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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:

I wasn’t sure if I’ll be able to participate this week, but I managed! I didn’t have time to record my part from scratch, so I decided to use an excerpt from one track which I recorded during my session without laptop when I experienced a Hard Drive crash. I recorded several tracks using only different stuff and my old 4-track Tascam recorder.

Here are the photos from that session.

In this excerpt which is now part of this disquiet junto submission you can listen to me playing the guitar, an old Chinese cymbal from Wuhan which I played using a bow, some glockenspiel, and a piece of paper with a contact microphone glued to it.

I wanted it to be short (between 2 and 3 min.) and I wanted my part not to be too aggressive. You have to assess if I managed. Still, Disquiet Junto is all about being able to fail without consequences, so I hope you gonna like it in the end.
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The source audio for this track is part three of the Kenneth Kirschner album June 5, 2012, which features Kirschner on piano and Tawnya Popoff on viola. The album was released in September 2012 on the shskh.com netlabel, where it is available for free download.

More on this 40th Disquiet Junto project at:
http://disquiet.com/2012/10/04/disquiet0040-kirschnerplus1/

More details: Disquiet Junto

More on Kenneth Kirschner at:
http://www.kennethkirschner.com/

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.

This way of recording, composing and sound design have made me really happy recently. I was very lazy using the usual tool, i.e. a laptop. Now when I only have a looper in KP3 and a 4-track TASCAM I have to be more creative in order to achieve the proper results. It’s like going back in time. All new tools are great and I love them but without the limits of old gear your creativity dies somewhere in the process of composing. In fact I am glad that my old HDD died and I found this old TASCAM in the basement.

I really like the sound of the tape. It adds this vintage analogue sound to the music, which I really like. I used my old SONY TC-252 tape recorder to add that analogue touch to my recordings. Therefore things I recorded in Ableton, were than recorded on the tape and returned to the computer via Gleetchlab 3.0.  The fact that the head of the recorder is worn out adds even more old style analogue hiss and sounds which were earlier considered unwanted by many producers. But I like them very much. You will hear many of that sounds on the upcoming album “Remaining Sounds“.

I also bought a nice Tascam Porta 07, a 4-track cassette multitracker. I don’t have experience with it, but I think I am going to prepare some new sounds just with it and my other analogue instruments.


Tape and Gleetchlab – they play together on “Remaining Sounds


My new old Tascam

Short English version below…

Nadchodzi nowa płyta.

Historia płyty “Remaining Sounds” zaczęła się dość przypadkowo. Podczas pracy nad moim nowym materiałem zacząłem tworzyć utwory, które dobiegały od tego, co już miałem przygotowane, a jednocześnie były dość spójne. Narodził się pomysł gromadzenia ich w oddzielnym folderze, po to by kiedyś do nich wrócić. I tak od października 2010 folder zaczął się zapełniać, do tego stopnia, że zapełnił się już na tyle, by spróbować wybrać utwory nadające się na nowe wydawnictwo.

Dlaczego “Remaining Sounds”? Większość utworów, które na początku powstały opierały się na “zamrożeniu” jednego, lub kilku dźwięków w efekcie Reverb. Tym samym udało mi się uzyskać ciekawe przestrzenie ambientalne, które były “dźwiękami pozostałymi” po tym co zagrało wcześniej. Te “pozostałe dźwięki” stały się potem bazą do stworzenia bogatszych struktur. Część tych długich pejzaży przeszło przez głowicę mojego starego magnetofonu szpulowego, by powrócić do komputera po przepuszczeniu przez program Gleetchlab 3.0.

Właściwie cały materiał oparty jest na dźwiękach nagranych gdzieś z otoczenia, bądź zagranych na gitarze. Jest spora ilość dźwięków narzędzi kuchennych i innych domowych urządzeń codziennego użytku. Naprawdę jedynym dźwiękiem, który pochodzi z komputera jest uderzenie “stopy”, które pochodzi bodajże z Rolanda.

Aktualnie materiał idzie do masteringu. Zostanie przepuszczony przez lampowy saturator Looptrottera, przez Krzyśka Orluka. Opowiem o tym niebawem. Kolejne stadia produkcji będę relacjonował już niebawem. Myślę, że sporą niespodzianką może być sposób wydania albumu. Sądzę, że spodoba się niektórym ortodoksyjnym wielbicielom techniki analogowej. Ale o tym już niebawem…

The history of the “Remaining Sounds” is long, and I think it’s easier for me to explain things in Polish. But still, just in short – the whole album contains only field recordings, sounds of the kitchen utensils, vacuum cleaner, and of course my guitars. The only sound on the whole album which is from the computer is the Roland kick drum, used in one track.

I also used my old tape recorded to “destroy” the soundscapes I recorded with the “freeze” option of the Reverb effect. The sounds from the tape were processed with the Gleetchlab 3.0 which is an amazing software.

Soon I will tell how the album will be released and I hope this will be interesting for the people who love analogue sounds! Stay tuned!