Sneak

Noodle on Friday, refine on Saturday, record and up on Sunday, forget on Monday. The best thing about doing music this way is that you needn’t spend weeks (in my case years) with an idea trying to make it perfect. Once it’s presentable, you can let it go and you’re free to move on to the next thing. Nobody’s going to listen anyway! Who cares!!

Actually, I do care a little. For the first time ever I feel like I belong to an online community, although no one has taken notice yet. There are loads of people doing the same thing, many with similar equipment. It’s interesting to see how they use it and what kind of music comes out.

The Volca Beats for drums and Volca Bass for bass. No effects on those. This time I’m splitting the output from the SQ-1 all over the place. It’s going to drive the arpeggio sequence on one littleBits oscillator, and to trigger the envelope of the melody line I’m playing. I also have it triggering filters on both the sequence and the lead, although in the end I left it as a subtle effect rather than ramping it up to squidge level. The melody I’m playing is two oscillators. One is tuned, but the other I’ve turned all the way to the right. That’s what’s giving it the percussive tone you can hear especially on low notes. LittleBits is running through a Strymon Big Sky set on room reverb.

Everything into an Alto ZMX52 mixer and aux out to a Tascam DR-07MKII recorder. Single take. No dubbing or processing. Video recorded on a Pentax Q.