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Fast patch

December 10th, 2010

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Filename: southbank_edit.mp3

An edited version of a live recording, made using a Max patch built from scratch in about an hour. Third-party VSTs are used as sound generators. Note events are stochastically generated.

Other

Saturday project: contour & synthesis

October 27th, 2010

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Filename: SKAM_Saturday_short.mp3
Duration: 1:18
Recorded: 23 October 2008
Instruments: 3 synths, percussion
Comments: Instead of using proprietary 3rd-party VSTis, this live recording uses synthesis in MaxMSP alone. MIDI events were generated by me in Deviate, then sent via network to Alex — who has built a whole lot of neat synths and effects — and the resulting audio was captured as separate streams.

Deviate, Other

Swung or straight

July 6th, 2010

Using the elastic~ object for real-time time-stretching, it’s possible to add or take away what is commonly known as ‘swing’ from a piece of popular music.

Example 1: originally straight timing, moved to swung.

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Example 2: originally swung timing, changed to straight.

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P.S. Alex originally intended to post on this. The entire idea arose out of a discussion we had some months ago.

Research

Contour regard

June 29th, 2010

An addition to Deviate’s note generation — basic melodic contour.

Other

noteGen video

June 10th, 2010

A long-overdue video showing how noteGen works.

Deviate, Research

Happy house

March 4th, 2010

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Filename: happyhouse_deviate_ds_Feb09.mp3
Duration: 1:48
Recorded: 2 February 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: I have no recollection of recording this, but apparently I did, a year ago — and found it on my hard drive today. As for content, it’s rather more trance than house.

Deviate

Same old + new MIDI gate experiment

February 8th, 2010

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Filename: bloc_deviate_ds_Jan10.mp3
Duration: 2:55
Recorded: 30 January 2010
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Nothing too ground-breaking here — standard dense synth parts and percussion. Regeneration tends to go a bit downhill after about halfway.


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Filename: ttok_deviate_ds_Feb10.mp3
Duration: 3:10
Recorded: 7 February 2010
Instruments: 1 synth, percussion, audio
Comments: Another MIDI-gating piece (similar to nanoke) but instead of using radio static and vinyl scratches, the underlying audio consists of drum loops that have been tempo-matched to that of recording. The effect is quite interesting as the MIDI events that are triggered will result in different (though percussive) sounds on most iterations (except for when the underlying audio is silent). Pattern restarting (3+3+2) is used for most of this recording, but because of the varying audio it’s not particularly apparent. One percussive and one melodic track are synthesised, but the rest are audio, including a continuous background sample.

Deviate

Swung acoustic drums

December 20th, 2009

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Filename: leish_deviate_ds_Dec09
Duration: 3:06
Recorded: 20 December 2009
Instruments:4 synths, percussion
Comments: A quick semi-model of Plaid’s snakeing (Tekkonkinkreet soundtrack) using swing, acoustic drum samples and a slow BPM (62). No Dexter used here so interaction is pretty sparse, but the drum fill about a third of the way in is pretty good. Yes, the drummer has more than two hands.

Happy Festivus from all of us here at cetenbaath.com.

Deviate, Research

13/8 and slight swing

December 7th, 2009

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Filename: thwart_deviate_ds_Nov09.mp3
Duration: 2:39
Recorded: 23 November 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Continuing on with unusual timing, this is in 13/8. Lots of lush, fairly ‘commercial’-sounding synths and percussion. Two melodic voices were used to trigger the lead bass synth, which explains the substantial pitch variation. Not particularly dynamic, however.


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Filename: sundershort_deviate_ds_Dec09.mp3
Duration: 1:28
Recorded: 6 December 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: This is an attempt at recording something much more mainstream. A few days ago I saw Clark (and some other artists) play live, and noticed how minimal much of the content was, focusing mostly on percussion and a simple bassline. The use of slightly swung timing in many these live works was another interesting feature, and has been incorporated here.

Deviate, Research

Kraftwerkisch pastiche

November 10th, 2009

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Filename: krafty_deviate_ds_Nov09.mp3
Duration: 1:48
Recorded: 10 November 2008
Instruments: 4 synths
Comments: Autobahn + Europe Endless: 4 melodic voices, analog-style synths, major tone maps, and an eight-dotted delay. The bass changes from a low-high to a high-low sequence about 3/4 of the way through.

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