(TYPE A OR B) WeeklyBeats9

WeeklyBeats submission for week 9. I may have gone over the top on this one. Intro is very heavy handed. Experimented with the new Z3TA+ synth for iPad, as well as the current stable; Thor, SunrizerXS, Nave, and a little Magellan. Lots of pans. Some compression. A big experiment in many ways…. I hope you enjoy!

Album Art a shot from Artwick’s original Flight Simulator for the Apple ][.

Update: Love the comment I received on it over at WeeklyBeats:

Nice! Soundtrack for the birth of a new galaxy! Sounds great in my ATH-M50s!

WeeklyBeats7 – Cold Night

Cover for my latest submission to WeeklyBeats 2014. Wanted to go for an atmospheric sound again, something more ambient. Maybe this worked. Maybe not, but it came out as a complete unit. Also tried sticking to a small ‘band’. In this case used instruments from SampleTank: Blue Phaser electric piano, Xpander Phat synth pad, Cosmic Pad synth pad, and Minimoog echo 2 synth lead.

Also brought in some Abstract Atmosphere 50 from Garageband — which I used as my DAW.

Image is from something I took out the window a bunch of years ago. Loved the light pillars in the minus 40 weather.

WeeklyBeats5 – The Conversation

My latest submission to WeeklyBeats 2014. Had a lot of technical challenges with this one. Slower beat required more consideration of instrument selection and placement. Also had to get various samples to sound ‘good’ at this beat and discovered the muddiness that can be introduced by tweaking the sample frequency. Not a great tune, but a great learning experience.

Novation Launchpad, Thor, GarageBand provided the tech and zing. Cafe.mp3 sample courtesy of moson on FreeSound.org

Gadget and Claire


This week’s WeeklyBeats creation – I had no idea what I’d be doing this week. Then Korg went and released the cool Gadget app for the iPad and I knew I’d be using it.

A few hours later, some futzing around in GarageBand for the drumkit, guitars and mix, and it’s done. Thanks to my drummer ‘Ian’ — though I think he kinda steals the show in a couple of places.

Now, I have to learn how to make something longer than a minute and a bit…

Experiment in Atmospherice

Week Three
Well, I was disappointed that I didn’t have more time for my third (weekly) submission to WeeklyBeats — but it’s my own fault that I let my time get away from me this week.

In the time I had, I managed to stitch together a few tracks and make a salvageable attempt at an atmospheric bit. Perhaps something that would work as a background track to movie credits or a video game mood setter.

Anyway, give it a listen and I’d appreciate your feedback.

And you can review all my tracks here — at my WeeklyBeats page.

Flightline

The latest image for an upcoming composition exercise with WeeklyBeats. It’s fun to make the music AND envision an album cover for the tune. Image captured with my iPhone and edited with my iPad.

Flightline should be is live on the WeeklyBeats.com site January 12th around 5pm MST now.

WeeklyBeats – a year long project

Over the last few years I’ve been trying to learn more about music production. This has been an on/off interest of mine with real motivation driving me toward any learning structure. Last week that changed.

I found WeeklyBeats.com — a website that encourages you to produce — any type of music — one cut per week, and upload it. That’s it. No competition, just the knowledge that you’ve managed to turn out one piece of music for that week. Which in my case, is more than I’ve done in the past 6 months :D. Also there’s the potential for some encouraging feedback.

Yes it’s an artificial deadline, but it’s a deadline, and a commitment. Somehow those two manage to drive me to results. And with that segue, here’s my first composition of the year; In the Garage.

The goal of this one is to start a foundation for a production workflow. I used GarageBand on the MacBook Pro to record/edit and sounds came from my iPad — Propellerhead’s Thor synth, and Novation’s LaunchPad app.

This one’s pretty simple, but yes, your thoughts and feedback are welcome.