I’ve been stewing around this idea in my head of a project I want to take on, and I’d like to open it up to the community to see if y’all would like to participate.
I’m gonna try to make daily* experiments of different feedback paths of musical equipment I have access to, in an effort to find interesting sounds and music/art making processes. I’m defining feedback as output fed back into input. The type of signal could be audio, control voltage, code. The process doesn’t have to be musical, it could be visual, poetic, etc. as well.
Some interesting uses for feedback are self-oscillating filters, no-input mixer feedback noise, and 3-head tape echos (cool video explaining how to do this by hainbach). I’ve had some interesting experiments running the tides module at audio rate, doing other stuff to the sound, and then running that signal back into the clock input. Through this project, I’m hoping to find other paths like this, that are a bit “off the beaten path”. I’m also hoping that it encourages me to use the tools at my disposal in new ways, as I think that might help me get out of some creative ruts I’ve been having.
I’m planning on posting videos of the processes I get up to on instagram, and then sharing them here with more detailed explanation and conversation. If you’d like to participate, and you plan on sharing your process on social media, please use the hashtag #feedbackfeb so that I can find it. Or post here!
In this thread, you’re also welcome to post ideas for interesting feedback paths and things you have made in the past that use feedback as part of the compositional process.
*I’m fairly certain life stuff is going to get in the way for me, and I’m probably not going to get time to find something interesting to share every single day. And if you are interested in participating, you are definitely welcome to just do so once, weekly, daily, every hour (lol), however you’d like!
- the deadline for uploading your mixed track is midnight (your timezone) February 29th.
- the compilation will be released digitally on bandcamp, hopefully sometime in march.
- name your track “artist name - track title (your lines username).wav”
- save in wav 48kHz/24-bit if possible
- try to keep your track under 10 minutes. 1 track per participant (the track be a mix of different ideas).
- the tracks will be mastered so that there is a good level match between them when listening through the compilation, so don’t worry about sending a loud mix…the mastering other than that will be a very light touch, so please be happy with your mix! any questions about this or any sort of technical questions feel free to reach out to me, either in the thread, or through a private message!
- the track should be based around feedback (and hopefully the result of exploring new ideas and processes)…what that means is totally up to you! don’t worry about if something “counts” as feedback.
- it’s always nice to hear how things are made. feel free to add a comment in this thread explaining your ideas, process, and any other information about your track you’d like to share, either after you upload it, or after the compilation is released.
I can master the compilation, and @jrdnrndl has graciously offered to contribute art for the release. We are looking for someone who’s interested in creating some sort of feedback-based text generator or ideas about some words we could include with the compilation.