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New digital EP: AUTO COUNTERPOINTS

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New digital EP released April 17th 2019

Available on most streaming services.

https://awal.lnk.to/AutoCounterpoints

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Two acoustic-experimental April tracks

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Created for:
Disquiet Junto Project 0377: Algorithms Assemble
Step 1: Define a scale of 8 notes (or sounds).
Step 2: Create a melody with 4 notes from the scale resulting from Step 1.
Step 3: Replace note 2 in the melodic sequence from Step 2 with an unused note (selected deterministically or randomly). Then do this for note 4, then for note 3, and then for note 1.
Step 4: Reintroduce the first melody as counterpoint to the result of Step 3. This establishes a pair of notes at each point in time.

My scale is a 8 note diatonic that goes:
C-D-E-F#-G#-A#-B-C 8va

My 4 note melody is C-E-C8-G#
I did the permutations suggested on step 3, I just added some high notes to give it some spark, then I went on with step 4 and then started to develop freely.

3 different pianos (one muted and played with mallets)
Orchestral samples and treatments.

Paris, Friday 22nd March 2019

and

PI (extended mix)
14 tracks of bowed upright basses (harmonics, effects and multiple layered bass and hi pitched notes)
Some samples (harp, violin)
Sound effects, noises.
Cello.

Composed and performed by DD
Pars, France, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 march 2019

created for:
Disquiet Junto Project 0376: Pi Filling
The Assignment: Celebrate Pi Day.

 

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Transience: Letting Go (music for haiku)

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Composed and performed by DD, February 2019.

Ukuleles

bowed upright basses

orchestral soundscape

muted piano, voices

synthesizer

celesta

slight percussion groove ( tongue drums and thunder drum).

Music for this poem:
“Transience
Petal by petal
We let go”

haiku by Debbie Strange debbiemstrange.blogspot.com

picture by Annie Spratt unsplash.com/@anniespratt

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Copernicus’ Bad Idea (experimental instrumental)

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Challenge: Compose a work of music for sentient beings elsewhere in the universe. “Science is Copernican, but society remains Ptolemaic.”

This is on more step in a research I’ve been into lately: creating music that have that “pop” catchiness and charm that stick with you, but avoiding some of the “pop” song formulas: typical pop instrumentation, 4/4 beat, clear and focused melody, tonal harmonies etc etc.

The beat is 7/4 with a weird “drum kit” consisted of Argentina’s Bombo Leguero ad finger snaps.
-There’s no clear melody but instead some melodic fragments that never quite repeat and develop but make a “mantra” like melodic pastiche that, well, sticks to you.
-Structure is also quite weird, particularly if you follow the melodies.
-Instrumentation is ridiculous:

Ukulele Bass (Kala U-Bass)
Two Ukuleles
Marimba
Tongue Drum
Harmonica
Lead analog synth
Balafon (x2)

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Valentine’s Bowl (Tibetan bowls soundscape)

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Ambient track performed exclusively on Tibetan Bowls. I used the two sound you make with this thing, _Tap_ that’s a “hit” on the edge of the bowl with the fat wood stick/mallet and a _Rub_ drone turning the stick around the bowl’s edges.
Then I just pitched up and down to several different notes and constructed this soundscape. But the source is just that single bowl. And 40 sec Lexicon Reverbs with Wah Wah…

No synth used off course, nothing but the bowl.

Friday 15th February 2019 in the morning.

 

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Ambient track inspired by the idea of “concrete wallpaper music”

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Disquiet Junto Project 0371 Concrete Ambience

The Assignment: What could concrete wallpaper music sound like?
Step 1: Consider the concept of wallpaper music.
Step 2: Consider wallpaper designed to look like concrete.
Step 3: Consider what concrete wallpaper music might sound like.
Step 4: Record concrete wallpaper music.

I decided that concrete wallpaper music should sound like a very low rumble, a bit oppressive and disturbing. Not pretty really.

For this one I recycled ad Indian Harmonium improvisation I did some weeks ago for a collaboration with j @howthenightcame . He did excellent use of it on his Babel Library EP that I recommend.(howthenightcame.bandcamp.com/album/the-…y-of-babel)

But I wanted to do something with a very little melody that appears half way thought it.

Instead of building a new thing out of those little notes, inspired by this concrete junto I went for a different approach:

I routed the harmonium stereo mix through some extreme filtering to make it sound like it is played very loud inside a concrete bunker or building and you just hear hints of it through the walls. I played the little melody with several synths and electric piano, all filtered and sent through a “concrete basement” convolution reverb.

The final mix of the harmonium and the new tracks is heard as a very wet signal with loads of another convolution reverb: “giant concrete room”.

Features:

Indian Harmonium as it sounds listened through concrete walls

Synths and electric piano buried on “concrete basement” convolution reverb.

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Finisterre, new ambient single released.

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Composed and performed by DD in Paris, France, May 2018.
Tibetan bowls
Shakuhachi
Melodica Hohner
Treated dulcimer
Clocks
Tongue drums (treated)
Matrix 12 synth pad
Voices

https://awal.lnk.to/Finisterre

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Music for Haiku January/February 2019

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My creations inspired by haikus this last few months:

 

 

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The Uncertain Glory Of An April Day (instrumental/experimental single)

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New single released today April 1st 2019

Acoustic instrumental experimental using changing odd time signatures.
Ukuleles (two takes left-right)
Upright bass
Marimbas
Harmonium
Drums
Caxixis
Analogue synth (à la Rick Wright)

Composed and performed by DD, December 2018

Photo by Vivek Kumar

https://awal.lnk.to/OHJPm

 

 

 

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Hope, Despair & Other Issues: Melodic Experimental Electric Basses (NEW EP Released today)

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I released this EP today, all performed (almost exclusively) on electric basses.

https://awal.lnk.to/y9z3e

Some multi tracked ambient bass, some unaccompanied bass (fretless track 2, fretted 5 string track 1, real time pedals and treatments track 4)

Thanks for listening and any comments/critics are welcome.

It is called

Hope, Despair & Other Issues: Melodic Experimental Electric Basses

 

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