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pdp

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field composition
« on: November 13, 2022, 05:56:32 PM »
Hello Gechologists.  I thought I would share a sound work I made using the Gecho loopsynth.  All the sounds on the work were recorded live in the field.  Some sounds were unprocessed while others were processed through the Gecho loopsynth.  Tracks were composed later from these various sounds.  I used many of the channels for the composition.  The track Perkunas Pontificates to the Porch is essentially a thunderstorm run through various MI Clouds patches.  The MI Clouds channel was also used for some of the sounds on Lake Kinematics at Dawn.  Black River Ramble contains sounds from a hydrophone recording the river into the line input of the loopsynth and then using the infinite looper channel to process the sounds.  The infinite looper channel was also used on sounds recorded through the loopsynth’s own microphones on Beach to Bench on the Bluff Echoes.  Sounds for Blue Stairs at Sunset were also processed using the decaying reverb channel.  Most of the time, if possible with the channel I was using, I recorded directly onto the internal SD card of the loopsynth.  I really like that the loopsynth can be used as a very small portable field recorder with its own microphones, as well as the capacity to input geophones, hydrophones and contact mics.  The multiple built in effects and channels inspire composition in the field!
https://pierrotdesperes.bandcamp.com/album/speechless-things

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Re: field composition
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2022, 12:39:59 PM »
Hi Pierrot,

Thank you for sharing your album, and explaining how each track was made - very cool! I'm impressed with the clarity of the sound, I guess it took a lot of care and some post-processing too.

The Clouds patches seem to be quite popular, while there is not much control over the parameters unless you add external controller - but I'm working on expanding the possibilities there (adding sensors, accelerometer and randomization), it should appear in the next update.

Cheers,
Mario



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Re: field composition
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2022, 11:49:29 PM »
Hi Mario,

I used around 40 different samples in the composition recorded from microphones, a geophone, contact mics and a hydrophone.  Some samples had effects already applied in the field and some did not.  There were stereo as well as mono samples.  Due to the variety of recording techniques, getting them to cooperate with each other in the final mix was an ordeal.  It was like herding cats.  A lot of post processing was required with the eq’ing of individual samples before mastering them all as a single track. 

The MI Clouds channel is also one of my favorite channels.  At home I’ve used a Korg nanoKontrol2 to change the parameters in the Loopsynth using a 1010 Blackbox as the “MIDI USB Host.”  It definitely would be nice to have a way to control the parameters in the field.  Looking forward to the next update. 

Best regards,
Pierrot