a jam/loop/sample a day for the whole month of January
My uploads are getting a little sparser towards the end of the month but I’m still working on other bits and pieces, my radio show in particular. Here’s a relaxing one..
11 days of Jamuary left after this one. It’s been fun and difficult! I’ve learnt a lot about the OP-1 and Ableton in the process. This one comes from a calm place..
I have absolutely no control over what comes out of these little jams anymore, I just hand over to a higher power and this is what comes out. It’s quirky, but I like it. And on further inspection it’s a lot like another Jamuary piece I did but that’s what you get when you’re trying to make music every day :-)
Oops, no Jamuary yesterday due to date night with the wifey. ごめん！Here’s a fresh one for day 16 though! This one mashes a few different inspirations together. Made entirely with OP-1.
Sometimes I’m just chasing simple beautiful sounds. This one uses the Max4Live granular looper Iota.
There’s something so beautiful about drenching a piano in lots of reverb and delay and playing super fast. It almost always sounds great. This is from another DERIVE piece I’m working on at the moment.
Using this little guy to guide me to weird and wonderful sounds today.
Recently I’ve been studying instruments from New Zealand for an upcoming project with DERIVE, so for today’s Jamuary piece I sampled the beautiful Pūtātara, a traditional Maori instrument used in ceremonies and rituals.
A little experiment with this thick cloud of sound for today’s Jamuary. György Ligeti was always going on about clouds of sound and used the idea frequently in his compositions. Especially employing the orchestra to create thick, impenetrable walls of sound. To this day I’m still inspired greatly by his music.
I have no idea where this weird little one came from, but it erupted from somewhere deep inside. I like its quirkiness.
Plinky plonky is today’s theme..
This one is called “Oh shit, 1 minute is way too short!” Before today I’d never really understood the OP-1’s arpeggiator and its weird “type” and “once/each/all/trig” settings so I took the opportunity to RTFM and got my head around it.
It’s getting a little darker today. OP-1 recorded straight into Ableton (through the Universal Audio Arrow preamps for a bit of extra warmth) with a healthy sprinkle of reverb added. I could see this one turning into a full piece some day.
Today’s loop is a short teaser of the new piece I’m working on; DERIVE Hong Kong. The full track will be released alongside the latest issue of Cody Ellingham’s Wanderer Magazine.
I just got home from Kyoto, loaded up Ableton Live and recorded this quick little piece that I made whilst on the Shinkansen back to Tokyo.
I’m heavily into the OP-1 endless sequencer at the moment. I haven’t really used it much before but it’s my best friend now!
A little bit different from what I uploaded on Instagram but unfortunately I lost that Arp sound since recording the video, so I added some bass and called it a day.
I found a peaceful spot in Kyoto’s countryside to jam a little bit.