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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.

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noteGen video

June 10th, 2010

A long-overdue video showing how noteGen works.

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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.

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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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Many recordings

September 7th, 2009

Lots of recordings done over the weekend – some better than others, but all uploaded here nonetheless. The two attributes that I was concentrating on in all these recordings were; short set-up and preparation time; and more attention to musical form and structure. They are presented below from most preferred to least.


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Filename: chyeshort_deviate_ds_Sep09.mp3
Duration: 2:37
Recorded: 7 September
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: This wasn’t an attempt at modelling, but it ended up sounding very Plaid-like anyway. Long intro with some mildly dissonant parts. Good bass sound at 1:50.


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Filename: gyrus2_deviate_ds_Sep09.mp3
Duration: 3:37
Recorded: 5 September
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: 3/4 time signature, no Lemur control. A little bland, but pleasant. Structurally quite solid.


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Filename: tsuris_deviate_ds_Sep09.mp3
Duration: 2:21
Recorded: 7 September
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Kind of a raucous, messy Aphex thing. The unpitched sounds could have been chosen a little better, but the Roland-style acid bass instrument was a success.


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Filename: vug_deviate_ds_Sep09.mp3
Duration: 1:55
Recorded: 7 September
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Some sort of dub or trip-hop. Again, unpitched sounds are rather hastily chosen, but the tuned percussion worked well.


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Filename: immur_deviate_ds_Sep09.mp3
Duration: 1:51
Recorded: 6 September
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Experimenting with some acoustic bowed sounds. Some dissonant moments at the outset. Didn’t really have any good ideas during this recording, so it ended up being rather stagnant.


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Filename: aucun_deviate_ds_Sep09.mp3
Duration: 1:17
Recorded: 6 September
Instruments: 4 synths, percussion
Comments: Wow, I did not like this at all. A too-fast BPM (around 170) combined with pattern restarting, poorly chosen synths, and too many notes results in a very dull result. Lesson learned.

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From the vault

September 2nd, 2009

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Filename: solaris_deviate_ds_Feb09.mp3
Duration: 2:03
Recorded: 24 Feb 2009
Instruments:4 synths, percussion
Comments: An old, odd recording from earlier this year. Uses pattern restarting and minimal percussion.

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