Archive for September, 2008
Tom Erbe is one of the members of the electronic music community whose work I highly respect. Not only is most of his software free, not only are they usable by any skill level, not only are they the most educational electronic music tools i’ve ever used… I could go on. But the end result is that they sound simple and great.
At long last Tom has released the SoundHack Delay Trio, the description of the algorithms is fantastic, from the announcement:
“All of these are derived from the same basic delay algorithm: a hermite interpolated delay line with variable modulation, and a feedback loop with dc blocking and saturation. Pitch shifting is achieved with a dual head crossfading delay (ala Eltro Tempophon/Dennis Gabor/Pierre Schaeffer phonogene) and is decidedly low-ﬁ. The saturating feedback also allows them to be great drone and noise generators.”
Awesome work! Can’t wait to get this one in action, I have something going now that begs for some new delay.
Two of my other favorites of Tom’s are decimate+ and of course the ubiquitous SoundHack, both available (along with a TON of others) on the SoundHack Freeware page.
As the summer begins its winddown, I’ve found that I’ve been writing some interesting beat-ful music at the same time I’ve been doing completely abstract sound works. It’s fun! Each opens the doors in the other, it’s pretty interesting the way the cross-over happens, and how: even moreso these days, things are sculptural and dimensional.
For long periods of time, I feel vaguely disinterested by dance music. It’s cyclical, and it makes me wonder what my music sounds like. I’ve never had a singular influence, things always become amalgamations of my experience. I never find myself “trying to do something like so-and-so” and rarely ever have a sonic idea in my head prior to composing (it’s happened, but i’m really more of an explorer/improvisor when it comes to expressing things musically – i just allow my subconscious to do the driving), but I always do seem to have a good sense for how it all goes together.