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After quite a long time I’m finally back (though don’t know for how long). I really wanted to take part in the project # 0055 but couldn’t find enough free time last week.

About the process. First I wanted to use the contact microphone, but I really wasn’t happy with the recording so I simply recorded it via the integral Zoom H4 microphones. I like using Ableton Sampler in such cases when there is almost no “musical” or “harmonical” element in the basic material. I put the clock recording into Sampler and used just a small piece, with the loop playing back and forth. I also added a nice Toraverb by D16 (actually my friends :-).  This was the basic soundscape which I later transformed in the Gleetchlab 3.0.

Finally I used the Gleetchlab transformed tracks + the original clock recording and created a final track in Ableton Live. I used some EQ to get the final effect.

So after two weeks I had some time to take part in the 25th Disquiet Junto project. It’s very hot outside so I decided to describe this situation with my music. First you hear the sounds which wake us up. Than there is the whole day of fight between hot, dense soundscapes, and cool guitar drinks somewhere in the background. The day ends when the we are tired, and can only reach for a glass of cold drink. Than we have to calm down and go to bed.

I used the “call pop” track by Westy Reflector.
I couldn’t let Westy Reflector down :-) If fact when I listened to his original “call pop” track I thought if would be nice to listen to some house version, but I am not very good at composing house music. I decided to go into a bit more experimental direction. Hope you like it!

More details – Disquiet Junto

I started thinking if I can still record an interesting soundscape without a laptop. OK, I used the laptop to edit the recording, but the original recording was made without the laptop.

I used old CASIO VL-1 to record 2 tones. The first one was recorded on the Philips cassette Memo Recorder, the second tone was recorded using a contact microphone on the Zoom H4, and than the recording was transferred to the NOKIA C3 Touch and Type mobile phone. The tones were recorded outside at midnight. I played the third tone manually.

Later after I made the film, I decided to record it once more. And than it started to rain. I decided to edit the “rainy” version in Ableton Live.

It was a nice experience! What do you think about it? Please let me know.

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Short English version below…

Jak powstały “dźwięki pozostające”? Poniżej przedstawiam jeden z przykładów.

Kiedyś grzebiąc w szafce żony znalazłem urządzenie, dawno już nie używane, które służy do przeciskania ziemniaków. Okazało się, że element główny urządzenia wydaje z siebie piękny dźwięk – po uderzeniu brzmi jak piękny dzwonek.


Nagrałem dźwięk jaki wydaje ten element wyposażenia kuchennego. Wrzuciłem go do Samplera w Ableton Live. I oto efekt – dźwięk brzmi tak (tutaj z nałożonym reverbem i obniżoną tonacją):

Następnie można zagrać dowolne dźwięki na klawiaturze i złapać “zamrożenie”. Dźwięk ten po “zamrożeniu” reverbu staje się takim właśnie dźwiękiem “pozostającym”. Można nie dotykać już niczego, wyłączyć wszystkie ścieżki a ta przestrzeń dźwiękowa i tak będzie grała. Dodałem więc kolejną ścieżkę w Abletonie i nagrałem ten dźwięk. Brzmi to tak:

Oczywiście jest to tylko przykładowa ścieżka. Następnie takie przestrzenie lądowały zwykle na taśmie magnetycznej, by powrócić do komputera poprzez Gleetchlab, albo wprost do Ableton Live. Źródła dźwięków były przeróżne. Od urządzeń kuchennych, poprzez dźwięki gitary, skończywszy na klarnecie… (tu zdarzyła się mała kolaboracja, o tym później).

How to prepare “Remaining Sounds”

This is just a one example. I found an old kitchen utensil. It was used to make mashed potatoes. I recorded the sound of it. Than I used Sampler in Ableton Live to make a melody. Of course I used the reverb effect. Than the sounds of the melody were “frozen” with the  freeze option of the reverb. So here you are – a nice soundscape made with just an old kitchen utensil.

See the sounds above – the first one is the pitched sound of the kitchen utensil, and the second sound is the frozen soundscape.