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Harmonic Selection (Survival of the Fittest)

By NWSPR on July 12, 2020 11:57 pm

For the last few weeks, I have been experimenting with semimodular architecture and trying to learn a bit more about it.  This week is more of the same except I've added Roland TR-626 to the rhythm as well as hand playing some white noise on the Moog Grandmother.  The chirpy kick drum comes from the Moog DFAM and 2 monophonic synth lines are coming from the Mother 32s.  All the random Arp lines are played on the Grandmother live.  The initial 4 minute track was all laid down live from the gear pictured below.  Then I overdubbed guitar, Model D, and white noise hits.  Everything is analog except for a repeating shiny chord riff that is polyphonic.  Everything else is monophonic but the model D's 3 oscillators are at intervals and can be mistaken for chords from a polyphonic synth.

This picture can explain better than I can.  But below is the reason my wife gets pissed off at me as I set up right off our kitchen smile  I had a lot of fun recording this.  It is not a masterpiece but I think the fun shows through!


Hope you are all well and staying healthy!

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July 13, 2020 12:38 am

This got me dancing before I even knew it. Sure has a positive sound!

July 13, 2020 2:04 am

Love the set up, and the track is great. It's going to be stuck in my head the rest of the day, probably.

July 13, 2020 2:56 am

That harmonica looks so out of place in that setup! Great track smile

July 13, 2020 3:07 am

great song. it put me in a great mood!

July 13, 2020 4:21 am

Hell yeah, total Springsteen vibes.  This is such a jam dude, love it.  Your setup looks so amazing too, would love to stop by and turn some knobs.  Tell your wife shes totally over reacting that that she needs to "chill out man."  Also, let me know whats going on with the whole semi modular thing when you figure it out.

July 13, 2020 5:57 pm

That's a cool setup and you got some real catchy results this week.  It sounds like an instant party.

July 13, 2020 9:34 pm

That is the best I have ever heard the TR-626 sound lolz

Nice experiment! You're definitely on to something here. I particularly like the part in the middle with the stably chords. Reminds me of electric avenue :-P

July 15, 2020 6:29 pm

Next time, invite your wife to cook some tasty tunes with you.

July 16, 2020 12:05 am

Sounds fun! You pulled some great sounds. Cool setup, nice to see that. I wanna run around in a park to this.

July 16, 2020 11:25 pm

That looks like a fun setup to work with.  Digging the fast paced synths over that thumping beat.  Nice work!

July 17, 2020 7:12 am

Ah that picture, that's just like being a kid in a candy store. I like the chiptune vibe on top of the distorted guitar, that sounds cool. Nice light track. smile

July 17, 2020 6:56 pm
Chrisfoo wrote:

Tell your wife shes totally over reacting that that she needs to "chill out man."

All 5' 2" of her would kick my ass if I said that but it won't stop me from thinking it smile

July 17, 2020 6:59 pm
spry wrote:

That is the best I have ever heard the TR-626 sound lolz

Nice experiment! You're definitely on to something here. I particularly like the part in the middle with the stably chords. Reminds me of electric avenue :-P

Ha ha! Who says you can't polish a turd.  The 626 sound like a wet cardboard box as straight output.  Except for the one snare drum that Fine Young Cannibals and a few other 80s bands must have used.  Just got to show the 626 a little love... or pony up for an 808 smile

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