I took a blogging hiatus for the last couple of weeks while I was on vacation. The end of 2016 was not a good time. I don’t even know where to begin with that, so I’ll just leave it at that for now.
Musically, though, things are going pretty well. The album continues to take shape, with 4 songs now in the pipeline. Two of them are very firm in my mind and the other two are sketches. Good concepts that I need to give form. My muse seems to be with me for the first time in forever, and I am doing what I can to make the most of it.
I am really driven to collaborate more on this album than the last. I want others involved. Unfortunately, everyone is so god damn *busy* it seems like direct interaction is going to be difficult, if not impossible. It’s damn frustrating.
On another front, I’ve started getting back into the eurorack rat race as I tweak some of my modulars configuration. Man, that market moves fast! So much stuff has come out in the year and a half I took a hiatus that I’m almost totally at a loss to catch back up. I’m finding that I’m really only looking at manufacturers I knew before, who’s modules I loved and trusted before. The one exception is Mutable Instruments, who’s clouds and tides modules are pretty fun, and I’d like to add their Warps module to the setup.
I’m really looking forward to having some sounds to play for everyone. I think you’re going to enjoy them.
It’s been a while since I posted one of these, but that’s not becase I’ve been inactive. Quite the contrary, actually. I’ve been deep in writing what I *think* is goig to be the title track for the new album. What that title is, I’ll just hold onto for now. It’s survived the two week test, being a name I’ve been playing with in my head for some time.
The song started as an idea. Some words written on the train and some sounds swimming in my head. It’s going to be built around a sound I created on the DSI Pro 2 that shows a different side of that instrument than I normally see. It’s a softer, gentler, burbling sound that makes for an excellent back drop. I am countering it’s softness with a wave sequence off of the Kronos. The more I work with the Kronos, the more I realize it’s an instrument I have been waiting my whole life to own. It’s absolutly fantastic.
There is a pad melody thats swiming in my head, too. This is coming off the V-Synth GT and/or the Virus TI. I haven’t made up my mind yet.
I haven’t made my choice of readers for the spoken word portion of the song that I wrote on the train. In my head, I heard Neil Degrasse Tyson reading it…but good luck with that. The more I think, though, the more I want to go into a more gentle and sad direction.
So…right. Back to it. I’m looking forward to my vacation next week to really dig in and finish this one.
Tweak till you think you broke it – that’s what today was all about.
I spent all of my time working with the Dave Smith Pro 2. This is not a synth that likes to sound ‘nice’ or ‘warm’. It likes t sound like an audiological middle finger. I have no problem with this. In fact, I think this is what makes it a perfect companion to the Virus TI. They never want to stand on the same ground, and compliment each other well.
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.
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.
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