remixing/reworking <a href="http://archive.org/details/at053GentlyAnnoying">Ochiita</a> by Xesús Valle, for the 28th <a href="http://disquiet.com">disquiet</a> junto, <a href="http://disquiet.com/2012/07/12/disquiet0028-netlabel/">netlabel</a>.
i loaded the original track into <a href="http://hypermammut.sourceforge.net/paulstretch">paulstretch</a>, then smeared it, by setting the length to 1, but upping the window size to a fairly high sample number. this washed out the sound, turning it into pads with a decent amount of harmonics.
next, i took this altered version, and fed it back into paulstretch, this time shrinking the whole track to 33% of its original length, with the same window/sample size, further smearing and spreading out the audio.
i duplicated the resulting track and reversed it, then put them into renoise. they begin at the same time; i just adjusted mixer levels so that the tracks fade into and around each other, with neither dominating the track.
with this base, i began pulling little sections out of the track, squashing and repitching them with renoise, so that they began to sound like percussion. a simple four-to-the-floor beat worked nicely, once i figured out how to imitate sidechain compression by adding a signal follower to the kick, which controlled a gainer in a send. the two pad/melodic tracks were fed into the send, which had a little bit of attack/release added to get a nice rhythmic pumping that matched the beat. this is the first time i've ever done this kinda stuff, so it may be a bit more subtle than i intended.
to spice up the basic beat, i added several higher-pitched sounds, using the original glitch/clicks from Valle's Ochiita, repitched, filtered, distorted, etc. i also figured out how to synthesize my own clap-like hits, by copy/pasting the click into itself, separated by a tiny margin. repitching these sounds throughout the track added some lowpass-filter-like variations.
i began this project at 8:30PM, and finished at 11:20. this is probably the fastest i've ever worked for a track as complicated as this one.
this remix doubles as the piece for my creative one-a-day; "cheetah" marks day 359.