An experimental, improvised piece utilizing looping tape, and delay. 4 ostinati are recorded onto each of the TASCAM portastudio's tracks. They play perpetually because the cassette has been modified into an endless loop. The delay unit (Ibanez DD1000) also adds to the rhythmic texture by repeating these sounds via an effects loop. Its HOLD feature takes whatever sound is in its memory buffer and repeats it infinitely. It's sort of like a primitive sampler and creates very effective rhythmic variations on the source ostinato. Another technique is used on the arpeggiated synth motif. It is recorded onto track 2 and then mixed back with the original sound. As the tape moves at different rates, the arpeggios move in and out of phase with each other, creating new rhythms and melodies out of the original material.
An ambientish thing performed live on my new Access Virus TI and then mixed down to tape from REAPER.
Here is another video added to Youtube. This was another attempt at creating a setup that works for live performance. I tried to integrate more keyboard playing in this. Soon, I will be getting an old hardware MIDI sequencer that will make the prospect of live performance sound really fun! mp3 is available from SoundCloud
Hello, I have uploaded a song to youtube called "Flicker." An mp3 has also been posted on my Soundcloud page. This was an experiment in mixing live sound with tape and video. It was also one of the first things I did with the TASCAM Portastudio 424 mkII that I just got (I have also been experimenting with tape looping on it.) So far, I am really enjoying working with analog tape and hope to have chances to do more with it in the future.
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