This track was done from noon to 3pm. It was done in 9 seperate tracks. I wanted to mess in a different key. I’m not sure what key this is in, as I’m not a musician nor do I have any solid music theory under my belt, but I know there were 1 or 2 black keys that had to be played or things really sounded terribly sour. It has an A, B, and C section (in good old ABACAB pop song format) with this odd unique bit in the middle where I have the sound of radio stations changing, a piano solo, and chanting “for another day” in the MicroKorg vocoder. I was going to do a drum solo there, but I felt the piano solo and vocoder were more pleasant.
Note: THIS IS BEST HEARD IN HEADPHONES. I did a ton of speaker phasing on this thing, so “get out your headphones and get’m cranked up, cause they’re really gonna help you on this one.”
Samson Graphite 49 MIDI keyboard controller (used for drums as well).
MicroKorg (vocoder and strings in the middle break).
Korg MiniKP (on heavy reverb #62) for the vocoder section.
Ableton Live 9 Studio
A strange drum kit in Ableton Live called “Angry When Sober” (the source of the drum sounds themselves).
Well, here it is. This really isn’t a new album exactly. It’s more of a collection of things, doodles, and some seriously intentional music that I had made all by my little self. Most of this stuff is posted on this blog, but NOT ALL OF IT. This album compiles everything I’ve done on my own that I found worthy to put together in an album offering. The interesting part is some of this stuff dates back to 2013. I have acquired a lot more equipment, moved a lot, learned a lot, repaired a lot, failed a lot, but at least had fun along the way (with frequent backups). I just bought another piece of equipment that may change everything a bit (Novation Launchpad) and I wanted to compile everything I did personally up to this point and put it in an album.
Credits? Well, ALL ME!!!! I PLAYED AND DID EVERYTHING HERE.
Song List and commentary (Also known as “liner notes” because I miss the day of vinyl record album sleeves):
Charging Ahead, Blindly (1:56) This was formerly named wowneewow project. I have no idea why.
Red Box Hotty (3:33) I have always loved this track and it managed to slip off of all the CHOB and Hozpitality albums. It’s a drum loop from the Kaossilator tortured lovingly through the Mini KP (red box) effects unit. This is reminiscent of Brian Eno’s Over Fire Island track (in my opinion at least).
Arpeggiate Your Ass Off 2 (4:09) Because one of these was simply not enough for me. You get to decide which you like better (or not).
I’m Keeping This (This One is Mine) (4:14) Selfish little robot voice.
Out of Sync (5:25) Rhythm was never my strong suit but I try.
The Stinky Finger Boogie (4:59) This was paired with an animated GIF of Donald Trump pointing his finger nearly rhythmically in time. Inspired by the GIF not by the “man” himself.
Out of Time (6:48) Companion piece to Out of Sync. Pick a winner.
Volca Waves (11:40) I feel that this is one of my best stabs at doing something melodic and “mellow”. It is one of my favorite experiment results. Love this.
The One Measure Masturbatory Jam (3:38) This one barely made the cut. It is a bunch of instruments piled on one 16 beat measure then subtly (or not) altered throughout its’ repetition. Patience and a keen ear are required to understand its’ purpose and existence.
Fugue U (10:54) A fugue piled up like a mile high jenga tower. Collapse eminent.
Wooda Womp El Grande (9:27) This title came from the sound of this song. Part march, part hat dance, part goose step.
The Black Keys Thing (12:23) Played on all the black keys because, why not.
Jamola Number Three (14:23) Obviously Jamola Number One and Two just weren’t worth it.
Those Three Notes (9:26) An experiment built on three notes.
Behringer Mixer’s Last Stand (So Long Sucker) (0:16) This may be the very last recording done on my old Behringer mixer. At this point it had become so caked with dust, it had to warm up a good 10 minutes after power up. It became an investment of frustration and canned air. The hiss and uncontrollable distortion were a disaster at the end. New Audio Interface now in operation (THANK GOD!).
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
This is a bit I made called “Fugue You”. Let us now define the “Fugue”. There are two definitions. First one musical, the second one psychiatric.
Fugue, [fyoog], noun
In Music.apolyphoniccompositionbaseduponone,two,ormore themes,whichareenunciatedbyseveralvoicesorpartsinturn,subjectedtocontrapuntaltreatment,andgraduallybuiltupintoa complexformhavingsomewhatdistinctdivisionsorstagesof developmentandamarkedclimaxattheend.
In Psychiatry.aperiodduringwhichapersonsuffersfromlossof memory,oftenbeginsanewlife,and,uponrecovery,remembers nothingoftheamnesicphase.
Either of these definitions seem appropriate. I thought the image above suited the musical concept the best. At least this is how I felt while performing it, with middle fingers everywhere.
There is a four note simple melody that was banging around my head from The New Deal song Navidrome. I reproduced this as best I could on the Volca Bass (at the very beginning), then just built crap on top of it. The final turned out to be 10 and some minutes (originally 12… I deleted some off the top before I was done).
Geek Notes (All are Korg products unless noted):
Volca Bass does the 4 note bass melody at the beginning and throughout.
Volca Beats carries the beat the whole time.
Volca Keys is played live then eventually I give up and sequence it. It provides that Moog Modular mono sound that solo’s over top of the mess and finishes the song. For those of you scoring at home, Volca Keys has it’s own delay/reverb effect used heavily in this song.
Kaossilator Pro is (once again) the master clock used for looping MicroKorg sounds (poorly) and provides some studio drums near the end that go out of timing for unexplainable reasons (so I fade them under the mess). I apologize for the stumbling around with the MicroKorg arpeggio near the front of the song. I need more arms and hands. This was looped (safely thankfully) into the Kaossilator then NEVER TOUCHED AGAIN. This, unfortunately, is how I work with the Kaossilator looper in my rig at this point. I need to figure this crap out a little better.
MicroKorg provides some soloing and (as usual) bitchin’ arpeggios. There’s also some neat techno metal noise arpeggio on the MicroKorg that goes kling klang ping pong pang in there that I thought was cool.
MiniKP (red box) provides reverb (setting 62) on most MicroKorg sounds.
Tempo is a BPM of 80.
Let’s play the game, “see if you can hear Chad screw up in 10.5 minutes”.
This has been a very difficult year for me musically. Another favorite of mine has passed. This time it is Dieter Moebius. He is from the German electronic collective known as Cluster and Harmonia. I have highlighted their stuff before on here:
Here’s a live concert video with Michael Rother. Wonderful music.
Here are some of my most favorite tracks:
Deluxe (Immer Wieder) – I love this track like crazy. Total genius!
Dieter Moebius was one of these electronic music pioneers who sat behind a table of boxes and wires and made some of the wildest crazy noises anyone has ever heard. I have most of his work in my collection. I listen to it a lot when I’m in that Kraftwerk and Can sort of musical mood. His music inspires me to make electronic noises of my own. I think of him fondly when I create stuff for CHOB and Hozpitality.
This year has been very painful for my musical taste. Everyday we lose another and we are left with the crap that passes for musical entertainment that floats around today. Honor this man, and make some funny musical noises today!
UPDATE (6/5/2015): The legendary and monolithic Mike O’meara Show podcast read this blog post on their podcast. I was driving with MsNeeBo to Atlantic City, NJ for the weekend and heard this while driving on the Black Horse Pike. I nearly had a heart attack! Many THANK YOU’S to my favorite broadcasting gods, The Mike O’Meara Show. (Go shop at their god damned Amazon page)
Here we go with the list so far… Feel free to add in comments! NO REPEATS! (I may do another list for MD and VA as some of these issues leach over into both states).
Rude opportunistic people
Poor work ethic
Everyone thinks they’re entitled i.e., “Dont you know who i am?!!”
The food sucks
Not a single good pizza in all of DC, MD or VA
Yes washington dc sucks, but MD and VA are definitely contributors to the suck.
Extremely high prices.
One of the most expensive nights on the town.
Nights on the town suck.
The subways dont go to places, they go to parking garages and office buildings and businesses that close at 5.
The parking police are high (literally. They cant even correctly type a license plate number, and they fine you for legally parking your vehicle thus sending you to court to fight a stupid ticket).
The people are completely incapable of driving correctly.
(Because of Maryland drivers) everyone drives in the left lane and makes right hand turns from it.
(Because of Virginia) everyone drives with their turn signal on when not turning and drives entirely too slow.
Extremely high taxes (for infrastructure that sucks).
(probably mostly a maryland thing but) The power goes out a lot.
(probably a virginia thing but) Full of racist evil conservative religious zealot republicans.
The zoo is lame.
The water tastes really bad.
The weather sucks (no spring or fall, goes right into winter/summer).
Stinky nasty humidity all summer and the air rarely moves.
The subway is extremely expensive.
The subway is extremely dirty.
The subway is extremely slow and inconsistent.
The subway is ugly (no! it is not beautiful… and who cares how it looks when it is always delayed or broken down).
The subway is just plain dangerous.
The radio stations suck (all pop and political / sports talk).
Too many alcoholic rich people (who act like idiots).
Overcrowded (and they just keep building overpriced housing to bring in the rich entitled douche bags).
Not enough grocery stores to match the population (so they’re always out of stuff).
Some people are stupid enough to be proud to live here.
It is not a city, it is a facility.
It is not “world class” it is “world ass”. Everyone from all over the world comes here to be an overpaid asshole!
It’s too far from an ocean.
It’s like living with an international terrorist target on your ass.
Unsafe on a local and international level.
Too many police forces covering too small of an area and still crime is rampant and it isn’t safe at all.
The general public in DC is really stupid. (Proof: They have an announcement on the Metro that instructs the public how to use the ESCALATOR).
The traffic circles are not beautiful or helpful. They just plain suck.
The design of the city is meant only for horses.
All of DC, MD, and VA are built for cars ONLY yet they claim to be pedestrian friendly.
Nobody cares about their local sports teams (the fans aren’t fans, they just think it’s a night out on the town and they dont care if their teams win or lose).
Their sports teams suck.
The beltway is a useless parking lot.
There is no effective way to access DC from the north.
Highest rent (you might as well live in NYC. At least you would have some entertainment value for the high prices).
Their baseball stadium is ugly and looks like a prison from the outside.
The DC opened a trolley system that doesn’t take any passengers, yet runs 24/7 and clogs up traffic. This is not some sick joke. It really exists and does nothing!!
Their football stadium for their team isn’t even in their city (The Laurel, Maryland Redskins).
Their football team has a racist offensive name.
The river that runs through the city is disgusting and stinky and stagnant (BOTH OF THEM: potomac and anacostia).
The subway has so many stops and no express (so it takes forever to get to anywhere – if the subway actually WENT somewhere).
The subway only has 2 tracks (so if a train breaks down its a disaster for the entire system, and it happens daily).
Income disparity is disgusting. (Probably a Maryland thing but, slums on one side of the street, and mansions on the other).