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Celestial Dawn

By Aletheia on August 23, 2020 2:42 pm

Another Volca, Keys, came to my setup this week so this jam is incorporating it. It all started with a flute sample to which a Volca Modular pattern responds as well as a synth pad from Keys. Drums from Novation Circuit (custom samples) lay the rhythm and I played some bass guitar over them. Once that was going I added an arpeggio part with Arturia MicroFreak and a lead part from the same patch. Recorded all the parts in one take on a Zoom multi-track then imported all the files in Ableton Live for cleaning up and adding slight part movement.

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August 24, 2020 6:14 am

The large bell like sounds take me to a  foggy Tibetan Monestary atmosphere. The hypnotic flute that fades away, the organic percussion reinforce the feeling. I like the large bass sound and how it enters the track.

You record all parts in one take - how long did it take you to plan it all? Or was that really a long live impro?

August 25, 2020 6:41 am
Kedbreak136 wrote:

The large bell like sounds take me to a  foggy Tibetan Monestary atmosphere. The hypnotic flute that fades away, the organic percussion reinforce the feeling. I like the large bass sound and how it enters the track.

You record all parts in one take - how long did it take you to plan it all? Or was that really a long live impro?

Thanks for listening! It's really funny that these bell sounds are actually wavefolding coming from the Volca Modular, just by messing with a couple of cables you can have such results over any sequence.

Regarding process, I usually find something that is the main element, be it a riff, a sample or a melody then by improvising I find out what scale or pattern works with it, then I usually build some sort of drone over it. Once this "testing" is done I write the results, not as a score but a set of instructions. And then at a later day I just jam freely according to those. Sometimes I am fine with the result as is (usually when it's just modular synths), sometimes I slightly edit the multi-track (when there are live instruments).

In this case, I think that in two other days I spent some time with the setup and explored before recording it.

August 25, 2020 8:34 am
Aletheia wrote:

Thanks for listening! It's really funny that these bell sounds are actually wavefolding coming from the Volca Modular, just by messing with a couple of cables you can have such results over any sequence.

Regarding process, I usually find something that is the main element, be it a riff, a sample or a melody then by improvising I find out what scale or pattern works with it, then I usually build some sort of drone over it. Once this "testing" is done I write the results, not as a score but a set of instructions. And then at a later day I just jam freely according to those. Sometimes I am fine with the result as is (usually when it's just modular synths), sometimes I slightly edit the multi-track (when there are live instruments).

In this case, I think that in two other days I spent some time with the setup and explored before recording it.

That sounds like a cool approach, where you get the best of both worlds - live performance and the happy accidents that come with it and yet the ability to plan and refine it.

August 25, 2020 9:42 pm
Kedbreak136 wrote:

That sounds like a cool approach, where you get the best of both worlds - live performance and the happy accidents that come with it and yet the ability to plan and refine it.

You are right, but there is a funny caveat. I've been recently asked to perform live outdoors at a small event a soundtrack I've done during the quarantine for an old silent film. When I did it back then, no-one knew if it ever was going to be live so I just improvised the parts and kept just the master files, not the multi-tracks (in fact I may not even have had multis, I think the recorder was set on poly-wav). So after this event was set I went through the film and I couldn't remember exactly how I've done some sounds smile)) Luckily Samplr on iPad which I used extensively kept the sessions and I could figure out some other stuff from AUM. I also have presets I can remember on synths so I can kinda puzzle it out. Obviously the live version is going to be slightly different, but it couldn't be totally different since those people say the movie online and liked that version smile)

August 27, 2020 8:49 am

A journey through the astral plane that is our mind.

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