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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.

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noteGen video

June 10th, 2010

A long-overdue video showing how noteGen works.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Timing experiments

November 9th, 2009

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Filename: iatashort_deviate_ds_Nov09.mp3
Duration: 1:29
Recorded: 8 November 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: A semi-model of Plaid’s Super Positions, involving some unusual timing.


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Filename: unferth2_deviate_ds_Nov09.mp3
Duration: 2:37
Recorded: 2 November 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: This was an attempt at Squarepusher modelling, as okay has already demonstrated, but with better instruments – however I didn’t have the Lemur for control, so the end result isn’t particularly dynamic. More transposition should have been used, in particular.


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Filename: kalgan_deviate_ds_Oct09.mp3
Duration: 1:53
Recorded: 12 October 2009
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: An ambiguous 6/8 time signature, with a lookup that produces a ‘rushing’ effect at the end of every bar. Continuous drum variation.

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Using MIDI Gate

October 5th, 2009

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Filename: nanoke_deviate_ds_Oct09.mp3
Duration: 4:29
Recorded: 4 October
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion, MIDI Gate + audio samples
Comments: This recording used three out of Deviate’s four melodic note generators, and two of its six percussion generators, to trigger MIDI Gates on various audio samples. Each event lets through audio of 20ms duration, or thereabouts. The samples used consist of radio static/tuning, turntable noise scratching, and some sort of sub-bass distortion (all from freesound).
The advantage is that audio samples (depending on their length and variety) provide different content at each triggering – this is shown by the occasional vocal snippets that come through. The disadvantage, however, is that Deviate’s melodic output becomes merely an event generator devoid of pitch.
Aside from the MIDI-Gated audio, the percussive kick and snare are synthesised, as is the simple pad providing the only melodic content. Structurally, this is very straightforward – 4/4 throughout, no swing, no pattern restarting. Control was mouse/keyboard only.

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Lite Autechre modelling – Squeller

September 22nd, 2009

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Filename: gmutt_deviate_ds_Sep09.mp3
Duration: 2:54
Recorded: 20 September 2009
Instruments: 3 synths, percussion
Comments: A vague modelling of Autechre’s Squeller (EP7, 1999) using swung tempo and minimal melodic synths. Lots of audio effects including ring modulation and a custom-built granulator. Percussion sequence is reminiscent of Boards of Canada.

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Plaid anew

September 14th, 2009

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Filename: eigenshort_deviate_ds_Sep09.mp3
Duration: 4:21
Recorded: 13 July 2009
Instruments:4 synths, percussion
Comments: Another Plaid-style track, this time using 5+3 pattern restarting – compare to the 3+5 pattern restarting in elbe2. Levels are all over the place and events are too dense, but decent transposition values and note generation overall.

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