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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’)

Dirty Tape demos

Noggin – Picking up and leaving

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Title: Picking up and leaving
Artist: Noggin
Album: Dirty Tape
Date: 2010

Ambient track produced from a couple George Strait samples on the EPS. Damn, that is a deep keyboard. Not even software samplers come close to what it could do with built in functionality.
Recorded to cassette tape in the early summer of ’10 in Anacortes, WA.
Thanks again, Karl.
Download: 16 Picking up and leaving (right click and choose ‘save as’)

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RedHouseGreenHouse – Untitled 8

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Title: Untitled 8
Artist: RedHouseGreenHouse
Album: Dirty Tape demos
Date: 2010

Alright let’s do this.
Wrapping up the RedHouseGreenHouse collaborations with an illbient-reggaecide-tone-swathing. Same as before, EPS + nylong guitar, and that’s it. The sequencer in the EPS is pretty fun to use, and really gets 80s on ya once you quantise.
Work with what ya got.
Blog about it.
<3. Download: Noggin Etc – 08 – Track08 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown From Inside The Furnace

Noggin – A Hole in the floor

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Title: A Hole In The Floor
Artist: Noggin
Album: From Inside the Furnace
Date: 2011

A 13-bit Ensoniq EPS sampler and a Jobim record make up the bulk of this ambient tune. Drums sampled from an R&B remix 12, whose artist I will not mention for fear of blind RIAA lawsuits trying to make a point about sampling.
This one comes to show yall a bit of a recent glimpse into my musical life. I recently was asked to participate in the Friendship Trail…a walk around Anacortes early in the morning during the Saturday of the final What The Heck Fest / Shipwreck day. For this piece, I had 4 copies of the tracks, left track, right track, both tracks, and a hard-limited mixed track, all playing at slightly varying times on 4 portable recorders taped to an acoustic guitar (thanks Rocky). Starting the recorders at different times kind of allowed the sound to move around the body of the guitar, and really started to sound wicked once the drums kicked in. Coupled with some awesome hardware switches for timestretch ranging from -60% to -75%, I was really able to adapt this song to a live environment….the snares sounded especially glitchtastic with that gnarly timestretch kicking.
Karl had me set up to play under a small ivy-covered archway off of 4th street. I misinterpreted the location, and arrived at what I thought was the location about an hour and a half early, to try and affix these things to the guitar (in the rain), and also record some vocal harmony to sing with on another track. Well, Karl shows up shortly thereafter and starts to do some prep of his own. Slowly but surely, the entire crowd starts showing up. What I had failed to realise was, I was NOT at the archway where I was to play. I got messed up because, the trail was supposed to start at the W.T. Preston, a museum of a paddle boat, but the night before, I had come across a smaller, steel-frame model of the same boat, with the nameplate “W.T. Preston” on it, and I incorrectly figured THAT was the starting point.
Blau eventually set me straight, and after the crowd walked on to the next performance, I stayed behind, under the bow of the boat, and finished my vocal harmonies. Eventually, I was able to find my archway and prepare.
This is the piece I had playing as the crowd arrived. Timing worked out great, because I was able to shave this 6+ minutes song into more like 2 by starting it later and starting it earlier than the crowd got there. When the drums hit, I knew things were ok.
Thanks to Rocky for the guitar, thanks to Karl for the invitation, and thanks to all those at Heck fest who got up at 9 in the morning to walk around in the rain and listen to some music in strange, new places.
Download: noggin-holeinthefloor (right click and choose ‘save as’)

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RedHouseGreenHouse – Untitled 7

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Title: Untitled 7
Artist: RedHouseGreenHouse
Album: Dirty Tape demos
Date: 2010

Call this one distorto-digital-hybrid-soft-fuzz from Anacortes, WA. EPS + Nylon guitar only went into this one, pretty much done entirely by Rocky, and recorded to cassette.
Download: Noggin Etc – 07 – Track07 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Dirty Tape demos

RedHouseGreenHouse – Untitled 15

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Title: Untitled 15
Artist: RedHouseGreenHouse
Album: Dirty Tape Demos
Date: 2010

More EPS noodlings from the Red House studio. This one features a break from a Violent Femmes record I picked up for like 25 cents from the Red Door. Jealousy ensued over that record but whatever it’s ok, and it def had this one great break on it. Dig how the sample interpolation just destroys the sound.
Download: Noggin Etc – 15 – Track15 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown From Inside The Furnace Instant Jams

Noggin – Never See You Again

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Title: Never See You Again
Artist: Noggin
Album: As Yet Unknown
Date: 2011

Some grimy vinyl based ambient tune coming to you courtesy of the Ensoniq EPS. Samples taken from a Jobim record I believe but once again I think it’s safe to say they are flipped enough that one might have a hard time spotting them.
Image is from some video I did for Mom (aka Sleep Whale) during some of their live performances.
Download: neverseeyouagain (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown Instant Jams

Noggin – Furnace Jam 2 (funkymusruf)

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Title: Furnace Jam 2 (funkymusruf)
Artist: Noggin
Album: As Yet Unknown
Release Date: 2011

Hot off the press! Check the timestamp!
I mean, I am bouncing the track down right now. This thing needs serious editing, there are parts where I have to just stop for a second and gather my thoughts to figure out where the hell everything is…this track is, in it’s entire life span from vinyl->mixdown, maybe 3 hours old.
This is some jam I wanted to do tonight to get that Saturday vibe going, and get some more work in with the EPS. Some vinyl sampling from the Classic Funky Music records, some 909, some 3630, and a dash of incroyable…here’s my french jam in respects to the ‘french comedian’ that guy from good burger does on SNL…he is a lot funnier now ZUT ALORS!!!!
Download: noggin-furnacejam2 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Dirty Tape demos

RedHouseGreenHouse – Untitled 11

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Title: Untitled 11
Artist: RedHouseGreenHouse
Album: Dirty Tape Demos
Release Date: 2010

In honor of the newly resurrected Ensoniq EPS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM2o0W5Y0pI), here is more dirty tape from the Red House. This one features Karl Blau doing dubstep.
The cool thing about the EPS, is that the LFOs are key dependent…you can hit a key, get the LFO going, then alter the LFO, hit another key, and as long as you hold down both notes, you can hear both LFOs going independently. I don’t know another synth/sampler that does that. So anyway, this was a two man, 10 finger collaboration.
Download: RedHouseGreenHouse – Untitled 11 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Dirty Tape demos

RedHouseGreenHouse – Untitled 6

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Title: Untitled 6
Artist: RedHouseGreenHouse
Album: Dirty Tape demos
Release Date: 2010

Meant to record my radio broadcast today and use that as fridays track, but that will have to wait til next week (I’m in the process of moving…everything’s all over the place).
More tiny random ambient noise jam via the Red House. This one probably has the most ‘friday jam’ feel to it out of all of these little studies.
Download: RedHouseGreenHouse – Untitled 6 (right click and choose ‘save as’)