walking home alone through moonlit streets (disquiet0055-twoscrews) by ioflow published on 2013/01/22 08:12:15 +0000 for the 55th disquiet junto, two screws. the task was to combine do and re by nils frahm into a new work. i chopped "re" into loops, and rearranged sections by sight and sound for a deliberately loose feel. the resulting piece is entirely unquantized, with percussion generated from the piano/pedal action sounds of "do" set under the "re" arrangement. the perc was performed with an mpd18 midi controller in real time, and then arranged by dragging individual hits with a mouse. since the original piano recordings were improvised, tempo fluctuates at around 70bpm, and i didn't want to lock myself into anything tighter when creating the downtempo beats. normally i'd program everything to a strict grid with renoise, but for this project, i used ardour3 almost exclusively, except for a bit of sample preparation in renoise and audacity. the faint background pads/strings were created with paulstretch. my ardour3 session was filled with hundreds of samples, each one placed by hand and nudged around to keep the jazzy feel. this is a very rough rework -- no FX, detailed mixing/mastering, or complicated tricks. i ran outta time to do all the subtle things i usually do. instead, i spent all my time & effort on the arrangement and vibe. the minimal treatment worked better than everything i'd planned.