Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Thirteen

The end of another month! They seem to be going past quicker and quicker... I had a bit of a headache today, and I remembered performing a piece of percussion ensemble music a few years ago that called for, amongst other things, paracetamol tablets in foil packages. It's a little shakey and a little foily, and sits well with the tape measure and David's guitar contribution, I think.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Twelve

Today begins the third installment of contributions from guitarist David Cooper Orton: more beautiful dreamy guitar that I've slowed down a bit, then a lot. Plus tape measure from yesterday, and the very last of Noah's (now also very slow) cricket friend.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Eleven

The image that goes with yesterdays track shows the waveform of the cricket that Noah Demland recorded for me, with each chirp being made up of four individual sounds. So today I slowed down the cricket samples, trying to capture those four sounds in a way that is audible to humans. I think I nearly made it... Plus a little paper shredder, and a fair amount of tape measure, too.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Ten

On February 2nd I recorded Melbourne crickets, chirping loudly in my garden at dusk. Now, frequent contributor to this project Noah Demland has sent me a recording of a lone cricket in his apartment in Columbus, Ohio. Thanks Noah! Plus pitched down inkjet printer drone and backwards/upside down paper shredder from yesterday.

The image is from Noah as well: a picture of the cricket waveform. Interestingly, each chirp is four separate sounds, not just one long one. Cool!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Nine

I bought a usb powered paper shredder a couple of weeks ago because it was $3, which is not an excellent reason to buy something but I was curious as to what it would sound like. So I saved up some bills and bank statements to shred and record for this project. I should have read the instructions because it turns out you should only feed single pages through at a time, otherwise it gets stuck and you have to put it on the reverse setting and start again. In any case, I had fun and I think I'll record it again sometime. I use my laptop when I perform so there's some potential for live shredding in the future, I think :)

Plus printer drones from yesterday.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Eight

Tonight I made a mixed tape for a friend. I can't remember the last time I did this with an actual cassette, perhaps ten years ago... In any case, my inkjet played nicely with Luke Howard's harmonium from yesterday!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Seven

Another snippet from Luke Howard - a harmonium drone that I cut up, along with the sticky tape from yesterday. And an educational floor mat with the dewey decimal system on it...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Six

I recorded these sticky tape sounds whilst preparing for a "guess the sound" workshop with primary school kids yesterday. In this game one child is blindfolded and tries to guess the sound another makes using an everyday object. It's a really interesting exercise in listening and fun for the kids too. If they can't guess what it is the others in the class describe the sound, which is difficult because they are used to describing how something looks ("it's green", etc.). Also it's fun for me because it's the only gig where I get to use my rubber chicken... Plus cymbals and (very) slowed down drum sounds from my gig last week.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Five

As promised a few days ago, here's some of the recording from the Make It Up Club show I played last week: a performance with drummers Ian Wadley, Gareth Thomson and Dan Crowe of Cat Hope's graphic score Wolf At Harp. Plus sounds of cup, Euler's disk and vocals from Furchick from yesterday.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Four

Another unknowing and unplanned collaboration today, this time between David Cooper Orton from the UK, and Australian-based sound artist Furchick, aka Claire Pannell. Claire sent me this great clip, made from the sounds of a slinky attached to a cup, Euler's disk and some vocals. I had to look up Euler's disk because I didn't know what it was, and now I want one! Add it to the list, I guess..

Picture from David, also.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Three

I've started to play with the second track sent to me by David Cooper Orton, a really dreamy stereo guitar improvisation. I cut up bits of it to use as drones in todays mix, along with (very) pitched down drums and cymbals from my soundcheck at a gig last Tuesday.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Day Two Hundred and Two

I recorded my sound check at Make It Up Club the other night on my phone. So, while I get permission from the other drummers I performed with to use audio from the actual gig, here's some bass drum, floor tom, ride cymbal and china cymbal: down two and three octaves, with delays-a-plenty. Plus some piano sounds from Luke Howard.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day Two Hundred and One

Another audio snippet from Luke Howard today: some acoustic piano with variable delays. Plus the coffee making sounds from yesterday. And on a totally unrelated note some mushrooms that I grew in my kitchen...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day Two Hundred

I've wanted to do this for awhile - record the great sounds commercial coffee machines make, with the bean grinding and the (soy) milk steaming. So today in a quiet moment at a cafe I did. Then slowed the whole thing down and took it down a few octaves, too. Plus sounds of wiping the whiteboard from yesterday.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety Nine

When I get to work (school) in the morning, one of the first things I do is clean the whiteboard in my room, after whoever last used it. This makes a pretty cool sound because the duster has little magnetic nails in it, so it will stick to the board. Plus some last remnants of Noah's beat, and more lush guitar from David Cooper Orton.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety Eight

An unintentional collaboration today, between two great friends and musicians: Noah Demland from the US, and David Cooper Orton from the UK. I messed some more with Noah's drum solo from yesterday, and added one of four tracks that David sent me for this project. Similar to the work that Luke Howard sent me last week, I think I'm going to spread David's contribution out over a few weeks. It's really great to be given so much material to play with, and I'm particularly grateful to these guys for their generosity.

Todays image supplied by David also.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety Seven

Carob Coconut Slice (adapted from Mum's awesome choc coconut slice recipe)

1 cup self raising flour
1 cup coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
125g nuttelex

Combine dry ingredients, add melted margarine and mix. Press into a lamington tin and bake at 180 degrees (or 350 if you're oven is Farenheit like mine...) for 40 minutes.

Thick carob icing

2 cups icing sugar
2 tsp plain flour
1/2 cup carob powder

Sift dry ingredients, and slowly stir in enough hot water to make a thick delicious icing. Ice the slice and try not to eat it all in one go. I find giving some away helps.

Huge thanks to Noah Demland for sending a drum solo for me to mess with today. Noah's been such a great support of this project so far, and if we lived in the same country I'd definitely be baking him slice to say thanks.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety Six

I was in my studio today, recording some melodica for a new sung track. So I thought I would include some here: several moving chords, all in the key of C minor. Plus cat feeding sounds from yesterday.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety Five

Most of my work involves performing, recording or teaching music. But I also look after pets for people when they're on holidays or away from home for a few days. I get to hang out with some really cool animals, enjoy the silly crockery that they eat off, and record myself feeding dry food to cats. Best of all was the look on my own cat's face just now when I was mixing this track: the stereo never sounded so good! Plus some of Luke Howard's sounds from yesterday.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety Four

Pianist Luke Howard was kind enough to send all the separate audio files from one of his compositions for me to play with. So, in another mini-project, I think I'll include one every few days for the next couple of weeks. The original work, entitled Tunnel, can be found here. Plus socket spanner from yesterday.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety Three

I learnt how to use a socket spanner today. And it sounds really good, too! With love wave radio from yesterday.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety Two

The last of my three day radio mini-project today. I added my favourite, long wave radio, to get some pitch amongst all the static. Plus the on and off 'click', and the pocket radio from yesterday pitched down with lots of reverb and delay.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety One

I seem to have embarked on another mini-project, this time with radios... Today, flicking through (and around) AM stations on a little hand held radio: covering the speaker with my hand to affect the volume/eq and playing with the volume and tuning dials to create rhythmic patterns of static.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Day One Hundred and Ninety

I've never found much use for compression but it makes the little shakers from yesterday sound a bit like bugs... Then, the radio reception, or lack thereof, at my place - looped and pitch shifted.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Day One Hundred and Eighty Nine

Another addition from my extensive shaker collection: a pair of kashaka, african shakers made from little gourds filled with beans (to see a more traditional performance approach see here). Plus lamps with delays from yesterday.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Day One Hundred and Eighty Eight

I went around the house recording lamps, the different clicks and sounds they make when they're being turned on and off: one fluro desk lamp, one wall lamp with a little pull chain, and two conventional side lamps. With all that delay they almost sound like a clock, though... Plus wine rack from yesterday.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Day One Hundred and Eighty Seven

An empty wine rack isn't exactly something to get excited about. But this one sounds pretty great, and it's nice to keep finding ways to incorporate pitched material in this project without using actual 'instruments'. Plus oven fan from yesterday.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Day One Hundred and Eighty Six

When visiting friends, it's nice to cook something for when they get home from work - a delicious pizza, say. And to record the ridiculously loud fan on their super dooper fan forced oven, to go with the electric toothbrush drones from yesteday.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Day One Hundred and Eighty Five

It was only a matter of time before I recorded my electric toothbrush for this project... Plus music box sounds from yesterday.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Day One Hundred and Eighty Four

On the same trip to Santa Cruz in 2009 that I bought the little apple chimes from yesterday, I also got this great music box. It comes with several long strips of manuscript paper and a hole punch, to make your own melodies. I only performed with it once, a few years ago, and I fed the paper in forwards, backwards, upside down and backwards/upside down with a loop pedal to make four part harmony. I used the backwards melody today, plus a slowed down and pitched down version of the chord that sounds when you first feed in the paper.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day One Hundred and Eighty Three

Today marks the halfway point for this project. Now that I am here, doing the same amount of work again seems totally achievable - perhaps I really will make it to 366! Todays addition is some mini wind chimes I bought in one of my favourite places in the world, Santa Cruz, California, in 2009. There are only three chimes, strung together with a little red apple on top. Plus the sample of Tabby cat's bell from yesterday, duplicated, time and pitch shifted.

The image is one I took on my phone by accident as I was reaching for the powerpoint in my studio, and was more interesting than the staged shots I took of the little chimes...