"Piskow GoBox" - notes

Production notes for "Piskow GoBox," from the Terra Organization LP:

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This track combines some of the settings and sound files from Premonition of Discord and an earlier percussion piece, Piskow Reassembly.
The Multisampler kit and its submix tracks assignments came from the former; some "mangled" versions of samples from 1970s jazz percussion, from the latter.
Tracks 2 and 3 are recordings of GoBox, a Reaktor groovebox playing on a Windows PC, captured and trimmed for this tune.

"Dub Mechanic 4" - notes

Production notes for "Dub Mechanic 4," from the Terra Organization LP:

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Tracks:
1. Recording of ADDAC wav player module strings riff, trimmed into loops and timestretched
2. Recording of Doepfer minisynth module, riffs trimmed into loops and timestretched
3. 808 loop found on internet
4. Multisampler playing hits from a kit I made for the ADDAC wav player of pitched synth notes. The zones are set to play randomly when MIDI-triggered. Track is muted after rendering.
5. Renderings of Track 4.
6. Additional renderings of Track 4.
7. Additional recordings of ADDAC wav player module strings riff, trimmed into loops and timestretched
8. Recording of ADDAC wav player module keyboard riff
9. Recording of ADDAC wav player module keyboard riff
10. Multisampler playing E-Mu soundfont drumkit, with Tracktion Delay Studio plugin

"Max Conundra" - notes

Production notes for "Max Conundra," from the Terra Organization LP:

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Tracks:
1. Beatburner drum loop (early '00s sample pack)
2. Bass riff with "squelchy" high pass filter (Octatrack sample pack)
3. MIDI notes for Loomer Aspect riffs (played in Carla plugin rack, rendered, then muted)
4. Rendered Loomer Aspect riff
5. Rendered Loomer Aspect riff
6. Recording of ADDAC wav player module bass riff -- timestretched
7. Recording of ADDAC wav player module organ riff -- timestretched
8. Recording of ADDAC wav player module organ riff -- timestretched
9. Recording of ADDAC wav player module tuned percussion riff -- timestretched
10. Multisampler playing kit I made of Vermona DRM1 percussion hits -- bitcrushed

"Imaginedgy" - notes

Production notes for "Imaginedgy," from the Terra Organization LP:

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The rather hideous title (originally a placeholder but so awful I decided to keep it) is a portmanteau of the song's main components: the 8-bit synth module Edges and the "Imagina" series of commercial drum loops from Tracktion. The idea was to meld geeky with urban cool, arcade with triphop, etc etc
So about half the tracks above are drum beats from a live drummer, manicured and FX-ed in various ways, and half are sequenced riffs from videogame-y Eurorack modules: in addition to Edges (which ended up not being used very much if at all), these include the SIDGuts and SIDGuts Deluxe.
Other additions are the RetroMod Fat softsynth playing some quasi-jazzy, seventh-style chords and a bassline wav from the Octatrack libary.
The piece starts out "slow and cool" and then speeds up for no reason to reach the heavily flanged climax!

"Premonition of Discord" - notes

Production notes for "Premonition of Discord," from the Terra Organization LP:

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I had an idea of doing a noise piece but I can't seem to escape structure so call it rhythmic noise. This track started with a "master clip" of some NI Battery beats ("Messed Up Kit" from the early '00s) playing randomly in Tracktion's Multisampler plugin. Sounds from the clip were recorded "live" into the Doepfer A-112 8-bit sampler module (that is, by manually punching the "record" button) and played back with analog filtering (either manually or with a MIDI sequencer, I can't remember), for recording back into the DAW. This grungily resampled audio was then trimmed selectively to make loops. The loops (and additional sounds) were reorganized into this tune.
Tracks:
1. Recording (1) of A-112 module, trimmed into new clips
2. Recording (2) of A-112 module, trimmed into new clips
3.-12. Multisampler rack on "bus" track, with regular, that is, un-resampled, NI Battery hits (separated into zones in the sampler) assigned to their own submix tracks so they can be given different effects treatments. On Track 9, for example, automation curves control the reverb wet mix on a single hit, as it is being triggered by MIDI.
13. Multisampler kit plays a single sample, Scrape C4, from an E-Mu Modular soundfont file. An LFO Modifier inside the Multisampler, set to sample-and-hold, controls the filter cutoff as the sample loops continuously (triggered by a single depressed MIDI note).
14. Noise sampled from a noise musician.
15. Different noise sampled from the same musician. The noise snippets in Tracks 14 and 15 are looped so they become beats, each with their own time signatures independent of the project's time.
16. Recording (3) of A-112 module, trimmed into new clips -- slightly more mangled at the modular stage.
17. Recording (4) of A-112 module, trimmed into new clips.
18. Recording (5) of A-112 module, trimmed into new clips. Some additional FX at the modular stage (reverb, compression) are incorporated into the audio in these clips.
19. Recording (6) of A-112 module, trimmed into new clips. These are the most musical of the A-112 clips.
20. Audio from Tracks 3.-12. is rendered and sliced into a new Multisampler kit, for variation in pitches of some of the drumhits.