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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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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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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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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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