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.
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’ve been assembling the gear and arranging it so that I could start in earnest the process of writing a follow up to 2012’s ‘Dust’. I am glad to say that I think I am now ‘there’ as far as the cast of characters I am going to use to produce this album. For all of my fellow gear nerds, this will be my core tool set:
- Eurorack Modular System (of course)
- Virus TI2 Polar Dark Star
- DSI Pro2
- Elektron A4, Octatrack and Analog Rytm
- Korg KronosX
I will, of course, be bringing in other tools from my storage closet as I feel the need. My first track that I am writing now is using the Akai MPC1000 through a mess of pedals (Korg SDD3000, Rodeck Restyler, Eventide ModFactor) and that’s turning out well. I like this concept of core devices and rotating in and out the extras. It makes the setup more manageable.
So writing has begun…and I will post about my concepts soon. Time to get to it.