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[Dec. 17th, 2008|09:31 pm]
Nate Bunnyfield
Musical challenge!

This is one thing I've been interested in doing with ya'll for many years and am very excited about.

1. Select zero to four voices. An example of a voiceless track would be a recording of ambient sounds or plugging the cassette recorder into itself for feedback.

2. Select some or no effects to be used. You can also suggest an effect by name like reverb, tremolo or vocoder in the comments.

3. Select one sampler. My music benefits so much from this that I'm requiring it.

4. Choose a length like ten seconds, seventeen minutes or something creative.

5. Provide any other limitations in a comment. The most obvious example of this would be lyrics, but I'm down for whatever you can think up.

Voices:

black three string bass
0(0.0%)
blue Californian monosynth
0(0.0%)
cello
0(0.0%)
coronet
0(0.0%)
drum set with brushes
0(0.0%)
drum set with sticks
0(0.0%)
Game Boy Camera
0(0.0%)
glockenspiel
0(0.0%)
green soprano melodica
0(0.0%)
maroon six string electric guitar
0(0.0%)
Nate beatboxing
0(0.0%)
Nate singing
0(0.0%)
recorder from elementary school
0(0.0%)
shakers
0(0.0%)
silver East German drum synth
0(0.0%)
silver Swedish beatbox/synth
0(0.0%)
tambourine
0(0.0%)
three string acoustic guitar
0(0.0%)
thumb piano
0(0.0%)
toy bugle
0(0.0%)
toy organ
0(0.0%)
ukulele
0(0.0%)
yellow North Carolinian oscillator
0(0.0%)

Effects:

black digital reverb processor
0(0.0%)
black distortion pedal
0(0.0%)
black multi-effect processor
1(9.1%)
blue analog filter pedal
0(0.0%)
blue distortion pedal
0(0.0%)
blue suboctave pedal
0(0.0%)
blue-green tremolo pedal
0(0.0%)
dirty analog blue filter pedal
0(0.0%)
green digital delay pedal
0(0.0%)
orange analog ring modulator pedal
1(9.1%)
orange feedback pedal
0(0.0%)
red distortion pedal
0(0.0%)
red pitchshifting pedal
1(9.1%)
rhythmic graphic equalizer pedal
0(0.0%)
silver distortion pedal
0(0.0%)
white analog delay pedal
1(9.1%)
yellow distortion pedal
0(0.0%)

Sampler:

black toy keyboard: Casio SK-5
1(8.3%)
black looper: Looperlative LP1
2(16.7%)
silver sampler: Roland SP-404
1(8.3%)
black sampler: Akai S612
4(33.3%)
grey sampler: Akai S20
4(33.3%)

Length:



I did decide to leave off controllers, sequencers, amplifiers, microphones, preamps, compressors, equalizers and recording mediums to keep things simple. And to be clear, this isn't for a single track – I am planning doing one recording for each person.
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Comments:
From: natebunnyfield
2008-12-18 05:43 pm (UTC)
Dear Yesterday Nate: Why offer a sampler that's as old as your partner as an option!?!

"Le sigh" as young Asa would say.


First challenge is from Justin!

He makes a likely reference to John Cage's tacetorama 4'33". I haven't researched I Ching before, but it looks like there are some I Ching generators for my ipod touch. Hehe... so tacky and gross and fun and sacred.

And I never would have thought to put the cello with the Moog FreqBox pedal. Here's a video that might show why:



(Oooo... my second favorite cellist Jacqueline Du Pre just came on itunes shuffle. Nice!)

I'll probably cheat here use the Line6 DL4 as a looper. The Digitech Whammy pedal should work more musically with the FreqBox than the cello, but I'll give it all a shot.

Plus S612 and shakers.


The second challenge comes from the illustrious Chris Kennish. The newly purchased uke, DSI Evolver and shakers with the Moog delay pedal and S612. This should be a straightforward enough track, especially since it's only 23 seconds long.


The third challenge comes from me because I wanted to make sure an acoustic track got in there. Busted acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, drum set with brushes, and coronet with Ensoniq DP/2 (tons of options), Line6 and Moog delay pedals fed into the LP1.

I typically fuck around for two minutes and call it a track, so I wanted to push myself into doing something longer.


The fourth challenge comes from Miss Lauren. I can't wrap my head around what beatboxing, singing and cello through the Ensoniq DP/2 would sound like. Fortunately, it's only for 41 seconds!

And she chose everyone's favorite sampler. The one from Reagan's first term.


So, I'll start practicing the cello today. It's been a awfully long while and I never got that good in the first place.
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[User Picture]From: asabass
2009-01-21 08:18 pm (UTC)
I really said things like "Le Sigh"?

I'm such a fucking poseur.
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[User Picture]From: fusako
2008-12-18 07:39 pm (UTC)
Can you change tempo on the fly with the AKAI S20?

I ask cuz, I think you should write a song that starts at a medium tempo (say between 90 to 118 bpm), and drops speed until 0 after 2 minutes. Then it reverses and plays backwards until it reaches the original tempo again.

At which point it switches and plays in the original direction.

Then it can just be played in an infinite loop... maybe.
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From: natebunnyfield
2008-12-18 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I would use a computer for that.
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[User Picture]From: voidptr
2008-12-18 08:05 pm (UTC)
Make it dark and broody, with a whimsical fatalist bit to it.
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From: natebunnyfield
2008-12-18 08:13 pm (UTC)
Eek! My fault for not explaining what a limitation was and wasn't.

I don't make music that way, nor have any interest in exploring already articulated feelings and emotions. I simply mess around with stuff until something magical happens.

Sorry for not being clearer.

Maybe you can think of a more technical limitation or three?
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[User Picture]From: voidptr
2008-12-18 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hmmn. How about... You have to work with a 10 second clip of thumb-piano that was produced by someone else, ideally while they are drunk.

Or is that not technical enough?
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From: natebunnyfield
2008-12-18 08:31 pm (UTC)
That should be okay.

Why someone else?
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[User Picture]From: voidptr
2008-12-18 08:34 pm (UTC)
Because I enjoy the idea of you either:

a) purposefully endrunkening someone just so you can get a clip of the thumb piano, or

b) carrying the thumb piano and recording equipment around until you happen to find just the right drunk person to play it for you.
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[User Picture]From: voidptr
2008-12-18 08:35 pm (UTC)
Or some combination of a) and b).
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From: propopdan
2009-01-03 10:19 pm (UTC)
I voted! My limitations:

1. must be 4/4
2. must be between 65-75 BPM.
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[User Picture]From: asabass
2009-01-21 09:41 pm (UTC)

This is for the Hold Music

I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to effects/samplers, so you should feel free to adjust my suggestions if they are ridiculous. Same thing goes for my instrument choices, but I'm a little more confidant in those.

Additional constraints would be:

-Moderately up-tempo
-Relatively conventional song structure

Basically I want it to be way cooler than the pseudo-muzak that comes with the system, but not so out there that the Corporate Americans who call us daily go "OMG, WTF".

Let me know if you have any questions whatsoever, and thanks again!
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