EP in the works

This year will see the release of my first four track EP, with the (working) title ‘Sisamat’. I’ve just about finished three tracks. So with 10 months still to go in 2017 I think I can safely state that I will wrap this up before the year ends. Not only is this post meant to provide my ample fan base with this information, it is also intended to keep the pressure on myself.

I really enjoy my single take video recordings and the occasional individual tracks I produce. However, style-wise and sound-wise it is not very coherent. So I wanted to challenge myself to compose four tracks that would be in a way sonically related to each other. My goal with that is not only to finish that EP, but also to find a way into my own sound and my own style. Everything I’ve done so far is kind of all over the place. As of now, I’ve almost finished three tracks and I’m quite happy with where it’s going. I find myself using relatively simple melodies and progressions, very dense sounds and as much as possible an organic feel. For the lack of better words, that is. It’s really not that easy to describe music and sound using only words. But it won’t be long until you will be able to be your own judge and you can find your own words to describe my music (please be gentle).

It is all being recorded using the modular. I’m not a purist by any means, but plugins are used as little as possible. This really helps to maintain that organic feel that I’m looking for. It also restricts the possibilities of doing polyphonic stuff, at least with the setup I have. This forces me to think more thoroughly about which sound I want which notes to play, rather than just slamming down a few chords to support a lead sound. My experience is that restrictions often stimulate creativity.

About the title. Sisamat means ‘four’ in Inuit language. The track names will be the four official base words for snow in Inuit. Contrary to popular belief, there aren’t really 50 words for snow in Inuit. Read The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax by Geoffrey K. Pullum if you want to know more. It’s an hilarious piece, even if you’re not at all interested in the actual question.

Oh, and ‘releasing the EP’ can take any form as far as I’m concerned. Soundcloud, bandcamp, whatever. I might even consider offers from major labels.


Purple Pizza: SB-Six and El Campesino modular jam

SB-Six and I are planning to do our first live modular performance somewhere in 2017. This is the recording of another jam/rehearsal session. Aiming for a performance of at least a half hour straight, we talked about transitioning to a completely different patch/sound along the way. In this session, at some point I thought we were about done so faded out my sounds. SB-Six just kept playing to the point that I realised: “SB is not done with this session at all!” So I pulled some cables, re-arranged some stuff and jumped back in. From there, we built back up to a combined patch that was something completely different from where we started.


Bowed Strings Kindof

The Doepfer A196 PLL is one of my favourite modules. Unpredictable as hell. But once you find a way to tame it, it can really sound awesome. In this case it generates some kind of overtones that resemble a bowed string instrument in my opinion. I also like to use odd measures, should do that more often.

This post is pre dated. One of the purposes of this website is to put all my musical productions into one place. In order to get my archive more or less accurate, I chose to date stuff that was produced before the launch of this website at or around the time they were originally published.


Dixie Locked Loop

At some point in 2016 the idea popped in my head that I might want to take my modular out for an actual performance for actual people some day. Since I didn’t want to lug around that humongous Doepfer monster base I figured I should downsize and get a nice looking portable case. This would also speed up the patching process. I’m super happy with this one and found out you don’t necessarily need a big case or a lot of stuff to get big sounds.

This was all with 200hp of eurorack modules and an arturia keystep for transpositions.

That first public performance is yet to happen still…

This post is pre dated. One of the purposes of this website is to put all my musical productions into one place. In order to get my archive more or less accurate, I chose to date stuff that was produced before the launch of this website at or around the time they were originally published.


First collab session with SB-Six

Making music is a lot of fun by yourself, but even more fun when you’re doing it together. SB Six and I decided we should try to do some live jamming from scratch on our modulars. I brought over my little orange case to his place and this is one of the recordings we made. I was really surprised by the result. Didn’t really expect much since we didn’t even know each other at all before this. But for a first jam session this turned out pretty well.

This post is pre dated. One of the purposes of this website is to put all my musical productions into one place. In order to get my archive more or less accurate, I chose to date stuff that was produced before the launch of this website at or around the time they were originally published.


Harmonics Melody

Using the same oscillator output for different signal paths can often lead to interesting results. Sometimes you wouldn’t even imagine that they came from the same source. In this case it may be somewhat obvious. By multiplying the Braids output and using different processing and envelopes on the VCA’s, there’s both slow and distant pad kind of sounds and brighter short percussive sounds.

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Braids Geiger Countered

WMD Geiger counter is a one of a kind module. With no effort at all it can absolutely destroy any signal that it is fed. However, it is also quite capable of more subtle treatments of incoming waveforms. In this patch I used a relatively subtle approach while edging towards a harsh noise kind of sound.

This post is pre dated. One of the purposes of this website is to put all my musical productions into one place. In order to get my archive more or less accurate, I chose to date stuff that was produced before the launch of this website at or around the time they were originally published.


Act as if

Nothing beats a a good jungle break every once in a while. In this track I used a single take modular recording as base material for my own jungle track. There’s also a sample of the Dutch ska band Doe Maar. You can find the original modular recording in this post.

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Disting Delays Braids

Another favourite Braids algorithm of mine is FOLD, which is used for the lead sequence in this patch. The cool thing about the QuBit RT60 module is that all parameters are CV controllable. I use that to get a super big sound from the kick drum while maintaining clarity on the steps that only the lead sequence is heard.

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Tube Driven Sequence

I think that a progression in a track doesn’t necessarily have to come from changes in melody or chords. Synthesizers really enable you to create a different energy or feel using only changes to timbre of the actual sounds. Just the simple subtle tweaking of a filter can make all the difference.

This post is pre dated. One of the purposes of this website is to put all my musical productions into one place. In order to get my archive more or less accurate, I chose to date stuff that was produced before the launch of this website at or around the time they were originally published.