I recalled an old habit today of listening to mixes of my own music from other rooms. It’s hard to explain the attraction, but maybe it’s something to do with the sounds having a transporting, ambient quality to them which is made more pronounced when given a sense of perspective.
Being close to silent spaces, with the sense of directional sound coming from elsewhere gives an extra context to the spacial nature of the sound itself. It just works as a contemplative experience for me, often leading to adjustments in the sound mix or thoughts about changes to the composition.
Anyway, I’ve been digging into the drone vault of Andrey Sadovnikov once again to find raw material to process and warp.
My old Casio Sk1 is getting more use on this piece, the fantastic 1 second of 8bit sampling that the mini-keyboard allows is proving to be useful as a constraint and the gritty sound quality a nice contrast to the precise digitally created source drones. Along with using a USB mixer running into Ableton Live, I’m enjoying the freedom of setting up a set of loops running against a longer drone track and just putting down mixes that I play live – just like the old pre-automation, pre-sequencer days!
Here’s the edit from a mix of the latest drone piece.