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"Gatecrasher"

This is the second track on the Crude Essence LP on Bandcamp.

There are many tunes called "Gatecrasher" but this one actually has a crashing gate. The use of string samples (reversed and otherwise modified) is kind of a new thing for me.

- tom moody

July 31st, 2015 at 8:58 am

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Crude Essence (new Bandcamp release)

Am pleased to announce a new Bandcamp release titled Crude Essence.

Liner notes:

Noisy samples from field recordings, made in and out of the studio, are the heart of this release. Street voices, slamming gates, plastic bag dispensers at the deli, crackly vinyl "ghosts of the past," "sounds of the internet," old songs of mine cut up and granularized. Several voltage-controlled low res samplers were used. The songs are very short and structured. Strings also figure prominently -- synthesized and found.

Your support in the form of buying the LPs or songs is very encouraging, but all the material can be streamed. A cassette version is available!

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- tom moody

July 15th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

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"Semi-Retired Groove Agent"

This is the 10th track on the Curbed Convolution LP on Bandcamp.
Mostly done on modular synth, with Expert Sleepers' ES-3 module translating sequences in Cubase into control voltages for pitch, gate, and LFOs.
The jazz drums are from a Steinberg product called "Groove Agent" -- that name is so dumb it needed a semi-retired version.

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- tom moody

June 11th, 2015 at 9:23 am

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Curbed Convolution (new Bandcamp release)

Am pleased to announce a new Bandcamp release titled Curbed Convolution.

Liner notes by "Ralph Frisson, Unfrozen Jazz Critic":

The redacted particles of modern music ... No vocals (this is not Phil Collins) ... Puns, applied repetition ...Cultivated noise blasts and fragments of rave dreams ... Arithmetical organization, no hidden tricks, every track and decision is audible ... Groovebox paradiddles ... Bass so deep it can't be heard on your phone or laptop ... Punk atavism ... Synth modules, default beats from pricy hobby kaffeeklatches ... Concise, no elaboration or indulgent jamming ... This is ... Curbed Convolution.

Your support in the form of buying the LPs or songs is very encouraging, but all the material can be streamed. A cassette version is available!

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- tom moody

May 28th, 2015 at 3:14 pm

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"Mini-Maximizer" (LP version)

This is the 6th track on the Meta Dance Classic LP. A previous version of the song had the same beats (Vermona drum synth -- the "bass" is a tuned tom) and 303-ish Doepfer module. In this version the original oil-drum percussion (Reaktor Steampipe) was changed to a sort of robotic bouzouki that is carrying most of the melody. I ended up having to do a few scale and/or mode shifts to make the repetition of notes less obvious, and this got more interesting as I went along. After the notes were all in place I sped up the track by 16%, making the plucking more "dexterous."

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- tom moody

April 29th, 2015 at 8:36 am

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Meta Dance Classic (new Bandcamp release)

Am pleased to announce a new Bandcamp release titled Meta Dance Classic.

Some LP notes:

Continuing to cannibalize older tunes for beats and riffs. The track "Meta Dance Classic" is 100% new but all the others are reworked so extensively they are essentially new. Almost all these songs have melodies or textures produced with Eurorack modular gear, but integrated with softsynths and "packaged" beats. The presets get a tweak, too, so there is almost nothing here that hasn't been massaged to fit the main idea. Am continuing to experiment with timestretching tempos (mostly to speed up songs that were sounding sluggish). In the older versions of some of these tunes, the structure consisted of allowing a beat to develop and then putting some cake icing in at the end in the form of a catchy synth riff. What I'm doing here is moving the "icing" to the beginning of the song, adding counterpoint melodies, choruses, bridges and the rest of that traditional songwriting stuff, so the beat is almost not heard at all (maybe a couple of bars as a "drum solo").

Your support in the form of buying the LPs or songs is very encouraging, but all the material can be streamed. A cassette version is available: it looked so "meta" I decided to use an image of it for the cover.

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- tom moody

April 10th, 2015 at 8:08 am

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"ADSR Mystic 2"; Knob Twiddlers cassette

This is the 8th track on the Knob Twiddlers release.

A cassette version of the release is also now available:

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- tom moody

March 14th, 2015 at 11:27 am

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Knob Twiddlers (new Bandcamp release)

Am pleased to announce a new Bandcamp release titled Knob Twiddlers.

Some LP notes:

Between Christmas and New Year's I made a cassette tape of tunes using my modular synth's "Quad ADSR" module as an LFO/clock/trigger for various gear. The resulting polyrhythmic or at least slightly eccentrically rhythmic tracks undergird the songs with ADSR in the title (in this and the previous release, Discreet Mutations). Otherwise I am continuing a program of self-bricolage where I take older tunes, chop them up, speed them up, combine them with other songs, or write new passages that serve as bridges and fills among dangling motifs. Am continuing to rely heavily on Native Instruments' Massive synth for ear candy to sweeten up these tracks, but there is also a fair amount of live, analog material plopped in here.

A new Bandcamp front page has thumbnail covers for the 12 releases so far.
Your support in the form of buying the LPs or songs is very encouraging, but all the material can be streamed. Cassettes are available for certain releases; eventually I hope to have the entire catalog available on cassette and probably CD-R as well.

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- tom moody

February 26th, 2015 at 7:55 am

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"Bass Transitions (Arpegs)"

This is track #5 on the Discreet Mutations LP release.
I had posted a couple of incarnations of "Bass Transitions" back in the free download era. This version is chock-a-block with house-y organ stabs. There is a more than usual amount of song development here! The screaming wah-ed out softsynth part in the middle is possibly a bit jarring but I felt the song needed this so that the spacy counterpoint thing that follows comes as a soothing relief.
Many thanks to all who've purchased, listened to, or faved "Discreet Mutations" so far.
If you want to support this blog -- which endures like a stubborn flame while millions sink into the dark corporate miasma of "social media" -- buying digital LPs or tapes is the way to go.
But only do it if you like the music -- am not looking for indulgent teeth-gritting from people who hate electronic beat-oriented tunes.

- tom moody

February 13th, 2015 at 7:05 am

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"Suspicious Activity"

This is the first song on the Discreet Mutations LP release. Riders of a certain NYC metro area subway system may find it amusing.

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- tom moody

January 20th, 2015 at 3:40 pm

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