This is compiled from sessions recorded in 2016. Bob and CeMeGo had things scattered all over the hard drives. It has taken a while to compile all of this together. Some you may recognize from this blog, others were created and never posted.
Oh It’s a Harold Budd Start (2:36)
Start The Reactor (3:11)
The Surface (7:07)
Overmodulated M F’er (3:45)
The Big Test (0:52)
A Serious Dialogue (Noise Your Dick Off at 300bpm) (4:24)
Breakfast Project (1:56)
Chob Gives Up (1:14)
Our Own Girls (7:20)
That Darn Delay Thing (4:42)
It Builds to Something Special (3:44)
Oh It’s a Harold Budd Ending (1:16)
Bob & CeMeGo (and occasional Nguyen Chaney).
Ableton Live (The great learning curve)
Adobe Audition (too useful unfortunately!)
Korg Kaossilator Pro
Sony Acid Pro 7
Korg Volca Bass
Korg Volca Beats
Korg Volca Keys
Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-12
Nguyen Cha’ney came by last nite and we collaborated on this little bit. I’m not sure if I’m done with this song yet. I think there’s more that could be done/added/rearranged. Either way, I wanted to post it so I could hear it in the car.
Korg Volca Bass
Drums from a phone app
Random audio bits (the “Start The Reactor” and “Play That Funky Beat” voices).
Ableton Live (also known as “the great learning curve”)
Thought about playing with tons of Ping-Pong delay and chorus today. I hate working to a click or tempo at all. I like letting the spirit move me for timing. This is obviously not a good way to work. Once again, I went for that heaving breathing tempo I love so much because it’s in my head and it’s slow enough that I can follow it.
No drums/percussion here. Just 2 melody lines from the Microkorg ping pong’d delayed. Then crap thrown on top. There is a little odd alias’ing on the first melody as I have it washed in some digital chorus plug in that makes it ‘tinny’. I dont mind this. It may bother some.
Either way, this was fun to make. I’ve stopped making it, and you get to hear it. Enjoy.
This is my first attempt at true digital multi-track recording using Ableton Live software with my new digital audio interface (Focusrite Scarlett 18i20). This interface has replaced the hummy, hissy, crackly old analog Behringer Mixer I’ve had for 13 years. I am by no means an expert at this, and I am still not a musician. Here’s what I did:
I played a couple chords using a preset grand piano from Ableton’s instrument selections. (Cranked up the “hardness” and “brightness” of the piano to give it that Tony Banks/Genesis “Heathaze” kinda sound). Then added a bunch of digital reverb (also from Ableton effects racks) to create a ghostly big piano.
I played the root keys of the chord sequence with one finger using the Volca Bass with a little cut off release at the end (a little knob twiddling).
I played the same chord sequence using the MicroKorg on a retro strings synth setting.
I played the same chord sequence using the MicroKorg on some waffle-esque arpeggio setting through the Red Box (Korg Mini-KP) with a stereo channel panner, with digital chorus (from Ableton effects racks) to make it pan a little harder.
This is by no stretch a musical masterpiece. It is, however, something to be heard simply on the basis of clarity. I like how the opening piano just emerges from silence. No hiss, no hum, no crackling, just clean audio like the true black of an HD TV. This makes me EXTREMELY happy.
If you are old enough you will remember this theme. I mixed it together with really bad audio bits from youtube. The opening theme is sewn up with the ending synthesizer funky theme. As a “bonus” (I guess) it reprises the opening at the end.
I just heard this out of the blue and remembered how funky it was. Crank dat shit (in the middle at least).
It can’t get much better than this at this point. This was seriously considered as a viable song, then we just gave up and moved the BPM up to 300 just to see how it sounded. We went to IHOP for breakfast at 4pm and came back and finished this. I blame IHOP !!
North Korean news anchors
A young Arnold Schwarzenegger
A Cattle Auctioneer
And a guy teaching Algebra
Anonymous Montgomery County Maryland Police Officer