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Street Meditation

By onezero on May 22, 2016 11:59 pm

Tough week for music--I did do a live show, and had a bunch of stuff going on with work and home (bunch of new furniture to put together). But here--at the last minute--is a piece.  My first thought was to do something abstract, with everything entirely synthesized from the ground up, and all kinds of ambitious stuff...but it didn't work out that way.  I did start with an everything-synthesized drum rack, but the individual voices didn't sound quite the way I liked, so I ended up tweaking a lot, and then putting a couple other drum racks on--these used the same MPC samples, but one got bit crushed to differentiate it, and they both got high-pass EQs with Auto-Filter, with different low resonant peaks.

Initially I was working at 130bpm, but mid-week thought I'd slow things down (or possibly abandon them entirely), and started working at 67bpm.  Oh, and some of these parts are in 7/4, some in 2/4, some in 4/4, and some in 3/4.  Just to make it interesting.  (The main bass, notably, is in 7.)

I played with some Analog, Operator, and Electric piano voices, keeping Analog for bass and handclaps, and then turning off two whole channels of Operator and the one Electric right before mixdown--things were just too crowded and unfocused.  I did have fun putting some of these on with algorithmic note triggering from M4L, and it was a neat accent...but it worked much better without them.

For some x-factor, I tracked the Phosphene Audio-built fretless Street Klein (built from plywood and parts of a smashed 12-string acoustic; got it in exchange for a pedal I wasn't using), played with Ebow (and without).  And just to give it a little more something, recorded that unattached Telecaster bridge pickup, waved near the computer screen. (That goes throughout in waves.)

Return channels: two convolution reverbs (one a big space, one a studio drum room), one filter delay, and one buffer shuffler (randomized separately for left and right, but not auto-randomized after that).  I used a number of LFOs on different channels to manipulate the sends (by that point, I had less than a half hour to go, so I couldn't count on automation envelopes).  I threw M4L Humanizer on all the MIDI channels, and at 67bpm, 80ms should have worked, but it seemed a bit sloppy, and I tightened everything up just a touch to 70ms max MIDI delay. Everything got Auto-Pan, and MIDI channels got an additional Auto-Pan to vary the levels.

Big takeaway: if something's unfocused, it might not because there aren't enough parts. There might be too many. 

Title from the use of the Street Klein, and from its overall meditative feeling.

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May 23, 2016 1:25 am

I believe the title of "Hardest Working Man in Show Biz" now belongs to you. Love the Miles' elements.

May 23, 2016 1:34 am
Jim Wood wrote:

I believe the title of "Hardest Working Man in Show Biz" now belongs to you.


Yeah, wow, you put more work into your "last minute" submission than I have in the last 2 months' submissions. It comes through, too - nice work.

May 23, 2016 2:43 am
Jim Wood wrote:

I believe the title of "Hardest Working Man in Show Biz" now belongs to you. Love the Miles' elements.


Thank you, Jim!  Wow--I wasn't really sure how this one would go over, but it did get a lot better when I threw out three parts. I wasn't thinking of Miles when I was tracking the fretless, but yeah, since you point it out, there it is.  Couple things I'd fix in the drums...but it could have been weaker.

license wrote:


Yeah, wow, you put more work into your "last minute" submission than I have in the last 2 months' submissions. It comes through, too - nice work.

Thank you!  I did kind of let myself off the hook of working on it a couple nights, but it did work out.  The way I work, things usually don't take form until the final editing pass(es), so I really didn't know if I'd end up with anything until the very end.

May 23, 2016 6:38 pm

May 24, 2016 1:59 am

Yeah super impressive with a heck of a lot going on for a last minute track.  Sounds fantastic!

May 24, 2016 11:16 am
Jim Wood wrote:

I believe the title of "Hardest Working Man in Show Biz" now belongs to you. Love the Miles' elements.

Completely agreed!!! Catching up with your tracks, Maurice. I prefer to listen carefully to your stuff that just "play it on the background". Lots of things going on here.

I now picture you playing in a zen rock garden with towers of amps and monophonic synths smile

May 25, 2016 1:45 am

thanks for sharing, this is a really enjoyable track on many levels

May 27, 2016 8:54 pm

Cool meditative feel and great sounds. Checked out the link and listened to snwv, very interesting, I played for about 5 minutes and went into a bit of a trance smile

May 29, 2016 7:14 pm

Excellent work, im relaxing, love the noises

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