Delay distortion chorus


 

Disquiet Junto 0493 AudioCorrect

The Disquiet Junto project this week asks participants to "Think about the utility and the useful failures inherent in autocorrect and apply this to your music."

It prompted my mind to wander back to a piece of music that I've struggled to revisit.

Back in 2016 I was inspired by Morphine to explore an open tuning on my guitar, settling on four strings tuned DDAE.

Thinking back and the tuning inspired a variety of music.

Recently I'd used the song 'Reflections' in my soundtrack for The Lost World and my partner had singled out the song for praise.

So I tried to correct the piece by generating MIDI in Ableton Live, quantising and then setting a scale.

The key still eludes me, as it starts in G minor and then has a couple of changes, including a stray semitone in the melody and then it rises a tone.

Anyway, I wanted to hear it as performed on a Rhodes-style electric piano and tried to removing the bum notes (either my playing or the Live generated ones, but mostly Ableton).

Three-hour ambient album


 

Disquiet Junto 0492 Kintsugi Rework

The Disquiet Junto project this week employs "the Japanese technique of mending broken ceramics as a metaphor for remixing."

My source material comes from 2015 and features my son Oscar singing the soundtrack to the game Earthbound (also known as Mother).

There's this deal I have with my kids that they're entitled to a 'no questions asked' day off school each term, so I think Oscar was home for one of those days.

I can't recall how we ended up recording his a cappella, but it's likely he was singing and I suggested we try recording.

The result was fantastic!

Last weekend Oscar and I recorded another song from the Mother series for an assignment.

He had wanted to recreate a piano and we'd found that Ableton Live's conversion to MIDI produced a disappointing result.

When the Junto instructions suggested fixing a broken vessel, I had an idea I could 'break' the track using the conversion process and then repair it using softer instruments.

However, I don't think this result is "more gorgeous, and more precious, than before it was fractured."

Disquiet Junto 0491 Footsteps Sequencer

The Disquiet Junto project this week is to "Compose a piece of music structured upon a walk through your home."

My first thought was to reject the idea I might record a video walking through my home.

Then I realised I have a lot of videos already recorded that incorporate ambiences from around the house, so I downloaded ten from Youtube and ended up using nine in my composition.

Disquiet Junto 0490 In Conversation

It took me a couple of attempts to complete the Junto assignment this week, which is to "compose a piece of music structured like dialog."

Those attempts mostly involved dialing-down the number of notes, until I ended up with snippets played at the start and middle of the bars and then almost every other bar.

naviarhaiku385 – moonbeams

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week seemed suited for something dreamy.

Disquiet Junto 0489 The Prestige


The Disquiet Junto assignment this week is to "Apply some magic to ABA form."

For a spell I've applied various filters, beginning with the kick drum.

The drums alternate the sound from the camera's microphone and the Zoom H4 with kick via a bass speaker.

The B form introduces buckets from Kandos Museum, which I recorded last week as part of a RealArtWorks residency for Cementa.

Then the spells increase in frequency as the filters layer up on all the sounds.