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Nothing Exists

By orangedrink on July 3, 2016 8:17 pm

Happy 1/2 way point!  Wow, what a year it has been so far.  The time has flown by.  Every week I think, "I gotta make another track already?  I just made one!"  It has been exhausting trying to maintain any sort of creative output as well as the discipline to put the work into writing, programming, playing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering!  But you folks make it all worth it!  The comments make my day and everyone's ridiculously awesome music inspires me.  Even if some of you think your music is "bad" the fact that you did it and put in the effort inspires me to just keep going.  I heard a good quote: if you're not dead, your life's work isn't over.

Last week's track was made on the PO-20 Arcade Pocket Operator, this week's track was made on a PO-12 Rhythm Pocket Operator connected to a PO-24 Office Pocket Operator!  I am really excited about these little guys.  It feels awesome to improvise electronic music on "hardware".  I feel like A BIG KID NOW.  I wrote some patterns during the week and then sequenced them all live while adding effects and switching on the fly.  Minimal editing and some volume touchups.  This is a longer track, and I like to think of it as a kind of DJ set.  Hopefully there is enough variety to keep things fresh.  One of my favorite parts is the last kick drum which gets pitched down.  That sounded absolutely insane on my subwoofer.  I can't believe these little things make such incredible sounds.

I am slightly undecided/insecure about the track title.  It came to me in the middle of the jam, because I felt like the beat was sucking me into a type of black hole, filled with atonal noise.  I fear the title comes across too superficially, as if I am trying to be a tough guy and trying to sound scary and dark.  But the reality of those words is that there is a beauty and freedom in considering that it could be possible that the only things that exist are minds and ideas, and that we can be free of the corporal world.  And in a very light sense, it could be interpreted to simply say, "The state of nothingness is a thing that exists!" in a way to not be afraid of nothingness.  Nothingness is a temporal state, and it is natural and not bad!  I'm not sure why but the rave-drone-noise nature of the track got me feeling/thinking about abstract states of existence.......in a fun way!  I hope I can communicate that with the music!

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July 4, 2016 7:06 am

Normaly I don't hear weekly beats while commuting, because of the limmited data volume. But after reading your nice long description I had to listen immediately.
It's nice , no nice it not the accurat word... but I like it. Think the Title is matches especially the first part of your track. I think the state of nothingness is something we have to seek for todays, it's too much about material things. It could be a nice philosophical discussion. But I feel my english is too bad for that smile

I am again amazed about what you are getting out of the pocket operators and I know exactly what you mean about the feeling doing stuff on real hardware. I am about to buy myself a Volca... But i think i should take the PO's in account too. Damn, now I have to decide again.

Have a nice week,

July 4, 2016 7:03 pm

To quote John Lennon:  Nothing is real. 

I'm definitely impressed with the sounds you're getting and how quickly you're able to utilize these new pieces of equipment.  This is a great track!

July 4, 2016 7:42 pm

You've done such great work these past 6 months! This track is no exception. Congrats on a killer half a year and I'll see you on the other side.

July 5, 2016 4:00 pm

This is great - pounding rhythm, great little fills and breaks. Really good.

July 5, 2016 5:06 pm

Great summary for the first half of the year and even cooler pulsing beats coming out of the PO's! Onward to the second half!

July 5, 2016 6:24 pm

Oh damn--I was digging the noisy intro, like a robot trying to place a call on an overloaded cell network. Then the main groove kicked in, and there's a deeply satisfying Crash Course in Science quality to this one.  Totally down with this, and the rhythmic variations later in the piece are the technology-flavored icing on the cake. Fav'd and downloaded!

July 5, 2016 6:55 pm

Nice beat!

July 8, 2016 12:25 am

The problem here is that you have a life.

July 10, 2016 8:38 am

Love that hypnotizing machine like sound

Humans at machines smile

July 11, 2016 3:02 am

Industrial Strength machine grade power packed attack the dance floor vibes big_smile

July 12, 2016 7:50 am

Wonderful track! Very impressed with what you get from the POs

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