On the weekend I recorded sounds from the gate at the garden designed by Fiona Hall outside the National Gallery of Australia with a view to composing something using samples.
The Junto this week explores the idea of time travel.
I decided to go back in time, traveling back to a recording made last August. It appealed to me as I remembered the four-string guitar sounded good with reverse delay and I wanted a beat for timekeeping too.
It seemed appropriate to reverse the guitar parts, as well as having them play forward with a reverse delay effect. I wanted to get a result that felt disorienting, as I imagine that's how it'd feel to travel to another time.
Recorded the sculpture outside Bathurst Regional Art Gallery this morning, where they also have a beaut Brett Whiteley exhibition at present.
It has a number of tones, so I'm looking forward to composing with this sculpture sometime soon.
This is the fifth time I've undertaken this annual Disquiet Junto project to "record the sound of an ice cube rattling in a glass, and make something of it."
Last year it was a challenge to improve on 2015's track, when I found that adding an instrument didn't work as well as hoped.
This year I took the opportunity to record a new collection of glasses while I was visiting my out-laws over Christmas. They had a lot of wine glasses and some sounded like very good crystal.
These were recorded using a Rode NT4 stereo microphone into a Zoom H4n, then added to the video from a Nikon D5100 before being manipulated in Ableton Live.
In the end there were 13 tracks within the project but, as Live struggles to export shorter loops, I had to settle for representing 10 in the video. One is a section of the original recording.
It was a few years ago that I found the sound of an ice cube hitting the floor could be pitched to create percussion parts, so I've used that technique again.
The kick sound has been pitched down and compressed and EQ'd. Some other parts have been repitched but for most parts I tried to keep them as they were recorded.
I've added reverb to the percussion part and another reverb to the melodic parts, which was "composed" using Live's follow "any" function from a selection of ringing glass sounds.
After recording a rough structure in Live, I edited to give the track more shape. Then adjusted the length of loops to add more variation, so you may hear some double and halve in length at points.
My religion is the imagination. Human imagination is the strongest thing we have, whether we’re scientists or artists or whatever… I’m thinking about someone like Bach. He invented some beautiful forms of variation by some economic necessity, to feed his children. But the point is: who were the most important, powerful men when he was around? We don’t know, and we don’t care, because Bach was more important than any of them! You cannot kill ideas. You can kill people. You can imprison people. You can never kill ideas.