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Sam-i-amn't [disquiet0050-morsebeat]

Emma Hendrix on December 18, 2012 08:53

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    This junto assignment was about using morse code as the base for a new piece of music.

    I enjoyed the idea of this 50th (!!) junto project that I did this while I really should have been doing something else.

    I used the string of 50 (coincidentally) words that Dr Seuss used in "Green Eggs and Ham" and turned them into morse code. Incidentally, the words are:

    a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you

    I pitched the original file down and eq'd it to get a lower bass-y tone, and used it in several other instances via 'slice to midi', running it through several fx. I also downloaded a woman reading the story to her daughter - CC license btw -( and manipulated that again using slice to midi and some midi fx.

    its a mess... i admit.

    Original Instructions
    This week’s project explores invokes Morse Code for its rhythmic content. The instructions are as follows: Select a word or phrase. Encode that word or phrase by the Morse method. Record a rhythmic foundation in which the dash is represented by a long beat and the dot by a brief one. Use that rhythmic foundation as a loop for the length of your track, at the speed you desire — speed can vary over the length of the recording. Record accompanying drone/melodic material that takes the underlying rhythm as its compositional foundation.

    More on this 50th Disquiet Junto project at:

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    "Sam-i-amn't [disquiet0050-morsebeat]" by Emma Hendrix is licensed under a Creative Commons License


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