Rolled three Yahtzee dice at once on my window sill, under the watch of a scorpion frozen in glass (pictured).
6, 4 and 5 = “Y.O.U.”
Sang tones. Y = F# (I). O = B (V). U = D# (IX).
Pitch shifted each a few times and added them back to create harmonies. Some reverb and a bit of tap delay and chorus. As many as 14 tracks harmonizing at points. No premeditative pathway; “improvised” through the mixing. Fwiw, 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” and The Cars “Drive” floated around my head as I mixed down.
Rig: AKG C3000B condenser mic, Lexicon MX200 rack reverb, MOTU 828mk2 interface, Sony Acid 7.0 w/VST effects
This week’s project involves the human voice. You will create a choral drone from three samples that you will create with your own voice. This project requires a single die, or the digital equivalent.
Step 1: Roll a die three times (or three dice once) to determine which vowels you will use. Depending on your luck, you may end up with two or even three of the same vowel.
1 = A (“a” as in “yay”)
2 = E (“e” as in “bee”)
3 = I (“i” as in “die”)
4 = O (“o” as in “yo”)
5 = U (“u” as in “you”)
6 = Y (“y” as in “Sylvia”)
Step 2: For each vowel that you have been assigned by the dice, record a 10-second sample of you holding that vowel as a constant tone (volume, timbre, note, etc.).
Step 3: Create a choral drone that utilizes only these three sources of audio. You can treat them with effects lightly, but they should be recognizable as the human voice throughout the duration of track.