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Wet surgical plastic

By laguna on March 23, 2020 12:01 am


I'm hoping everybody in this Weeklybeats world family stays safe and healthy. Anytime. Anywhere. smile

This one's clearly quite underdeveloped. Lack of time, lack of sleep and too much work, so not much spare moments to be creative. I'm struggling lately with the ups and downs of the real world, but anyway... Here it is:

I was going for a lofi/cassette sound because I wanted to try a recently fixed "Handi-Cassette" I got in a thrift shop. Thing is, like most of my generation, we tend to forget how crappy a bad recorded could be. This one's "line in" is noisy as hell, full of cracks, pops and ground loops. Too much noise and too little time to try again.

I build the beats out of the basic "volca-like" drum hits of the Korg DS-10 software on the Nintendo DS. The original synths were brassy, clear and lovely, and I thought I could give them "a touch of tape" but ended saturated and blurry, though by the time I had the whole beat built so pitched down everything. Lots of reverb, lots of delay, too much noise.

The title is not about infectious medical material, simply there were some damaged industrial containers send to be processed at work and it was raining ... Guess it sounds like a "scrapyard beat"

I'll do my best to catch up with the listening and answering all your kind comments. It's really appreciated, for sure.

Be safe and stay positive. Lots of love to everybody around the planet smile

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March 30, 2020 10:30 pm

Laguna!!! Glad you made it this week. Love the grit and plodding pace of this beat, nice work.

April 1, 2020 4:57 pm

Some really cool sounds in here. The pitched down drums are awesome! I dig the tape sounds.

April 3, 2020 12:09 am

Dig the sound! Does your Handi-Cassette have the pitch controls?
I used to use a variable transformer to pitch control my tape decs as a kid; it worked ok. I would like to experiment with that again! As far as the ground loops, I use groundloop isolators all the time which does wonders! Running off of batteries can help in a pinch. Contact-cleaner on potentiometers, jacks, and inputs also helps a lot with cracks and pops. But in this track I think it works! Maybe next time jiggle the knobs and cable while digitizing!

April 5, 2020 7:55 pm

fucking wow... this sounds amazing... love the entire vibe from start to finish... always love a bit of bit crusher as well

April 5, 2020 7:56 pm

top work old chap!!

April 10, 2020 12:15 pm

Oh damn, that drum break has so much depth to it. You nailed the lofi sound, this is so cool.

April 23, 2020 1:56 pm

Love the thickness in sound this has.  With the pads and drums together it has a nice groove to it.  That handi-cassette sounds cool especially if it has the pitch controls and such.  Hope you're doing well!

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