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particledots

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I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED THE SPECTACULAR SUNSETS IN ARIZONA. THROUGHOUT 2017 I BEGAN TAKING REGULAR WALKS IN THE DESERT THAT PREDOMINANTLY OCCURRED DURING THE TWILIGHT MAGIC HOUR, USUALLY AT SUNSET, SOMETIMES AT SUNRISE. THE INCREDIBLE SHIFTS IN LIGHT, THE TONAL QUALITY OF THE DESERT ENVIRONMENT AS THE ALMOST SILENCE ENCROACHES AND THE AWARENESS THAT EVERYWHERE AROUND YOU IS ALIVE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO SOMEHOW CAPTURE AND CONVEY.

PROCESS

1) SET UP STUDIO IN GARAGE: 2 DIFFERENT COMPUTERS – WINDOWS/MAC. DIFFERENT DAWS – UNFAMILARITY LEADING TO NEW IDEAS? ENVIRONMENT UNCOMFORTABLE TO WORK. NOT INTUITIVE WORKING WITH CUBASE, STUDIO ONE, MUSIC MKAER, ABLETON. POOR/SUBSTANDARD EQUIPMENT – USB KEYBOARDS FAULTY, POOR QUALITY HEADPHONES, SPEAKERS/AMP SOUND BOXY. MADE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR MYSELF THAN IT NEEDED TO HAVE BEEN

2) INTITIAL IDEAS/BRAINSTORMING – HOW MANY DIFFERENT WAYS COULD IT HAVE GONE. FAIRLY EARLY ON HONED IN ON THE SUNSET THEME AS A WAY OF TYING THINGS TOGETHER

3) CREATIVITY – NOT INSPIRED OR ENGAGED. ENDED UP WORKING WITH 2 OR 3 PIECES PLAYED BY BILL GRUNDMANN, PIANO IMPROVISATIONS. I TOOK THE MIDI FILES AND RAN THEM THROUGH MIDI SCRIPTER MIDI TRANSFORM ROUTINES, CHANGING THE PITCH AND POSTION OF THE NOTES AND THEN THEN THRU PROBABILITY GATES SET AT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF PROBABLITY OF PLAYING THE NOTES (RANGING FROM 5% TO 50%) EVERYTIME THE TRACK PLAYED IT PLAYED BACK DIFFERENTLY AS THE ALGORITHIM WAS RANDOMLY CHOOSING DIFFERENT NOTES TO BE PLAYED SO I HAD TO PRINT SOME OF THE AUDIO TO ITS OWN TRACK IN ORDER TO WORK WITH. I MANIPULATED THESE AUDIO FILES FURTHER WITH ADDITIONAL EFFECTS, PITCH SHIFTING, PITCH BENDING, REVERSING ETC. AS SOME OF THESE PIECES WERE UP TO 20 MINUTES LONG, I EXTRACTED VARIOUS SECTIONS TO MAKE MANY LITTLE TRACKS THAT WERE 90 SECS TO 3 MINS LONG. FINAL PART OF PROCESS WAS TO LOOK AT A SERIES OF PHOTOS I HAD TAKEN ON WALKS IN THE DESERT OF MANY SUNSET AND TRY TO CHOOSE A FEW OF THEM THAT WOULD INSPIRE TITLES FOR THE TRACKS
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Uploaded: Mar 11, 2018 - 06:33:30 PM
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2018 - 06:33:30 PM Last Played: Jun 02, 2018 - 12:14:14 AM
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Calchas said 97 days ago (March 16th, 2018)
I grew up in Arizona...
and I agree re the sunsets. The sun risings are beautiful too!

Anyway, the mood of DUSK in the desert is well captured herein man.

Be well!
Check out my latest song called Proletarian Blues
particledots said 94 days ago (March 18th, 2018)
many thanks Calchas
many thanks

which bit AZ did you grow up in?
Check out my latest song called Traced To Slip
sammydix said 91 days ago (March 21st, 2018)
Ethereal
lube for the mind.
Check out my latest song called Cowboy Tom Buckles Down That Hatch
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Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise.

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