I will probably only release my jams like this from now on:
I'm tired of dealing with Logic. Back to working with Reason.
Just added some more songs to this 2003 playlist
I was in the middle of a jam with my looped pedal, and I wanted to capture some of it because (I thought) it sounded pretty cool. I grabbed my phone and then this happened:
Here's a clip from one of my improv looping sessions. Forgot to record it in Logic, so figured I'd post it here.
(skip to 4:30 for the solo bit)
As the title implies, this was all created with two synths (Roland Juno D / Novation Ultravoa) and a looper pedal (Boss RC-30 Loop Station). I've posted a few of my impromptu recordings up here last year, but this is the first uncut video I've produced. It's about 17 unadultered minutes of musical meanderin - a jam, loop, solo and repeat process. I do not have a song in mind when I start these loops. I just keep playing and see what happens...
I'd like to get some feedback on ways to improve my setup. What I'm essentially looking for is more channels/tracks to manage my loops. With my Boss RC-30 I only have two channels, but each channel can have as many layers as I want. What I am currently unable to do is remove the middle layer of my loops. I've seen sequencers that work with pre-recorded/programmed tracks in a DAW like ableton, but I don't want to lose the live aspect of what I'm doing. I'm thinking a 16 track sequencer type thing should do the trick, but I haven't been able to find any gear that fits my need...
Throwback videos of my oldest songs to the images of space light years away (http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html).
One of the down-sides of having a (fuller than) full time job is not having as much time to make music. One of the up-sides is getting real paid, enough to buy sweet new gear. Of course, owning the gear means nothing without knowing how to use it...
I am finally getting the hang of my Boss RC-30 Loop Pedal. The real breakthrough came when I found out I could run both my Roland Juno-D and Novation Ultranova through the pedal at the same time. The result is some really funky solo-synth action. It is certainly an interesting twist to the music I have uploaded in the past. It is undoubtedly a lot more raw, which equates to something both less polished and filled with more emotion. Running a composition through the computer always de-humanizes it, and it is something I have grown all too accustomed with. Learning to live with blemishes has been tough, but the occasional accidental is rarely noticed to the un-trained ear and never really hurt anyone ;)
Listening to these is a pleasant reminder that I need to work on my keyboard chops. However, I never get tired of combining all sorts of different sounds and morphing them into something that is truly unique and my own.
The best review I've ever left was for this song
Because it led to a collab with this person
On this song
I've been writing/playing music for a while now, and this has to be one of my proudest moments...There's just something about hearing a song you've written being performed by someone else and making it better than you ever imagined. Miss LadyArsenic is already working on another one of my tunes, I have an old songwriting buddy that is about to get the same DAW as me, plus I just started playing in a less-than-serious but still brutally awesome metal band.
Collabs all around!
And putting my foot in my mouth. Two things I excel in.
I'll buy that other loop pedal eventually. Then I just need to learn how to use it...
Many of you might have noticed (or not) that my productivity significantly dropped in 2012.
Did my creative bubble pop?
Did I lose interest in writing music?
Did I give the proverbial middle finger to Newgrounds and move my music somewhere else(like that would ever happen)?
No, no, and no. I got a (fuller than full) full-time job and, more often than not, my free time is sparse and my brain is shot.
With a job comes money, though. And with money comes the ability to buy sweet musical toys. I purchased myself a little Novation Ultranova about two months ago, and have slowly been coming to grips with the controls. I was most stoked about the vocoder feature, and have put it to the test in my latest release of Bend||Break.
While a vocoder can cover up how flat my singing voice is, it doesn't do anything to correct my breathing patterns. Bottom line is: My voice still needs work...a lot of work. But I'm not giving up on it yet.
The next thing on my wish list is this Vox loop pedal. With this puppy I should be able to crank out tunes like there is no tomorrow. And when I get two (one for my Roland Juno-D), all bets are off. If you missed me in 2012, you're likely to be sick of me in 2013.
Also, check out this BRAND NEW TRACK void of vocals (for your listening pleasure).