Friday, August 31, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Forty Four

The third day of slinky today: sliding it along my wooden desk, stretching it out and letting it fall together again. Plus slinky in baking tins from yesterday, pitched and slowed down. So much so that there's a moment in there that sounds like my car starting...

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Forty Three

It's been awhile since I did a mini project here, so I decided to spend a bit more time with the slinky. Today, I tried to get a more metallic sound by playing it in and on different sized baking tins, with mixed results. I got more of the sound of the tins than the slinky, so I tried slowing the sample down a bit, like I did with Noah's cricket, to better hear the small sounds of all the layers of plastic falling. Plus just plain slinky from yesterday.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Forty Two

Ever since Furchick sent me some sounds including a slinky earlier in the year, I've wanted one. I had one as a kid but that was well before music-making days. So I splashed out and spent $1.50 today, and was immediately busted by other motorists playing with it in the car at traffic lights... Plus the little wooden elephant from yesterday: I slowed down the elephant samples as I sped up the slinky, until all that's left is a tiny little squished together slinky loop.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Forty One

Several iterations of the super bouncy balls here, each at different time, or pitch, or level of delay/distortion. Plus this cute little wooden elephant...

Monday, August 27, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Forty

I recently gave away a big bag of glow in the dark super balls (those really bouncy little rubber balls), as I've never found a very productive use for them. But I kept a few and had fun bouncing them around in the laundry tonight. Plus head massager and the plastic clapping hands (with bell) from yesterday.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty Nine

Lots of pitched down and slowed down sounds today: head massager, the last, low strains of Michael Peter's most recent contribution, and a pair of colourful plastic clapping hands that have been waiting patiently in my studio for years. And they have a cute little bell on the end!

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty Eight

Some more of Michael Peter's fractal based computer music, time stretched during a held piano note to give the effect of suddenly slowing down, then building by speeding up again. Plus the head massager I bought for $5 yesterday, which I think has already paid for itself through its dual massage/music usefulness.

Friday, August 24, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty Seven

Today I started to play with the last of the three tracks sent in by Michael Peters recently. It's a long track so I'm excited to see how many things I can do to this fractal based computer composed music. Plus birds and more birds from the past two days, with delays.

Oh, and a recipe for tofu ice cream from my friends Tani and Tallulah.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty Six

Today, to the last of the popping corn I added the song birds from yesterday, and some birds of my own. It felt distinctly like Spring today, and I managed to record a flurry of bird conversation right before dusk. It's almost like they're all trying to get in everything they have to say before it gets dark. You can hear me opening the door to try and get a better recording, too. With the popping corn, I tried slowing down and speeding up the loop throughout this mix.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty Five

Awhile ago when I was trading cricket sounds with Noah Demland, he sent me a menagerie of sounds from his friend Lisa's farm (thanks Lisa!). Today, a song bird, with popping corn I downloaded from freesound.org yesterday. And yep, I know the photo is of chickens. They're chickens I looked after last Easter, and I had a photo of them, so there :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty Four

I hadn't even though about todays recording until well after I'd popped (and eaten) a whole pan of corn. I thought about making more, but my self control isn't so good. So I called on freesound.org again for help. I found a great sample of "popping corn in a covered metal saucepan ... recorded with the Mini Capsule Microphone attached to an iphone". Perfect! Plus salt and pepper grinders from yesterday, slowed down then sped up and reversed.

Monday, August 20, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty Three

Lots of loops: rubber bands, pitched down and stretched out, with salt and pepper grinders...

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty Two

More distorted bamboo sounds from Michael Peters today. And more experiments of musical activities to do with kids. This time, making little single string instruments out of small, round plastic containers and rubber bands, and figuring out how the squeeze the container in different ways as to change to pitch but not break it!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty One

Another sound from Michael Peters today: bamboo rustling through a comb filter. He gave me a five minute track so I copied it and played it both from the start and end at the same time, meeting somewhere in the middle. Plus super pitched down whirlies from yesterday.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Thirty

I put the clean whirlies into action today, with a bunch of excited 9 year olds, and recorded, of course. Plus street sweeper from yesterday, repeated at different pitches, forwards and backwards.

The project I've been working on for the past few months with kids, whirlies, bubble wrap and puppets has its on blog: here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty Nine

Last year I collected several metres of corrugated tubing to use as pitched whirly tubes, and tomorrow I'm finally going to use them. But they were a bit grubby so I put them in the washing machine, and was all set to record that when I was interrupted by a street sweeper (which I've been meaning to record for quite a while...). So street sweeper it is! Plus more of Michael Peters' cool kaossilator sounds.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty Eight

I met German guitarist/composer Michael Peters at a festival in Santa Cruz in 2009, and recently he sent me a few tracks to play with for this project. Michael's own MY2K, a sound diary for the year 2000, is a really great project in a similar vein to Momentum, and is definitely worth checking out.

Todays mix is made up of the straw kazoo from yesterday, and part of a recording Michael sent me, which he describes as "...from a session with Stefan Tiedje, during these minutes mostly me playing a Kaossilator through a tiny speaker mounted on a plastic watering can..."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty Seven

Today I made a kazoo out of a drinking straw (instructions here), and played some more with speed and harmonics. I started with a really long straw kazoo and periodically cut bits off to make it shorter (and the pitch higher). Then I took the whole thing down a couple of octaves, into the same territory as the data bending noise track. Then I slowed that track down and sped it up, and took the pitch down as the pitch from the kazoo went up, which brought out heaps of new upper harmonics. It's a slowly evolving track, and I really like what I've been able to do with pitch in this different way - more exploration to come.

Monday, August 13, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty Six

More windchimes today, and funnily the aeroplane in the background is much more audible, without me doing anything different with that sample. I duplicated it though, and at its original pitch then played with the tempo, slowing it down and speeding it up by 50% at a time. I did the same with the last of the data-bending tracks, seeing if drastically changing the speed of a sound has other, unplanned, outcomes. For example a particular high harmonic suddenly becoming audible after the track has been slowed down four times, without any additional pitch manipulation. I think I'm going to explore this more...

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty Five

Today I played some more with the foot massager samples from freesound.org, duplicating and slowing each sound down by a different amount. Ever since I saw the wave form of the cricket which was comprised of four short sounds (even though it sounds like one long chirp), I've been really interested in slowing things down as much as possible. Even mechanical sounds like the foot spa drone are made up of lots of little sounds that become more audible the more they are slowed down. Plus wind chimes I recorded in a friend's garden.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty Four

Here's another sample I found on freesound.org the other day: a foot massager bubbling away. Mixed with David Cooper Orton's dreamy guitar from yesterday.

Friday, August 10, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty Three

The last couple of days have been composites of a number of sounds that I didn't make myself - just sourced and manipulated - which is pretty cool. To the usb massager from yesterday I added the last of four tracks sent in by David Cooper Orton a few weeks ago. The guitar and the massager are pitched down and loaded with reverb and variably delays.

Image provided by David Cooper Orton.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty Two

Today I almost worked up the courage to ask the massage therapist if I could record the sound of the massage table moving up and down. But I chickened out, and just took a photo of the foot controller instead. Then I had a look on freesound.org to see if someone else had recorded one, and they hadn't (so I'll just have to next time!). What I did find was an interesting collection of sounds, that I might use in the future for this project. One was this one, the sound of a usb neck massager, vibrating on top of a tin of mints. Plus data bending drones from yesterday.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty One

I took the kalimba melody from yesterday down an octave and reversed it, with a couple of loops of the kalimba's rattle, at different pitches. Plus the third of four data bending tracks I was sent last week. It's been a challenge to find interesting ways to treat these samples because they are so low and so 'full', and the volume peaks out very easily. This one sounds a little like the automated pool cleaner my parents had in the 80s and 90s. It was a Kreepy Krauly and I always thought it was going to eat me. Put this track on at full volume with your head underwater, and you'll see what I mean...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Twenty

Whenever I've bought second hand percussion instruments, it's been from people moving overseas who are keen to part with things fast. And they always give me presents! One of these is this great kalimba. I made a loop from the rattle then improvised a melody, with delays, on top of the data bending track from yesterday, slowed down about six times.

Monday, August 6, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Nineteen

Another data bending track today, with the bottle blowing from yesterday, slowed down and sped up throughout.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Eighteen

I can't believe it's taken me so long to record the sound of blowing into a bottle of water (or lemonade), since it's something I do quite regularly just out of habit, to see how the amount of liquid affects the pitch. Anyway, no pitch shift on this just yet, just me emptying the bottle slowly. Plus bees and rattle.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Seventeen

After our adventures with crickets in the last couple of weeks my friend Noah sent out a call to his friends for more insect and animal sounds, and sent me this recording of bees for my collection. The track he made with them can be found here. Plus the colourful rattle from yesterday.

Friday, August 3, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Sixteen

Short and sweet today: bell and rattle, forwards and backwards, up and down, round and round...

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Fifteen

I always wanted an excuse to buy one of these desk bells to make music with. Then I needed one for a play I was composing for a few years ago, and bought one, only to find that it really only makes one sound and isn't actually that versatile. But that was before I'd explored much in the way of sampling and digital manipulation. Now it's actually quite good! Plus pitched down data bending from yesterday.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Day Two Hundred and Fourteen

Back to some more noisy things today: paracetamol loops and a really interesting contribution from David K. The low, glitchy rumble is one of four tracks he sent me for this project, which are the result of data bending image into audio (transmediation). From what I understand this involves opening an image file in an audio editing program, whereby colour, shape and texture are translated to pitch, timbre and volume.