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Weekend bleep-a-thon…

Yes, I’ve been mucking about with Oscilab again, the looping and sequencer app on my trusty smartphone. 
This track was actually created a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve not got around to inflicting it on you showcasing it yet.

It’s an extended mix with a minimal electro vibe, beginning with a rather tasty pokapow-pokapow-pokapow-pokapow-pokapow noise, which took me quite a while to perfect. I’ve compressed the note envelope on most of the loops, to give it a more synthetic, punchy sound but it still manages to achieve a nicely trancelike, rhythmic melody.

See what you think of FRAKTAL. Click on the image below to listen and (should you be so inclined) download for free.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2016 in Arts, Music

 

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The theory of Oscilution (or Survival of the Phattest)…

Last week I spent a day mucking around with my loop and sequencing app, Oscilab; one of the few ways a non-melodic numpty such as myself can achieve anything even approaching a sound that could be loosely described as “music”.

This time, I was attempting to create something a little more soothing than many of my sonic experiments, something more than ambient, but without the clattering, frenetic rhythms which are often the result of me inexpertly twiddling knobs and pressing interesting buttons.

What eventually came out of this particular simultaneous playing and recording session, (after a couple of hours of studious programming and spurious guesswork) was a tune that I christened Sphear and you can experience it, in all its multi-layered loveliness, by clicking the artwork below:

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m just as inordinately proud of this entry in my peculiar oeuvre as any other, but there was something that nagged at me when I heard it back for the first time; namely, the slightly discordant tone of the ring modulator in the background.

This twin synth harmonizing thingy (I know, I know, I’m baffling you with technical terms) seemed to detract from the main theme of the piece, (although it has since grown on me) so I recorded a second version, which I called Inner Sphear and you can hear that by clicking picture number two:

I think you’ll agree that this reimagined aural soundscape is an altogether smoother affair, (it is Rhonda’s favourite version, so that’s one reason to be pleased with it) but to me, it felt as though there was now missing something.

Well I doubt it’ll be much of a surprise to you, but I couldn’t just leave it at that, so I decided to go for one final attempt, this one at the opposite end of the spectrum; a full-on psychedelic wig out, complete with frenzied wah wah guitar solos, (no, honestly) which I naturally chose to entitle Outer Sphear and you can immerse yourself in that one by clicking the final image of glossy artwork, below:

And please feel FREE to download any or all of the above tunes from Bandcamp, gratis, complimentary and totally FREE of charge, should any of them tickle your audio fancy.

Thank you for listening.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Arts, Music

 

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#atozchallenge: Z is for Zebra…

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So here we are at the end of my first ever A-Z challenge and I must say, I’ve enjoyed it immensely.

Not only have I been able to indulge my tendency to talk rubbish, every day for a month, I’ve also had a chance to meet some great new bloggers, promote the skills of a talented local face painter and inflict some of my new sonic experiments on you.

Well today, I’m featuring artwork from two of my occasional contributors; Audrey and Ho.

Audrey suggested that I picked “Zebra” for my final post, but I don’t have a lot to say about those, so I asked her to draw me a picture instead;

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Meanwhile, resident blogtoonist, Ho was commissioned to create an illustration for a little puzzle to finish this alphabetical odyssey.

Having tested this pictorial conundrum on Rhonda and elicited only a blank look, I’m not convinced the Americans among my readership will get it (maybe it’s not a thing over there) but I’m sure someone out there will feel a metaphorical lightbulb pop into existence above their head when they see it.

There is no prize, other than knowing you have similar random thought processes to myself, but that’s an achievement in itself, so;

What is the relevance of this fabulous toon to the A-Z challenge?

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Answers in the comments please.

Thank you for sticking with me for this month of nonsense and blathering, I’ve just got one more thing for you before normal(ish) service resumes next week; another new tune, and this one is a corker, even if I do say so myself.

OSCIL8 – LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE.

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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Blogging, Ho.

 

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#atozchallenge: X is for Xylophone…

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For today’s A-Z challenge I could have gone with all sorts of fancy words, like Xenophobia or Xenomorph, but I thought I’d go for the only X word that ever appeared on an A-Z list when I was at school;
Xylophone.

The way I am choosing to fulfill this obligation is to turn back to my Oscilab app and compose a little ditty using, you guessed it, Xylophones…

{An hour and a half later}

And here it is; the world premier of Zxylo which, I admit, doesn’t even start with an X, but I prefer it this way.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO PLAY AND/OR DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!

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Posted by on April 28, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Arts, Music

 

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