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Sete Pés by emeu

Round 41
Author emeu
Title Sete Pés
MP3 Link
Module Link sdc41_emeu-sete_pés.rar
Filesize 6628KB
Score 5, 4, 4, 1Total Points: 14 (4 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes

My entry is based on The Art Of The Fugue, by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Glenn Gould playing the first contrapunctus:

I recorded all the samples, played electric guitar and (kind of) sang.
I used one VST, NI Absynth 4.


Comment by Airmann on 2009-08-25 14:39:49

First impression: This reminds me very strong to your last song. Full of crazy movie-like sound collages. Have to listen closer in order to write more.

Comment by sim on 2009-08-27 13:55:30

Creating tension and a certain atmosphere just by the use of a dozen samples: has this kind of music a name of its own? One has to concentrate on it to discover that there is a logic within this track and even parts with some kind of ryhtm.
I still do not Know whether I like it or not.

Comment by Storm on 2009-08-28 06:35:04

Well done cool nummber of The Art Of The Fugue.

Comment by emeu on 2009-08-28 09:41:10

The theme is played verbatim starting on 1:03 and then again starting on 1:13. The chopped guitar part is also originally a reharmonization of the fugue's subject.
The rest of the piece uses the intervalic and rhythmic relationships of the subject, developed through serial methods.
I don't know if there's a name for this kind of music, but I would say I'm most directly influenced by the ideas of twentieth century composers like Schönberg, Schaeffer, Stockhausen, Cage, etc. Of course what used to take a great amount of time and patience manipulating tape as well as very expensive and cumbersome electronic equipment can now be done in a breeze with Renoise, which I find excellent for this kind of work (if only it could play more than one pattern simultaneously... but I digress). Modern technology also allows for much greater levels of complexity in manipulating all kinds of sound sources.
Also I'm a jazz guitarist and that's my primary musical interest.

Anyway thank you for your comments, and sorry for the little lecture :)
I promise I'll try a different style next round.

Comment by chunter on 2009-09-01 09:55:17

For your style, you could probably make extra tracks to copy and paste the patterns you want to run simultaneously into a new pattern; just a workaround of sorts but it would work. For a more grandiose project you could use rewire and run multiple instances of renoise, synchronized. Multiple patterns at once is a bit outside the "tracker" paradigm but I suppose it's not completely out of the question.

I explained tracking to another musician once and it led him to compare what trackers do to what the BBC Radiophonic Workshop used to do with lots of tape. It is a quite appropriate comparison, though the Workshop's efforts were obviously far more difficult.

I like that you've abandoned the baroque style completely for this. It's difficult music, yes, but you've avoided the trap that I couldn't by not creating a piece that sounds too much like "Switched On Bach."

Comment by emeu on 2009-09-01 11:00:48

Copying and pasting patterns into a new pattern doesn't work if the patterns are at a different bpm/lpb.
I didn't think about rewire, I'll have to check that out.
The only workaround I know of is pulling out a calculator, filling notebooks with numbers, and dealing with large and cumbersome patterns. Or using max/msp.

Comment by Sonicade on 2009-09-03 10:59:30

The production quality is very good. I like the ambient guitar and water sounds. Very interesting atmospheric piece.

Comment by Airmann on 2009-09-07 15:05:36

agree about the high quality of the sounds. Also despite the high experimental level I could recognize at least some parts of the original tune in your production :-) . For me the whole tune is a bit too experimental. I'd really like to hear an old fashioned tune next time - with some awesome sounds of course ;-). BTW: one can hear some jazzy elements in this.

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