fabulous-gear-I-bought that can be suffered within the YouTube swamp.
Most gear demos don't ask why, as in, what type of music are you making, who is your intended audience, is this just an advertisement for a commercial product, might someone's "workflow" include other things besides this gear, what is a good mangled sound vs a bad mangled sound, is all this complexity about avoiding cliche, is power-sucking equipment a luxury that only one generation will possess on a widespread level, what happens after six years when the battery in this machine runs down and the manufacturer has "moved on," why this piece of gear as opposed to a thousand other gimcracks available for home electronic music makers, and so on.
Statue of General Sherman, recently re-gilded, with the Pierre Hotel spire in the background, near 59th/5th.