Friday, April 19, 2013

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I went to a yoga class this morning, came home & after some yogurt & email took refuge in the studio for a bit. A lightning session, with about 17 mins. of recordings resulting... then, in addition to those, a few multitrack remixes added to my SC

Due to constraints on the free account, I've had to start selectively removing tracks from past sessions. If by chance there's anything out there you like, please download...

ok! experiments continue!


  1. Listening now to 4A, getting ready to go to HASTAC - I might be able to listen to more tomorrow. I really like this piece - you seem to have recorded it differently? so that the notes come through with a lot more clarity, and there seems to be interesting labor involved - the playing is also more of a throb or pulse than a beat which I think really works well - I could play against this (which might not be the best criterion) - is 4A raised an octave? Makes me think you might want to try a guitar sometime. This is really beautiful however you did it - I notice you're somewhere in the middle of all of this in 4c. The way you're recording and the tonal range is excellent. If you can pick up a cheap violin bow, I'd suggest you try bowing as well here.

    One thing I don't understand - you play flute so you must know scales/notes/chordal sequences etc. on some level, so why is the bass raw territory for you? I'm probably missing something here.

    With short bounce - listening to 2m - you're not multitracking but using a very short echo bounce? trying to figure this out; with the multitracks how many layers are there?

    Thanks, will listen more tomorrow -

    1. I went back & listened to 2m, & it's interesting you tuned into that one. To answer your question, yes, I'm using a single-channel echo bounce. The thing that's different about this piece(& that's a direct result from your & Peter's input) is that I was strumming the strings with a mic-to-1/4" transformer (& playing at upper octave, to boot)

    2. so you could do this as live improv - really sounds good. I'm in Toronto now, trying to go thrugh what I can somewhat quickly because busy - Andrew's coming up I see, and I know a lot of people in the city as well - wish you were here!

  2. Alan, I did change the positioning of my amp & recording device after the gig last week. i use the handheld edirol for everything, & now have it about 10-12' directly in front of the amp (which is a keyboard amp) in the 1000 sq foot room that is our studio. the recorder was much closer to the amp (sometimes even on the amp) in some of the earlier mp3s

    I have been concentrating more on the upper octave. getting to know it better. but i noticed afterwards that i essentially didn't even use 2 of the strings in last week's gig, & i don't want to be too limited...

    The "play" on my strings is very uneven. The D is much lower than the others, & it'd be hard to utilize. Let's give bowing a try during my next visit to your place, ok?

    I do understand certain musical concepts, but never learned notes or scales on the bass, which is definitely a shortcoming. i'm operating on sound, & know there's an organized relationship between strings & the basics of how they work, and have developed a ridiculous notation system, when it'd be much easier to use ordinary charts!

    up til now, my multitracks have been 2 layers, completely raw material. i have some new pieces now, with more layers, you'll hear

    anon cf

  3. I wonder if it wouldn't be worth while JUST playing the strings you didn't use and see what you could do? I remember reading that Paganini played an entire complex piece on the low G violin string, just to show he could! I think he might have gotten four octaves on it. So there's something to be said to exploring things like this. Re: learning notes/scales - it is a short-coming and wouldn't take you more than an hour or two, why not? What it does allow you to do then is explore harmonics and their relationship to each other for example -