Музыка ко мне [disquiet0013-wildup] by jai_ published on 2012/04/02 18:50:35 +0000 Музыка ко мне (google translation into Russian for "Music Come to Me") was created as part of the 13th Disquiet Junto project, namely: "There is a tremendous classical chamber-music ensemble in Los Angeles. Its name is wild Up, and it has provided to us the first movement of its recording of the Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a, by Dimitri Shostakovich. [...] You are invited to make something new from this source material. Please use only the source material". More on wild Up at http://wildup.la Listen to the original recording at http://wildup.bandcamp.com More details on the Disquiet Junto at http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto THE APPROACH A. Creative approach The music of Shostakovich has always had an eerie quality for me. It is this quality which I aim to highlight with my approach. Two ideas (one experienced, the other imagined) come together in my approach: - First, remembering my experience listening to a Bela Bartok quartet being played in a 13th Century church and hearing all sorts of instruments that weren't there. The power of the music and the natural reverb of the place were enough to conjure up an orchestra and a choir... - Secondly, the idea of this Chamber Symphony coming to Shostakovich in a dream, struggling with confusing patterns and phrases that come and go, distilling into a seed which generates a musical idea. B. Technical approach The approach to this piece has been an elaborate take on the "circle of fifths" method which I already used in another remix in 2011 (http://soundcloud.com/jai_r/carlos-ruiz-acoustdeep-quick). In this case, I took the 10 samples provided and loaded them into a single NI Kontakt insrument, all of them centred around C4, panning them approximately according to their position in an orchestra, and layering them in such a way that Key Velocity determined what sample was triggered, and using Midi Latch to keep the sample playing until released by the Panic button. I recorded myself in Cubase playing a circle of fifths, starting in C3-C5 and ending in C4 (in most cases playing two instances of each note, in different octaves). I then edited the Cubase recording to simulate the Midi Latch effect and bounced the audio. I repeated the bounce using a different instance of NI Kontakt where the position of the samples in the vertical grid was changed around randomly. I generated a third audio track by inverting the second take. I set up four FX tracks loaded with 4 NI Guitar Rig presets (Space, Water, Air and Filtered Delays) to add eerieness. Reverb, Compression, EQ and Stereo Enhancer were added to the master track, and changes in the EQ improvised and recorded. The Reverb mix proportion varies throughout the piece from completely Wet to almost Dry. My technical limitations make the end result far from perfect and sonically cluttered, but structured in such a way that I hope conveys the idea of a dream coming to an end, waking up with the start to a musical piece. Any comments are more than welcome. Enjoy!