raja's debut - Earthlings Are Creepy (Pts. 1 & 2)

Used code 5lda-577g

Thanks, man, and happy 2022!

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thanks for this. :pray:

i’ve used code fu7m-ypze. i’ll check out the smoke n mirrors script as well.

happy and healthy new year to you and all.

last night i drove to the ocean and this morning i woke up and was delighted to see this album had been released. soon after i grabbed a set of codes i realized i had forgotten at home the power cord for my computer and (more importantly) my norns. so, i was very happy to drive home and back again over the coast range here in the pacific northwest, listening to this album about creepy earthlings, observing all around snow capped clearcuts above and below abandoned cars intermittently left by the side of the road in ditches that may have recently been hidden by snow. :heart:

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Happy new year Raja! Lovely dark alien atmospheres, thanks!

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25ll-upnn used and looking forward!

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Wow! Thank you! Downloading now & looking forward to hearing it - I used b7nr-7gpz

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i’ll be trying smoke/mirrors to contribute to pt 2
really cool idea!


thank you, raja, I used t7r3-5uyp.

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Thanks for sharing ! Claimed qp6v-5m7q
Good way to start 2022 !

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looking forward to spending time with this, thanks!


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Thaaaanks! I grabbed this one! Looking forward to going deeep!

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Thank you!! Can’t wait to listen - Happy 2022!

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Thank you so much, Everyone! Truly appreciate all the love… took alot on my plate all-at-once to come out the gate swinging at the start of this year, but i must admit maybe i’m not keeping up well. Truly sorry i forgot to upload the actual files to ‘smoke_n_mirrors’ :rofl: :poop: :blush: it’s up now…
if you followed the readme’s intructions to install, you probably installed just the readme(i swear this was not some intentional joke :laughing: ‘smoke_n_mirrors’ is a real thing on the norns :joy: ), you’ll need to delete the whole smoke_n_mirrors folder entirely and just reinstall again(otherwise, i think matron might complain it’s already installed)…

also looking for advice on the interface in the main thread:

and Thank You Again For All The Beautiful Love From All You Divine People :heart:


Excited to listen to this and will definitely check out your Norns script. Allowing remixes pre-release is a really cool and fun proposition!


I only occasionally log in here to see what’s happening in the lines community. Very happy I logged in today and to see this! Congrats on your album @rajaTheResidentAlien ! I will definitely give it a good listen. Also, I think parts of your description of your process are very poetic! Especially this bit:
“the tracks are convulsive, subversive, but can also feel like a violent ‘start’ to something bright and positive to be found in the chaos: bravery”

I wish you much bravery and creativity this year :slight_smile:


Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment and support @nuun :pray: Great to see you here again, too :beers:

And thank you too @Zeke_B, glad to hear people might be interested in remixing, so excited to hear where it might go :smiley:

and to Everyone again Thank You. Also, i came up with the remix idea spur of the moment, now that i think about it, got more plans:
if anyone would be interested, and gets a version done before 2/22/2022, dm me here with a link to the track and i’ll put it on the album(with credit and link to your stuff in description, etc.) :heart:


Hey raja - I’m having a hard time downloading the files to do a remix with… I tried from the link in the OP and in the github link but to no avail. If I’m doing something wrong, can you let me know? If you can post a new dl link or shoot me a dm with one, I’d be down to take a shot at making a remix.

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really glad to have you activate! a good time to be alive it is. i’m squarely still in lockdown so i’m not in ideal intended listening environment but cool sounds!!!

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Thanks @dude! Really appreciate it :heart:

@Zeke_B sorry for the trouble, it works for me when i try it now… but maybe it’s not a ‘https’ site(some folks might have security exceptions), so it gets blocked by some(only http right now, need to get back into this whole web-presence thing properly :joy: )…
try this wetransfer link, should work better:

also, to anyone trying the smoke_n_mirrors app:
ran into a bug i’d not run into before… with files in the ‘ll’ folder(placed in dust/audio), and with the app loaded, the quick-start is to scroll the norns-screen-UI(using enc2) down so it highlights the ‘Loops’ parameter, and then hold down k2 for longer than 0.2seconds(i’m thinking i should just add a stop/play button, will do that :laughing: )… then you should hear audio(if for some reason you see the ‘count’ moving, but don’t hear audio, try fiddling with bpm(enc1), and wait til the next count of 1… it should click in(looks for new files near end of the cycle of loops)… need to figure that out)
if you want to hear the files in the above zip at regular speed and rhythm, scroll with(enc2) down to highlight the ‘FNL’(file-name-lock) parameter and use ‘enc3’ to turn it ‘on’, this’ll tell the app to lock its parameters(bpm, file-div, and loops) to those described by each file title(for the zip above, this is how you might listen to the whole set of files at the bpm/rhythm intended… turning FNL ‘off’ allows you to flip the rhythm in different ways).
also, one parameter, i hope people try out right away is the ‘FX Vortex’, delineated by parameter ‘FXV’(turn it on, and you’ll get an endless instrumental remix of the files… they get sent through the effects with random routings and parameters chosen each time the beat-scrambles near the end of a cycle of loops)…
enc2 is mostly for scrolling thru UI elements, enc3 for changing those parameters on the selected element, and enc1 always for controlling BPM(the reason you have to highlight specific elements to do certain things with k2 and k3 is because sometimes when you highlight certain UI elements, for example the “File”, the k2 and k3 buttons change to act like single-point changes(k3 scrolls one-up, k2 scrolls one-down))…

ok, promise i’ll write this stuff in the other thread, too… still thinking about how to instruct people on it… and most of all, i think if i get a better grid interface besides the clock one i have now, it’ll be easier for people to understand how the softcut voices sync… thanks again! still more soon…

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Got it. Thanks so much!!

(first post edited with link to part 2) :pray: :beers: :alien:

To anyone using the norns beats, feel free to DM me if you’re interested, and maybe we can figure out how to release things all at once(possibly make any other arrangement you might suggest… DM me and we can figure it out further).