I was looking forward to this Disquiet Junto Project since I really enjoyed taking part for the first time last week.
My approach for Flying Blind was
- Choose the sounds blind
- Play the music blind
For the selection of sounds I chose the following method: In the Mediabay of Cubase I searched for all content containing the word flying or the word blind in its name. Since there wasn’t any with the word blind I reduced it to blin.
This gave 9 synth sounds, 2 samples and 6 effects channels (4 Amp Racks for Flying V…). Surprisingly all electronic sounds or noise.
In the track I used all but 1 synth sound, 1 sample and 2 effect channels.
I only changed two sounds: For the “bass-drum” I shortened the attack, and for the “snare” I reduced release and delay.
No other sounds were used.
First I played the Pad-harmonies (without looking at the keys), then the lead melody and then the additional sounds (all neither looking on the keyboard nor on the screen).
Then I added the “drums” and additional sounds, doubled the lead sound, added effects, EQs, automation…
I rearranged the resulting score adding an intro, repeating the first beats and copying the first part to the end.
Choosing sounds blind was a succesful approach for quickly finding inspiration !