Naviar Soundbook 006: The Mayamah

The Naviar Soundbook this week featured a story from one of the many Aboriginal cultures in Australia.

After last week I was still in the mood to make electronic music. I used a couple of chord progressions I've been playing on the guitar as MIDI through VST synths including the V Station, which is a bit cheesy but a favourite.

While polishing up the piece last night, I found a way to make the bass less heavy and I like the way it kind of sounds like old acid tracks. They didn't have deep bass.

Disquiet Junto: 0173 Over Version

The Disquiet Junto this week involved scaffolding, or at least that was my interpretation. I've written elsewhere here that scaffolding is a process of building a song on an existing track and then removing the original.

At first I wasn't sure how to respond as I knew the track would be another challenge for my drumming and alternate approaches like MIDI and adding loops were difficult to keep in sync with the original track.

In the end I thought the track has potential but I'll have to shorten it and tidy up my playing with edits. The camera battery ran out while I played the drums, so the video didn't work out. The fretless bass drifts out of key in parts and the melodica also hits the odd bum note. The result could be a backing track, so I might come back to it.

Beasties on Pixies

Today is the birthday of Check Your Head, so I recorded this mash-up of the Beastie Boys' Gratitude and The Pixies Where Is My Mind.

On a related note, I had a chuckle while nearing the end of Ed Piskor's Wizzywig when I spotted this quote from a sample on Check Your Head -- my favourite of their albums for the way it mixes up their interests in punk, hiphop, Buddhism, etc.

Rupture of the Rapture

Today I recorded a slower version of the song I attempted to play on the weekend. It's based on a song written last year with looped parts of a bass line, Rapture of the Raptor.

The bass is looped in this video with a JamMan.

Naviar Soundbook 005 The Stonecutter

The Naviar soundbook this week was a Japanese folk tale about a stonecutter getting enough wishes to be happy as he was.

The thumb piano came to mind as the chord seemed like one that would accompany the granting of wishes. Something about the shimmering chords makes me think of entrance music for a genie.

The rocks seemed an obvious choice. I selected pairs from a small pile of beach stones that I've collected and recorded them with a Rode NT-4.

Then I recorded a bass line, moving between verses in F# and a chorus in A. It worked well for outlining chord progressions within the thumb piano loops, which I'd re-pitched.

Finally I added a synth part to give a sense of lift, as the story outlined transforming into a cloud. Was tempted to use strings but this track still seems like it'd sit alongside the songs I've previously made with Ableton's orchestra samples.

Disquiet Junto 0172 Digital-Analog Conflater

The Disquiet Junto this week set an interesting task to record in analog and then digital. For me this meant recording the drums acoustically and then as MIDI and then repeating this approach with the guitar, although I captured MIDI at the same time and then added a bass part.

Actually, back it up a bit, I first decided on recording a version of my track Rapture of the Raptor. I knew the high hat would be a challenge for me but I decided to record single takes on each instrument. I also knew it would start to fall apart quickly, so I reworked the riff to be a bit simpler.

The MIDI parts were used to trigger VSTs, a kit of samples from an 808 and the synth Massive. The two drum parts, guitar, bass and synth parts were then given EQ and reverb.

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Naviar haiku 066 I Am Evolving

The haiku selected by Naviar Laboratory this week really resonated with me. I liked the idea of becoming transparent and smooth.

I had the idea to write lyrics for a song in response to Haris Strange's poem and it took a few drafts before I was happy.

The chord progression also took a while to develop and was nearly a different one. I settled on an idea I've been riffing for a while then got a bit disco with the bass line.