My first time participating on this, and actually first time posting stuff I’ve made that is not part of a band or collaboration.
I used a Zoom H4n and sampled ice cubes dropping into and swirling inside the largest wine glass I could find in our kitchen. This sample (about 22 sec long) is the only sound source used in the track.
I began with finding different sections of the sample that I knew could be processed into different parts, some for the more rhythmic stuff and then some with more harmonic content. For the rhythmic parts I just chopped different parts and organised it and found some patterns in arrangement view in Live 9. These parts are processed with different effects like EQ, reverb, delay and bit-crushing. I knew that I wanted to find some harmonic content from the sound of the ice cubes hitting the crystal glass, and when I found something I could work with I tried to tune and pitch it so it sounded “clean”. I like to use the re-pitch algorithm in Ableton Live to preserve the most “natural” sounding tone, especially when working with stuff that can arranged as shorter stabs or notes. With this I could arrange some melodic/harmonic parts just by pitching the sample and make some simple chords and movements. I tried to make a synth tone with the Granulator (m4l device) but ended up ditching it (though I think I used a resampled arpeggio-delay-bitcrusher thing way back in the mix halfway through).
Most of the track is produced as described, in Ableton Live. The last step of the process was to process parts of the sample through my modular rig. I sent some parts of it through my Make Noise Morphagene that were modulated by Maths. For the clearly melodic stuff halfway through the track I processed the sample through Mutable Instruments’ Clouds. I freezed a section of it and found a tone I liked, then improvised some stuff with my Arturia Keystep while modulating by hand the position knob on Clouds.
I try to “mix” stuff along the creative process, so by the end of the day I just fiddle with details and some overall effects and stuff. I’m not to experienced with mixing, so I guess theres some quirky decisions made.
This has been a super pleasant experience. Pushed me to get off my ass and create something, and also just tell myself that I have to finish it up and let it go! I really look forward to future assignments : - ) Now I’m going to check out more of the tracks in the playlist! So much cool and inspiring stuff! Didn’t want to listen to too much while I was working on my own track.