Archive for the Category electronica

 
 

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Just a little announcement to let you know that my latest release ‘ghosts’ is now available to download for free from Bandcamp. Grab it while you can as Bandcamp does limit the number of free versions.

359 – Ventus

The news of the horror unfolding in the Philippines weighs heavily and I made this piece to show my love and support for the beautiful people of that country and to urge you to make a donation to one of the agencies that are on the ground, trying to help.

Oxfam
British Red Cross
UNICEF

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356 – Transmit

This piece is the first in series of noisy, glitchy and v.electronic sounding tracks. I have struggled to create anything with melody recently, so I decided to switch to using Reaktor ensembles, utilising randomisation and self-generating sound modules.

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353 – Exchanger

This piece is a recycling of an idea rather than a previous track or old samples. It’s supposed to sound like music made from old telephone exchange machines. All the sounds are electronically generated in Reaktor, recorded and then manipulated a little and not straight samples as such. It’s short, it’s odd and won’t be to everyone’s taste.

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348 – Milk

The third in a little chance inspired pieces. This one was rather simple. I recently bought the Ableton Live 9 Suite upgrade and wanted to test the new (and rather brilliant) audio to midi feature. I decided to use on of my own tracks as the sole sound source. To choose which it would be I decided to roll three dice and times the result to choose an article number from my blog. I rolled a 3, a 6 and a 4. So, track 72 – Milk Spilt, was used.

Why the title? I completed this as dawn broke and the sky really was a milky white in nature!

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Old hard drives

Whilst rummaging through old hard drives, cd and dvd disks, I stumbled across something that was probably my first ‘proper’ attempt to create a piece of meaningful music by myself. It’s from 2003, not long after I had lost my Mother and was living in Spain feeling that my life at the time was playing itself out, without me having any sense of control.

Hearing it for the first time in years, it’s thrown me straight back to the moment I made it. I know I used an early version of Reason, with a few samples and, oddly for me, my dodgy vocal via a dodgy mic.

I won’t treat it as a finished work… it’s very muffled and missing something… so not bothering with a 96kbps version, but thought I would share it because its heart was (and still is) in the right place.

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345 – Vostock

The last in my little series of space sample pieces. This one includes Vostock 3 & 4 as well as a couple of other gems nestled amongst a gently rolling melody. Like most of my output it’s a lights out, headphones on piece.

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344 – ISS & Other Satellites

Another little piece playing around with a few more of the lovely space samples from http://www.svengrahn.pp.se/sounds/sounds.htm. This has snippets and loops from the ISS, from Soyuz and a Maroc Morse Code satellite broadcast. The melody was a live improvisation using Animoog on the iPad recorded directly into Ableton Live.

I hope you enjoy it?

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343 – Vjezna

My next little piece using the wonderful samples at http://www.svengrahn.pp.se/sounds/sounds.htm includes recordings from the Vjezna HF Transmitter talking to Soyuz and a more modern transmission between the ISS and TsUP. The melody was made using a sample from China 1 broadcasting the tune “The East is Red”, which I have looped and heavily effected.

It’s quite hypnotic and calming… try listening to it on a loop before sleep? You’ll soon be floating in your dreams.

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342 – China 2

This piece is born out of my second session playing with the lovely bunch of space samples from http://www.svengrahn.pp.se/sounds/sounds.htm.

It uses a couple of tones from an old Chinese satellite along with a drone made using csGrain on the iPad.

It has a mysteriously haunting feel to it that I remember from my late night shortwave radio explorations.

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