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Edict

By onezero on February 9, 2020 7:24 pm

A fair amount of work on this one that...all got stripped out. I started with the Operator-only drum rack, tweaking the sounds somewhat. (The snare finally sounds right.)  I did three other tracks of Operator that I ended up not using at all.  Friday night I tracked some bass, and since things seemed to be going in a more abstract Autechre direction, I thought I'd make them less obvious by bit-crushing to two bits.  That didn't sound right, but an audio effect rack with straight signal and blended-in saturator at a lower level did sound right.


On top of that are three passes of guitar (PureSalem Mendiola) through Moyo volume pedal, through quad-delay Max/MSP patch, with delay times roughly equivalent to the 117bpm.  I wild-tracked these while also playing the track in Ableton. Curiously, there's a pitch change if I'm using Max and opening Ableton simultaneously; I haven't tracked down the cause. Perhaps coincidentally (or not), there was a slight tuning issue that I didn't hear in tracking, but that led me to tweak the pitch on these to bring them more in tune with the bass. These all got high-pass Auto-Filter to avoid too much lower-mid buildup, and Cabinet (different models, all with far condenser) for some extra air.


Sends: three different Echo plugins and a convolution reverb.  Full-Chain Master on the master bus.


Title from the earliest recorded appearance of the glyph we use for the number 6, in the Edicts of Ashoka.

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February 10, 2020 12:32 am

this is awesome! i dig the Autechre vibes, but it's also it's own thing- much bolder and brighter than anything Autechre. the syncopation in the beat is entrancing, the guitar as spacey pad is a perfect counterpoint to the hard bitcrushed bass and it all comes together perfectly. well done sir!

February 10, 2020 12:37 am

Nice! Very cool title as usual. Your process sounds very methodical, but maybe that's just because I'm a bit lost on all the names.

February 10, 2020 12:27 pm

I think your drums sound extremely awesome in this track! Those snares are wet and dry at the same time.
And love how in the background the ambient synths lead their own life ... Well done!

February 10, 2020 5:12 pm

What the hell you do to that bass? Sounds massive! Drum rhythm came out really well. That white noise snare shreds like sonic sand paper! Nice delay effects and panning bring it to life.  Well done!

February 12, 2020 10:57 am

This is brilliant! Clean and weird at the same time.

February 13, 2020 11:16 pm

awesome sounds!

February 17, 2020 12:45 am

love the swirly pad sound

February 24, 2020 1:51 am
cailen wrote:

this is awesome! i dig the Autechre vibes, but it's also it's own thing- much bolder and brighter than anything Autechre. the syncopation in the beat is entrancing, the guitar as spacey pad is a perfect counterpoint to the hard bitcrushed bass and it all comes together perfectly. well done sir!

Thank you, Cailen!  I did end up with Saturator on the bass (with a clean low end); the bit crushing was just too extreme.

hieme wrote:

Nice! Very cool title as usual. Your process sounds very methodical, but maybe that's just because I'm a bit lost on all the names.

Thank you! Usually each week is pretty reactive--I'll start with an idea of a style or  I want to try, or I'll start with a melody rhythm in my mind, and develop from there. (Most of the names up there are Ableton plugins, or brand names of gear and software.)

dj someguy wrote:

I think your drums sound extremely awesome in this track! Those snares are wet and dry at the same time.
And love how in the background the ambient synths lead their own life ... Well done!

Thank you!  I was happy with how they came out!  I think some of that is the send automation--generally sends on the 2 and 4, dry on the 1 and 3. (Though I'd have to check this piece's Ableton set.)

NWSPR wrote:

What the hell you do to that bass? Sounds massive! Drum rhythm came out really well. That white noise snare shreds like sonic sand paper! Nice delay effects and panning bring it to life.  Well done!

Thank you!  Bass on this one is the typical direct-recorded bass, but through an Audio Effects Rack--one channel of the chain is clean at 0db, while the other has a Saturator plugin with +35 dB drive, and a channel output of -11 dB.  Inline with the effect rack is my usual EQ8 to roll off bass frequencies below 130 Hz. (The whole bass channel is at -4.6 dB.)

Futsies wrote:

This is brilliant! Clean and weird at the same time.

Thank you!

kaedo sevaada wrote:

awesome sounds!

Thank you, Emily!

zirafa wrote:

love the swirly pad sound

Thank you!  That's actually guitar (with the attack taken off with a volume pedal) put through a quad delay Max/MSP patch I'm working on.

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