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Vesta

By onezero on November 4, 2018 11:58 pm

This week's track took a turn.  Initially I had a 606 drum rack with patterns in 5, and a few keyboard lines with sparse chordal stabs, kind of like Tri-Repetae-era Autechre...and then on impulse I picked up the Univox hollow-body (tuned in B F# B F# B D--a dropped and slightly modified version of John Fahey's C tuning.  I threw out most keyboard lines (and replaced them a bit), and got rid of the bass lines--the lower range of the guitar was low enough to interfere with the bass.  Also, most of the guitar bits I was playing were in 4 over the 5.  So...it's kind of a rhythmic mishmash.


I replaced the 606s with 64-pad rock kits, and used different settings on Drum Buss to give them different flavors.  Mostly the two drum parts alternate, but in one case they overlap.  There's a channel of 5/4 drums and a channel of 4/4.  I added some percussion, and there's a channel of grand piano (going to reverb sends only) and Operator (going to reverb sends only).  Then two channels of guitar, panned left and right--one's mostly neck pickup, and the other's mostly bridge, all of it Univox hollow-body in the dropped Fahey tuning.  Lot of Auto-Filter on those to dirty them up, and Cabinet and reverb sends to give them air.


Sends: two different convolution reverbs: one was the Dan Harpole cistern on the piano and Operator, and one a studio room for drums, percussion, and guitars.  There's some auto-pan on the percussion and keys.  And Full-chain master on everything.


Does this work?  No idea--it's very "intuitive," and my sense of the one-beat tended to vary as I was tracking...so I did a lot of off-grid sliding around of clips.  There's something in the chords that the Univox wanted to say, though, so I'm keeping these bits in there.  (Did a last-minute fiddling to fix timing and add M4L Humanizer.)


Title from the original name of Ruthenium--Polish chemist Jędrzej Śniadecki apparently isolated element 44 before anyone else, and named it after the recently discovered asteroid Vesta...but he couldn't verify the discovery and withdrew it.  Still, mad respect.

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November 5, 2018 4:16 pm

The journey led to a very satisfing destination.

November 6, 2018 9:01 am

Read "Vespa" and imagined a stress-free ride on this moped through italian landscapes, then realized the spelling mistake, but am still feeling stress-free. Many thanks for this beautiful tuesday morning companion

November 6, 2018 7:39 pm

Very nice journey indeed, nice percussion and overall production.

November 9, 2018 8:56 am

Glad you decided to use rock kits, it would've been very different otherwise.

November 11, 2018 7:22 pm

this is so pretty!!!  love the tuning

November 12, 2018 12:20 pm

Awesome, guitar melody is great in this. really cool

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