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Discontinued Beatbox LP released on Bandcamp

This is the first track of my latest musical release.
Ardour (Linux DAW) has a bundled synth called a-fluidsynth that uses soundfonts for its audio engine. "Esperklatsch" (psychic gossip?) features soundfonts taken from the original ROM files in the E-Mu SP1200, an '80s/'90s drum machine. Hence, the pseudo hiphop feel of this track.

- tom moody

February 13th, 2017 at 9:58 am

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"Discontinued Beatbox"

"Discontinued Beatbox" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Made with the Elektron Octatrack, Elektron Machinedrum, and recorded and mixed in Ardour (Linux version). Only the Machinedrum has actually been discontinued but I like the title. This a bricolage song in that it consists of scraps from earlier (mostly modular) synth tunes, and homemade kits cobbled from various instruments. One loop is recent -- the Helm softsynth, recorded in Ableton and transferred to the Octatrack via flash drive. Also in the mix are some SuperKicks by Inspektor Gadjet, downloaded from the Internet.
One problem with the Octatrack is the eight tracks get used up pretty quickly and its a pain to mix them down or use alternate samples via "parameter locks." Having the discontinued Machinedrum was a way to add extra tracks, with the two boxes running in sync via MIDI.

Update: Re: "eight tracks get used up pretty quickly" on the Octatrack. Wrong. I wasn't understanding how "parts" work. An Octatrack guide by Merlin [pdf] explains it much better than the manual.

- tom moody

February 3rd, 2017 at 9:02 am

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"Virtual Canapés"

"Virtual Canapés" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Some Elektron Machinedrum beats (mostly mine but there may be a snippet from the device's previous owner, if so, hat tip GYS), with added beats and softsynths recorded and arranged in Ardour (Linux version).
Was happy to find the softsynth Helm, which works very well as a Linux (LV2) plugin.
The Machinedrum "kits" include many "user waves" that I made with cut-up and normalized snippets from earlier, modular synth tracks, transferred to the MD using MIDI sample transfer and converted to 12 bit sound files.

- tom moody

January 27th, 2017 at 9:41 am

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"Working Lurker"

"Working Lurker" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Beats: Elektron Machinedrum (these were not made by the previous owner -- they are step-keyed by yrs truly)
Softsynths: Loomer Aspect, Calf Monosynth
Recorded and arranged in Ardour (Linux version)

Am a few songs shy of the ten needed for Generic PC (Vol. 6), so this is the next installment.

Generic PC (Vols. 1-5) are available for modest prices on Bandcamp.

- tom moody

January 19th, 2017 at 7:43 am

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desktop computer photos, new Bandcamp release(s)

I made these images as cover photos for my newest music release, Generic PC (Vols. 1-5) on Bandcamp. 50 songs from 2016 -- please buy some, for the music, or, if you prefer, to support the efforts of the last blogger on earth.

These aren't old PCs but rather, a form of personal rebellion against the "design award" aesthetic for computer hardware, popularized by the late, unlamented Steve Jobs.

Just stick some wires in them and they work; they don't have to look "cool."

- tom moody

January 15th, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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"Exhilarating Aspect"

"Exhilarating Aspect" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Recorded and arranged in Ardour (Linux version)
Featuring: Elektron Machinedrum, Loomer Aspect softsynth (as a VST in Ardour), Calf Fluidsynth with E-Mu Orbit soundfont kit (also as a VST in Ardour).

Most beats on the Machinedrum were "found" (i.e., left in ROM by the previous owner). I tweaked them quite a bit, but, hat tip to GYS for making them.

An upbeat song (after the first few bars) to celebrate [see private Facebook group].

- tom moody

December 28th, 2016 at 12:05 pm

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"Refrigerator Drumming 3"

"Refrigerator Drumming 3" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Recorded and arranged in Ardour (Linux version)
Featuring: SIDGuts Deluxe module, Doepfer A-154/A-155 sequencer, Elektron Octatrack and Machinedrum

Some beats on the Machinedrum were "found" (i.e., left in ROM by the previous owner). I tweaked them quite a bit, but, hat tip to GYS for making them.

Field recording: fingernails drumming on refrigerator butter compartment, refrigerator hum.

- tom moody

December 20th, 2016 at 9:23 am

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"Three Claps Dub"

"Three Claps Dub" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Recorded and arranged in Ardour (Linux version)
Featuring: SIDGuts module, Doepfer A-154/A-155 sequencer, Elektron Machinedrum

Some beats on the Machinedrum were "found" (i.e., left in ROM by the previous owner). I tweaked them quite a bit, but, hat tip to GYS for the three claps, etc.

- tom moody

December 11th, 2016 at 9:04 pm

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"Steel Percussion Climax"

"Steel Percussion Climax" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Recorded and arranged in Ardour (Linux version)
Featuring: SammichSID, Elektron Machinedrum & Octatrack

Some beats on the Machinedrum were "found" (i.e., left in ROM by the previous owner). I tweaked them quite a bit, but, hat tip to GYS.
Also, check out the actual house around 2:30. If I didn't get bored and need to change patterns, that would be the whole song.

- tom moody

December 8th, 2016 at 12:43 pm

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"Stretched and Unstretched"

"Stretched and Unstretched" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Same basic instrumentation as "Machine Song Throwdown," except the arrangement is done in Ardour (Linux version) rather than in the beatboxes. Also, the vocal sample is from an earlier tune, "Antimatter Park": yrs truly saying the words "external hard drive" (perhaps the least sexy thing anyone could utter), "creatively mangled," as they say in music software advertising-speak.

- tom moody

November 25th, 2016 at 5:04 pm

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