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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: O is for Oscilab…

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So, the second half of the A-Z challenge begins today and after my nonsense post on Saturday, I was chatting to my old friend Ho about my idea for today.
The conversation was slightly peculiar, given that we were communicating via text, in language that was inspired by the aforementioned nonsense, resulting in him asking me, for instance, whether my post was “smerdling like a snonk scollog” and congratulating me on it being “froodacious”.

But enough of that nonsense, let’s get to O.

Oscilab is the synthesizer/sequencer/drum machine app that I use to create the one-off, improvised soundscapes that I have recently been uploading to my lovely new Bandcamp page (see link below) and today’s theme of the singular circular sigil was the perfect opportunity to play around with some more sonic noodling, which I did yesterday.

But what to call it?
What unique musical moniker could I saddle my marvellous melodic masterpiece with?

Well, having spent a couple of hours programming, then simultaneously composing, playing and recording my latest tune, I e-mailed a copy to Ho, (my regular guinea pig and quality controller) texting him to let him know it was on the way and he inadvertently gave me the title I needed when he replied:

“Cool, will look forward to stronking throbberati..”

See? I couldn’t pass that up, could I?

So, despite the conspicuous lack of actual throbbing (although there may well be some stronking, who knows?) I have great pleasure in presenting another slice of twinkly, swirling loveliness, which may well be popular with those of you who downloaded my previous tune and remarked on its suitability for accompanying everything from writing to Tai Chi.

Ladies and gentlemen…

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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!

#atozchallenge

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Arts, Ho., Music

 

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