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"The Curious (Remixed)"

Am already several songs into my next "release" and have been forgetting to "promote" this one. The scare quotes are due to the awkwardness of applying a capitalist frame to an amorphous art project/object (to use a Zappa term). The music could be a product of a hundred decisions based on the dictates of personal and artistic discipline (tonal or atonal? verse or chorus? percussion or found sound?) and not be useful in a commodity sense. Someone else might be able to slip it into a game or elevator but that's not why it was made.

This track was posted earlier in a slightly more ambient form but wasn't working in the context of an LP of fairly tightly-organized tunes so it was edited: whole passages were removed and ear-candy tunes added. The phrase "it's sure to bring out the curious and the kooky" is my line reading of a bit of Firesign Theatre dialog, from Everything You Know Is Wrong. The other human vocal is a field recording of a noisy neighborhood kid, considerably compressed, EQ'd and filtered.

- tom moody

February 15th, 2018 at 6:58 am

Posted in music - tm

"Three Things They Taught Me"

streaming audio on Bandcamp

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Opening track of my new Bandcamp release, Layered Timeline Events. The track features samples from a youtube-famous sales motivational speaker.
LP notes:

"Layered timeline events" is a prosaic way of saying "songs," in the DAW world of ingrained software conventions (which I happen to like at the moment).

I'm also interested in a place where modular synth and PC music are indistinguishable. Typically I have no idea what was used to make what a few weeks after finishing a tune so I must be succeeding.

The LMMS workstation was used on a number of these tracks, hence the "street" version of its logo (lmms.io/download/artwork/) used in the cover graphic. Also employed were Carla, Tracktion's Waveform DAW, and a bunch of Eurorack investments, I mean, modules.

"Organleggers" is a Larry Niven term, especially appropriate in an era when the elite of Silicon Valley enjoys transfusions of youthful blood to stay alive.

- tom moody

January 25th, 2018 at 10:24 am

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"Jim Stark Is a Lonely Kid"

"Jim Stark Is a Lonely Kid" [1.3 MB .mp3]

Manipulated vocal piece. A random line from Danny Peary's book Cult Movies, his essay on Rebel Without a Cause, is read aloud into a microphone recording directly into Doepfer's A-112 8-bit sampler. The audio output from the A-112 gets various Eurorack filtering and FX treatments, then is further edited in Tracktion's Waveform DAW.

- tom moody

December 7th, 2017 at 7:23 am

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"Scheduled Appointment 3"

"Scheduled Appointment 3" [.mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Minimo-classical-style music made with the modular synth (Tiptop Audio Z3000 oscillators, arranged in a chord), then edited and enhanced in Tracktion's Waveform DAW. Kindergarten melodies are deployed so as not to distract from the main point, timbre changes of the Z3000 -- primarily modifications of triangle waves via the oscillators' "waveshaper" inputs. Bubblesound's uLFO module is feeding sine and triangle waves into those inputs.

Underlying crunchy beats (and bass notes?) are borrowed from previous "Scheduled Appointment" versions.

- tom moody

December 7th, 2017 at 7:12 am

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"Organleggers"

"Organleggers" [.mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

More minimo-classical-style music made with Carla, a Linux plugin host, and the Ardour DAW. Midi sequencers play a variety of LV2 (Linux) software synths I can't get to work in Tracktion's Waveform DAW as plugins. The audio is streamed via JACK directly into Waveform and recorded/edited into loops. The loops are then arranged in Waveform.

Underlying crunchy beats are from the Moody Wav Collection.

hat tip Larry Niven for title

- tom moody

December 7th, 2017 at 7:00 am

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"Short Carla Piece"

"Short Carla Piece" [.mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Some classical-style music made with Carla, a Linux plugin host. A midi sequencer plays a variety of LV2 (Linux) software synths I can't get to work in Tracktion's Waveform DAW as plugins. The audio is streamed via JACK directly into Waveform and recorded/edited into loops. The loops are then arranged in Waveform.

Some of the underlying crunchy beats were made with a Eurorack (analog) sequencer, ADDAC Systems' Wav and Ultra Wav sample players, and a Doepfer digital effects module.

- tom moody

November 29th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

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"The Curious"

"The Curious" [6 MB .mp3]

Heavy on the white noise with no softsynth "little melodies." Made with low-res synth beats, vocal samples, and semi-ambient noise triggered by a Eurorack (analog) sequencer, then recorded, timestretched, and further edited in Tracktion's Waveform DAW running on a Linux PC. Vocal samples include a gritty Streets of Rage soundbite (hat tip kiptok) and some random kid on my block (whose parents signed a release - jk).

Most of the audio comes from ADDAC Systems' Wav and Ultra Wav sample players, which handle beats with reasonable timing as well as random blorts triggered by cv inputs. Other Eurorack devices used are Doepfer's A-154/155 sequencer and VC-DSP effects module (for reverb and chorus). A "found" drum loop provides additional rhythm.

- tom moody

November 27th, 2017 at 8:19 am

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"The Hidden Masterpiece"

"The Hidden Masterpiece" [.mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Made with modular synth beats, notes, and semi-ambient noise triggered and synchronized in Tracktion's Waveform DAW (using MIDI clock out), then recorded and edited in Waveform.

Most of the audio comes from ADDAC Systems' Wav and Ultra Wav sample players, which handle beats with reasonable timing as well as random blorts triggered by cv inputs. Other Eurorack devices used are Doepfer's A-154/155 sequencer, MIDI sync, and VC-DSP effects modules (for reverb and chorus). Some melodic riffs were added using the Helm softsynth and Waveform's Collective sampler/synth (gotta have those little tunes) and a "found" 909 drum loop provides additional rhythm.

The title comes from Balzac's famous story of the master painter whose never-before-revealed life project, a portrait of a beautiful woman, turns out to be a morass of vague, indecisive swirls with a single perfectly rendered foot. This has no bearing on this song but it's a good title.

- tom moody

November 25th, 2017 at 8:47 am

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"Scheduled Appointment Part 2"

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...another track (previously unposted) from my latest Bandcamp release, Full Metal Algo

Made with modular synth riffs edited into a song using Tracktion's Waveform DAW.

The main modules used here are Doepfer's A-154/155 sequencer, A-190-8 MIDI sync, A-112 sampler/wavetable, and A-166 logic modules; Manhattan Analog's Discrete SVVCF filter; and ADDAC's "Ultra WAV" player. Portions are recorded from the Elektron Octatrack. "Found" 808 drum hits (playing in Waveform's sampler rack plugin) provide the main rhythm. The last four bars use Waveform's Collective sampler/synth.

- tom moody

November 17th, 2017 at 9:59 am

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"Short Song of Distortion"

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...a track from my latest Bandcamp release, Full Metal Algo

Made with modular synth riffs edited into a song using Tracktion's Waveform DAW.

The main modules used here are Doepfer's A-154/155 sequencer, A-190-8 MIDI sync, and A-166 logic modules; Manhattan Analog's Discrete SVVCF filter; and ADDAC's "Ultra WAV" player. A "found" 808 loop is used (in Waveform) to help glue it together.

- tom moody

November 14th, 2017 at 10:44 am

Posted in music - tm