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Aphex Twin analysis and recreation

March 29th, 2009

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Filename: musyk_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 4:09
Recorded: 29 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, drums
Comments: This recording is result of listening to, (informally) analysing, and recreating Aphex Twin’s Vordhosbn (Drukqs). Lots of attention was paid to non-Deviate-related timbral features. Thus far, Aphex Twin seems much more difficult to recreate than Autechre, due to the dynamic changes required throughout. Conversely, Autechre is structurally more complex but dynamically static.

 

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Filename: musykshort_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 1:06
Recorded: 29 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, drums
Comments: A short excerpt of the above.

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Analog/lead synths

March 28th, 2009

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Filename: analog6_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 1:58
Recorded: 28 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, drums
Comments: Slow BPM (70something), automatic drum variation, and a few analog-sounding synths. Slightly Boards of Canada, but not an intentional recreation. Drums are quite abrasive-sounding (could do with EQ and compression) but the variation works well.

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Same class, new instance

March 23rd, 2009

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Filename: slowrise2_deviate_ds_Mar09.mp3
Duration: 3:57
Recorded: 21 March 2009
Instruments: Drums, 4 synths
Comments: As stated in the last post – this uses the same instrument setup, BPM, and pattern restarting structure as slowrise.mp3. It’s not a particularly good recording, artistically speaking, but still shows low-level variation even when higher-level features are (trying to be) maintained. This was the first and only recording – I’m trying to give a fair overall representation of what Deviate outputs, not selectively upload only the excerpts which show it in the most flattering light.

 

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Filename: glocken_deviate_s_Mar09.mp3
Duration: 4:02
Recorded: 21 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths
Comments: A more melodically-oriented recording, done immediately after and as a counterpoint to the above (slowrise2.mp3).

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Drums variation

March 19th, 2009

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Filename: slowrise_deviate_ds_Mar09.mp3
Duration: 3:40
Recorded: 17 March 2009
Instruments: Drums, 4 synths
Comments: The idea behind this was to do a fast recording – half an hour from startup to completion. Most of the time was spent finding/customising synths. Melodically it is quite bland, but the ongoing drum variations are effective. Pattern restarting is used, and is constant throughout.

A future recording will use the same instrument setup and BPM, aiming to show how ‘versions’ on a particular ‘template’ differ. Score and pitch selection won’t be recreated as these parameters are both indeterminate and vary from instance to instance (not by necessity, but by choice).

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Messy slurred timing and synth pads

March 8th, 2009

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Filename: tremolo_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 1:44
Recorded: 8 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: This is a more experimental recording, using imprecise, finger-programmed slurred timing input via the Dexter/Lemur touch interface. A couple of synth pads with slow attack and release times are used for melodic content, which cover up any mis-timed notes and also result in some unusual dissonant chords. Unpitched synths are also used for a greater variety of percussive content.

 

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Filename: octaver_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 1:07
Recorded: 8 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: A slightly syncopated recording with a straight time signature. Most of the attention here was timbral rather than note-level.

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More pattern restarting analysis

March 6th, 2009

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Filename: swashshort_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 1:13
Recorded: 6 March 2009
Instruments: 3 synths, percussion
Comments: Listening analysis of Autechre’s 777 from LP5 resulted in this 7/8 time signature, achieved using a ‘zig-zag’ breakpoint function / lookup table (see previous post). Some pleasing section changes.

 

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Filename: swash_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 4:33
Recorded: 6 March 2009
Instruments: 3 synths, percussion
Comments: The full version of the above excerpt.

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Analysis through recreation through analysis

March 3rd, 2009

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Filename: foldloathe_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 3:40
Recorded: 3 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Some informal listening analysis of Autechre’s Fold4,Wrap5 from LP5 resulted in this recording. The timing structure was fairly straightforward to replicate, and a screenshot of the breakpoint function used to achieve it is shown below; even a gentle curve yields clearly apparent results. The melodic synths chosen, meanwhile, are more reminiscent of Plaid’s I Citizen the Loathsome from Greedy Baby.

fold4wrap5

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Unpitched synths

March 1st, 2009

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Filename: unpitch1_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 1:38
Recorded: 1 March 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: These excerpts (unpitch1 and unpitch2, below) are both taken from the same recording. This excerpt, taken from the earlier section of the recording, uses slurred timing. The instruments used here were chosen with the aim of moving away from multi-tracked melodic content towards more unpitched, percussive sounds.

 

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Filename: unpitch2_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 1:24
Recorded: 1 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: This excerpt from the later part of the recording uses metric timing and a different BPM, but identical instruments to the above.

 

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Filename: thirtyone_deviate_ds_Mar09
Duration: 1:39
Recorded: 1 March 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: In this recording, time scaling was used (as opposed to time slurring), which scaled 32 beats per bar down to 31. A linear scale and rounding was used instead of truncation – this keeps the metric structure, rather than simply shortening the bar length.

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