I am very happy to announce that my latest album entitled “Analogue” was published by an awesome boutique Australian label Twice Removed. The album was recorded in 2011 when I did not have a laptop. In order to record all ideas and the whole album I used the 4-track TASCAM taperecorder. It was a challenging experience full of constraints. I played all different guitars, kitchen utensils, I used contact microphones sticked to paper and all other possible things which surrounded me. I also cut the tape and glued it to make long loops on a reel-to-reel recorder. I hope you gonna like the music. Here it is:
First of all I wanted to find a “musical element” in the running water. It doesn’t mean that I think that e.g. a stream doesn’t have a musical potential. But I wanted to get something more. I made my “running water” experiment in my workshop where I sometimes build things, so it’s a rather messy place.
I found a rather long PVC pipe. First I glued a contact microphone to it, but I wasn’t really happy with the results. Than I placed the ZOOM H4 recorder at the top of the pipe and started pouring water down the pipe. First the bottom was sealed with the Styrofoam and later the water was landing on the metal bowl. Than I was happy with the results cause the pipe work kind of a natural resonator (resembling a bit resonator effects in Ableton Live).
What is more. first I wanted to upload just the field recording, cause it was quite nice itself. Later I played with it a bit a made a soundscape using just the sounds recorded in the workshop. But still, most of the sounds were unchanged (except from a bit of EQ). I also looped things a bit.
I uploaded the original field recording. You can download it and use it. It’s CC licence.
More details on the Disquiet Junto
I remember the times when I thought that the only tool which is necessary to compose music is a laptop. I decided to buy a MacBook (and of course it was a good decision – no regrets). But when the HDD crashed, and I took all tools I collected in the recent years, and I started composing without a laptop I felt the same excitement as when I started playing the guitar back in the high school.
I started experimenting with the tape loops. It’s so interesting to get the results without a simple software which allows to get them with just a few clicks. Yesterday I recorded a few chords on the Kaoss Pad 3. Than I resampled them with the internal effects of the KP3. Finally I had a nice loop which I recorded on the tape. Next I cut the tape and made a long loop (see the pictures). You can listen to the loop which was finally recorded on TASCAM.
Nice change in the times of all-powerful computers.
Już niebawem, bo 7 maja, na scenie zadebiutuje najprawdopodobniej moja nowa zabawka DIY, czyli Szalony Looper. Dzięki pomocy pewnego człowieka o złotych rękach powstał pierwszy z serii Looperów… A jak on działa? Jest tam sobie układ scalony Picaxe, do którego wgrany został programik. Jest też fotorezystor, dzięki któremu powstają szalone pętle, a także dwa potencjometry, jeden do regulacji wysokości tonów, a drugi do regulacji tempa. Jeśli chcecie usłyszeć to urządzenie w akcji, zapraszam do Cafe Belg 7 maja. Tam zadebiutuje!