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New Tracks: World Below, Ahamkara Kaleidoscope

This month, I completed two new ukuphambana tracks. The first, World Below, is a beat-driven with glitch elements, a dark and eerie slow-builder. The name, like most of my tracks’ names, was chosen only after the music work was finished, but I think it fits the completed track nicely.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

The second track, Ahamkara Kaleidoscope, is my first completed experiment using an obscure, but incredibly creative and unique, MIDI sequencer called Nodal. No beats, just weirdly interlocking polyphonic melodies that splinter and recombine, always returning to a core and yet never quite repeating the same thing twice. I really look forward to doing some more work along these lines, and combining it with other styles and ideas:

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]


New Track: Aprion Virescens

I wrote this track over the last month or so, finishing it up while winding up the processing of packing up my studio for transport as part of moving house. As a result, nearly all of it was created from sounds generated on my laptop in some way or another. Virtually no outboard gear was involved, in other words.

I’m not too clear on whether or how this affected the finished sound, though it’s a little interesting (and surprising, to me) to realize that this is the first track I’ve finished in a while that is more traditionally musical in the sense of having a beat, melody, and identifiable sections, versus the noise and soundscape things I did earlier this year.

Technical notes: most percussion sounds and textures were generated in Metasynth. Beats were mostly sequenced with Renoise. Synth melodies and basslines were sequenced with Numerology using various NI plugins, and the various bits and pieces were assembled, mixed down and mastered Ableton Live.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

New Track: Brain On Hype

Published a new track. This one is firmly in the noise category, though it’s more a soundscape than a “harsh noise” sort of thing. The core of this one — the gritty, loping drone loops — started out as an homage to Pine Tree State Mind Control, sketched out several years ago. Most of the longer, tonally oriented drones were created in Metasynth over the last month or so, and the whole mess was assembled in Ableton Live.

Fun fact: most of the sounds in this piece originated from a small collection of speech samples of Ice T and Charlton Heston. The voice of former Vice President Dan Quayle makes a brief appearance in the middle section. See if you can identify it! Fun for the whole family.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

New Tracks: Summer 2013 Edition

This summer I’ve been on a bit of a tear, mainly finishing up work I started in the past and then left to simmer for a while on the back of my hard drive. There are three new tracks up on my Soundcloud site, one in the featured set and two in the noise set.

I probably should list them all out and say something about them here, but I’m feeling too lazy at the moment. If you’re interested, just hit the links and listen through the list. It’s all good stuff.

New Track: Quadragesima

A new ambient track, but this time with a beat. Attempting to take some of the compositional ideas used in Aslepiadaceae and apply them to the rhythm as well as melody and harmony. Also playing with a lot of new sound design ideas. (Well, new to me, anyway.)

The title is a reference to the time of year when it was completed, but also to the somber tone I hear when I listen to it now. It has a meditative, almost spiritualistic feel, but I think the rhythm elements, as offbeat as they get here and there, keep it grounded. It was a balancing act getting all the elements to work together, but I’m very pleased with how it came out.


[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

New Track: Ipse Dixit

First new track of 2013! “Ipse dixit,” also known as the “bare assertion fallacy,” refers to the practice of treating an issue as settled as a way of avoiding debate, essentially refusing to acknowledge that the issue exists.

Anyway, this new track is fucking amazing, and you should listen to it. Why? Because I said so. That’s just how it is.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

New Track: Things Fall Apart

New track on Soundcloud, first in a few months. I’d started working on a good three or four other tracks and petered out before finishing — some are very nearly finished, so there’s a good chance I’ll have one or two more before year’s end — but this one here came together pretty quickly. It started with a few loops I sketched out over a year ago, but most of it was done over the past few weeks.

It’s a simple, emotionally charged little synth track. Not a lot of complexity or detail, just a good scan of my recent head space. Dedicated with love to all victims of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

Chiptune Summer

Today marks the first official day of summer! Working on next track already, expected to be appropriately bright and jaunty. Probably this pseudo-chiptune thing I’ve started working on. I’m using Numerology as a sequencer, so it will be thoroughly atypical of chiptune programming.

I’m also expecting to get it finished and released comparatively quickly, rather than spending months meticulously tweaking every little detail. While it’s true that I nearly always say that (and usually turn out to be wrong), there’s something about this track that I feel demands a sort of rawness and immediacy, so it may actually be true this time. We shall see.

Speaking of chiptunes, here is a scholarly article by Prof. Mike D’Errico about the live-performance aspects of that particular sub genre. Enjoy: How To Reformat The Planet

New Track: The Veil Of The Type And Token

Sound … organized noise … the sound and language of archetypes from the borderlands between sleep and waking life … voices coalesce from silence, words from before the birth of meaning, uttering the unspeakable.

Impressions from the subconscious, escaped and lurking unseen in the dark corners of everyday reality … peripheral objects, invisible under direct gaze … half-glimpsed in the mirror, disappearing when you turn to see … “instantly everything is surreal…”

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

Practice Artifacts

So, this past weekend’s Zero Times Infinity performance was fun and weird and all the expected things. Small space, small turnout … which sounds like bitching, but isn’t, because that’s my favorite sort of gig. Playing shows, for me, is mostly about the experience of making music collaboratively and getting to hang out with friends and associates whom I haven’t seen in a long time. I find the part where I’m performing music for strangers vaguely creepy, to the extent that I think about it at all.

Now that the show is over, I figured I’d put up some recordings from the solo practice sessions during which I developed the techniques I eventually used during the performance. Geek notes: most of the sound was generated in either Audiomulch or Metasynth, piped into Ableton via SoundFlower for further mixing and processing. This was combined with parameter automation in Numerology. The results are very noisy, so I uploaded them to the noise set on my SoundCloud page. Enjoy!

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

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