January 6, 2012

A Couple Things...

by Chris Randall

1. Just a quick note as a reminder: if you are sending me a track for the comp, DO NOT SEND ME AN UNCOMPRESSED WAV OR AIFF. Read the last two paragraphs of the instructions again. I want an MP3 with your name and contact info in the metadata, so that I know who made the track, and how to find you again. I am, of course, not going to put the MP3 out. But if I have a folder with 70 files in it named things like "submission_1.aiff" there's no reasonable way to organize it. Just follow the instructions. If I pick your track, I will contact you about getting me the uncompressed, unmastered version, and the format I need for that. Don't try to be fancy.

2. Ricochet is now 32/64 on all platforms, and is now in the AD store for download. I forgot to mention this here. Go forth. Should be a seamless transition, and it contains a number of minor bug fixes, as well.

3. Young Americans records is releasing a quadruple album set of some of the highlights of the Daphne Oram tape collection. Looks like a really nice set, even if you don't care for this sort of thing; it is available here, and there are images of the set and three sound samples here. I just went ahead and ordered it, because these things don't come along often, and it would be nice to have. If you're not clear on who Daphne Oram is, get thee to ye olde Wikipedia.


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Jan.06.2012 @ 4:58 PM
2. Thanks!
3. Thanks again, and that really puts it all in perspective! Has it become too easy?

Jan.07.2012 @ 12:53 AM
3. Cool! (The release, not the format)
There are is also some of her music on Boomkat.com to buy in FLAC and physical format.

And there is also an $1 App called Oramics, which is tributed to her. Quite nice I might add.

Jan.07.2012 @ 1:44 AM
@dyscode. Thanks for the tip, just got it.

Jan.07.2012 @ 8:09 AM
Simeon Smith
RE: 1. WTF? People have been given 6 weeks to complete a work of greatness and have instead chosen to submit after 4 days? Weren't these supposed to be pieces written specifically for this compilation? Confusion and rage inundate my mind in equal but vast proportions!!!

RE: 3. What an awesome little collection, and very reasonably priced. Thanks for the tip!

Jan.07.2012 @ 9:26 AM
Chris Randall
@kineticmonkey: some people work really fast, or already had something done or near done. I'm of the former sort, myself, but if something time sensitive came along, I'd troll my several hundred already-started tracks to see if something could be used. Everyone's different.


Jan.07.2012 @ 10:23 AM
Simeon Smith
Fair point. I'm more of the "3 months for one kick drum sound" kinda guy :p. It takes me longer to finish a project than it does for most women to conceive and give birth.

That said, I have an idea for a track for this and I'm working at 5 times my normal speed to try to get this done.

Jan.07.2012 @ 12:39 PM
Chris Randall
I have a good friend that is like that. He'll happily spend weeks on a single sound. Whereas me... well, take a look at any of the Experiment videos in my YouTube channel. I wrote most of those tracks in the 15 minutes prior to pressing "REC" on the camera. Granted, they're not complex, and serve a different purpose than what we're doing here, but you see my point.


Jan.07.2012 @ 4:54 PM
@CR. You should be in pictures!

Jan.07.2012 @ 8:25 PM
It takes me forever, but that means I have dozens of things in various states of completion. I started bouncing an mp3 of a bar or two in the session folder so I could just do the spacebar preview in the Finder when I'm going through them.

I don't think anything I have going already fits the genre, most of my tracks sound like Friend of Massive Attack. I never get far with experimental electronic tracks because I think "who wants to hear it?" Now I have a willing victim.


Jan.11.2012 @ 1:29 AM
Apropos the "experimental electronic" genre limitation - I started out trying to do something along these lines but I kind of ended up in SID and DX5 melodic funky breaks territory. It may not be your cup 'o tea, but I think I am going to roll with it.

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