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"Stretched and Unstretched"

"Stretched and Unstretched" [5.6 MB .mp3]

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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"Machine Song Throwdown"

"Machine Song Throwdown" [3.2 MB .mp3]

Elektron stopped making its Machinedrum so I found one used. It can be connected via MIDI to an Octatrack to expand the number of available tracks. That's what happens here. All the sounds are either one device or the other, except the videogame-y riff, which was done with the SIDguts module and Doepfer A-154/155 sequencer (and then further sliced up in the Octatrack). The BPM is 141, so the machine song goes by so quickly its mongrelization of different moods and motifs isn't as apparent as it would be at a slower rate. It's a PoMo ThrowDo.

- tom moody

November 21st, 2016 at 10:46 am

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"SID Pleasant"

"SID Pleasant" [9 MB .mp3]

Two versions of the ADDAC Wav Player Eurorack module are used here (101 and 111).
They are played simultaneously. In the first part they are triggered by the Expert Sleepers ES-40 computer-to-cv module (gate outputs, playing in Ableton). In part two they are triggered by the Doepfer A-155 sequencer. Drums, bass, and percussion from Ableton and Octatrack sample kits were added.
The samples in the ADDAC are from NI Battery's "OpaSID" and OpenSource" kits. Commodore 64 game-y sounds predominate here but that was somewhat accidental. Was just running with the samples (haphazardly loaded into the modules) that sounded best.
Arranged and recorded in Ardour (Linux version). Some loop-wrangling was done in Ableton (W7).

Update: Minor tweaks; re-uploaded.

- tom moody

November 11th, 2016 at 9:44 am

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"Deep Blue Mainframe"

"Deep Blue Mainframe" [6.1 MB .mp3]

Recorded/arranged in Ardour (Linux version).

Burbling along throughout, some live recordings of the Doepfer A-155 triggering the A-112 sampler, playing Adventure Kid "fm synth" and "vgame" waveforms in wavetable mode.

For accompaniment, several Linux softsynths: Loomer Aspect, Calf Monosynth, and one not used before, PhaseX. It's not a plugin like the others; instead, MIDI out from Ardour (via JACK) triggers the synth. Simultaneously JACK brings PhaseX's audio output into Ardour for recording and further editing. This required using Ardour's latency compensation, which I thought was only for hardware, but it helped to get PhaseX mostly in sync with the Ardour grid.

For percussion, the ADDAC 101 and 111 wav players, again triggered by the A-155; with samples from a couple of NI Battery kits, OpaSID and OpenSource. Some additional beats from the E-Mu Orbit soundfonts play in Calf's Fluidsynth ROMpler.

None of this has anything to do with Deep Blue or mainframes.

- tom moody

November 7th, 2016 at 11:56 pm

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"Pass the Gestalt"

"Pass the Gestalt" [4 MB .mp3]

Softsynths: Loomer Aspect (Linux VST), Reaktor (Monark, Spark, Monoliner sequencer)
Eurorack: Qu-Bit Nebulae, Doepfer A-155, Tiptop Z-DSP Bat Filters cartridge
Drums: Ableton (Sample Magic Break Selection, Flatpack DM Arp 2600 Drums)
Sample: A famous modern composer
Recorded/arranged: Ardour (Linux version)

Update: A little Doepfer A-112 sampler riff was layered in at end and the track was reposted.

- tom moody

October 27th, 2016 at 2:38 pm

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"Music Box Raver"

"Music Box Raver" [3.1 MB .mp3]

Flaunting my keyboard playing prowess (arpeggiator-assisted) with some tunes written for Kontakt's "music box" sample kit.
The synth sounds are (i) modular sequences using the "sample and hold" patch on the Doepfer A-155, (ii) riffs for the Adventure Kid single cycle wave forms in a Reaktor player created by Inspektor Gadjet, and (iii) Loomer Aspect, a Linux VST softsynth. Drums include E-Mu Orbit soundfonts and the NI Battery Digital Processing kit samples played in the Qu-Bit Nebulae. Recorded/arranged in Ardour (Linux version).

- tom moody

October 26th, 2016 at 11:16 am

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"Tiny Synth Trio"

"Tiny Synth Trio" [3.3 MB .mp3]

A little chamber-ish piece. Two synth voices were triggered by the Doepfer A-154/A-155 sequencer, hard panned left and right, and recorded in Linux Ardour. A third voice (panned center) is the Calf Monosynth, playing on a MIDI track in Ardour.
One of the hardware synth voices is the Pittsburgh filter in oscillator mode, with a uLFO square wave used as modulation through the filter's "Q" cv input. The pitch is controlled from the uLFO and the filter knobs are used to tweak the timbre.
The other hardware synth voice is the Doepfer A-112 sampler playing piano and single-cycle waves.

- tom moody

October 18th, 2016 at 8:10 am

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"Bassline XL5"

"Bassline XL5" [4.9 MB .mp3]

Recorded and arranged in Ardour (Linux version)

Track 1 -- Ambient and Hoover-ish synth voices are Loomer Aspect, a VST softsynth that works in Linux (the LXVST folder holds the plugin). Sequencing is Ardour MIDI.
Track 2 -- Bassline is SIDGuts module (MOS 6581 chip from Commodore 64), triangle waveform. Sequencing is Doepfer A-154/A-155, envelope Tiptop Z4000. SIDGuts filter is modulated by Bubblesound uLFO sync'd to Doepfer A-160 clock. Some reverb at the end using Calf plugin.
Track 3 -- Above bassline is compressed using Calf and Ableton multiband dynamics plugins, used alternately with Track 2.
Track 4 -- Soft kick drum is Loomer Aspect. Sequencing is Ardour MIDI.
Track 5 -- E-Mu Orbit soundfonts, percussion sounds played in Calf Fluidsynth, dry and wet with Calf vintage delay. Sequencing is Ardour MIDI.
Track 6 -- "Raw" wav files from NI Battery Digital Processing kit, played in Qu-Bit Nebulae one shot mode. Sequencing is Doepfer A-154/155. Wavs are played dry and also using Tiptop Z-DSP Clocked Delays cartridge.
Track 7 -- Synth "lead" lines are played with SIDGuts (sawtooth and pulse waves), same filtering arrangement as above. Sequencing is Doepfer A-154/A-155. Another lead line is a 4-part chord using the SIDGuts, WMD Gamma Wave Source wavetable synth (2 parts), and Doepfer A-112 sampler. The chord is mixed down to a single track using Pittsburgh Audiomixer/Attenuator and filtered in Bubblesound SEM20 filter.
Tracks 8-10 -- Gene Krupa-like Ableton beats layered together (on Windows PC) and recorded in Ardour -- two breakbeats by Sample Magic (audio) and DM ARP 2600 Drums by Flatpack (MIDI kit)
Track 11 -- Celesta notes by a "well-known modern composer" (sample from vinyl)

- tom moody

October 13th, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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"Short Ant March"

"Short Ant March" [4.75 MB .mp3]

The MIDI looping bug was fixed in Ardour (the DAW I'm using on a Linux PC) so I fired up a couple of its plugin synths for this tune. The somewhat placeholder-ish melodies are multitracked over DAW-sync'd rhythms from modular hardware (specifically Qu-Bit Nebulae processed through Z-DSP's Clocked Delays cartridge). Kicks and hats, recorded from Ableton running on Windows, are layered in on separate tracks. The samples in the Nebulae are from an ex-NI Battery kit called "Digital Processing," which basically consists of short glitchy noise bursts. Composing beats for them in a Eurorack sequencer was fun.

Update: Reduced gain slightly, reposted.

- tom moody

October 7th, 2016 at 7:37 am

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"Rings and Strings"

"Rings and Strings" [9 MB .mp3]

Ring-modulated synth arpeggios meet revamped classical string orchestra.
Arranged in Linux Ardour, with the Ardour MIDI clock driving a modular synth sequencer triggering the Qu-Bit Nebulae sampler. Some additional production assistance in Ableton Live, and Wavelab to massage the string samples.

- tom moody

September 30th, 2016 at 8:53 am

Posted in music - tm