I’m doing a thing this year.
I came across the site “weeklybeats” right at the beginning of the year and decided to join in on the challenge that is make a finished song every week this year.
Of course “finished song” is a bit vague and being unable to complete songs is historically a huge weakness of mine, but basically I’m trying to take every track through to the final stage of mixing and mastering each week. At the very least, hopefully by the end of 2014 there will be 52 ideas which Anders and I can perhaps turn into something.
So far it’s been fun and hard at the same time, in fact, the reason I haven’t written about it before is that frankly I wasn’t (and still am not!) really sure that I would be able to follow through. So far I’ve survived the first 5 weeks though so thought it might be about time I posted some of the results.
Anyway, here’s what has come out of it so far:
When you are not making a living from it, it can sometimes be hard to find time to make music. Moreover, just like sports or speaking a foreign language, if you stop doing it for a while it gets harder and harder to “get back in the groove” and produce good results.
So! Anders and I recently started a new experiment, as a means to "stay in shape" musically, and have a bit of fun at the same time: The Sub Delay Soundbook!
The idea is simple: Each week we take turns uploading a small recording of something (anything!) along with a picture of the sound source, and the other band member then has a week to create something vaguely musical based on that sound.
It is unlikely that any great art will come out of it, but if you’re curious check out how we are doing at book.subdelay.com!
I’ve gotten quite a few questions on how to make a BCR2000 work as a step sequencer with Ableton Live as shown here.
Therefore I have decided to post the Ableton set I use:
I myself found the basics of this setup posted somewhere online so seems only fair I should share! I’m sorry but I forget where exactly I got it but thanks to whoever posted the original! :)
The “Steps” track sends MIDI to the Analog synth on track 3. By revealing the MIDI Mappings screen you can see how everything is set up. I use the top encoders on my BCR2000 to control pitch by setting all the encoders to CC 10 with each encoder on its own MIDI channel (1-8). Likewise the bottom encoders are set to control step velocity and step length on CC71 and CC74.
The “Lights” track sends midi messages to the BCR2000 to light up the toggle buttons at the top of the unit. Make sure “MIDI To” on this track is set to output to the BCR2000 on channel 1 and map the buttons so they are triggered by MIDI control 11-18. Hopefully with this setup you should be step sequencing in no time! :)
Midi clock to iPhone, iPhone audio clicks to sync in on Monotribe…surprisingly this works!
UVB is now available for streaming in its entirety on SoundCloud!
We spent a lot of time sequencing and connecting the songs with transitional music so even if you’ve heard all the songs in isolation please go and listen to the whole album from start to finish at least once!
…Or even better, get the album on iTunes so you can listen on your favorite music device and avoid SoundCloud’s annoying little gaps between the tracks ;)
As usual we took much longer than necessary to finish this, but at least it didn’t take another 7 years. UVB is released today!
The new album consists of 10 lost recordings that have been buzzing away from an old radio transmitter, buried under the ice for centuries (so the album blurb says at least). The songs are linked together with transitional music so you can listen to the album from start to end as one long track.
Starting from today, every 3 days we will be publishing a full length track from the album for streaming until finally the complete album is released. You can listen to the opening track: “What Lies Below” now:
And…for those who can’t wait, those who want to own their own copy of the music, or those who simply think we deserve a pat on the back for all those hours and money spent on this expensive hobby, the full album is available for purchase on iTunes from today!