The records you make don’t freeze so much as liquify time. As with Michel, 1983 was a pivotal musical year for me, too, so this week’s challenge fired a wonderful cascade of memories.
Playing with the tonal and harmonics filters in Paulstretch, I stretched each of the three 32-year old samples to 32x their original length (and M1 also to 64x)a few times. Brought them into Sony Acid and started layering at random. Touches of reverb, compression, chorus and resonance found a sweet spot of lushness – where I was at ease with bygone days. The piece runs at 137.1 BPM (which is what M1 beatmapped to), so a sync’ed 8th note amplitude modulation was added to the M2 sample to create a ping-pong glitch beat at that tempo.
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The audio was sourced from the 1983 album Marilli by the album’s composer, Michel Banabila. This project marks the release of the 2015 album Marilli Remixed:
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I do not own a clock (or any time keeping device) that makes operational noise, so I used a CC-Attribution sample at freesound.org of 4 one-second clock ticks that looped perfectly without any cutting at 120 BPM. This juggled me a bit, since the 60 BPM clock ticks were playing in double-time to be in real-time at half-time to the track time.
The clock is layered a few times to build counter-rhythms and dynamics, to evince the double-timeness of its sampling. A very rough bass track came from a few 8 and 16 bar loops. The bed arose from an 800% stretch of my recent “chasing flight” (Thereflectors – Chasing-flight). Aiming for playful sweetness, I strummed chords over the result in two live passes and voila, here we are in the present.
In the end, I learned clocks can keep all sorts of time.
Clock Loop by Natalie Kirk (Esper Studio, Sydney, AUS)
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Image associated with this project by Brian Biggs, who drew it specifically for this project, and who provided the project’s timely creative nudge.
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