Archive for October 2010

 
 

265 – Rainfall

Outside it’s grey, damp and very cold. To sonically lift the mood I decided to spend my lunchtime wrapped up warm, playing with arpeggios, trying match the pitter-patter of the raindrops on the roof outside my window, to something bright and electronic.

This short piece was the result.

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264 – Mechanisms

How odd it is.

My journey out yesterday afternoon to capture some ambient sounds and textures was not so successful, with little standing out for me upon my return to the computer.

This failure was however offset by the BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Discovering Music – 1964: The Rise of Minimalism that accompanied me as I drove home.

It’s funny how the mechanisms of life can throw up such wonderful unexpected moments of joy.

Made in the early hours of this morning, I hope you like this? Although this is not a true minimalist piece, the influence of yesterday’s experience is definitely audible.

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263 – Minimal

Inspired by a couple of hours listening to a BBC Radio 3 programme about Minimalism in music, I literally spent just five minutes inside Live 8 & Komplete 7 and made up a minimal piece of my own, on-the-fly, to share with you. Less than two minutes long, I hope you like this sparse and simple little thing. :)

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262 – Horizontal

Ended the day, horizontal, my eyes tracking the sky as the light scattered off the clouds as the pale became darkness. Using the piece that I created during the morning, I reworked it into a delicate drone that seemed to fit my field of view. I hope it brings a sense of calm to you, when you are in need of it.

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261 – Slate

Woke to a slate grey sky and felt the need to capture its mood.

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Ambient Compilation 26

Here is the twenty sixth compilation from me, to you.

Sorry that it’s taken so long to create, but life has been busy and I just haven’t had the free time to create as much.

I still intend to document and share ideas as I create my next main project, which is likely now to start sometime in November.

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 and distribute.

251 to 260 – 96kbps – zip file (33Mb)
251 to 260 – 320kbps – zip file (103Mb)

260 – First from Seven

I finally managed to scrap together the pennies to buy Komplete 7… :)

After a mammoth 9 hours or so of installing and updating, I spent an hour before sleep playing around with it.

Here’s the result of the above noodling session.

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259 – Binari

An hour or so of lunchtime noodling brought about this little piece. Made using a sample of a train pulling into Pisa, with the faint sound of distant bells peeling adding a little extra depth to it. The tannoy chime was sampled and made into a little arpeggiated toybox bell to accompany the spread out texture of the railway line.

Hope you enjoy it?

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258 – Sirena

This is the first of a few pieces I hope to make using the sounds of gorgeous Florence that I captured during our few days there. @nixnoo deserves a massive thank you for letting me take my baby Zoom H1 with me wherever we went.

This piece is just a 20 second sample of an ambulance siren speeding along Lungarno Guicciardini. I made much of this on the flight back using my Samsung N110, Live lite and PaulStretch. Once home I added some extra tracks using the sample processed inside Live using the EQ Eight module.

I hope you get something from it?

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257 – Cyclical Thought

Something a little different that stems from an experience (that I can’t go into here) earlier this week.

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