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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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Discreet Mutations -- LP liner notes

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Am pleased to announce a new Bandcamp release for the new year, titled Discreet Mutations.

Some LP notes:

These tracks feature many presets from Steinberg (Cubase) and Native Instruments (Kontakt, FM8, Battery), particularly arpeggiators that play the provided synth patches.
I don't hear enough other music using these tools to know how successfully I've personalized the patches, or if that matters. The music also incorporates field recordings and riffs played "live" in the studio using Eurorack modular gear and, in a few songs, a '90s-vintage filter called the Mutator. To my ear these change the meaning of the presets, setting up a conversation between the canned and the spontaneous, 1s-and-0s vs voltages, clean vs dirty, etc. There is questioning going on here, and emotional content (mostly anger and humor, not much sadness). Please check out the first track, "Suspicious Activity," if your time is limited -- I think it's kind of funny, especially if you are a rider of a certain NYC metro area subway system.
Compared to earlier work, the tunes are shorter but also more full. The Cubase DAW makes it possible to timestretch and stack riffs: at the most I can handle four or five interacting simultaneously, but it's like working a puzzle to fit them all together. The shortness is due to boredom -- if anything sounds too repetitious, I cut it out.

A cassette version of this recording is available! Same price as the digital, plus postage.

Note: These tunes use the full audio spectrum (i.e., aren't written with tinny laptop speakers in mind)! In some cases, notably the track "Discreet Mutations," crucial segments are laptop-inaudible because they are bass notes. A halfway decent pair of speakers are recommended, if those can be obtained.

- tom moody

January 20th, 2015 at 3:22 pm

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party

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1000 organic views by year end, let's do it.

Also, thanks to Robert Fripp Fan for the tweet, and those who bought and/or made nice comments on the LP. Cassettes are mailing soon.

- tom moody

December 11th, 2014 at 9:19 am

"home electro for fun and profit" cassette

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"Small business chic" design for audio cassette cover.
Cassette is available on request to digital purchasers of "Home Electo for Fun and Profit," my last bandcamp release for 2014.

- tom moody

December 9th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Home Electro for Fun and Profit (new Bandcamp release)

Am pleased, and yet, humbled, to announce a new LP on Bandcamp: Home Electro for Fun and Profit.
10 tracks, consisting of mostly new material, with a few accelerated versions of older tunes -- meaning they are played faster, then cut and spliced with new ideas.
This is my tenth and final Bandcamp release for 2014 -- 100 songs in all have been published this year. Am working on CD-R and cassette versions of all of these; a cassette version of this release is available on Bandcamp (including streaming and downloads) as well as the digital version. Your support in the form of buying the LP or songs would be very encouraging, but all the material can be streamed.

- tom moody

December 9th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

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