More improvisation with the Elektron Model machines and terrible iMovie filters.

Made for Cuckoo’s Jamuary contests. Basically he throws out an idea and you have a day to come up with a track. So, you get what you get and cross your fingers.

It’s been a long time since I’ve made instrumentals that were non-ambient, and I’ve been enjoying it.

The Kidd is almost back. Give me 5 or 6 more songs…

Look at those creepy hands!

Jarrod Ives, a former WunderHaus restaurant employee, works on his music Nov. 3 in a studio he built in Hot Springs, Ark. His newborn daughter, Ella, sleeps next to him. (Will Newton for The Washington Post)

For a lot of people the Pandemic has given us time to consider a lot of deep questions. And some of the lot-of-us are asking the following: Do I have to have a job-job?

Most are a “yes.” But some aren’t so sure.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/12/16/quit-job-what-came-next/

This story follows some folks looking for alternatives.

It’s an excellent breakdown of the splintering effects of the COVID on a single restaurant, Little Rock’s WunderHaus.

Yes a lot of restaurant jobs are the worst, but a lot of the worst jobs teach the best stuff, both about business and the business of being a better version of yourself.

When you’ve figured out some of the world for yourself, the path to improvement–should you have any interest, will be better mapped out.

Employees will be back within the next two years. It has been my experience that if you let them go do their thing–figuring out a bit of the world and themselves–they return all the better for it.

And they are ready to work.

-jd

This what I do at night and the evenings (and on the weekends etc.).

I have a small record label that’s a growing collection of my more organized music projects; a release platform for my music, cues and songs for professional commercial use, and–as of this year, a growing filed recording library.

Does anyone out there have any music needs?

Rather than a generalist, I do a few things very well (synth textures mixed with folk instruments to name one).

Below is from early this week. Cuckoo is from Norway and a bit of a modern titan in today’s YouTube-based synth world. This is a pice I did that will go into a pack I am building called Today’s Future [but]_non-dystopian_. (starts at 10:52!)

Today’s patch was originally intended to be a spatial, washy sound-bed for a forthcoming track “Ghidd Whaah.” Mixing the original wrapped this week, and yesterday a rearranged the track for a micro live set. The plan was to enter it in a new #jamuary2022 contest. 

(Jamuary is a sharing event at the start of each year meant to get folks writing. In maybe it’s 4th or 5th interaction, it really seems to be growing.)

Coincidentally, the theme this week was “uplifting,” and “Gheed Whaah” is just that, composed of gibberish robot lyrics set to nice chords. 

[This how-i-did it is a much as a kind-of diary as a look into the ‘how’ on this particular patch.]

the Morphagene

I started in B @ 85bpm with a randomized Xynthesizr patch. Xynthesizr is a iPhone app that allows for all sorts of tinkly synth sequences. It is a good starting point for just about anything—ex.: think drone to write acoustic chords over. 

From there it’s fed into the Morphagene, which mangles audio in all sorts of horrible ways. In between this carnage, there are some beautiful bits. I’ve really been trying to get to this beauty a lot faster, so I’ve been burning up the manual as well as racking up the reps/ hours. 

Basically this module allows you to tape, chop, shrink/ expand bits of audio in some sort of way so that totally new sounds unheard by man coming out the other side.

I am generally still flying blind, but the tiniest rays of light are starting to poke thru. 

And to complicate life even further, this is all being fed into the Mimeophon, which is a delay/ echo/ reverb unit. I know it does a lot more, but this is what I have it doing now. Again, I can only scratch the surface presently, but I have real faith greatness here too is just around the bend. 

These were made to work together. 

Lastly, I duplicated the output and fed it thru a Doepfer SEM filter. Really I wanted to see what would happen, but I made it self oscillate into a kind of bass drone. I am pretty sure I know what’s going on, but I need more time, man!

The whole of all of this is firmly in happy accident territory. And in my personal continuing quest for non-dystopian-future-sounding future sounds,* I’m not sure there is a better customizable instrument. 

Hope you enjoyed the sounds. 

-jd 

*More on this later.