Toasted Vegemite sandwich - *Vegemite is an Australian icon and the salty paste has many applications, stock in curries for example.* My favourite place for Vegemite is on toast wit...
This haiku shared by Naviar Records this week was an opportunity for me to record a second take of the track I'd made while responding to the Disquiet Junto.
The timing of the palindromic loop was a bit wonky and, while it spiced the track by shifting the repetitions, I thought I could do better. Then the camera battery ran out while recording the bass part, so I looped it.
Initially I used MIDI instruments in Live to try the notes and played with the idea of using delay to intersperse alterations. Then I thought about the gated effects chain that hasn't been used for a week.
The Disquiet Junto this week requests "please use new musical things to recreate some old musical thing."
The new musical thing is Shiver Me Timbers, which is the two-string upright that I bought last month (despite saying I wouldn't buy new musical equipment this year). It's been a lot of fun playing this fretless acoustic bass.
The old musical thing is Ice-T's 'Reckless', which came from the Breakin' soundtrack. The video above has the song with excerpts from the breakdance-themed film from 1984. I remember having a copy of the soundtrack on cassette and transcribed the lyrics for an English class activity in year seven.
Today I found a few notes that suited a slowed delivery of the lyrics, rehearsed a couple of times and recorded the vocal and bass. A Shure SM7 can be seen being used for my voice, while a Rode K2 is being used on the bass off-camera.
Although poetry and performance permeated his teaching, he prioritized architecture. I know he taught in architecture programs at other institutions, but, to me, his teaching hit its stride when he trained artists to think like architects. He pushed them to think lyrically about the real conditions of culture and the lived environment. His prompts instilled in them a wariness of authoritarian constructs. One student told me of his exhortation to “introduce noise into the system.”