Tag Archives: 2008

As Yet Unknown

EMHU – What is love

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Title: What is love (demo)
Artist: Ethan Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele
Album: cali demos
Date: 2008

Thanks Ethan.
Recorded in Palo Alto, June 2008.

Download: ethan-whatislove (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Homework

Noggin – Blue Heron

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Title: Blue Heron
Artist: Noggin
Album: Homework
Date: 2008

I had so much fun making this. First use of the 8-outs on the mpc, and really some of the most down and dirty I ever got with that machine. Roland MC-09 on the acid, some protools and UA reverb in there I believe – lots of UA compressors etc (what Up Jonathan hook it up with the box homey!!).
I have a connection with Blue Herons that I cannot explain. I first noticed this in 2008 when I confronted one waiting outside my apartment. Ever since then, I can’t help but feel like they are somehow watching my back when I least expect it. Maybe they are relatives reincarnated, or simply messengers sent from the other side. Either way, this one’s for the birds.
Download: 05 Blue Heron (right click and choose ‘save as’)

collaborations Live Bootlegs

Bananahat – Live From Stafford 20 December 2008

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Title: Live from Stafford 20 December 2008
Artist: Bananahat
Album: Live from Bryan, TX
Date: 2008

When all three members of Bananahat happened to convene in Bryan, Texas around the Christmas of 08, good things happened. SkullF*cker had a show booked at Stafford, and along with Bryce Clayton Eiman, Bananahat was around to pull the electro-noise-house vibes out of the winter downtown air.
Technically, this was Bananahat plus, as we had two at-large members join us on stage in masks and stuff. There’s laptops, live vocals, a feedbacker modded-sp303, akai mpc, korg er-1, tuning forks, contact mics, more feedback loops, and most importantly the magic of the season and weariness of the road.
The actual performance was about 30 minutes, but the recordings got started a short ways into it. Major props to Houston for hitting that record button…I don’t know how I could ever remember much less describe Bananahat at their finest hour.
Chappy Chanukah to all yall.
Download: 01 Live at Stafford 20081220 (right click and choose ‘save as’)
Bananahat ca. 2008

Homework

Noggin – Family Choir / Family Organ

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Title: Family Choir / Family Organ
Artist: Noggin
Album: Homework
Date: 2008

This piece is a combination of two other pieces of algorithmic music written in 3 lines each of chuck code – deemed ‘chuckus’ for their relationship to 3 line poem styles. My first homework assignment when I came back to school after a trip back home in 2008.
The first piece can be summed up as cancerous, as follows:
SndBuf a=>dac;"special:dope"=>a.read;SndBuf b=>dac;"special:peksblnk"=>b.read;
float c;float d;while(true){Math.cos((c::ms=>now)/15::ms)=>a.rate;
Math.tan((d::ms=>now)/11::ms)=>b.rate;Math.sin(1333)=>c;Math.sin(-400)=>d;}

The second piece can be summed up as lament, as follows:
SinOsc q=>NRev r=>dac;SqrOsc w=>r;[63,61,56,65,60]@=>int x[];.5=>q.gain;303=>int
m;0=>float e=>w.gain;while(m::ms=>now){if(e<.1)e+.0003=>e=>w.gain;maybe*m::ms=>
now;Std.mtof(x[Std.rand2(0,4)])=>q.freq;Std.mtof(x[Std.rand2(0,4)]+5)=>w.freq;}

Again, these are algorithmic pieces, and so they kind of write themselves. Each time they are played, they will be slightly different. The challenge for me was to still give them a consistent enough character that ties them together on multiple plays. Also, using simple math functions to simulate ‘song structure’ puts forth its own challenges.
These two pieces also definitely represent the place my head and heart were at in January of 2008. We miss you, Mom.
Download: Family Choir _ Family Organ (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Tension

Noggin – Tension (full mix)

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Title: Tension (full mix)
Artist: Noggin
Album: Tension
Date: 2008

Short mix (~40min) I put together in the Spring time in Cali.
Lots of experimental stuff going on here. It’s wholly DJDecks (R.I.P.!!!), though mixed externally with a Vestax VMC 185 XL (coming yer way Trypset). In my opinion, that mixer is the instrument that wants to be played, and the tracks are like the strings that you apply and tune to make the instrument sing what you need it to.
This thing runs the gamut from nu-folk to straight house to indie jams. I was pretty happy with it. The name and glitches come from my internal stasis that year.
Includes hits from, but not limited to:
Quench
DNTEL
Telepopmusik
Keiran Hebden and Steve Reid
Herbert
Bjork
Download: Noggin – (2008) – Tension (Full Mix) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

TreeVerb demos

Noggin – bleepbeat2

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Title: bleepbeat2
Artist: Noggin
Album: Treeverb demos
Date: 2008

A more pop take on last weeks drunkard of a beat.
Made for the same project, at about the same time, with about the same equipment. ER-1 still bleeping away, but now some softsynth epiano and the 808 has gone -> 909 / sampled drum machine.
Download: Noggin – 02 – Bleepbeat2 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

TreeVerb demos

Noggin – bleepbeat

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Title: bleepbeat
Artist: Noggin
Album: Treeverb demos
Date: 2008

Sound of a drunk synthesizer.
Also from the TreeVerb by Spratt demos. I threw this one together with the mpc and er-1 on bleep mode just to get something with some pure tones going so you could hopefully get a clearer picture of the reverb effects. TreeVerb was designed to generate impulse responses that were made up of a virtual ‘forest’ of trees. Some unique properties came out of this in unnatural configurations, notably placing the trees in a spiral.
Download: 01 bleepbeat (right click and choose ‘save as’)

TreeVerb demos

Noggin – bliqbloq

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Title: bliqbloq
Artist: Noggin
Album: Treeverb demos
Date: 2003

update: player fixed.
Chalk the name of this one up to a finnicky synth-keyboard interface and kind of letting it name itself as I stumble through the characters.
This one is actually entirely out-the-box, in that it 100% comes from a Yamaha AN1X being played live. You gotta love the sequencer on that thing. Add to that the complete bi-timbrallity and you can get pretty creative with multiple sounds at once and getting close to a full composition from the synth itself.
I know I recorded this one around 3am in my house off Dartmouth in San Marcos.
Rebirthed in 2008 to help with the demo at AES of Spratt’s TreeVerb algorithm.
Download: 11 bliqbloq (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Live 8 bit Rancho Relaxo

Noggin – Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo part 1

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Title: Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo part 1
Artist: Noggin
Album: Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo
Date: 2008

This is the first part of my set at Rancho Relaxo precluding an AMODA showcase. Highlights of this show include meeting Captain Sievert and Yatagarasu aka Hexcrusher. The Cap’n has the gameboys down, and Hexcrusher was rocking a Nintendo and a distortion pedal.
Love those guys.
Still noisy, albeit maybe a bit more focused than the encore that I’ve already posted.
Download: Live 8bit set at Rancho Relaxo (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Live 8 bit Rancho Relaxo

Noggin – 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo part 00000010

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Title: Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo part 00000010
Artist: Noggin
Album: Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo
Date: 2008

When I moved back to Texas in 2008, having spent the previous year doing nothing but producing music (and doing lots of math in the process), I had sound exploding out of me. Ethan Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele, Steward of Rancho Relaxo, asked me to participate in a pre-AMODA “8-bit” show. Now, I’ve never considered myself strictly 8-bit, but I jumped at the opportunity to basically drone out in a dark basement and maybe make people expand their understanding of what things like 8-bit are really about. Recent experiments into feedback loops through the ER-1, music written for gameboy (had to meet the criteria), and a custom-built distortion box (think of it as analog 8-bit sound) all came together to produce a swath or digital crustiness reverberating off the graffiti’d stone walls of the Rancho Basement. The wonderful visuals provided by no less than three video artists of course helped the ambiance.
There are some re-worked Noggin classics in here, and part 1 will be up at some point.
This is Noggin doing noise, if that aint your thing, open your ears and mind or please, move on.
Download: noggin-8bit-set2 (right click and choose ‘save as’)