I hate December.
The holidays are majorly messing with my ability to create. Parties, people…and more people. I’m getting into that part of the year where I want to just go hide from everyone and hibernate until after my birthday.
Birthdays…ugh. I hate them. Enough said.
I did, fortunately, have some time to work in the studio this weekend. A little bit on Saturday morning and a little sprinkled through the day on Sunday. For whatever reason, I decided to work with that Electronic Music Works EMW-300 Controller/sequencer that I bought on a whim a while back. I’d like to say that I’m finding it’s magic, but I really am not. There is no way to sugar coat it – buying it was a mistake. It’s a one trick pony and I don’t like the trick. What’s worse is I can’t sell it because I found out the clock input isn’t working. More specifically, the switch that switches from internal to external clock is faulty. Color me pissed. Off to the closet it goes. Maybe one day, I’ll hack the shit out of it or something.
So I guess this is to say the time was not very productive. Oh well.
Did I mention I hate December?
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.
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
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.
Aside from an absolutely DISASTEROUS hockey game I watched, I spent some time in the studio. I started playing with something yesterday that is evolving in my mind as a long form ambient broadcast. Tentatively titled 'Lethologica', it's got a nice modular noodle with some beats and samples under it. I'd like to do some more sound design for it and load up the Octatrack before I record it. The hard part, as always, will be finding the time to do so. Maybe I need to take a Work From Home day Thursday…
It’s been a long time since I did a broadcast..almost 2 years, actually. In that time, I sank into a deep and angry depression which I am only now really digging myself out of. It cost me a lot, but I think I’m moving forward in the right direction now.
I don’t want to dwell on that here and now. Right now, I want to focus on the music.
The problem, it seems…is screens.
Screens are everywhere…on my synth, on my desk at work, on my DAW, on my phone….I am sick of screens. I’ve spent my life staring at them and I don’t want to stare at them anymore.
This presents a problem – How does one create music in the modern era without being absolutely bombarded by gigantic screens full of more information than I want? How does one make music without mouse within a 50ft radias?
I hate screens. Screens are evil. They get in my way and make my music harder to make. I want the screens to be gone.
How do I get rid of them?
I've sort of committed myself to posting to my blog every day. Unfortunately, I don't always have anything new and interesting to say…which could make it difficult.
I *DO* however have a lot of old media that had been posted to my other blog that is still out there on YouTube, SoundCloud, BandCamp, etc. that I can repost with some commentary. Hurray for recycled content!
So let's get started, shall we?
This was done for one of my broadcasts in 2013. I keep meaning to start them up again, but just don't seem to find the time..
I had a brief improvisation last night on my virus. I was just programming a patch when this sort of ambient pad piece started flowing out of my fingers. In my head, I could hear a machine loop and drums and a sort of drone off the modular..maybe a simple pulsing bass sound to push it forward..but my audience of one only heard the one part.
“I like that. It gives me images in my mind.” she said.
If only she could hear the piece as I do. What images would it draw?
I started recording the audio elements to the track I’d been improvising around. The capture went well, but I am having some trouble structuring. I’ve *kind of* got an intro…kind of…but not really, and I don’t know what to do in the body. The impove I did with J the other night sounded *really* good…but I just can’t get back to that sound.
Part of the reason I am having issues, I think, is also that my speakers are poorly placed. I don’t know how to improve that much given the layout of the room I am in. One nice thing in my old space was that the PC was centered which made recording and mixing easy. I need to figure out a better way to lay things out for mixing. I almost need a separate set of speackers for mix and compose. That is just so expensive though…
The important thing, though, is that I am engaging in the process of recording and arranging. I haven’t gone to that step with a track in a long while, and it is extrenely important to keep engaged in it. Even if progress is painfully slow, at least it’s there.
So never stop – Keep moving – Breathe….