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Orphion Ping Pong / SML: Bits and Pieces (2012)

seeminglee on December 29, 2012 08:37

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    The instruments we use changes the way we play. The track was recorded and played live directly on the iPad using Orphion’s “3rds Matrix” grid.

    The natural position of my right hand touches A4 and A#4. The natural position of my left hand touches F4 and D4. By shifting my hands a note to the left and to the top right, I get RH: F4 F#4 LH: C#4 A#3 and then RH: A#4 B4 LH: F#4 D#4.
    1L: D4 F4 1R: A4 A#4
    2L: A#3 C#4 2R: F4 F#4
    3L: D#4 F#4 3R: A#4 B4

    I don't know what key this is in. I just play. And so while as a classically trained pianist I am conscious of the notes and key signature when I play on a conventional keyboard, Orphion’s seemingly illogical layout renders some nice experimental results which I enjoy.

    I use the in-app recorder to record my live playing which I then email myself as an M4A file. The file is then placed into Ableton Live where I manually wrap my human-playing into something which sounds somewhat on time — though obviously the nice rubato are lost. I will work on getting something that is less machine like perhaps.

    Then I layered some repeated tracks, and added some ping pong to the piece to give it some nuance together with some Lexicon reverb goodness. Mastered with Ozone 5 and voila.

    CCBY 2012 See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Music / SML Universe

    Released by: SML Music
    Release/catalogue number: SML.20121229.Music.OrphionPingPong.005
    Release date: Dec 29, 2012
    "Orphion Ping Pong / SML: Bits and Pieces (2012)" by seeminglee is licensed under a Creative Commons License

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