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A somewhat disturbed woodpecker decides that it can control the flow of time itself. It takes a little over two and a half minutes, but it does eventually manage to summon the original once-per-second tick sample.
Found a battery-powered mantle clock in the house that had a discernable tick. I have no contact/piezo mics handy, so put the clock on a stool and recorded with an SM57 running through an RP355 guitar pedal with all the effects/amps turned off (easiest way to sample the tick).
Loaded into Audacity. Did one stage of minimal noise filtering to get rid of some hiss. Then generated eight basic variants of the initial tick. From there on it's Ableton Live.
Disquiet Junto Project 0056: Matter of Time
This week’s project requires you to make a field recording to serve as the source audio. These are the steps:
Step 1: Locate a clock that has an audible, even if very quiet, tick to its second hand. A watch or other timepiece is also appropriate to the task.
Step 2: Record the sound of the clock for at least 30 seconds, and do so in a manner captures the sound in the greatest detail. A contact mic is highly recommended.
Step 3: Adjust and otherwise filter the recording to reveal the various noises that make up its tick. The goal is to get at the nuance of its internal mechanism.
Step 4: Create an original piece of music employing only layered loops of that sound. These layered loops can individually be transformed in any manner you choose, but at least one unaltered version of the original recording should be included in your piece.
Deadline: Monday, January 28, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.
Length: Your finished work should be between 2 and 5 minutes long.
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