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Loads of flying, fluttery harmonics and shifting undertones as these loops cycled together. Rupert Lally’s track loop is 30% right and ahornberg’s is 30% left in the mix and they’re both blended (smeared?) together by a slight (27% wet) band-pass (1500Hz) resonance filter and a bit of room reverb. They’re both in related keys (G and D, it seemed) so their ensuing conversation took some pretty turns. Put my guitar down this week in favor of Propellerhead’s Figure app for iPad (the latest update’s “arpeggiator” has become a tiny addiction). I programmed 8 bar synth and bass loops in the key of G at 96bpm and played the percussion pad live as the track streamed along with the sources on my Acid timeline. Figure ran via Audiobus into Flux:FX’s “Multi-Verb” preset located in the app’s stock Ambient bank.
Propellerhead Figure: “Sonny” drum kit (4/4 kick, 6/4 snareclap, 12/4 hats, 10/4 toms), “Bassguitar” bass (5/4 rhythm, 7 scale steps), “Super Poly” synth (5/4 rhythm, 7 scale steps)
Noiise Flux:FX for iPad (ver 1.01): Ambience “Multi-Verb” preset
Audiobus for iPad (2.1.17), Sony Acid 7.0, Win 8.1
“Set two out-of-sync loops atop each other, and then add sonic glue”
Fantastic remix by multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Steve Burnett (Raleigh, US) of Zedkah‘s “Swells [disquiet 0189: tone layer]” with my C Swells [disquiet0189-tonelayer]. In Burnett’s hands, the combined tracks become synesthetic as his cosmologic expansion/contraction process fires all the senses at once. The forces at work here are extreme – too large and yet, also too small to comprehend, yet they resolve (evolve?) as human. Tres cool.
Burnett’s Liner Notes From Soundcloud:
I used Westy Reflector’s “c swells [disquiet0189-tonelayer]” and Zedkah’s “Swells [disquiet 0189:tone layer]” as they sounded best of the 0189 tone layer tracks when combined and compressed as I planned. Imported both into Audacity, copied both one-minute files out until I had a track exceeding 36 hours in length. I then used Audacity to change the tempo by one hundred thousand percent, as shown in the screenshot – creating a track just over two minutes long compressed from over 36 hours.
(Both of the original source material sound great when played at normal speeds, and I commend them both to listeners’ attention.)
I’ve been graced by a Tuonela remix before, and this time around it’s another (inter)stellar reinvention. He’s put me into a Cuisinart alongside a track by the sublime German sound artist Analoc, and the results are a blippy glitchy trippy heaven.
Tuonela’s track notes:
For Disquiet Junto Project 0190: Missed Connections
I hadn’t listened to any of last week’s Junto works, so I chose two tracks quickly without listening to any, based solely on what I already knew of the work of their creators:
I looped an excerpt of about 18 seconds from the first (runs from 1:15 to 2:45) and one of about 1.5 seconds from the second (runs from 0:07 to 2:10) Both of these are fairly primitive, with annoying clicks which I tried to disguise. (I was working in a hurry).
I mixed both original complete tracks together and fed the result into ambient v.0.3 This runs from beginning to end.
I also processed the mixed track in an Audacity plugin called Convoluter. This was used twice, once forward and once in reverse. It provides the blips and bloops, beginning at 0:17 and ending at 2:37)
Not sure if both loop layers were supposed to run throughout (they don’t) and I added two layers in step 5 instead of one, so I haven’t obeyed the instructions to the letter – hence the tongue-in-cheek title.
Sevenism∞ (nee Jamie Lickfold) hails from Nottingham, UK and describes his sound work as “12-string bluesy acoustic ambient psych-folk noise drone pop // random electronic ambient slowdowns.” He’s made good on that promise once again in a remix of my “C Swells [disquiet0189-tonelayer]” for his contribution to this weeks Junto challenge, a call to remix any two of last week’s submissions and layer a third track to “glue” them together.
In his hands, my track helixes with Ben DeMole’s “Swallowed [disquiet0189-tonelayer],” resulting in an exponential lushness. De Mole used his voice to create harmonic terrain and it mixes with my guitar in an angelic upward spiral. The mixed track was then used as the bed for Sevenism∞’s addition, a raw recording through an mp3 player’s mic of his playing an electric piano. As a fan of all things meta, I approve.
Sevenism∞’s liner notes to the track:
In a nice synchronicity i’d already halfway completed the project before it was announced: i’d done an extended version of TheReflectors – C-swells where i’d looped the track a few times (and added a bit of echo n blur in the middle) so that i could listen to it a bit longer
had it playing while i went through last week’s tracks and it mixed well with Benn-Demole – Swallowed-disquiet0189-tonelayer i liked the added bass and incidental sounds, so took a loop at the end of that and had that faded in and out throughout
for the glue i had the mix playing in the next room while i played along on my old technics electric piano and recorded through the mic on my mp3 player.. the idea was that some syncopation would blur the phasing a bit. unfortunately the recorder picked up the sound of me hitting the keys really loudly, and i didnt feel like redoing it so just had it lower in the mix but the clatter kind of helps a bit
people [now] fear loneliness
they want truth,
they feel hell.
in a place beyond time.
in the company of love,
we live outside the li|n|es.
who don’t fear dark,
we know the moon
skies full of chariots,
we taunt the sun when it fakes.
we could turn this world
if it would only listen.
Single notes in the key of C, staggered and stacked to move through different chords. “Attack” was eliminated using a combination of my trusted E-bow fed through an EHX POG2 with its attack setting jacked all the way up for max swell. Tape Delay, Phaser, Reverb added for space travel (or ocean travel as the case may be here).
Fabien (Peekamoose Custom Guitars M2), EHX POG2, Small Sound / Big Sound Sparkle Motion, tc electronic flashback delay, EQD Grand Orbiter, EQD Afterneath, Strymon blueSky, Line6 POD-XT (Vox AC-30 emulation), RECORDING DAW: Sony Acid 7.0 (Win 8.1), MASTERING DAW: Harrison Mixbus 2.5 (Mac OS 10.7.5)
Create a dense stack of attack-free tonal material from one audio source.
Step 1: Choose an instrument that can create extended tones.
Step 2: Record a short loop of a single held tone on that instrument. Use a volume pedal or other tool to eliminate the attack at the start of the tone.
Step 3: Create many more such loops, all with the same instrument, and layer them atop the original loop.
Step 4: Record a document of these layered loops lasting approximately 1 minute.
Step 5: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.
Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
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Dusted off some twang for a story of beauty in sadness. Some days, whiskey over absinthe…
Elena lived on Avenue X,
next to a trestle
all her life.
She dreamed of distant places
and of jumping random trains
a thousand times.
She craved a sky that let her know she was home.
An endless sky that left the stars alone
Beyond her life,
that sky showed her some way home.
Counting the trains
to and from Coney Island
searching in vain
for salvation, in a city
full of lies.
I’m still here, amidst the fallout of our life.
I’m still here, living with her dreams.
She found a sky that let her know she was home.
An endless sky that left the stars alone
Beyond her life,
that sky showed her some way home.
Sebastian Benalcazar DP
Work done as Director of Photography in different Narrative / Fiction Films.
Sur le bord de mer avec les pingouins et dans les vagues … avec les requins !
Vive l'Afrique du Sud !
Musique: Turnaround, Annie par Westy Reflector
On the shore with penguins and in the waves with … sharks !
That's South Africa !
Music: Turnaround, Annie by Westy Reflector
The Bellais family from France (DAvid, CAmille, LUcile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to ride along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here: