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Crickets [rotating-processes-field-recording]

Justin Buckley on September 06, 2012 11:04

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    This track was created as part of the 'rotating process' series, background below.

    This is based around a field recording of crickets taken in the high grass in the airfield of Berlin's former Tempelhof airport. You can also hear the sound of a highway in the distance, which I used as a source for some drones toward the middle of the track. The first part is without any effects except for EQing, then gradually I work in some elements with Absynth 5. At the end I fade in a modular synth patch.

    --- Rotating processes ---

    With so many different interesting ways to create electronic music, it sometimes becomes difficult to choose a working method, to the point where thinking about the different ways of creating music consumes more time than actually writing music.

    To solve this, I've created a simple rule for myself. I picked 4 different methods for writing music, and each time I finish a track, I have to rotate to the next process for my next track.

    Here are the 4 processes.

    Modular improvisation (tagged as [rotating-processes-modular]):
    I have a Eurorack modular synthesizer, which exists as a standalone instrument (I don't need a computer except for recording). This process involves patching the modular, improvising a track based on that patch, and recording it. I may edit or add slight effects afterward, but generally I will avoid doing so. This process will often involve creating self-generating patches.

    Notation (tagged as [rotating-processes-notation]):
    I haven't formally learned how to read and write sheet music, but I find sheet music very interesting, so I started teaching myself how to do so last year. This tracks are composed using the Sibelius First software, to trigger either the Absynth 5 VST softsynth, or the modular synth via MIDI, or both.

    Field recordings (tagged as [rotating-processes-field-recordings]):
    I often use my Sony PCM-M10 to take field recordings, this process involves creating compositions using some of these field recordings as the main compositional element. The trick here will be for me to constantly take interesting recordings, and less about computer based editing.

    Live looper (tagged as [rotating-processes-looper):
    I will use Ableton Live's Looper devices to sample the modular synth. Most likely I will use a keyboard to record myself, as well as taking samples of self-generating modular patches to use as layers.

    Once per week, a track from one of these processes will be uploaded.

    The rotating processes idea was inspired by the Disquiet Junto, an ongoing weekly exercise in creative limitations. I participated a few times so far in the Junto, and it increased my musical output. More details about the Disquiet Junto here: Disquiet Junto

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