I've always wanted a theme song. One that could play like a soundtrack heralding my arrival in a room or a party. The Disquiet Junto project this week could be that song.
Early on I decided that a 5/4 time signature would suit repeating the five letters of my name. The drum beat came next, inspired by an Amon Tobin track. Then I used the MIDI for the beat to play the synth part. It all came together quickly.
This piece reminds me of an earlier Junto project that spelt my name using Morse code, which ended up on my album WHILE.
The new Naviar Records compilation includes a slinky house track I wrote in 3/4 time signature. Download it here.
Here's a beaut review of the album and it singles out my track for a mention. Nice!
The Junto this week takes the idea of realising within music the dream of an instrument. It's quite a sweet idea, I think.
I was feeling a bit discouraged when suddenly I had this idea of a string melody looped over a breakbeat, like something from a solo Wu Tang album. So I quickly sat down and figured it out on the bass. Then I had the idea of some chords that could accompany it and imagined them played by an orchestra.
Do bass guitars dream of leading an orchestra? Mine did, so I used Ableton Live's convert-to-MIDI function to drive the Suite of orchestral samples to get a lush result.
The Disquiet Junto this week was based on the idea of Russian dolls. Y'know the ones? Each nestled inside the other.
I had a few ideas. At one point I thought about looping Kate Bush and playing it back through different sized reverbs. At another point I was jamming on the guitar and drums to a Peaches riff and singing creepy lyrics: "I can't wait to crack you open. I can't wait to see you're small inside."
I thought about recording the sound of dolls, as I'm sure there's a set in the toy box but I didn't want to deal with the toy box. I'm worried there might be food in there but I'd prefer not to know. And, dunno, it seemed too literal to record actual Matryoshka dolls.
Then I started MIDI-ing stuff. At first it sounded a bit robotic but the idea was to move upwards through keys. Then I went back to the guitar and recorded MIDI with it. What sounded like a dinky riff on the guitar ended up sounding even dinkier through an organ preset, but I thought it worked better for it.
Labels: Disquiet Junto
Naviar haiku this week was an opportunity to further my experiments with the abandoned silo used in a recent Disquiet Junto project.
Although it spoke of aeolian harps, this built on my experiments with 'the wires' in using singing and whistling. These can be seen in this video of my performance at the Unsound festival outside Wagga Wagga in 2004.
You can hear that I've added some instrumentation using Live's audio-to-MIDI function to trigger samples from their Suite.
Labels: Naviar haiku