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Distant Listening

doorsI 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.

sonogram2My 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.

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home_taping2I’ve seen this a few times before, but after viewing my web statistics this morning, I’ve quite had enough, and I hope my reader will forgive me, but I am vexed!

So, The Pirate Bay have captured people’s imaginations recently with their high profile back-talking against the blundering oafs of the US Copyright lobby, and they certainly have the cool factor with them, but there comes a point when indiscriminant file sharing is counter productive for all of us.

Users of the torrenting scene popularly consider themselves glamourous digital buccaneers who are getting one over on The Man with their superior tech skills, because the top heavy Music Industry dinosaur has sucked us all dry for so long…and they make so much money they can afford it. Right?

Well, there may be an engrained business structure here which is certainly not entirely devised for the best interests of the artists, but that’s not the issue that I find today. Yes, I’m looking at you torrents.ru! and you laffi, varek2, and don’t think I can’t see you at the back, “banana ninja“!

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