Over the weekend, in burst of audio-visual creativity, I made another strange gif and produced (composed, played, mixed and recorded) an all new sonic experiment.
Here’s the gif…
…and then there’s the musical thing; “Klack”.
As I wanted to share my latest masterpiece with you, my lovely readers (and hopefully, listeners), I uploaded it to SoundCloud, as I have done with every other weird collection of bleeps, beats, bongos and boinging noises that I’ve made over the years.
At least I tried to.
It seems that SoundCloud have disabled the music upload feature in the mobile version of their site and now offer the option of “record” only, using your device’s microphone, not by direct upload link.
Which is no bloody good if you’ve spent three hours carefully programming drum loops and experimenting with reverb, delay and bit-crusher settings on a separate app and want to send it as an mp3 file.
So as usual, I set about finding a way round the obstacle, because that’s my speciality and I consider it a personal challenge to my ingenuity.
The obvious alternative was YouTube; after all, I’ve made animated clips to go with my bizarre compositions on many occasions and then I simply embed the videos in a blog post.
But at the time (this was late on Saturday night) I didn’t fancy spending ages doing a stop-motion film, just so I could upload a new tune.
Then I had a flash of inspiration; why not upload a static image to YouTube instead, like you see all the time when an album cover or something is displayed, while music plays on the soundtrack.
So I set up my phone camera in front of an old photo I’d previously mucked about with, (displayed on my tablet) and just recorded ten minutes of that.
When I’d got my motionless video, I simply dubbed my track over it and…
The soundtrack appeared to consist solely of the noise that an ’80s computer made as you loaded a game from a cassette player;
Oh bollocks, that wasn’t what I recorded.
So much for my brilliant idea.
I don’t know if it was some sort of feedback from the tablet screen through the camera or what, but I had two more attempts with similar results and realised I was going to have to think of something else.
Maybe it was my old video editing software.
Aha! An excuse for a new gadget.
After two new apps, (and an abortive try at videoing gifs) one to remove the audio from the original video and the other one to…well, you’ll see in a moment, I managed to stick the component parts together and upload the result to YouTube.
Now, the extra bits in the video; they are only there to make it more interesting than watching a still photo for ten minutes, they are not in any way meant to be synchronised with the music, but having done this rather rushed version, I may well practice with my new toy and present further projects for your perusal at a later date.
After all that, you’ll probably either love it or hate it, my musical taste is somewhat acquired at the best of times, let alone when I’m actually making it myself, so a ten minute electronic percussion frenzy might not be for everyone.
Give it a listen anyway, I bet it’ll get your foot tapping by half way through.
Here’s Klack, music and video by yours truly.
It builds slowly…