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Fake selfhelp guru (intermission)

By laguna on April 29, 2018 11:58 pm

My best friend suffered a really strong sciatica crisis being on his own, with the rest of his family on holiday. He's been staying at my place since last Thrusday, nursed by me and my mother. Not a lot of time to make music, apart from brief ideas when everybody's sleeping.

That's how I came up with this one: started as an sketch in the superb VCVRack under Linux, then I exported the sketch to Ardour to capture the jam, adding some sort of exxagerated tape saturation (the hissy intro in the beggining).

Since the patch is clocked by a variable lfo in a sequence of 7 steps, I tried to do some more mangling with the sample, this time under a more stable clock. I dumped everything to Renoise and started chopping samples. I was kinda happy with it, but time ran out.

As a last resort, I threw everything into Ableton and performed a few mastering tricks trying to unify this mess. Almost no structure beyond the mere sketch, I know, but I'd love to turn this one into a more advanced groove. Maybe removing some of those mechanical beats and using breaks, instead?

At least this time I think I had a pretty important reason for failing to complete a proper song smile

My friend is awoke and he is barely able to walk. Time for his medications. I hope to catch up with the comments and upload some pictures of the patch in a few days.

Have a great week!

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April 30, 2018 12:54 am

Damn, sciatica sounds like a pain in the ass (too soon?). I hope he gets well soon.

As for the track. i love the experimental vibe of it, and it's actually quite infectious!

May 1, 2018 5:57 pm

Loose, Steve Reich vibe.

May 16, 2018 1:53 pm

Maybe it was the story of you caring for your friend but that intro almost sounded like a hospital room with a musical heart monitor smile  That then blossoms into a dream sequence when the beat kicks in.  Nice job! I hope he feels better soon.

May 18, 2018 8:48 am

First of all, guys: sorry for the last reply!

Wisefire wrote:

Damn, sciatica sounds like a pain in the ass (too soon?). I hope he gets well soon.

As for the track. i love the experimental vibe of it, and it's actually quite infectious!

Thanks Wisefire! Sorry for the very late reply. My friend is doing better, but he'll remain "out of the Extreme Sports scene" (just kiddin') for a long time.

I'm happy you liked that track. I hope to be able to revisit those ideas again and organize it in a different manner.

I Think it would fit some experimental footage like this one

Jim Wood wrote:

Loose, Steve Reich vibe.

Ohh, that's quite a compliment, Jim. Thank you!

Tone Matrix wrote:

Maybe it was the story of you caring for your friend but that intro almost sounded like a hospital room with a musical heart monitor smile  That then blossoms into a dream sequence when the beat kicks in.  Nice job! I hope he feels better soon.

I'd never thought of it, but hearing your vision, maybe it gives me a direction to convert this one into a full track. Thanks for the good wishes and for listening and being out there, Eric smile

May 28, 2018 6:01 pm

Despite all the stress, the song sounds very positive.
Hope everyone is fit again!

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