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Post by felixer » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:19 pm

don't need midi, don't need keys, just want knobs and cables (all together now ;-)

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Post by Infinity Curve » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:42 pm

Didn't listen to all of them yet, but really dug what I heard!! This is all processed bass? What were you using? Really liked the bird call type sounds in the first couple tracks

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Post by Nelson Baboon » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:00 pm

oh - haven't listened to your stuff for awhile, but I'm really enjoying this. Is this really mostly processed bass? If so, I'd be very interested in what you're using to get the wide variety of sounds, and their clarity.

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Post by felixer » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:15 am

hey, thanks for the kind words 8-)
yes, 80% is processed bass. i'm only adding some cracklebox, some no-input feedback system (that's prob where those bird sounds come from) and some bits from the clouds module fed with a korg beats (the short clicks&plops).
the bassplayers are using distortion pedals (obviously ;-) and digitech looper/delay and whammy pedals. one is using my korg miku (which takes any input and outputs the synthesized voice of a japanse girl). on the last session (2016-2) we went stereo for each bass. with a tremolo/panner and an effect box i made with two distinctly different sounds in each channel. sometimes there is some phasing/flanging ... and they are constantly switching around. the playing is quite furious too :mrgreen:
but the main thing is the extended techniques. rarely do they play the bass in a standard way. an important tool is a metal rod (one actually uses a small triangle, which is easier to hold) to scrape the strings and play glissandi.
and of course the mix (which i do alone) where i'm careful to keep the crispness. i always felt that the bassguitar is just a guitar tuned an octave lower. no reason to make it muffled and dark ... to get that clarity you use fresh strings, go di and make sure all the tone and volume pots are set to max.
there is some editing (i'm using 'reaper' as my daw) but for the most part what you hear is what has been played in a live/improvised setting. we could do it live quite easily ... given the right kind of venue ...
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Post by MindMachine » Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:46 am

Secret weapon - Korg Miku. Forgot about that one.

Very Discipline-ish and Steve Reich in places.

Great tracks man. You are diversified.

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Post by felixer » Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:54 am

yeah, miku is great. a lovely pedal. i'm still hoping they will do a few others like a sumo wrestler or something from noh-theatre. maybe a buddhist monk? ... i can easily imagine a whole range of 'vocal pedals' from different cultures ... shouldn't be too difficult?
but miku seems concieved strickly for the japanese market, following the succes of this cartoon series. only a few dealers carry it, here in the west ...

discipline and steve reich ... wow. i know i was influenced by them but i'm amazed you can hear that ... can't speak for the other guys. i know one used to play bass in a sort of psychedelic (psychotic?) heavy-metal band (i did sound for them, that is the connection). the other one seems to come from nowhere ... lives in the country, somewhere in holland.
maybe they will chime in as i gave them the adress of this thread ...
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Post by felixer » Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:15 pm

oh, and i just noticed, on the last session (2016-2) there are a few spots where i use a combo of (old/small) beatstep and two small alesis microsynth/piano modules. inbetween is an old akai ME10D midi delay/oktaver.
i put them all in one box as a standalone system, since the beatstep doesn't allow any external sync. usually i use it to generate xenakis/ligeti type orchestral effects: lots of notes/hispeed-playing that fuse into a cloud-like soundscape. here it is used more conventionally with little overlap on more spikey synth sounds ...
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Post by MindMachine » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:36 pm

felixer wrote:yeah, miku is great. a lovely pedal. i'm still hoping they will do a few others like a sumo wrestler or something from noh-theatre. maybe a buddhist monk? ...
I recently acquired an Old Blood Endeavors Dark Star reverb pedal. Instant Monk Chorus. :sb: It does much more than that.

It is a trip. No so good on short staccato sounds (of course) but outstanding on long notes. So far bass guitar is a SunnO instant success. I hope to try vocals tonight.

I told my wife it sounded like a monk chorus. She listened. Said 'yep... monk chorus'.

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Post by felixer » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:42 pm

don't know that one ... but the name is great :lol:
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Post by felixer » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:26 am

some new tracks: https://soundcloud.com/user-169560197/bassnoise-2017-1 and https://soundcloud.com/user-169560197/bassnoise-2017-4.
this last session was not as produktive as usual because we spend a day editing/assembling the new cd 8-) which also contains a new track we will not put on soundcloud as an incentive to buy the new album :mrgreen:
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