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Maeve

By laguna on January 19, 2020 11:50 pm

I tried something different this week, and I'm scared as hell to present it to you:

Nanoloop running on iPad through a TC Electronic Flashback pedal and an Arena reverb. One take. No mastering

UPDATE: My first proper Youtube video, finally online!


It goes on for almost seven minutes, so I had to upload a Variable Bitrate MP3 here due to size limitations.

I did the first sketch back in January'19, recording without a tripod in a funny angle so nothing can be seen. Maybe the first jam I made was better, but the audio clipped on several parts and ruined the "ambient" feeling. So I had to "play it live" again and make a video of it. Started three hours before the deadline and finished with less than half an hour of margin. Lots of mistakes, omissions ... nervous like a little boy on his first day of school.

I'm sure all of you guys who play actual instruments would think it's almost ridiculous (I'm just triggering some patterns I created a year ago) but it was a big deal for me. I'm happy I was able to record everything on time smile

And the name ("Maeve")... Today I was finishing the second season of Sex Education on Netflix, so I thought it was a better title than my lame "polybeats108.nan" project name smile

Hope you have a great week, wherever you are

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January 20, 2020 1:43 am

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January 20, 2020 2:41 pm
franky wrote:

<3

Thanks a lot!


January 20, 2020 9:54 pm

this is cool, curious to see the video..

January 21, 2020 2:43 am

Hypnotic textures! The middle section is really lovely.

January 21, 2020 12:07 pm

If this makes you feel like you are not playing actual instruments or something like that, remember that the very first electronic music shows were much more simpler and basic sounding than this (and that was a full stage of synthesizers and electronics). Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Manuel Göttsching, etc. This sounds absolutely great for such a small amount of gear and thanks for making this. smile

January 21, 2020 12:08 pm

In fact I would like to fix a big mistake in my previous message - it sounds absolutely great, no matter the gear you used!

January 22, 2020 9:53 pm

I've been planning some ipad effectery stuff myself! This sounds great. I love the sound even as it's mostly squares and delays (it's tried and true for a reason!)

January 23, 2020 3:51 pm

As someone who makes electronic music and also plays instruments, I gotta say sometimes I think triggering patterns in a pleasing way can be more stressful and hectic than playing a guitar solo haha. Tweaking and triggering is a skill too!

I like this. It's peaceful.

January 23, 2020 5:37 pm

Like the rig. Would love to see the video! Reverb and delay effects sound great and add a lot of depth.

January 24, 2020 4:19 am

This is very enjoyable, like the photo of the setup, it still amazes me some of the abilities of the iPad, I think you have inspired me to use the iPad this week

January 25, 2020 3:40 am

These arpeggios are lovely! nice use of nanoloop, it sounds very organic. I like the slight detune on one the instruments. Keep up the good work!

January 25, 2020 7:17 pm

Well done for recording this! The sin waves tones are smooth as butter. I really like the loop pedal style too, The layers all fit over each other very well indeed. The nerves of performing are nothing to be sneezed at, so well done for going out of your comfort zone heart

January 26, 2020 9:11 pm

very nice!

January 26, 2020 11:04 pm

Cute and spacy track!

January 27, 2020 1:29 am

sounds great, those little "mistakes" just add extra character and flavor, makes it feel alive and organic

January 29, 2020 2:52 pm

First of all, please excuse such long time to properly answer the comments. I, as an inexperienced video producer, have just published my FIRST proper Youtube video about a Weeklybeats release, so thank you everybody for commenting and, if you have a moment, I'd be delighted if you could have a look at it.

DataJanitor wrote:

this is cool, curious to see the video..

Thanks a lot, Datajanitor! A whole week late, the video is ready for everybody to watch smile



KEY BLUE wrote:

Hypnotic textures! The middle section is really lovely.

I thought about re-recording the loops in Ableton and make a properly sequenced arrangement. There are moments where I simply "lost count" of the bars and missed the pattern change smile

Thanks a lot for dropping by, Key Blue! I should be catching out with your tunes now wink

And about that new arrangement...


thawkins wrote:

remember that the very first electronic music shows were much more simpler and basic sounding than this (and that was a full stage of synthesizers and electronics). Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Manuel Göttsching, etc. This sounds absolutely great for such a small amount of gear and thanks for making this. smile

:·) The Berlin School is always a great inspiration for me. Thank you for your kind words!!!

scottux wrote:

I've been planning some ipad effectery stuff myself! This sounds great. I love the sound even as it's mostly squares and delays (it's tried and true for a reason!)

Thanks, Scott!!! I specially was waiting for your insight because your ambient-ish likes and your modular wizardry. Please have a look at the video. Maybe you find the polyrhythmic/polymeasure patterns interesting.

And yeah, pulse waves are the bread and butter of electronica!


January 29, 2020 3:26 pm

As I mentioned in my previous answer, sorry for this long silence, and thank you for your kind comments. My first video about a Weeklybeats piece is finally online! Hope you enjoy it.

roboctopus wrote:

As someone who makes electronic music and also plays instruments, I gotta say sometimes I think triggering patterns in a pleasing way can be more stressful and hectic than playing a guitar solo haha. Tweaking and triggering is a skill too!

I like this. It's peaceful.

Thanks a lot, Roboctopus. It was stressful for me, at least. Every try went for about 5 to 7 minutes and then I realize that "i missed a queue and have to wait for another 16 bars to make a change" or "this part clipped the recording / I forgot to decrease the reverb..."

I'm really gald you find it "a peaceful piece". That was the idea of an ambient jam, at least smile

NWSPR wrote:

Like the rig. Would love to see the video! Reverb and delay effects sound great and add a lot of depth.

THank you, NWSPR! Now you can check my very humble video. I'm keeping it simple right now so I could learn more about the visual craft.

It would be great to add some mixer in the middle so it's possible to send some of the processed reverb sound back to the delay, creating some controlled feedback... and using guitar pedals is always great!!!

Jason Nijjer wrote:

This is very enjoyable, like the photo of the setup, it still amazes me some of the abilities of the iPad, I think you have inspired me to use the iPad this week

You, my man, are the true iPad wizard and true inspirator. Total respect to you, Sir. Your 2018 releases kept me on my toes when it comes to "making whole tracks in a tablet".


Sepha wrote:

These arpeggios are lovely! nice use of nanoloop, it sounds very organic. I like the slight detune on one the instruments. Keep up the good work!

Thanks a lot, Sepha. The instruments are really simple, so it was relatively easy to match them together smile

I really appreciate your positive feedback smile



hieme wrote:

Well done for recording this! The sin waves tones are smooth as butter. I really like the loop pedal style too, The layers all fit over each other very well indeed. The nerves of performing are nothing to be sneezed at, so well done for going out of your comfort zone <3

Thanks a lot, Hieme! it means a lot, coming from you. You managed to go in different stylistic directions without losing any quality.

I hope to give you some more stomp boxes soon smile



kaedo sevaada wrote:

very nice!

Lovely, Kaedo smile

ScanianWolf wrote:

Cute and spacy track!

Thank you Scanian Wolf! Both compliments are really nice smile

zirafa wrote:

sounds great, those little "mistakes" just add extra character and flavor, makes it feel alive and organic

Oh, I'm glad ypu think so. It's strange how they seem like a big deal in the moment, waiting to break one's concentration and willingness. Thanks a lot!

January 29, 2020 4:37 pm

Thanks for posting the video, that was awesome.

February 4, 2020 10:51 pm

i spent this whole track just watching the capybara gif above - suits it really well. NL sounds awesome through that delay - i wish NL had a delay itself, i feel like you could do some really crazy stuff if you could sequence delay lines inside nanoloop. I heard there's a revision coming to IOS/android that will add a whole bunch of stuff

February 5, 2020 8:29 am
DataJanitor wrote:

Thanks for posting the video, that was awesome.

Thank you for watching, Datajanitor! You are very welcome!

lysdexic wrote:

i spent this whole track just watching the capybara gif above - suits it really well. NL sounds awesome through that delay - i wish NL had a delay itself, i feel like you could do some really crazy stuff if you could sequence delay lines inside nanoloop. I heard there's a revision coming to IOS/android that will add a whole bunch of stuff

I think it's a great simple tool and a simple delay could add a lot. Would be really cool if some improvements come to iOS/Android. I know you could use de Audiobus stuff to chain different apps, but I'm not as "fluent" in iOS music making yet. You encouraged me to have a look at it.

Thanks for listening, Lysdexic!

March 1, 2020 12:51 am

great track but I can't stop thinking about that sine wave gif!  O_O

love the evolution of this

March 16, 2020 10:53 pm
orangedrink wrote:

great track but I can't stop thinking about that sine wave gif!  O_O

love the evolution of this

Thank you, man! Yes, sinewaves get in your head... then my work is well done smile


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