Sunday, September 28, 2014

Progress 14-09-28

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Things are finally starting to gel, and a new set list is developing. I've got the basis of at least five new tunes. Lyric writing continues on these pieces, the rhythm tracks I've been working on are getting fairly refined. The next step is refining the vocals and leads.

Utilizing Ableton Live to route MIDI signals, I had a little fun using the sequencer built in to the Arturia Beatstep to send a sequence to many MIDI channels at once. This gave me an opportunity to explore the options of both the sequencer and AL9's MIDI effects. The results were interesting.

This musical period for me is defined by my setup. Although I can set down a quick recording for things, I generally do not. The setup is designed primarily to be a way to hear all instruments at once, rather than being confined to a single stereo input. This allows arrangement to be done more easily. Reconfiguration will be made for actual recording, however, so that everything remains in sync.

Listening:  Eisen Dank by Der Wanderer(Belly Full Of Stars Resonance Remix) by Belly Full of Stars and Der Wanderer

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Progress 14-09-21

This week I delved deeply into routing signals in Ableton Live while I worked on some new Beatstep configuration. Having set up my usual Impulse, I noted that I had eight pads unused, the eight I usually reserve for mapping effect controls to in AL9. I reconfigured the Impulse into an Instrument Rack, dropping a drum rack into the same rack.

The unused pads were tuned down to the C0 range, and so did not sound. I found some hits to drop in that range, and now I have eight more sounds with independent signal chains in AL9. I'll be playing with Beat Repeat on some of them, and perhaps a Phaser on a chain or two.

Shake Map still develops. This week saw some really good work on the Summer Storm project, this may have brought in the rain, and it's showering outside right now.

Listening Peter Cline on Soundcloud:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Progress 14-09-13

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Nothing shows you how you've progressed as a musician like playing with other musicians. I enjoy playing with others, as it's a fun social activity as well as a challenge to  see if you can use what you know. However, sometimes things just don't gel when you jam.

I fell into the groove several times despite the overall failure to jibe, but playing by ear only gets you so far, and the band plodded on without me on a couple of tunes.  The drummer and bassist were solid, so I got my best stuff trying to play off of the bassist.

In my studio, things are back in order. Work and learning continue, and things are developing. I hope to come up with some templates for Ableton, but I keep revising the projects as I learn new things. Suffice to say that Ableton has many, many options.

Listening:  Peter Cline's Ascension

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Progress 14-09-07

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This week found a lot of discovery centering around my latest and very connected setup.  It's not much more than just putting in the time to make music, and work with the equipment in this configuration.

Having standardized a lot of the setup, I was able to tie down cables and tidy up the workspace. It works very efficiently now, and just in time for me to take it down again. Some old friends have invited me to jam with them, and I'll be taking the whole thing.

I should have some fun jamming with these guys. They do a jazzy surf thing, and would like to add some keys. I always enjoy the laid back surf jam, and have been tempted by that style. It'll be fun, and I'm listening to a special playlist of Television and Adrian Belew to get my head together. I can't see me doing the theremin in Good Vibrations.

My own work continues. Shake Map is coming together nicely. It is decidedly un-surfy. I've been playing with a lot of TR-808 tones, and have spun off a couple of little improvs in Ableton Live from working with it. As the vocals take shape, the arrangement begins to gel, and I'll be laying the rhythm parts down soon.

I've been using my SH-201 in very analog fashion, using the 4 LFO's per voice (2 voices) to create pitch , filter, and envelope changes. Although I'd like to sync the LFO's to the beat, the only way to do this is to sync Ableton with the SH-201. However, if you do this, then the LFO's won't be controllable. Switch it around to external control of Ableton, and Ableton can become unresponsive. I'll continue working with this problem, hopefully finding a solution.

Listening:  Odd Common's Never Been to Sheffield

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mandala 13 1

I'm excited to see that my work Cycle 2 has been used in a video by color spinner A. Minor. This is a shorter version to fit this minute and a half video, and was the version I used in the Electric Future Podcast. Here it is, enjoy.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress 14-08-31

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I find myself in the moment and content this morning. Looking back at this month here, it's definitely been one of progress. My first podcast was well received, the animation featuring my Supersaw Loop Cycle 2 is about to be released, and we've had some great tunes to review.

On the work front, a couple of new tunes are developing nicely.

I'm working a lot on a new piece tentatively called Shake Map. The lyrics are developing as an earthquake theme. The new setup is assisting the writing process greatly, integrating the Beatstep with the rest. The Beatstep has made me more comfortable using arpeggiators now, and having the synced ability in Ableton Live with the drums is fun. TR 808 sounds are featured.

I'm just beginning a  couple of other pieces in the same vein, and will go back to a couple of older pieces that remain unfinished soon, using what I've learned in the last couple of months.

UPDATE: Now adding that the video is live. We'll post it here tomorrow!

Now listening: The Geeky Disco Experiment's B├╝rgerablage

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Future of Electricity

I learned a few things about making a podcast this week, finishing up the Electric Future podcast for August 2014. It's a simple collection of my music, spliced with silly grain delay voice over.

If you'd like to hear it, it's here:

And, thanks again for listening!