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Glass Tongues

By miraclemiles on October 26, 2020 12:01 am

Missed the posting deadline but just got the re-upload link so uploading late. Thanks admins for the link. Nice to keep the streak going, we're on the home stretch!

This week I thought it was time for another rest from the dimensional travel and existential confusion of becoming a pokemon (see last week).

I found a nice quiet bourbon lounge where covid doesn't exist (my house). A beat visited me from wherever beats come from. I started the recording whiz bob machine and captured that glass beat.  The beat drove me down to the creature lab where I joined my friend the Rav tongue drum for some improvised fun. Then came shekere, djembe, and some beats and bass from the Push. Video recorded all of that and used Ableton for some video syncing and editing. Overall spent less time editing and creating audio due to experimenting and learning video. Still have a ways to go. It's a lot of work, but fun to learn.

Cheers to another week everyone. For all of us in US, time to vote if you haven't already. I'm sure hoping and ready for some change. Update: Still waiting, still hoping ... getting a little more optimistic ...

Also, new release on Bandcamp, and all the streaming services. Hope to connect with all of you out there in the big world. A couple songs originally made here for weekly beats that I created after attending some BLM protests earlier this year, and created with the general feeling for change in mind.

This is the video I put together for this:

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November 6, 2020 6:37 am

This is cool. I like the combination of all percussions, it works very well. Cool little pause at 1:01 with the percussive accent before the other instruments come in again. Keep it up!

November 7, 2020 2:36 am

Lovely textures!

November 8, 2020 6:42 am

great work

November 8, 2020 6:17 pm

wow - this is so neat to watch it build!  great video!

November 9, 2020 2:22 am

Oops, I missed seeing this last week.  Maybe because of the late upload.  smile  Really cool video and I'm a little bit envious of your awesome collection of percussive instruments.

November 11, 2020 6:47 pm

What a nice surprise having you twice this week. Excellent impressions of a one man show. Great way to edit the video. Have a nice week. Didn`t think of using a cognac-glas this way.

November 11, 2020 7:50 pm
Kedbreak136 wrote:

This is cool. I like the combination of all percussions, it works very well. Cool little pause at 1:01 with the percussive accent before the other instruments come in again. Keep it up!

Thanks much! One of my favorite things to hear and think is "keep it up" smile ... I think I will. Glad it worked out, love trying to use some pauses. I think pauses in something like this are needed for sure.

license wrote:

Lovely textures!

Thanks! Gotta get out this drum in one of our jams sometime, but it through some crazy effects.

franky wrote:

great work

Hey thanks very much!

emily wrote:

wow - this is so neat to watch it build!  great video!

Right on, glad you thought so, and liked the video. Playing with video is new to me, but I want to keep exploring.

CosmicCairns wrote:

Oops, I missed seeing this last week.  Maybe because of the late upload.  smile  Really cool video and I'm a little bit envious of your awesome collection of percussive instruments.

smile Thanks, glad you caught this, yeah the upload was super late. Drums and percussion have been my main instrument since I was a kid. Played in bands and all that. Love how electronic instruments let me do so much more though. Have held on to a lot of the collection.

Q-Rosh wrote:

What a nice surprise having you twice this week. Excellent impressions of a one man show. Great way to edit the video. Have a nice week. Didn`t think of using a cognac-glas this way.

Surprise, glad you stopped by to listen! One man show indeed. Maybe some day I'll have a few friends over and can do something like this live, that's more fun for sure! I'm always tapping on glasses, its the drummer in me, they sound great. Maybe a whole song on glasses would be fun.

November 11, 2020 9:31 pm

You had me at Bourbon Lounge, mmmm love some Bourbon.  This is awesome, the music stands on its own as just audio, great blend of sounds.  The video just takes this to the next level, reminds me of old Coldcut videos or watching those guys live on their vjamm software.

November 11, 2020 10:19 pm
Jason Nijjer wrote:

You had me at Bourbon Lounge, mmmm love some Bourbon.  This is awesome, the music stands on its own as just audio, great blend of sounds.  The video just takes this to the next level, reminds me of old Coldcut videos or watching those guys live on their vjamm software.

Thanks very much! Yeah some bourbon hits the spot on a crisp fall day. Glad you liked video. I'm still rough around edges, but figure might as well try something! Old Coldcut is awesome ... I'm not sure I've seen those videos, mostly just listened to their audio, but I'll check those out. 

November 18, 2020 3:45 pm

Excellent use of all the different percussive elements.  It has a really cool laidback feel to groove to.  I wish I had a tongue drum myself.  Instagram keeps throwing random ads of those at me lol. 

November 29, 2020 9:58 pm

Couple days ago my daughter (8 years old) pulls out some old plastic containers, glass bottle, and a pencil and starts jamming.  Then she looks at me, "dad could we record this and then you can just make it play over and over."  I show her this video and her mind is blown, she thinks it is one of the coolest things she has ever seen.  So thank you for hopefully inspiring her with your video.

December 4, 2020 8:42 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

Excellent use of all the different percussive elements.  It has a really cool laidback feel to groove to.  I wish I had a tongue drum myself.  Instagram keeps throwing random ads of those at me lol.

Thanks much! All about that laid back feel. I'm loving the drum, having one scale sometimes feels limiting, makes me want more drums in more scales!
I bet insta is giving you ads because you liked one of my posts with that hashtag ... algorithms!

December 4, 2020 8:46 pm
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Couple days ago my daughter (8 years old) pulls out some old plastic containers, glass bottle, and a pencil and starts jamming.  Then she looks at me, "dad could we record this and then you can just make it play over and over."  I show her this video and her mind is blown, she thinks it is one of the coolest things she has ever seen.  So thank you for hopefully inspiring her with your video.

Hey this story made my week! That is such a cool story. Inspiring kids and watching them get that curiosity and creativity going is amazing, it can in turn inspire us to keep going. So glad something I made could contribute to some inspiration, that's like mission complete.

I'm trying to get my kids creating more. They show a little interest, and have over the years (age 12 and 16) but maybe not the right time, they have to come to it on their own. 16 year old daughter is learning piano but still wants to stick to the books - I'm like, wanna try a synth, maybe make a song now? Someday ...


Thanks for sharing!

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