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Nasty bass techno

August 31st, 2009

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Filename: dualshort_deviate_ds_Aug09.mp3
Duration: 1:48
Recorded: 30 August
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: A more standard 4/4 recording influenced by old-school English techno (LFO particularly).

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11/8 time signature

August 24th, 2009

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Filename: bismuth_deviate_ds_Aug09.mp3
Duration: 1:20
Recorded: 23 August
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Another experiment with unusual timing, in a similar vein to the last recording – this time 11/8 (or perhaps 5.5/4).

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5/4 with swing

August 18th, 2009

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Filename: risc3short_deviate_ds_Aug09.mp3
Duration: 1:42
Recorded: 18 August
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: This started off as a recording after Plaid’s ZN Zero (Greedy Baby, 2006), which is apparent from the sound of the bass, heavy use of reverb, and the 5/4 time signature. Then I decided to see if adding swing would work (it did) and from there the project kind of took its own direction. Most interaction consisted of changing density, voice transposition, part activation, and note regeneration. Bar transposition values remain the same throughout, and no pattern restarting is used. There are often three simultaneous melodic voices active, and generally there aren’t many errors or wrong notes.


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Filename: risc3_deviate_ds_Aug09.mp3
Duration: 7:42
Recorded: 18 August
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: The complete version of the above. There are some ‘wrong’ notes around 0:37, which were quickly corrected. The evolution from 5:00 to the end is quite nice.

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More modelling

August 18th, 2009

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Filename: tiens2_deviate_ds_Aug09.mp3
Duration: 3:27
Recorded: 13 August
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: A rough model of Autechre’s Left Blank (EP7, 1999). Lots of percussive variation and noisy/unpitched synths. More effort could have been put into designing synths.


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Filename: elbe2_deviate_ds_Aug09.mp3
Duration: 2:02
Recorded: 16 August
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Percussion is modelled after Plaid’s Prague Radio (Not For Threes, 1997), melody is modelled after nothing in particular. The percussion is given its characteristic flavour not by the actual note events but by the pattern restarting (3, 5) and swing values used.

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Acroyear2 reconstruction

August 10th, 2009

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Filename: panta_deviate_ds_Aug09.mp3
Duration: 4:56
Recorded: 9 August
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: This is a fairly straightforward reconstruction of Autechre’s Acroyear2 (LP5, 1998). Unpitched synths are used to add more ‘texture’. Minimal audio effects were added (16ths delay on percussion) to help recreate more exactly the sound. Melodic material is regenerated about halfway through. Percussive material doesn’t vary much, although it probably should.

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Chimpanzee mode

August 5th, 2009

“And during the set my brain went into chimpanzee mode as so often when performing. I could not keep all things in my head controlling video and music simultaneously so both stagnated for long periods of time while I tried to think clearly.” (Olofsson, no date: http://www.toplap.org/index.php?title=Read_me_paper)

The above quote by Fredrik Olofsson – one half of klipp av – exquisitely sums up the kind of cognitive freeze that happens when you have too many live parameters to deal with. It happens often with Deviate, and the following example demonstrates this.

In the first moments, there’s some drum activation/deactivation, then the bassline is introduced. Some density cutoff changes on the bassline are done, with pretty good results. Then I completely forgot about changing the bassline density cutoff and focused solely on activation/deactivation, the melody, and pattern restarting.

Practice, practice.

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Filename: criollo_deviate_ds_Aug09.mp3
Duration: 3:00
Recorded: 4 August
Instruments: 3 synths, percussion
Comments: This was an attempt to be a bit more minimal with melodic content, which was partially successful. In fact, only two main pitched lines are used – one of the synth voices is used for the pitched drums that enter at 0:53. Pattern restarting (3+5) is used throughout, occasionally switching to 3+3+2 or linear read-through (no restarting).

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