In between bouts of jet-lag-induced lethargy, I’ve been playing with a new toy.
It’s really a lot of fun. The pitch-set (G, C, D, Eb, G, Ab, C, D, Eb) has some nice tight intervals allowing a little crunch for good effect, but generally it’s foolproof—it doesn’t really matter what you hit, it sounds great. Which makes playing ludic and relaxing.
While messing around, I find myself coming up with riff-based diddies, then—assuming I’ll soon forget—recording them onto the nearest capable device (usually an iPhone) and/or scribbling them down.
Here’s the result of one such diddie/scribble.
Which (performed and recorded hastily) sounds a little like…
An early work in progress, just playing with some new techniques I’m learning, synthesis, spatial effects and automation mostly. It uses the Cthulu arpeggiator and Massive synth.
The inexorable descending bass reminded me so much of Koyanisqaatsi that I kept hearing bold trumpets in my head, so I added them in, for a laugh. If I ever finish this as a piece I think it will sound quite different, it won’t be so Philip Glass-like—which is kinda’ a shame, I very much like his music.
While pulling the piece together I had flashbacks to the electronic music I created when I was studying music—in my youth. So the artwork is a reference to a piece I created back then. It was a (quite theatrical) electronic music performance-piece involving myself and four friends dressed in black robes with white masks. An underlying soundtrack I’d created played over a loudspeaker system, they paraded boom-boxes around the audience blasting a series of electronic sounds (somewhat randomly) while I issued seemingly cryptic symbolic instructions from the front. It was deep, I promise 😉
I might use this little guy again, it certainly ties into that vintage irama symbolism.
WIP—Rise of the Red Dragon
A Work In Progress. Feedback welcome (here or on soundcloud), be gentle 😉
Part two of a two (or three) part suite loosely themed around the conflicted nature of a fallen angel. Mostly just an excuse to play with MIDI and VIs!