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Interference

By onezero on April 24, 2016 9:52 pm

A weird one--I didn't have many ideas starting out, but came up with an all-Analog-synthesized kit. (OHH still isn't right.)  I gradually added some other percussion (Rhythm Ace samples and some of a hand drum I have) and a bass line in Operator...which I abandoned later, and then replaced late in the process.  I put in and rejected some Operator pads, and then finally started to get somewhere when I dropped in Max For Live's Vocalese vocal synth with random key hits (one channel of regular pitch, one two octaves down).  I ended up having to re-render this after realizing that one section of Vocalese wasn't audible, probably from general processor issues.

I also had the thought of a vibrating, untensioned string waving over a free-standing pickup, and remembered that I had a Telecaster neck pickup lying around, so I soldered up a jack for it and recorded some loose strings...but that wasn't nearly as interesting as the sounds I got waving the pickup around the laptop and getting interference. There are two channels of that--one's stretched and pitched down a couple octaves.  Last thing in was a quick organ-like set of intervals in Operator.

Processing: everything got some auto-pan, and every MIDI channel got M4L Humanizer.  The Analog-based drum kit also got two LFOs to manipulate the sends, some auto-filter to roll off highs, and an additional auto-pan to vary the level a bit. The Rhythm Ace and hand drum channels got automation on the send to the multi-delays, and the hand drum got LFO to turn its Redux bit-crushing on and off. The Operator interval organ got bit reduction with Redux as well and some multi-tap send, though both were constant.  Both channels of pickup interference got automation on the sends.

Sends: two channels of convolution reverbs, one with M4L's Deep Chamber impulse, with the other running a tap-like Nu Dub Hall impulse.  That also went into M4L's Filter Taps plugin and Ableton's Beat Repeat as well.  (I was just getting a little tired of the Filter Delay.)  Everything also got the Full Chain Master.

The result? Not as good as weeks 13 or 15, but not bad for having no ideas. And now I have that little interference pickup wired up, which should be fun.

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April 25, 2016 12:37 am

Well, we both ended up using the sound of laptop interfering with pickups, but your use was a LOT more tuneful than mine.

Dig the vocal synth... sounds like some random extra-foreign language... almost Slavic, but Martian Slavic

April 25, 2016 12:43 am

Nice bassline intro!

Good track!

April 25, 2016 1:22 am

April 25, 2016 2:43 pm

Very cool vocal modification. Are those samples or TTS voices? Got a bit of reggae dub sound going back in the mix too!

April 25, 2016 5:05 pm

Great sounds. Crazy deep experimental dubby electronic groove. Well done.

April 25, 2016 7:24 pm

I love your use of the interference!

James Bond, cooly sneaking around town.....but then glitching out for no reason.

April 25, 2016 8:34 pm

The vocal sounds are very intriguing. I somehow really want to know what they are saying. Overall the song is in a very cool way repetitive without being repetitive. It builds up a certain amount of tension that makes me want to listen to it more and more.

April 26, 2016 7:41 am

I like the heavy, dubby groove and the noisy elements. Reminds me of early Scorn.

April 28, 2016 5:43 pm

From one extreme vocal wrangler to another: great job!

April 29, 2016 4:00 pm

Excellent Dark Atmosphere smile

May 1, 2016 3:42 am

I really enjoyed this, great dubby atmosphere, and the noises weaving in and out of the mix with the warped vocals sound amazing

May 1, 2016 8:12 pm
is nothing sacred? wrote:

great bass riff? (i still never know when that's correct - josh keeps trying to explain that to me & it won't stick) & i like what happened with the guitar sound


that comment was meant for "by your own light" - "interference" sounds so great - i like the Vocalese result & all the layers - it builds really nicely

May 9, 2016 2:38 am
CrazyBob wrote:

Well, we both ended up using the sound of laptop interfering with pickups, but your use was a LOT more tuneful than mine.

Dig the vocal synth... sounds like some random extra-foreign language... almost Slavic, but Martian Slavic

"Martian Slavic" is perfect.  Thanks, Bob!

Naikymusic wrote:

Nice bassline intro! Good track!

Thank you!

Ipaghost wrote:

NWSPR wrote:

Very cool vocal modification. Are those samples or TTS voices? Got a bit of reggae dub sound going back in the mix too!

Thank you!  The Max For Live Vocalise instrument...seems to use specific samples of phonemes. More here: http://audiocookbook.org/vocalese-vocoder-technique/

Q-Rosh wrote:

Great sounds. Crazy deep experimental dubby electronic groove. Well done.

Thank you!

orangedrink wrote:

I love your use of the interference!

James Bond, cooly sneaking around town.....but then glitching out for no reason.

That's totally perfect.

Kleie wrote:

The vocal sounds are very intriguing. I somehow really want to know what they are saying. Overall the song is in a very cool way repetitive without being repetitive. It builds up a certain amount of tension that makes me want to listen to it more and more.

Thank you!  That is a weird effect that I noticed--even though I hadn't bothered to work out a plausible language for the parts (I was just hitting keys), I noticed that for myself and other listeners, there was a tension from wanting the sounds to resolve into words.

Max Normal wrote:

I like the heavy, dubby groove and the noisy elements. Reminds me of early Scorn.

Jim Wood wrote:

From one extreme vocal wrangler to another: great job!

m2K7 wrote:

Excellent Dark Atmosphere smile

Jason Nijjer wrote:

I really enjoyed this, great dubby atmosphere, and the noises weaving in and out of the mix with the warped vocals sound amazing

is nothing sacred? wrote:

"interference" sounds so great - i like the Vocalese result & all the layers - it builds really nicely

Thank you all!  Glad you liked it!

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