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Larger-scale change

February 22nd, 2009

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Filename: leads_deviate_ds_feb09
Duration: 2:22
Recorded: 22 February 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: The aim during this recording was to focus more on larger-scale change – lead-ins, transitions, and the like. A lot of lead-type synths were used, with tied timbral and velocity characteristics. On hearing this, Alex commented that it sounded like “Squarepusher meets Cylob meets something else I don’t like, like the Chemical Brothers,” which I think is both fair and very perceptive.

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Better slurred timing

February 21st, 2009

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Filename: detuneshort_deviate_ds_Feb09
Duration: 3:15
Recorded: 21 February 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: The slurred timing in this is a little more “gentle” than in previous recordings, and transforms to metric timing fairly seamlessly about halfway through. My main goal here was to focus less on melodic content – using less of it, at lower volume, and more dissonant/detuned instruments. One of the melody generators is being used to play a non-pitched sound (audible at 1:06). Some pattern restarting was used here, hopefully a little more subtly than in previous excerpts. Again, drums have been subject to some audio insert effects (light distortion and reverb). This was recorded using the Lemur (technically a Dexter in Lemur mode) exclusively for both control and visual feedback; most recordings are done like this now, unless the Lemur is unavailable.

 

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Filename: detune_deviate_ds_Feb09
Duration: 7:45
Recorded: 21 February 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: In the interests of full disclosure: the complete version of the above recording. The excerpt above constistutes about the last two-fifths of the whole take.

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New pseudo-industrial excerpt + 1

February 19th, 2009

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Filename: ominous_deviate_ds_feb09
Duration: 0:53
Recorded: 19 February 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: A lugubrious little number.

 

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Filename: brittle_deviate_ds_feb09
Duration: 1:34
Recorded: 19 February 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: No Lemur control on this one – back to mousing it.

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Neat exposure

February 18th, 2009

Ge Wang, creator of the Smule ocarina iPhone app, is the major featured article on today’s Sydney Morning Herald website.

Other

90s soundset, slurred timing, pattern restarting

February 16th, 2009

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Filename: 90swarp_deviate_ds_Feb09.mp3
Duration: 4:28
Recorded: 16 February 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: A complete take using retro-sounding electronica synths and abrasive, complex percussion. Slurred timing can be heard at the beginning of the recording but was soon removed as the effect was quite severe. Pattern restarting is used throughout and is probably most evident around 1:45. Amendments to the Lemur interface have also been made: previously percussive and melodic control were on two separate ‘pages’, making it impossible to affect both simultaneously. The most important controls for both melodic and percussive generation have now been aliased to a third page, where both can be concurrently controlled. Nice melodic change at 3:21.

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Pattern restarting

February 13th, 2009

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Filename: tankshort_deviate_ds_Feb09
Duration: 1:02
Recorded: 13 February 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Moving away from acoustic soundsets, this recording uses additional audio effects hosted in Cubase 4 (on percussion especially), resulting in a more varied sound. About halfway through the excerpt pattern restarting is quite clearly audible – this feature had been implemented in the software a while ago, but has only just been made controllable from the Lemur.

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Jazzy tunes

February 12th, 2009

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Filename: chaseshort_deviate_ds_Feb09
Duration: 1:00
Recorded: 12 February 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Another experiment with different, more acoustic sound sets. Again this was recorded using Lemur control, which is proving to be much better than a mouse interface for creating continuous variations. This whole environment seems to be enabling types of musical output that would never have eventuated in my usual (non-generative) composing routine.

 

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Filename: chase_deviate_ds_Feb09
Duration: 5:50
Recorded: 12 February 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: The complete recording of which the above is an excerpt.

 

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Filename: loungeshort_deviate_ds_Feb09
Duration: 1:01
Recorded: 12 February 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: An oddly syncopated bass note occurs throughout this excerpt, which sounds more improper now than it did during recording.

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New melody excerpt using Lemur control

February 10th, 2009

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Filename: funkp_deviate_s_Feb09
Duration: 1:31
Recorded: 9 Februrary 2009
Instruments: 4 synths
Comments: As below with the percussion environment, I’ve recently built a Lemur interface to control melody generation. Overall it’s been a success although depth of control has been compromised – the Lemur surface isn’t big enough (and touch isn’t precise enough) to accommodate all the controls that exist in the Max performance patch. Pictures (or video) will be uploaded in the future. There is also an issue with some of the Lemur control buttons. For some reason certain buttons won’t ‘bang’ some processes in Max – I suspect it might be a bug. This excerpt was recorded using Lemur control only.
*UPDATE* Not technically a bug – the problem was message priority and a wayward uzi object. Fixed using deferlow

 

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Filename: red_deviate_ds_Dec08
Duration: 1:00
Recorded: 27 December 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Recorded in December and hitherto overlooked for inclusion here.

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JazzMutant Dexter control interface

February 5th, 2009

Two videos showing a JazzMutant Dexter (in Lemur mode) used for control: the first is five minutes long, the second less than two minutes.

Comments: There wasn’t much practice time prior to recording these, so some inexpert handling is evident. Also, online videos showing the Lemur – in conjunction with Ableton Live in particular – tend to show it being used for sequencing or audio filter/effects control.

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