March 3, 2011

Just To See If I Could, Really...

by Chris Randall

This was interesting to make. Instead of sequencing the MIDI for this track, I made a Max patch that shits MIDI notes via an intricate system of nested metro and delay objects. Sort of a brute-force generative system. I also picked up a BOSS RRV-10 reverb (the little half-rack jobbie under the MeeBlip) last night. I've been looking for one of these for years as I have a couple circuit-bending tricks I wanted to try on it, but I didn't want to pay the going eBay rate. Finally found one on Craigslist here in PHX for $50, which is much more reasonable.

Anyhow, yeah, you can pretty much tell what is going on here, I imagine. The face-melting foot is from the Source; normally that synth isn't really very good for percussion sounds, but it can do that one fairly well. The only sound not from one of the hardware synths is the snare, which originated in New Zealand in the Goldbaby Labs, and makes its way to your ears via Kombinat. I think this about wraps things up for my "experiments" videos, and I'm going to get down to the nitty gritty of writing and recording the next EP, which (as I've mentioned in previous posts) will be complex and time-consuming.


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Mar.03.2011 @ 10:08 PM
Mike Nickel
No head phones... So what speakers/monitors do you like to use in your studio? P.S - Still think you should publish an EP of the experiments.

Mar.03.2011 @ 10:26 PM
Chris Randall
I use Adam A7s.

Regarding releasing them, I've been pondering putting them up on Bandcamp. I'll think some more if there's interest.


Mar.04.2011 @ 1:35 AM
"complex and time-consuming. "

it always feels different when you really "work for it". not that anyone has to reinvent the wheel every time it's time to write a song but sometimes if i can't make a mess of things in the process it just doesn't feel right. other times a song can just happen by magic and i couldn't be happier.

best of luck with the complex and time-consuming bits of your music future.

Mar.04.2011 @ 5:55 AM
IWB but lately tell myself to stfu and just make the music.

Mar.04.2011 @ 9:36 AM
Re: complex and time-consuming

I always feel that the the more work you put into a project, the more you get invested in it, and therefore the more perfect you want to make it. For instance, if you want to hit the GLITCHMYTUNEZ button, you can, and it will sound glitched, but if you do all that editing by hand, you'll have more invested in how the glitch sounds and you'll probably care if it doesn't sound right. In other words, I guess there's probably no substitute for hard work, so kudos on doing it.

Mar.04.2011 @ 2:29 PM
This is by far my favorite of all your experiment videos.

Got anymore details about how your Max patch works or maybe the math or algs that it's based on?

Mar.04.2011 @ 3:18 PM
Chris Randall
Not much to it. I've got a metro banging on the one, and everything derives from that. delay objects to delay things a couple beats that need it, outputting MIDI notes.

I mainly wanted to see how far Max had come along in the 6-odd years since I'd last used it; the answer is "far." I've been using Pd in the interim, and going from Pd to Max 5 is, I mentioned to Adam, like getting out of a Yugo and stepping in to a Ferrari GT350. So anyhow, I downloaded the trial and went to work. I basically just got fed up with Pd's inconsistencies and bugs, and I don't have the coding chops to fix 'em myself.


Mar.05.2011 @ 10:34 AM
This one is pure badassery. Great groove. It's been cool watching these.

By the by, what are you using to power the MeeBlip? Did you 9v upgrade or find a decent source? It doesn't sound like you're having any USB power noise, though on this side of a YouTube clip and in context I can't really tell. I'm finding it slightly distracting but haven't actually done anything about it.

Mar.05.2011 @ 1:18 PM
Chris Randall
I found that if I power it from the USB charger for my e-cigarettes, it doesn't make noise. One thing I've not seen mentioned anywhere, and which is fairly important, is that you shouldn't be sending it MIDI clock. It makes a _ton_ of noise if it is getting MTC or whatever, so yeah, don't send it that.

That said, James sent me a 9V change-over kit, but as it is coming Canada Post, I don't expect it until some time in Q2.


Mar.06.2011 @ 1:56 AM
Ah. It apparently did have something to do with sharing a hub with other USB MIDI devices. I worked it out with my phone charger.

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