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One thing that Modulars are great for…is producing “Chaotic” (that is to say “Non-periodic”) drones. Musical uses of such drones remain for consideration in future projects… :-)
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I am happy to announce the release of the “Hinterland” album, now available on iTunes, Spotify and elsewhere (still doesn’t seem to be on Amazon yet, but it should be shortly).
This release marks the culmination of my work for the last year (or so) and I am looking forward to a break to pursue some other Sound related avenues…to this end you may well see a lot more posting on my sound design Blog, “A Hidden Sound” (http://danielottinisound.tumblr.com/ ), as I ramp up some long-put off field recording for the Summer.
I have several sketches for my next Album-related project and will be working towards that in the coming year (though I have no definite release date that I am keeping to); in addition I plan to catch up on some technical stuff (I never quite seem to learn to use all the tools I have at hand as well as I would like) particularly exploring the recent release of MOTU’s very excellent Digital Performer 8 for Windows.
You will also likely see a few more releases for the Production Music market as I focus on that sphere of my practice.
Many Thanks and keep watching this space!
The Centre Cannot Hold (Calm Seas Mix)
…the “Calm Seas” edit retains only the less chaotic elements of the original mix and adds ethereal female vocals (Courtesy Avanna).
Source: SoundCloud / Daniel Ottini
A chaotic piece with a repeating, modulated, gritty synth sequence/drums, with calm chords/bass underneath. Conveys an atmosphere of stability in the midst of a harsh, changing background…
Source: SoundCloud / Daniel Ottini
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The Robot Speaks…
While the weather outside was frightful (or at least it was for an hour or so a few weeks ago!) I’ve been enjoying Dave Tompkins’ excellent work on the history of the Vocoder. It’s any interesting journey from Military technology to weapon of Funk (with some side trips to Wendy Carlos and Kraftwerk). While the book obviously focuses on the Vocoder’s stereotypical use as a “robot voice generator”, it does justice by noting that it’s much more useful to Electronic Music than that…
With all the new tools Electronic Musicians can reach for, it’s nice to know that there is one that has a noble history, but still presents new territory to be explored.
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A great article on a standard all electronic musicians have benefited from - though there is a debate as to when we should serve the birthday cake…
For all the criticism, MIDI works without asking too much in the way of configuration (for basic functionality and compared to, say, USB) and is fairly robust (as long as you don’t chain too many devices and push through too much data). Sure it’s “Dumb” and “Slower” than new technology, but it works every time I switch on my hardware…can’t always say that about USB.
My Baloney Has a First Name…
My next Album, “Hinterland” will be forthcoming in April 2013…in the meanwhile you can hear tracks from the album (as I release them) here, on Soundcloud:
Or purchase the pre-release album here, on Bandcamp:
Thanks (as always) for listening!
Your PI is Served…as this video demonstrates, the possibility of cheap Synth hardware is being explored as a result of the Raspberry PI project. The low price point of the hardware and the omnipresent use of the internet make the proliferation of more of these sorts of projects a given. As an aside, its also nice to see Phase Distortion synthesis making a re-entry since the days of Casio…
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Many thanks to SOMA FM for the “airplay” :
Mission Control (Sat Jul 14 16:00:06 2012 through Sat Jul 21 16:13:19 2012)
Top 30 Tracks BY SPINS
1. Magnetic Wind - Beginning (4)
2. Helios - First Dream Called Ocean (4)
3. Akumu - Haunted (3)
4. Cliff Martinez - Skull Crushing (3)
5. Daniel Ottini - Atrium 1 (3)
6. Fake Plastic Heads - String Theory (3)
7. Pjoni - So Sorry (3)
8. Clark - Broken Kite Footage (3)
9. Daniel Ottini - Unexpected Animals (3)
10. Patch - Treed (3)…
Monkeys + Synthesizers - The next time someone throws you the old “Electronic music is not really music because all you do is press a button” argument (for some reason it always seems to be a family member?), show them this video. Since this should (presumably) be easier than typing out the works of Shakespeare, I would have thought that the monkeys would have faired better…
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