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"Root Rot"

"Root Rot" [4.2 MB .mp3]

More self-bricolage with leftover loops. New piano, bass, and percussion parts were retrofitted around a "bit rot" beat.

- tom moody

July 21st, 2016 at 7:14 pm

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"Two Shakes"

"Two Shakes" [2.5 MB .mp3]

Made with some leftover loops from earlier tracks plus two shakers.

- tom moody

July 20th, 2016 at 1:50 pm

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"A-112 Piano Variations"

"A-112 Piano Variations" [2.9 MB .mp3]

Some scratchy piano samples pitch-shifted, layered, played out of phase, etc.

Update: minor edits to make the scratchy samples less so.

- tom moody

July 19th, 2016 at 10:32 pm

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"Mutator Folly"

"Mutator Folly" [6.6 MB .mp3]

Square or sawtooth waveforms run through the Mutator filter's stereo channels can be heard chugging and autopanning along throughout this tune. The synths and beats are all Ableton samples and presets, arranged around the "Mutator sessions."

- tom moody

July 11th, 2016 at 12:58 pm

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"Two A-112s"

"Two A-112s" [6.8 MB .mp3]

Dance party remix of "Three A-112s" -- OK, well, a beat with claps is added.
Some material from the original version is recycled but the main change is the use of the Z-DSP "Time Fabric" cartridge to pitch-shift some of the sampler riffs.
The droning/buzzy bit at the opening reminded me of something ... and then I thought of mid-'90s Broadcast. But there are no languorous female vocals here, just piano variations and more pitch-shifting.

Update: Shortened, made the ending slightly more complex, reposted.

- tom moody

July 7th, 2016 at 8:33 am

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"Three A-112s"

"Three A-112s" [9.1 MB .mp3]

Arpeggiesque dirge made with Doepfer A-112 modules, ADDAC wav player, Segoh BIT-ROT cartridge playing in Tiptop Audio's Z-DSP effects module, and Ableton Live.
The main sound sources are 11 piano notes played in various modules and software. The timbres change due to alterations in bit depth, sample rate, compression, and loop length.
The Bit Rot cartridge doesn't use the piano samples, but instead "interleaves" and sample-reduces a pure sine wave (in the left stereo channel) and triangle (in the right). Various program settings in the cartridge are played with a sequencer, similarly to what's shown in the demo. Ultimately it's hard to tell the Bit Rot tunes from the A-112 tunes -- it's all pretty crunchy.
I also used some hi hat samples in the A-112s but resisted the urge to add any more drums to the track since the waveforms are already so full-on noisy.
No actual arpeggiators were used -- I wrote this using knob settings and the MIDI piano roll. The ADDAC player has a random trigger circuit that is used in a couple of places.

- tom moody

June 30th, 2016 at 10:39 am

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"Red and Blue Noise"

"Red and Blue Noise" [5.4 MB .mp3]

Have been working on the modular synth to make it more beat-capable. This tune was all done with the modular, except the pads, "shaker," and some effects. The kick isn't as punchy as a sampled kick -- it's a sine wave with short envelope -- but it sounds like a rhythm synth. Snares are white and pitched noise with random voltages modulating the filter. Hats are SID chip samples played in the Doepfer A-112 with random voltages affecting the pitch. The 303-ish runs are Doepfer mini-synth, played with random sequencer settings and then edited down to the most melodic clips. Much of the digital noise piled on at various points comes from the Segoh "bit rot" chip in Tiptop Audio's Z-DSP effects module.

- tom moody

June 24th, 2016 at 10:07 am

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"Part Mental"

"Part Mental" [8 MB .mp3]

303-ish runs from the Doepfer A-111-5 mini-synth and A-155 sequencer, interspersed with nasal SID chip riffs and Ableton "convert to harmony" MIDI passages based on some Poulenc harpsichord samples I made last year. The Poulenc material was altered significantly by Ableton's magic algorithms, which read recorded audio and convert it to MIDI clips with the same approximate pitches. I moved the pitches around and then used the clip to play the Massive softsynth.

- tom moody

June 20th, 2016 at 10:32 am

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"GVCO"

"GVCO" [6 MB .mp3]

Using the Doepfer A-155 to make a "graphic VCO" - essentially a sequence of LFO signals played at audio rate to make a custom waveform.
I also played the steps at a slower speed to make tunes. The result was then treated with some voltage controlled effects and massaged in Ableton. Then drums and some softsynth riffs were added.

- tom moody

June 4th, 2016 at 9:03 am

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"Cloud Tenders (Techno Version)"

"Cloud Tenders (Techno Version)" [6.3 MB .mp3]

160 bpm minimal techno -- the pad is a chord from a Battery kit and the drums are Ableton's TB-606 kit. The rest is modular synth (especially the Doepfer A-112 sampler) given various effects treatments. I find this kind of a sinister, yet fun.

- tom moody

May 31st, 2016 at 6:13 pm

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