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Bugs in the Nowaki [disquiet0039-remixingnowaki]

Robert M Thomas on September 30, 2012 18:57

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    This time I was interested in what I could do with this old Feonic Soundbug I have. More about Feonic's technology here :
    But basically they are a small piece of Terfenol-D which changes shape when a magnetic field is applied to it. This solid can be pressed against other solids to cause vibrations which turn that whole solid object into a speaker of sorts.

    I took my Soundbug and attached it to a number of things in my house / studio and played the sample tracks through them. This included the window, a Jen SX1000 synth case, my studio desk, a hollow body electric guitar, a great grandmothers violin and my oven door. I recorded the sound they made very closely with a Zoom H1.

    Sometimes the Soundbug was either overloading, coming loose, or the battery was in the process of dying and it made the whole thing go crazy. I used all these sounds too.

    I took all these samples into Ableton Live and did this quick live mix on my APC40.

    I used a lot of the built in effects to do things like isolate frequencies and try to build structure out of the sounds. I used a few Michael Norris plugs to create sort of fake spectral reverbs, but I also used Lexicon Hall reverbs too. The whole thing went through Izotope Ozone at the end.


    This Disquiet Junto project was done as a celebration of the efforts of the Nowaki netlabel, and to support its employment of licenses that allow for derivative works. This track is comprised of three pieces of music: "Irese" by Barascud, "Sumatra" by André D / Christophe Meulien, and "She Likes to Look at the Sky" by Kluge. More on the Nowaki label, and the original versions of these tracks, at


    More on this 39th Disquiet Junto project at:

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    "Bugs in the Nowaki [disquiet0039-remixingnowaki]" by Robert M Thomas is licensed under a Creative Commons License


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