Combining Music Weeklies & Monthly prompts for ‘mother earth’ and ‘an idea for an original game, movie or any kind of media product that you’d love to compose music for’ we get…
music weeklies challenge
A few weeks ago I did one of the Music Weeklies challenges but didn’t get the track finished fully by the deadline. So I’ve since filled it out a bit with bass, synth and effects as well as improving the mix a gnats.
Late again and unfinished Music Weeklies challenge had the theme of ‘My Culture’.
I of course went for a laboratory virus culture but also incorporated elements from the folk music of the area my family originated and ultimately ended up – Salford and Northern Sussex.
Down to the wire in the nick of time by the skin of my teeth here’s my go at this week’s Music Weeklies Challenge ‘Body Work’.
It had to be based on sounds produced or emanating from the human body. I blew. And then used the resulting recordings as samples to replace waveforms in presets from the Arturia synth Pigments.
All the melodic parts were played on a guitar fitted with a Fishman TriplePlay to convert the signals from each string to MIDI.
The journey was more important than the destination on this one where I used both chords for this track prompted by the Music Weeklies Challenge which started very much in the organised sound vein but then took an unexpected turn. Some of the ideas and techniques used will certainly show up elsewhere.
The task was to transcribe a drawing by Stephanie Merchak to sound and it’s just possible something was lost in translation.
As the idea was to do a tune based on a picture I saw an opportunity to draw on my stock of software bought in sales that seemed a really good idea at the time but I haven’t got round to using much – in this case Photosounder
With that I produced a number of basic tracks across the range from tonal to noise which were then effected to an inch of their lives. The only things played were the aforementioned two chords for arpeggio duties and the very irritating bass synth riff.
Extra marks for naming the 1986 tune where I first used the effect on the end? This competition limited to the 9 people still living who heard it in the first place.
Piano is not my forte but nevertheless I’ve tickled the nickel plated steel to have a bash at the Music Weeklies Piano Solo theme.
Solo in this instance meaning alone.
So terribly alone.
A second go at the Music Weeklies Challenge with the theme this week being a choice of any of the previous two hundred suggestions. I was tempted to combine a few and try my hand at ‘Dinosaur Kung-Fu Master Sexy Time’ but ultimately settled on 189: New Beginnings
Originally this was going to be a half song / half instrumental chimera but a lack of time to do the words meant the hasty addition of slide guitar. And it sounds like it.
Set arpeggiators to stun!
I went for the most obvious choice of David Bailey.
Not unexpectedly it didn’t come out as I intended and there wasn’t enough time to fulfil my original plan of adding a mantra to the start, the OM one.