I haven’t posted any new tracks in a while due to traveling and other circumstances, but tonight I had some spare time so I sat down with a borrowed laptop and this little thing came out :).
I did not have any other means of input besides the laptop keyboard so forgive some of the rough edges please. Also, all I had for monitoring was my very cheap ear buds. Thus, levels and EQ is probably all over the place. There has been no mastering (yet). If any one feels up to it let me know and I’ll send you the original file.
I have to return this laptop tomorrow so there is no time left to work on this track, but it was fun working with only a (licensed of course) copy of Ableton Live and a laptop. Hope you like it!
BTW, the samples are from a public repo of NASA transmissions. My interpretation of the terms is that this use should be OK but if that’s not the case let me know and I’ll remove them.
The first Cumulus EP is complete and uploaded to Bandcamp!
The tracks on this album represent different fantastic visions of abandoned environments that could or perhaps do exist somewhere only the clouds travel. The tracks are meant to be heard in order as a continuous journey.
All tracks were recorded using my modular synth (The Cumulus Machine) with Ableton Live as a recording deck. With the exception of a few overdubs the tracks were recorded ‘live’ as continuous takes.
Download it now!
It’s free, or you can pay any amount you want
if you feel generous and like what you hear :).
Special thanks to Adam Watson for mastering and feedback!
In order to add an extra ‘voice’ to my mobile setup (more on that later) I got a Nebulophone from Bleep Labs. The Nebulophone is a tiny (very tiny) monophonic arduino based synth that packs a might punch and an impressive feature set.
You can read all about it at the Bleep Labs website, but suffice it to say that this little instrument sounded and played better than I imagined. I had a chance to play it at a jam session yesterday and it added some impressive sounds and textures to the set.
It has 5 waveforms that all sound very raw and punchy. The built in, programmable arpeggiator also adds a lot of fun. Even though the interface is very bare in terms of buttons and pots it’s still not complicated to grasp, and as a small, improvisational source of randomness and uncertainty it sounded fantastic.
This is the second track in my new Clicks and Cuts / chopped up crackle and pop direction. It is a bit more ambient than the previous one, but my intention is to keep going up and down the spectrum of very slow and atmospheric to more rhythmic almost drum and bass inspired tracks. This one will probably lead into the ML1 track at some point…
The track was made entirely in the box in Live, using no analog / OB gear at all.
Please leave a comment with any feedback. Hear anything you’d change? Something you like / do not like? Please let me know!