Archive for Sound Clips

new year, new sounds

So, over the holidays, one of my gifts to myself was to take advantage of holiday sales to flesh out my library of instrument and effect plug-ins, on computer and on mobile (especially to take advantage of the AUv3 instrument integration into iOS mobile DAWs).  On the computer side, though, I picked up a couple of interesting effects (Glitchmachines Quadrant and Illformed Glitch 2), and a couple of synths that were different from my standard repertoire, including Wiggle, which I’m not sure I can even quite describe yet, and the most recent synth designed by Dmitry Sches, Thorn.

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m more experienced with different types of synthesis now, or the fact that the instrument really is quite intuitive to program, but I’ve actually been getting into some sound design with it.  Aside from the now-defunct Vanguard, which had few enough parameters that I felt like I could tackle them all, for the most part I’ve mainly done tweaks to existing synth patches.  Something about Thorn, though, makes me really want to just dive right in and see what I can create.  I haven’t even tried any of the presets that it came with yet, just starting from a blank preset and going from there, and I’ve already created some interesting stuff, like the following clip, which is just one of my synth programs applied to a simple set of notes:

A Sequence

And just for fun, here’s a version of it accompanied by some effected drums:

A Sequence (Drums)

Collected Clips

So, no surprise, I’m still busy with a dozen different things, which means that it’s been a good long while since I’ve actually sat down with my DAW and really worked extensively on a comprehensive new track.  That’s not to say, though, that I haven’t still been involved with music.  It’s just been a different process, more quickly playing around with stuff on my phone or tablet when I’m on the go, or pulling up a program and trying out a quick idea in a spare minute.  Or, for example, singing random weirdness into the new Music Notes program and seeing how surreal the accompaniment can get:

My Idea 2

What that means is that while I don’t have a ton of really cohesive songs to post, I do have a whole bunch of myriad random sound clips, that nonetheless have some very interesting sounds to them.

Such as this quick improvisation in iKaosscilator:


Or a couple of really quick clips of how the same underlying sound can be dramatically different just by tweaking a few effects:



Speaking of which, I’ve been playing around with a lot of new experimental effects, which can do quite a lot with even a very simple two-note sequence:



And then, um, there are these…





General Pasteboard


So, yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to music-wise recently.  Admittedly, among some of these various tracks are some other clips that I think have some promise as the basis of a more extensive work, which will be heading for my DAW likely at some point in this next year (assuming the US isn’t swallowed up in a ravenous vortex of vicious politics).  I’m still playing around with sound, still making music, even if it is a little bit more… bite-size at the moment.  (Oh, actually, I did come up with a more complete track recently… trouble is, it’s another one for the NSFAE album, which means I can’t exactly release it here.)

In other news, while I haven’t really had a chance to utilize it a whole lot yet, I finally, after years of delay, made the jump to Logic Pro X.  Which does, admittedly, have some nice features, although it killed off all of my 32-bit plugins, some of which I do miss dearly, although some of the replacements are even more promising (for example, CamelSpace, from the Apple-devoured Camel Audio, was a nice and extensive trancegate plugin, but Tantra takes it to a whole other level).  And, in the interim, I have to admit that my musical style and technique have changed quite a bit, so while I miss some of the old sounds, a lot of the newer instruments that still work are more directly applicable to the things I’ve been wanting to work on, including some phenomenal granular synthesis instruments I’ve been having fun with.  Between that and the rather impressive mini-studios I’ve managed to get going on my tablet, there are more opportunities than ever to explore the boundaries of sonic character, and I already have some fascinating ideas about what I want to try next…

Some Granular Experimentation

A few sound clips I conjured up while teaching myself The Mangle.  Might be useful for something…

Mangle Test 1

Mangle Test 2

Mangle Test 3

Sound Sequence Clips

Some short sound clips/loops I created while working on some tracks for Acoustic Rain.

Bapu Peji 140618-011408

Sustainable Head


Random Sliding Thing

A short clip that I came across while going over some audio projects I was working on on my PC.  I do most of my processing on a Mac, but I keep a PC DAW around for the plugins that are only available as .dll VSTs.  I haven’t had a PC setup for a while, but after picking up Music Creator 6 in a sale I decided to reconstitute it, and reinstall all my old PC VST plugins from backup.  During that process, I came across some other related folders, and found this unusual but oddly compelling audio clip resulting from one of my older experimental projects.

Random Sliding Thing