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Fall Tape Instant Jams

Noggin – Let’s Go Downstairs (demo)

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Title: Let’s Go Downstairs (demo)
Artist: Noggin
Album: Fall Tape
Date: 2011

A taste of things to come…
Anyway, I can’t believe I did it…the Trackaday project is officially ‘over’, but its not like I’m going to quit making music (I should totally rep my host, Dreamhost, without whom none of this would have been possible…absolute best web service provider out there). I thought for a little while about killing Noggin, taking real gory pictures and coming up with some elaborate tale and maybe an arch-enemy to take him out, but I didn’t want to alarm anyone who actually knows me as Noggin in my day to day life. I’ll honestly probably keep posting as regularly as I can, but I’ll save the awkward ‘Holy crap can i use yer internet in the next 15 minutes!?!’ cause I was about to forget to post stuff for another time. Not to mention, I’ve still got a backlog that just didn’t see the light yet.
Suffice it to say, I’ve got a totally new set of samples working their way to the mpc (I get a lot of mileage out of an APS file), with the exception of yer standard 808s, 909s, all samples from coming from wax.
Whipped up on the mpc one night after installing the eb16fx card. For the record (very proud of this), my MPC cannot be expanded anymore. Yes, I could add the F-Rom, but that only fits if you don’t have the eb16 card, so my mpc is maxed out as it can get.
The majority entirety of this is using samples off old disco / r&b / jazz records (Ronnie Milsap could nail some drums with his style of dx7-country). The fx card really just makes an appearance for a touch of reverb and I think eq. Don’t sleep on that non-destuctive chop in the 2kxl via velocity->sample start and 16-levels.
Download: letsgodownstairs (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Fall Tape

Noggin – Chillfest (rough draft)

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Title: Chillfest (rough draft)
Artist: Noggin
Album: Fall Tape
Date: 2011

Another one off the recently bounced Fall Tape. This path was formed by placing one stone at a time.
EPS sampling Logic sounds, sequenced via mpc, sequence recorded to logic, re-sequenced back to eps, tracked to logic in whole song and chunk sections (for looping), sent to cassette tape, bounced back to pc, cut up / mastered briefly mostly to raise cassette output, disseminated on the trackaday faces.
I love the interplay of different machines from different time periods because it brings up interesting techniques that might not have been explored otherwise. Ever notice a hardware samplist’s tendency to raise both notes of a interval equally? That’s the machine talking as much as the musician (this led to a lot of ‘jazzy’ hip hop and electro-lounge).
TX on the bass.
Download: 03 chillfest (rough draft) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Divergent AI (demo) hq wut it do

Noggin – Disassembly

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Title: Disassembly
Artist: Noggin
Album: Divergent AI
Date: 2003

One of my favorite tracks to have under my belt, here’s track 2 off the divergent ai ep. Keepin it simple with that mda epiano (love this one) rubbing the heels of some distraught and noisy 808. works well with headphones (all this buzz stuff does…imagine that).
Download: 03 – Noggin – Disassembly (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Buzz Exports

Noggin – prahbeat

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Title: Prahbeat
Artist: Noggin
Album: Buzz Exports
Date: 2004

This one gets mixed up in my mind with another one I have with a similar title and vein. I think what happened was I was working on one in Praha one night, really digging it, then, thanks Buzz, I saved it in such a way that made the file unreadable. This happened often depending on your buzz configuration. Anyway, so I think I quickly tried to recreate what I had lost, but instead did something pretty different.
Here’s your sunday track. This is that lounge-lizard boom bap Buzz style.
Download: prahbeat-save (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown

Noggin – Garohta

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Title: Garohta
Artist: Noggin
Album: As Yet Unknown
Date: 2003

Happy Birthday!
This one is Buzz + some vsts, triangle and mda ePiano (<3). Download: garota20110609 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Buzz Exports

Noggin – Beautiful Day

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Title: Beautiful Day
Artist: Noggin
Album: Buzz Exports
Release Date: 2003

This is a beat that I used to scratch a Robin Williams record over…”it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood”.
Coincidentally, all the drums in this are scratched live from a record, then sampled to create the beat. By that I mean they come from a record that had Kick and Snare sounds very close together (*boom bap*), and I played the beat by scratching and cutting with the crossfader, drumming out a beat live from those two sounds. The hi-hats were then overdubbed in a similar fashion (cut/cut/cut/cut).
Produced in Buzz.
Download: beautiful (right click and choose ‘save as’)