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I am Darth Vader, from the planet Vulcan!
So I did what I said yesterday that I’d do – I made an NN-XT instrument patch where each tone contains a blip from my favorite songs. It scales from C1 to C6. None of the samples are transposed. The MP3 contains this scale, and a little Mozart ditty to show what a melody sounds like. The songs used are as follows:
C1: JeffreyAtW – Amalgam
C#1: UNKLE – Bloodstain
D1: Instant Funk – Everybody
D#1: Aya – G2
E1: Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
F1: Múm – Green Grass of Tunnel
F#1: Propellerheads – Spybreak!
G1: Laugh and Peace – Sunny Day
G#1: Jaded Little Pill – Accelerator (Hybrid Remix)
A1: Amon Tobin – The Lighthouse
A#1: reo-nagumo – Do you love me?
B1: Basement Jaxx – Red Alert
C2: Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
C#2: System of a Down – Innervision
D2: Daft Punk – Oh Yeah
D#2: TaQ – abstract (Radical Mix, bounce connected Live)
E2: Shakkazombie – 白いヤミの中
F2: tiger YAMATO – Y31
F#2: Throck Morton – Slaught Clown
G2: Des-ROW · 組 – 夢 有
G#2: Amon Tobin – Get Your Snack On
A2: The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love
A#2: TaQ – Innocent Walls
B2: Orange Lounge – pot-pourri d’marmalade
C3: Blonde Redhead – For the Damaged Coda
C#3: Tatsh feat. K.Nayuki – Sphere
D3: Air – Alone in Kyoto
D#3: Röyksopp – Poor Leno
E3: Juno Reactor – Pistolero
F3: Daft Punk – Crescendolls
F#3: Propellerheads – Take California
G3: The Cardigans – Iron Man
G#3: Air – Sex Born Poison (Featuring Buffalo Daughter)
A3: Bomb the Bass – Bug Powder Dust (Chemical Brothers Remix)
A#3: Dillinja – Twist ‘Em Out (DJ Rap Mix)
B3: Totally Radd!! – Hallowed Be Thy Name
C4: Kitomu Miyaza – A Song for the King of Kings
C#4: Pinky / sta – YAMANOTE-LINE! (ifelse asylum mix)
D4: Death Cab for Cutie – Blacking Out the Friction
D#4: TaQ – Electro Tuned (the SubS mix, bounce connected Live)
E4: De-Phazz – Heartfixer
F4: Us3 – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
F#4: Aphex Twin – On
G4: Jamiroquai – Use the Force
G#4: Spiller – Cry Baby (Röyksopp’s Malselves Memorabilia mix)
A4: Röyksopp – Triumphant
A#4: DJ Shadow – Stem/Long Stem
B4: Jamiroquai – King for a Day
C5: paraoka – Frozen Bond (Live)
C#5: Röyksopp – Alpha Male
D5: onoken – FELYS
D#5: Gold Chains – Rock the Parti
E5: L.E.D.-G VS GUHROOVY fw/asuka – LOVE IS DREAMINESS
F5: RJD2 – The Horror
F#5: Hirofumi Sasaki – たまゆら
G5: Death Cab for Cutie – Coney Island
G#5: sampling masters MEGA – rottel-da-sun
A5: Kelpe – Petrified
A#5: Yamajet – nullpop (CD ver.)
B5: µ-Ziq – Approaching Menace
C6: Gheorghe Zamfir – The Lonely Shepherd
If you want to play around with it, the entire patch is in this RNS file, weighing in at 9 megs.
Click on 1 Play to start. Then click on the top of the pyramid to play with 48 katamaris. :)
I’m creating a musical instrument of sorts… it’s a patch for NN-XT in Reason, and each tone is an isolated note from one of my favorite songs. It’ll take a long time to complete, but it might sound neat.
I updated the Mystical Remix. Made it longer, added some effects, made some instruments sound nicer.
Gosh I’m being productive. Comic, essay, music, ITG… so much in one night.
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I’m watching a video on John Cage right now and it has a very good (paraphrased) quote about laughter amidst serious art:
Cage’s art did not mean to be funny. If people laughed, it was acceptable. After all, laughter’s better than tears. The danger was being foolish. He wanted to be free without being foolish. He was not trying to be superior, he only tried to show something new.
It really gets me thinking about when I listen to pieces such as these. I’ve come to accept absurdities in music, or things considered absurd in relation to what would be considered normal at the time. My feelings are somewhat hurt, though, every time a composer decides to share his work and is believed to be joking, or not serious. Then again, I’ve constantly been guilty of laughing at those who try to portray art in a certain way and, in my eyes, fail miserably.
The quote is very important because it shows that all art, no matter how different or half-assed or serious or non-serious, generates different emotions in everyone. Such is the power of Cage’s piece, 4’33”, where no notes are played on a piano for 4 minutes and 33 seconds – the real music comes from coughs, laughs, and other noises from the audience and other surroundings. So the next time I hear people laughing at some work of art, I intend to interpret it as a human reaction given the social circumstances – besides, that’s what everyone is always doing, whether they intend to or not.
Someone just threw a FrisbeeTM into my 2nd-story open window.
They’re never getting it back. :)
Mystical (Fake DJ’s Remix)
Got some inspiration from Bryan to make a new, more electronic dance-y song, so I started with a familiar drum beat… basically the one that Plump DJ’s uses in every single one of his tunes. Afterwards I didn’t really know what to do with it so I decided to remix Mystical, the song I made yesterday. I think it turned out really well so give it an ear-hear.