Archive for November 2009

 
 

178 – Psinfonia

Things in my life are bit hectic right now and chances to play with sound are not happening as often as I’d like. This piece reflects that in some ways as I am once again starting with a piece of sound from someone else.

It’s a sample of the Portsmouth Sinfonia (a link popped up on Twitter from a few people I follow). It’s their rendition of the opening music to 2001 A Space Odyssey, ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’. In brief they were an orchestra made up of non-musicians and/or musicians playing an instrument totally new to them. The resulting sound they make is perfect for stretching and manipulating.

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177 – Silica

My first experiment with a Max for Live audio effect used alongside an existing rack in Live 8. A sampled sound of some glass, returned to grains and made to sing.

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Ableton Live 8.1 & Max for Live

Sorry for the quiet spell, my daytime job is v.busy and (more interestingly) I have just bought Max for Live and therefore had to install another (but this time v.exciting) Ableton upgrade.

I hope to post something new here later tonight or early tomorrow. For now I will just be experimenting with what is available out of the box. As a Max novice it may take me some time before I create anything new myself, but I am hoping that others will share patches with me, so that I can continue to make the odd interesting sound here.

J x

176 – Umweltverschmutzung

More experimentation with the Conet number station samples, led me to try and reshape one of them so that it became something totally new and almost unrecognisable. It’s meant to represent the sound of the Earth lamenting her demise. Not cheery stuff, I know, but I love its melancholic feel.

All of the sound in this piece came from this Conet sample.

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I used Paulstretch to pull it apart, but everything else was done using Ableton Live.

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175 – Mirrors

Very small grains of sound taken were from Elbow’s Mirrorball. These were then stretched out enormously and overlaid a few times, with pitch changes. A lot of Live 8′s internal effects where applied and the result is a soothing 20 minute ambient drone best enjoyed late at night, with headphones. I hope Guy, Mark, Craig, Richard & Pete will forgive my allowing this to be downloadable.

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Red

I’m struggling to be v.creative myself at the moment, so I am looking to others for some inspiration. Who better to draw that from than Elbow. I love this band. I have taken this version of Red from their ‘Noisebox’ EP and I’ve cut out three small samples, stretched, effected and blended them back together. In order to ensure this piece reflects the whole of the band, Guy’s vocal is in there, but it’s fleeting.

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174 – Dilation

Strange. This piece came out of a place so unexpected. Constriction, when you fear you’ve created an upset, followed by a wide-eyed discovery of acceptance of self-noted clumsyness.

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173 – Sleepless

A car alarm as kept me up much of the night. I tried ear plugs, only to soon realise my tinnitus seemed to be louder in isolation. So, sleepless, I made this.

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172 – Remembering

A day of melancholy, of lives lost and friends remembered.

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171 – Black Holes

Struggled the past couple of days to make anything of note. The hacking of the site and the subsequent server changes, home tutoring Niall and the day job have all taken their toll. Whilst teaching Niall about Black Holes, he asked how one might sound. So, I took a big bunch of Number Station recordings, treated them to tons of effects in Live and then stretched them massively. I played this to him last night and said, I think it could be something like this, if there wasn’t a vacuum in the way. He said, ‘like a hoover’, Dad?

This is worth a late night listen at 50% on headphones. The 20 mins will fly by… if you love a nice bit of drone, that is!? ;)

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