Archive for July 2009

 
 

134 – Pieces

This netbook thing is proving to be v.restrictive. This is the result of many attempts to output something I was happy with, but still I am not. The final version of the track still seems to rely too heavily on the effects I could manage, but not conjure up. It’s a piece, or so of what I wished to make.

I may have to accept the netbook as a sketch pad and look to my desktop (day workhorse) in a dual boot scenario? Work and play… maybe?

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133 – Extraction

Some late night noodling left me a little frustrated with the netbook. The point at which things will play without a glitch to when it refuses to play anything seems to be the result of a minute amount of added pressure to the CPU. It’s tough to judge things. I shouldn’t really complain though, should I?

This extraction was made using a couple of Reaktor 3 ensembles and one large reverb on the master outs.

I think the result isn’t too bad considering the limitations in place. It certainly was a great sound to drift off to sleep to.

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132 – So This Is Where It Is

Finally, after a couple of days of playing about with Live 8 and Reaktor on a Samsung netbook, I have something I feel is good enough to post.

It’s far from being a polished, complete piece, but it does give an indication of what I may be able to squeeze from this delicious little computer. Live is maxing out the CPU v.easily, but the use of Reaktor 3 library ensembles and a vocal sample spoken straight into the netbook mic, seems to be a good place for me to use as a starting point to see what will be possible to create on such a portable device.

I think I will revert to using Live 5 or 6 to see if that will give me more options with Reaktor 5. Also I intend to install some older apps that I thought I’d never use again. Interesting times ahead!

BTW, I am averaging 6 to 7 hours battery life in real world use. Sheer bliss.

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Netbook music making?

Due to budgetary restraints I’ve just bought a Samsung N110 netbook erm, mini-notebook. The plan is try and install Ableton Live 8, Reaktor 5 and my free VST stuff. So far Ableton will run, but using FX will make the CPU max out quickly. I’ll update here on how the system copes as I try out various set-ups over the weekend. One amazing thing is that I have tested the battery whilst installing stuff and it may make me fall in love with this netbook, oops, mini-notebook. My estimate is that under HEAVY use, I’ll get 4 hours minimum from a fully charged start… maybe more?

I know netbooks are meant for basic use. For my day job it will be fine, in conjunction with Remote Desktop access to my developer desktop. However, that said, anything else I can persuade it to do, will be such a bonus.

Laptop has died on me

Sorry, but I won’t be able to post anything for a little while. My once frazzled laptop seems to have had it and won’t boot up at all. Budget is severely tight, so looking at possible Netbook as a temp replacement. Whilst I feel miserable at its passing, the idea of being forced to make ambient on a Netbook does sound quite interesting. Donations are welcome! ;)

131 – Eclipse

Discovered a cool recording of the solar eclipse on You Tube with a rather engaging Japanese commentary. I grabbed the audio and added a drone-like vibe to it. Not perfectly balanced, as I had to do it during my lunch hour, but not too bad really.

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Ambient Compilation 13

Here is the thirteenth zip file containing the latest ten tracks posted. There are two zip files, one for lower bitrate MP3s and the other for the rather better 320kbps files.

All of the tracks here are free for you to download.

Thank you for your continued support.

121 to 130 – 96kbps – zip file (19Mb)

121 to 130 – 320kbps – zip file (65Mb)

130 – Pihkal

Just a short little piece that came about v.early in the morning after I woke from REM sleep. In last night’s rather lovely dream I was assisting Dr Shulgin and his wife (Alice) in their lab. This came out of me when I woke. BTW, we were making some odd stuff!

*Update*

This was a dream… Mrs Shulgin was ‘Alice’ in the dream, as per the fictionalised part of ‘PIHKAL’. Apologies to Ann if my clarity was a little wobbly. Thanks must go to Collette (Lynnertic.com) for jolting my synapses and allowing me to fix my error. My excuse is that the dream was a physical/mental work out. The power of dreams is underestimated, I feel.

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129 – Lime

I am SO looking forward to some delicious cupcakes this evening courtesy of my lovely girlfriend Nickie. She is even making my favourite flavour, Lime! Whilst she was busy in the kitchen, I started to wonder if I could create a citrus Lime sound… something with a bit of a mouth-shrinking zing. I played around with Reaktor and this came out…

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128 – Olamic

A thought crossed my mind yesterday as I noodled. What will become of the Internet and its users streams of consciousness in the years ahead. Will my little pieces live on, tiny drops in an ocean of ideas? A year, a decade, a century or longer, I wonder?

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