The recoridng starts with the original sample just to illistrate the starting point. I built an Absynth preset with granular synthesis to manipulate the play head plus grain size. I use the Aetherizer effect to further manipulate the signal with a comb filter with feedback. I achieve non-linearity by setting the sample start envelope to "Loop" which causes the sound to keep re triggering and playing through the grains and filing up the Aetherizer's buffer. When played at certain pitches, this non-linearity feedback results in a Geiger counter-like sound. All that from a coke can strike :^) A play the preset with various notes to show how different the harmonic content is as it feedback at different frequencies.
I've become quite handy with Absynth, so if there is some aspect of Absynth you'd like me to do a post on, leave a comment.
Working with the Elektron Octatrack has gotten back into sampling big time. Some of the things you can do with an Octatrack - like per step automation - can also be done with Ableton Push when working in "Note" mode in drum racks.
One you turn on a note in the step sequencer, you can then hold the note down to acces all sort of parameters for devices. While holding the step...
Adjust params to your liking. In this example I'm changing the pitch of each step in the step-sequencer.
You can of course record real-time automation by simply pressing the "Automation" button when in record or overdub mode.
Below is an example audio snippet I put on soundcloud of doing such that. I sampled audio from random needle drops on vinyl into clips and used them to build a custom drum rack. I then improvised using Push to perform and sequence these clips including per step automation of various parameters.
I recorded the sound of a pen striking a half-full soda can. I loaded this into Sampler and went to the MIDI panel and mapped "Aftertouch" (pad pressure) to "Loop Length" with a value of -100. Now pad pressure modulate the loop length.
I'll be performing in a very interesting experimental music concert later this month. Instead of playing my composed electronica songs, I'll doing some very unique collaborative pieces where I capture, shape, and perform with audio from other artists performing live. This includes a performance with a copper heart played with dry ice (see video below).
I'll also be performing a solo piece using some field recordings I've made. I'll be providing interactive visuals from live camera input from stage for most of the evening. Read on for more info and scroll to the bottom for videos which will give you a taste of what to expect.
PRESS RELEASE “Today’s serious composer of electronic music will often incorporate some techniques of musique concrete. Prerecorded voices or instruments are often used as a source of sound to be manipulated by the composer, and used, along with electronically produced signals, as the principal music signals of a composition. It has been all but forgotten that in 1951, when the Germans opened their studios in Cologne under the artistic guidance of Eimert and Stockhausen, musique concrete was considered a separate vocabulary and not to be confused with the new German developments of oscillator developed sounds. Early writings on these subjects made clear distinctions between musique concréte and electronic music.” “The primary aim of musique concréte is the alteration of the listeners perceptions.” – Herb A. Deutsch, electronic music pioneer. The Walnut Room in Denver has been a loyal supporter of experimental and ambient artists, and is a beautiful venue with superior sound and the best audio engineers in town. On January 25, five artists from different realms of performance and composition will convene at the Walnut Room to present an evening of acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy. Mark Mosher will create expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly, building up his instruments in real-time by sampling his own synthesizers as well as capturing audio from contact mics, and output from the other artists. To compliment the music and sound, Mark will also project interactive visuals. He will be joined by experimental musician Randall Frazier, theremin artist Victoria Lundy, noisician John Gross, and sound designer and musician Rick Reid all performing solo and interactive work. A special treat is the revival of the dry ice on metal “Copper Heart,” the central instrument from the former Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, which has been stored since about 1999! BIOS Randall Frazier: Orbit Service is the musical project of Colorado-based producer/engineer Randall Frazier (helmet room, Bela Karoli, Kal Cahoone) produced in collaboration with Kim G. Hansen (Antenne), Dennis Swanson (Day Dissolved Dream) and Kirill Nikolai (Still Light). Orbit Service’s mystical leanings steer them close to the likes of Sol Invictus, but OS zigs where neo folk zags, giving them a sonic momentum that leads to a much outer part of outer space. This beautifully crafted set smells like moist earth covered in leaves. Orbit Service’s mining of ever deeper moods has yielded a subtle treasure that glows like distant sun. http://orbitservice.bandcamp.com | http://www.helmetroom.com/. John Gross has been performing noise since 1994. He has appeared in Zoologist, Burn heavy, Page 27 Robot Mandala, and Suicide Notes. John is the curator of the Denver Noise Fest, and has performed around the country at Ende Tymes Fest, the International Noise Fest, and the Albuquerque Experimental Fest. https://soundcloud.com/noise27. Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground/punk scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, who opened for the legendary Silver Apples in 1997; is a founding member of Denver’s acclaimed nerd rock band The Inactivists and has appeared all of their 6 CDs and EP, and as a guest player live and in recordings with other local artists. She also was a member of Jackson Induced Mutant Laboratory and performed with them at the 2011 Denver Noise Festival and at the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase with ambient project Pythian Whispers. Victoria has appeared at many venues in denver as well as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, and demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention. http://fandalism.com/victorialundy. Mark Mosher is an electronic musician, sound designer, composer and performer from Boulder, CO. He has performed festivals and theaters around the country such as Electro-Music Festival NY, Electro-Music Festival in Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Georgia Tech, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, University of Denver’s Performance Black Box, The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts and more. His 2012 dark ambient album NO GHOSTS. JUST FEAR. cracked the Top 10 on Bandcamp’s BestSelling Experimental Albums in Week of October 8th 2012. At this event, Mark will be performing musique concréte by creating expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly on a computer-less state-of-the-art hardware sampler called the Octatrack. He will build up his instruments in real-time by sampling his own synthesizers as well as capturing audio from contact mics, and output from other artists. He will then then perform with these instruments live. To compliment the music and sound, Mark will also project interactive visuals. http://markmoshermusic.com/. Rick Reid has been the sound designer for more than fifty theater productions in the Denver area. He also performed soundtrack music for the locally-produced web video series “Lucha Libre: El Tecolote vs. The Body Thief From Dimension X” and will be playing theremin in the soundtrack of the upcoming indie feature film “The Cosmic Creature.” Rick has self-released two electronic music albums. He has also been a voice actor on several local and national TV and radio advertising campaigns. In his daytime gig, Rick creates movie previews for the Starz, Encore and MoviePlex television networks. Find Rick on the web at www.RickReid. com. Thomas Lundy will be playing dry ice on metal.
TEASER VIDEO FOR ONE OF THE COLLABORATIONS
This video features the Copper Heart and is just a small taste of some interesting sonic experiences we all have in store for you at the show so we hope you will come to the show and tell your friends. This improvisation was shot at a tech rehearsal in a Denver warehouse. It features Tom Lundy playing the copper heart with dry ice. The rapid cooling of the copper causes the metal emit all sorts of interesting sounds. The Copper Heart has a contact mic on it with the signal being routed to Mark Mosher who is sampling the signal on the fly and shaping and sequencing the sound in real-time with an Elektron Octatrack. So you hear both the original Copper Heart plus the manipulation. Victoria Lundy is playing complimentary parts on a Moog Etherwave Pro Theremin which is being processed by Mooogerfoogers. Mark is also running real-time interactive visuals with Resolume based on live camera input (which can be seen on the right wall at the beginning of this video). For the actual show these images will be projected behind the artists.
SOLO PIECE EXAMPLE
All be doing a solo piece where I simultaneously create music and sound from field recordings and manipulate visuals. I’ll be using an Octatrack, a laptop running Resolume and Absynth via Plogue Bidule host controlled by a Livid Base. I’ll also use a Tenori-On as Octatrack food. Below is a flickr photo set of the rig sand some rehearsals.