New Song, Just a Bunch of Manipulations

I’ve created another song! For this one, I only used one sound that I created using a Text To Speech program (located here). I took that sound file and manipulated it several times, creating a pseudo bassline/drum/rhythm and some melodies.

I like to manipulate sounds, transform them, give them new life and context.

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Music

My urge to create music waxes and wanes, that periodical kind of thing. Music will always be one of my favorite tools of expression, but I like to paint and draw and sculpt (and do many other things) as well. There are so many tools of expression and creativity. That’s my passion, not music. My creative and curious nature is my biggest strength, it’s something I am proud of. Music will just have to wait its turn while I delve into other art forms.

Well, now it has come full circle again and I have that irrepressible urge, that forceful yearning, that starry glow in my eyes when I gander at my synthesizers and guitars. So, I am now working on an album, it’s called Ancients. I want it to evoke thoughts of the past.

You Can Feel

You can feel the back and forth, the gentle and smooth droning.
You can feel the resonance soaking into your skin and then, jostling your bones.
You can feel the texture of the rest against your chin.
You can feel the smell of the lacquer, the dark red stain of the wood.
You can feel the swirls, the sight of the voice escaping its body.
You can feel the voices of thousands before you, playing those same sequences in various orders.
That’s what draws you in, that’s what makes you come back to it.

Collecting Noises

I am very interested in noise. It’s something that we hear everyday and a lot of it gets ignored. The amount of distinct sounds just in the little city I live in is immense. The cars, the sewers, the birds and the streams. There is an abundance of noise, both joyful and unpleasant (I prefer the ‘unpleasant’ sounds although they sound pleasing to me 🙂 ).

I’ve had this idea for a while to go on a series of expeditions to ‘hunt’ & collect sounds. Today, I started out my journey in the forest behind my apartment building. There was this spot where there were frogs croaking and it was so loud, you could hardly hear the noise coming from the High School (the school was having some festival and it was really loud).

I was surrounded by this sound. It was in this little swamp. I just stood there and absorbed it. I’ve never had an aural experience like that before, it was just amazing. To be so engulfed by a sound (one that’s not of a song or someone singing) is a rare occurrence.

Moved by this orchestra, I raced back to the apartment and got my mobile recording studio (it’s a 8-track recorder). I ran back to the swamp and started recording. And I just moved on from there. There’s a train track right next to that and some rushing water. Of course, I got some sounds of cars speeding past me. My only regret is that I used some effects like delay, reverb and phasing on some of the tracks. But there’s always next time.

A noise safari!

Take Care and enjoy yourselves!
-Aaron Horeth (A North Hare)