I wanted to use pairs of oscillators sharply PWMing each other to give the impression of both interaction and flight. I chose a pentatonic scale to represent the harmony of the swarm. Polyphony and some panning gives the impression of different members of the hive coming and going. Originally I planned on many more takes to create a denser picture but settled on a more restrained scene.
The process of conceiving of this was to 1) test out the ES General CV in a more directed way than I had been over the past week 2) evoke the manifold scale of activity inside and outside of a hive. So, in 3-layer Arp mode with modulation from Tides and Rene, a Vibraphone, Xylophone, and warm pad were fed into Clouds in Beat Repeat mode. The triggering of the GCV and the slicing of the resulting sound were in 3/1 and 3/2 polyrhythms to organize the hexagonal primary and triangular Bravais lattices of graphene (the album art). The drones are vocals and Mangrove: the vocals mimicking the sound of standing in an active apiary and the Mangrove calling back to a childhood memory of a low droning pulsation coming from a hive that had formed in my bedroom wall. Further vocals processed through Morphagene are sliced up and granularized version of me counting – i.e. just number station fun – to image the life of a worker drone.
Inspired by the hexagonal harmonic table of the C-Thru Axis, and grantmuller.com/projects/harmonictable/, clicked on C, then the six notes bordering C, then the 12 notes bordering those six, then the 16 notes bordering those.
Multiple instances of Loom 2 and AAS String Studio, and the mandatory delays and reverbs… PSP Stomp Delay, Eos, Modnetic and UltraReverb. Closing out on a CC0 recording of bees by the hive.
Hope you enjoy.
I’m stoked to (finally) submit a track to a junto project! I’ve been following it for a long time but never managed to take part. Until now!
I started by looking at pictures of beehives on google. From there i got the idea to create a midi track in Ableton and manually ‘paint’ the structure of the beehive with midi notes. I then looking for the appropriate instrument to play these midi notes. I choose Aalto’s FM Plonk (by Richard Devine). I tweaked the settings a little to suit my taste (a little more reverb for example).
Thereafter i remembered i had a recording of bees (and frogs) from a couple of years back. I added this layer. The result is a mixture highly abstract synthetic sounds, representing the structure of the beehive, with the sounds of the bees themselves, buzzing around and in this structure.
Aalto by Madronalabs
Screenshot of the Midi Beehive
“I remembered I had a recording of bees (and frogs)” made us smile
Awesome track. Extra points for including a MIDI schematic.
First Junto. And first time posting new music in over 15 years (!) Thanks @disquiet for the constraints and inspiration.
Main sequence derived from hexagon shaped pattern on the grid keyboard.
This is beautifull! I’m glad you’re posting music again
i thought to make something in 6/8 time to reflect the cell structure of the hive. there would be a ‘queen’ sound which would continually replicate itself. after listening to many samples of hives this is what came out. the concepts are not really reflected, but there is a swelling, chaotic, yet unified feeling.
virus ti, squarp pyramid, delays, panning, filter and compression applied in ableton.
When I think beehives, I think hexagons, so that was my organizing principle. The electronic percussion play a pattern from the Groove Pizza consisting of three rotated hexagons, like so: apps.musedlab.org/groovepizza/?sou…museid=SyJNQyrRZ
The bassline and synth parts have buzzy tones and play an augmented triads and a hexatonic scale, respectively. The synth is modulated by some Muddy Waters guitar riffs from his song “Honey Bee,” which beside the title has a nice 12/8 triplet feel for more hexagonalness. Finally, there are some samples of the whole tone scale riff from “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” by Stevie Wonder - the whole tone scale forms a hexagon both on the chromatic circle and the circle of fifths.
Whoa Groove Pizza! That’s way more than 20 characters of cool.
I just tried to make some hive-like sounds, all in the box in FL Studio, ended up using a load of arps and recording loads of messing about then and edited it frantically to have it submitted on time!
Lots of buzzing and humming and…
Got a little off track :-/ Started out looking for three parts to represent the castes in a 6/8 time for hexagon recognition. Lack of time and vision turned a three part mixed time signature masterpiece into this mess of beats and noise ;-D Three instances of Retrosynth, one ES1 and one ES2, along with Drum Machine and Ultrabeat were used in Logic, with questionable results. I do think this fits the darker side of hive life, especially around these parts. The queen outside once before a life of laying eggs, workers taking care of everyone and the sad plight of the drone, mate and die instantly or banished to starvation and a frozen death in winter! Oh well, enjoy your honey, many lives were given for it
Here’s mine: https://soundcloud.com/plusch/hexatonic-disquiet0304
Focusing on the hexagonal structure of a beehive, I made this piece in 6/8 time and used a hexatonic scale (the whole tone scale C D E F♯ G♯ A♯). And for the synth in the background, I felt I had to use u-he’s Hive!
Variation on my first submission for this week. Created a chord sequence using the same notes as in my first Bee junto… Played into the same synth tracks… Just for a bit of fun!
- The hexagonal shape of the honey combs was the frame for this piece.
- The first sequence was six notes. Starting in the lower left of a hexagon and moving clockwise, was root, b5, octave, octave, b5, root. The pattern alternated having the root as D or G.
- A second pattern - played at the same time - was made by imagining a vertical line moving left to right across the hexagon. This gave a four note pattern of 4th, root & 7, root & 7, and 4th. That sequence also alternated having the root at D or G.
Dear people, sad circumstances took me away from my studio, my city, my country and this usual weekly joint, but now from a terrace in an hospital far away from home I’m enjoying the playlist so much…
Some extraordinary tracks this week, great soundtrack for this Halloween sunset.
A bit difficult for me to comment on every single track I like but overall a great breed.
Bravo everybody, really enjoying your contributions.
I wish your father a speedy recovery and you a safe return home … peace.
Thanks, it grew out of my NYU masters thesis and is one of my proudest accomplishments in life.
Hope you’re on the mend.