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"Scheduled Appointment Part 2"

...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"

...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

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"Scheduled Appointment"

"Scheduled Appointment" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp (with lyric sheet!)]

Composed on the Elektron Octatrack with some additional mixing in Tracktion's Waveform DAW, running on Unbuntu Studio. A final gain boost was done in Ardour using the threshold control in LSP's stereo limiter plugin.
This Octatrack has a growing .wav collection of Dance Sounds From The Last 20 Years (40 if you count one much-recycled breakbeat), tossed into this track like fruit salad. Very similar in method to the previously-posted track, "Dance Pastiche."

- tom moody

November 5th, 2017 at 10:47 pm

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"Dance Pastiche"

"Dance Pastiche" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

One four bar sequence follows rapidly on another four bar sequence...
Composed on the Elektron Octatrack with some additional mixing in Tracktion's Waveform DAW, running on Unbuntu Studio. A final gain boost was done in Ardour using the threshold control in LSP's stereo limiter plugin.
This Octatrack has a growing .wav collection of Dance Sounds From The Last 20 Years (40 if you count one much-recycled breakbeat), tossed into this track like fruit salad. However, the "hook" comes from Loopmasters, which provided a sample pack for the Octatrack, about 5 years ago. Possibly that counts as vintage now.

- tom moody

October 30th, 2017 at 7:21 am

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"Trailing Trojans"

"Trailing Trojans" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

waveform_10-24-17

Composed w/ Tracktion's Waveform DAW, running on Ubuntu Studio
Sound sources:
Helm softsynth (a guitar-like e-piano setting, played in the piano roll, rendered to audio, sliced, reversed, pitch-altered)
808-style drum hits "found on the internet"
Some percussion riffs made with Elektron Octatrack
"Rock" beat loops from an ancient ROMpler called Beatburner
Calf Monosynth -- my own patches for basslines (triggered and recorded using Ardour and imported into Waveform)
a-fluidsynth playing E-Mu Orbit samples (triggered and recorded using Ardour and imported into Waveform for further alteration as audio)

- tom moody

October 24th, 2017 at 9:01 am

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"Snap Diary"

"Snap Diary" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

waveform_10-18-17

Composed w/ Tracktion's Waveform DAW, running on Ubuntu Studio
Sound sources:
Beats "from the internet"
Collective (software synth/sampler)
Calf Monosynth (triggered and recorded using Ardour and imported into Waveform)
a-fluidsynth playing E-Mu Orbit samples (triggered and recorded using Ardour and imported into Waveform)
"Digging in the crates"

- tom moody

October 18th, 2017 at 2:12 pm

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work in process

Screenshot of work space -- Tracktion Software's Waveform DAW running on Ubuntu Studio:

waveform_10-17-17

Tracktion's core concept is the single interface -- midi editing and mixing can all theoretically be done in one window. By popular demand they've recently added separate, optional windows for those functions. An advantage of Waveform (as opposed to Cubase or Ableton) is its ease of rendering audio. MIDI piano roll sequences triggering samplers or softsynths can be converted "in place" to audio clips (as they're called). The rendered clips, with waveforms drawn graphically, appear in the same track position or on an adjacent track. In Ableton, one has to create a recording channel to capture the MIDI track output as audio; in Waveform, tracks are agnostic as to whether they are employed for audio or midi -- it's all based on the clip. Sampling from turntables or other sources is also very fast and easy. That this all works on Linux is impressive. The disadvantage for Linux users is still third party (non-Tracktion) plugins -- many of these crash or freeze. At the moment I've enough options just with Tracktion plugins, sampled sounds that can be dragged into the timeline directly from the browser, and hardware synths controlled and recorded by the DAW, that the lack of this plugin functionality isn't chafing (too much).

- tom moody

October 17th, 2017 at 9:54 am

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"Trance Terrarium"

"Trance Terrarium" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Song made with Tracktion's Waveform digital audio workstation, running on Ubuntu Studio.
Sound sources include:
Tracktion's Collective synth/sampler (running on Windows 7);
Helm softsynth, running on Linux
Tracktion's FM Synth plugin on Linux PC ("organ" patch arranged in an augmented 7th chord)
Various E-Mu samples triggered in Waveform sample players
Beats are scratch samples played in Reaktor Krypt, further sliced in Octatrack and mixed with other percussion.

Update: Made the bridge/ending a hair less simplistic; re-uploaded.
Update 2: Increased the tempo of the bridge/ending and extended the finale with new melodies added; re-uploaded.
Update 3: Opening verse melody slightly de-simplified; re-uploaded.
Update 4 (Oct 14): Opening verse melody de-simplified more; re-uploaded.

- tom moody

October 7th, 2017 at 8:36 pm

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"Lizards from Planet Reagan"

"Lizards from Planet Reagan" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Astute listeners who lived through the '80s may recognize attributes of a great TV theme.

Song made with Tracktion's Waveform digital audio workstation, running on Ubuntu Studio.
Sound sources include:
Tracktion's Collective synth/sampler (running on Windows 7);
Helm softsynth, running on Linux and Windows 7
Recording of hardware modular synth
Tracktion's FM Synth plugin on Linux PC ("sitar" patch arranged in a 7th chord of some kind)
Attributes of a great TV theme.

- tom moody

October 3rd, 2017 at 3:53 pm

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"Little Infernos"

"Little Infernos" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]

Song made with Tracktion's Waveform digital audio workstation, running on Ubuntu Studio.
Sound sources include:
Eurorack modules: Violin samples granularized in the Qu-Bit Nebulae, filtered in Z-DSP VC-Digital Signal Processor, sequenced with Doepfer A-154/155, then timestretched and further altered in Waveform
Two Waveform Sampler Rack plugins with various beats from my burgeoning ".wav collection"
Arpeggiated 8-bit-ish synths played with the Helm softsynth plugin (LV2 version), running in Ardour, rendered and imported into Waveform

The mood here is creepy, disjointed, and languid.

- tom moody

July 11th, 2017 at 7:23 pm

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