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Clark modelling

July 26th, 2009

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Filename: esque_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 1:22
Recorded: 25 July 2009
Instruments: 3 synths, percussion
Comments: Listening to Clark’s Totems Flare, I noticed a lot of classic 4-bar phrasing, with a shifting tonic note in each bar. This is a blunt implementation of that feature.


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Filename: esquilaxshort_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 1:00
Recorded: 26 July 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: At the time of recording esque_deviate_ds_Jul09 (above), there were audible latency issues, which, after debugging, evaporated as mysteriously as they arrived. While trying to test this, I enabled different VSTi plug-ins and a lot of CPU-heavy effects, while using the same basic set-up (BPM, Deviate parameters, etc). This was initially just for diagnostic purposes, but the resulting recording was pretty good. The addition of swing alters the feel quite a bit.


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Filename: esquilax_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration:2:13
Recorded: 26 July 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Longer version of the above. Swing is input at 0:12.

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Unsteady swing

July 21st, 2009

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Filename: balsa_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 2:19
Recorded: 21 July 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Slightly ‘off’ swung timing. Slightly like GX1 Solo by The Tuss (Confederation Trough EP, 2007).


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Filename: balsalong_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 5:14
Recorded: 21 July 2008
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Complete version of the above. There’s a wrong note at 00:45, which is quickly corrected.

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Simple lead synths

July 17th, 2009

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Filename: monolead_deviate_s_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 2:34
Recorded: 17 July 2008
Instruments: 3 synths
Comments: A straightforward recording of 3 lead synths with long note durations.

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More swung timing

July 16th, 2009

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Filename: antilog_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 1:52
Recorded: 16 July 2008
Instruments:4 synths, percussion
Comments: Another experiment with swung timing, this time using a 3/4 time signature. No Lemur – laptop trackpad control only.

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Swung timing

July 15th, 2009

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Filename: swung_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 1:12
Recorded: 14 July 2008
Instruments:3 synths, percussion
Comments: A Max module for adding live ‘swing’ to linear sequences has been added to Deviate. The first section uses static swing. In the second section, swing is being altered live (occasionally returning to ‘straight’ timing).

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Complex pitched content

July 13th, 2009

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Filename: palmy_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 2:34
Recorded: 13 July 2008
Instruments:4 synths, percussion
Comments: An excerpt from a longer recording (around 10 mins). Again, quick setup/record. 7/8 time signature, no pattern restarting, vaguely Plaidlike. Lots of pitched content here – at 0:53 an audible transposition change occurs. The melodic material is then brought in little by little (so any unexpected/wrong note events can be filtered out or regenerated) until 2:27.

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Quick records & side-chain compression

July 13th, 2009

A couple of new recordings, after a long hiatus due to end-of-semester marking, various conferences, and miscellaneous odd jobs. Both of these were done really quickly – less than half an hour set-up time for choosing synths and audio effects, initalisation/testing/previewing, etc. They’re also quite ‘straightforward’ (ie. 4/4, no unusual timings or scalings) which, ironically, seems to be more challenging aesthetically.


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Filename: funkyzeit_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 2:36
Recorded: 10 July 2008
Instruments:4 synths, percussion
Comments: This was an experiment with a higher BPM (around 200), but it’s not particularly audible – sounds more like 100 in this case. Lots of transposition in the first half. The progression from 1:06 to 2:04 is quite pleasing, particularly with regard to subtle percussive change.


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Filename: schain_deviate_ds_Jul09.mp3
Duration: 1:37
Recorded: 9 July 2008
Instruments:4 synths, percussion
Comments: Experimenting with severe audio effects (distortion and side-chain compression).

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