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.
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.
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.
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!