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Studio Diary – 2016-12-02

Continued working with the virus tonight. The more I do, the more I get used to it's front panel. It's obvious to me that once access created the VSTi, they decided the front panel ergonomics didn't matter. It's a great synth, but a terrible interface!

I also started toying with a cover I'd thought about conceptually in high school. It's a great classic song who's time has really come around again, unfortunately. I've a singer in mind, and I'm hoping she will work on it with me.

 

Studio Diary – 2016-11-29

Last night was supposed to be a studio night, but a train struck a pedestrian and I was delayed 3 hours getting home….so a cheeseburger and hockey was how I spent my night instead.

The last few days have been quiet.  When writing music, it’s also good to listen to it as well.  That’s what I’ve been focusing on as I’m taking notes about concepts for tracks.

One thing I need to find is a way to come up with some dialog for a few tracks.   I wish I was  a better writer, as I’d like this album to have a sort of story.  I’ve got some great voice talent who wants to contribute to my recording, but nothing for them to *say* or *sing*.   This seems forever a problem.

 

Studio Diary – 2016-11-27

Not much to report from this weekend. I had very little time in the studio. Friday was Pigface 25th anniversary, and I got home…the next day. Spent that day largely recovering.

Sunday, a friend bought a Yamaha REFACE CS…whatever…over. I don’t know the model number. It’s a fun little synth. I hate, hate, hate minikeys and nothing will ever change that. For what it is, it was pretty cool. If it were $100, I’d consider one.

I wish Yamaha would bundle all their REFACE boxes into a single, awesome synthesis workstation with a great interface and digital connectivity beyond USB. I think that’s about as likely to happen as an asteroid landing on Donald Trump. Oh well.

Tonight, I’ve got some dedicated studio time. I’ve got a nice drone patch on the Virus TI that I’d like to record some source material with. I’ll post it up if I think it stands on it’s own.

Studio Diary – 2016-11-22

More experiments with the Virus TI2. I've got a nice musical pulse that's generating that could be a possible addition to my current piece. I also worked with making a noise drone on the Pro 2, but wasn't getting anywhere tonight.

I've also pulled out the schritmacher for a bit. Am I sure I want to sell this? Yes… yes, I am. Better things are coming..

A discussion on twitter lead me to go dig out an old noise track, embedded hear for your enjoyment:

PolyEvolver Drone Demo by NoiseTheorem | Noise Theorem | Free Listening on SoundCloud

 

Studio Diary – 2016-11-21

Tonight was a quite night in the studio.  Nights when I’ve got my son usually are.   Most of my time was spent listening to an internet stream and doing some programming on the Virus TI2.  

Working with the virus is almost weird at this point.  I’ve had it in so many of it’s incarnations, and you’d think it’s sound would have gotten dull and boring to me by now….but I still find odd corners to explore with it..new ways to make it drone and bark.  

I also listened the new track I’ve been working on for a bit.  It’s got a nice, slow, industrial feel.  It’s needs a melody, though.  I think the virus patch I’m working on might work for it.  

Or maybe not..

So I thought about it…maybe I should keep the blog around, if only for jotting down a few thoughts and keeping my mind on music.

I’ve been considering my goals for the next album. Aside from the usual ‘pushing myself artistically’ and so forth, there are some things I’d like to do that are more about process than art. There are some tools in my studio I’d like to find a way to shoehorn in to this process.

First and foremost, I’d like to make a lot of use of the hours and hours of audio I’ve been capturing on my field recorder the last few years. I’ve got gigs of back yard recordings, walks in Chicago, construction sights, coffee makers, garage noises and every noisemaking toy my son has received since he was 3 that I can draw from. All of it is poorly cataloged and completely unorganized. That actually might be a good thing, since not knowing the source of a sound makes it easier to divorce your mind from that source and to think of the sound as something else. I’ll be making heavy use of Adobe Audition for this, which I didn’t have the last time I did an album.

Another thing that needs to make it into the workflow is the iPad. Ideally, I’d like to start a track on it, or develop assets for a track using the various apps on it. I’m sure if I put my mind to it, I could do an entire track in Korg Gadget and Akai iMPC Pro. Samplr and probably the Thor app by Propellerheads would probably be a good fit.

I’d like to find someone who plays hand drums to work with. A drummer would be really cool. Vocalists, obviously. I wish I could find an actual writer to help with the lyrics/thematic material.

That’s just a few of the points I’d like to hit. Obviously, there are modular workflows i’d like to explore as well. I’ve never really done percussion on the modular, and maybe that’s something to be explored as well.

I’m not going to guilt myself with deadlines or promises that I may not be able to keep, I’ll just say that I’m going to make progress, steady progress, and it will be done when it’s done.

Do you want to contribute to my next album or broadcast? Contact me, and let me know what you have in mind.

Time to move on

Ive decided that the time may have come to properly retire this blog.  I don’t post to it enough, and it’s obvious long form writing is not a skill I possess.  Microblogging on twitter, tumbler, facebook and Ello are much more my speed.

So I guess this will be goodbye….or not.  See you on those services I meantioned.