Congratulations and hurray for assignment 500!! For this assignment, the two people I “created” were two alternative versions of myself, who differ from me in the sense of having made different decisions at pivotal moments in my/our youth and thus evolved to have slightly different creative approaches/philosophies.
N1 (my actual self) started this assignment by recording myself improvising on the darbuka (a goblet-shaped drum I’ve recently starting learning) for approximately 6 minutes, focusing on the idea of “being authentically myself to the best of my current abilities with this instrument”.
N1 then selected about 2.5 minutes of the recording, copied/layered the track twice, adding a variety of effects to each layer including surround and convolution reverb, flanger, bass, and phaser, and keeping the original speed intact (as this felt necessary in the sense of “authenticity”/purity).
N2 took the track N1 exported and listened to her concerns about maintaining the original speed, but determined that it was not at all “less authentic” to alter it. Armed with confidence, she made 2 new tracks, at 125% and 150% speed respectively. She kept the first half of the 125% track, the second half of the 150% track, then made 3 copies/layers of the 150% track, and added a variety of additional effects including delay, phaser, pitch shifter, noise reduction, distortion, de-reverb and a lot of flanger to the assorted layers.
N3 agreed with N2 about speed alteration and went further to assert that adding new content wouldn’t compromise whatever “authenticity” or “purity” N1 was trying to get at. She then selected one of the 3 tracks from N1’s composition and slowed it down to 85%, selected an excerpt from it, and, being a militant open source enthusiast, layered it with audio recordings of herself reading passages from The Ardour Manual, alongside an ambient/slightly dramatic track from freesound. Numerous effects were added to these layers, including more phaser and a variety of delays/echoes to the speaking track.
All three Ns then brought our tracks together into the track posted here (in order, N1-N3), collectively reflecting on how we all enjoyed exploring how the darbuka can sound through various effects/filters, and how the evolution of the rhythm and the contrasting layers accurately reflected many aspects of our mental processes/“ways of being/seeing in the world”.
Equipment: Zoom H4N, 43 cm copper metal Gawharet El Fan Darbuka, 2 hands, 3 minds, edited in Adobe Premiere (but onward soon to Ardour!)
- suonho // erh-p1-2o2bb12-14-alien-sounds-floating-fortress-rwrk // from freesound.org // CC BY
- The Ardour Manual