- Audiotool Experiments
- In the audiotool community there is some discussion about making experimental tracks or doing things experimentally to help yourself grow as an artist. I figured I would take this opportunity to highlight a few tracks I have made in the past that had experimental elements in them. Feel free to post links to your experimental work in the comments.Technical Machine Romance [update]This was an attempt at utilizing 12-tone theory. 12-tone basically states that you play all twelve tones of the musical chromatic scale before repeating so that there is no tonal center. To do this, I had one of the synths run sets of 12 tones both forwards, backwards (retrograde), inverted and backwards inverted (retrograde inversion). The piece itself is not in 12-tone and it does have a tonal center due to the accompaniment holding to a central note. But it was a first try at a hybrid form of atonal and tonal music.
I made this track to attempt to use the Locrian mode. It's a mode that is not really used much and can sound depressing and for funerals. I didn't fully succeed, but overall tried to center around the 7th scale tone and only diatonically move up and down from there. At the time drum samples weren't working, so I did this without drums.
off-world [Space Edit]
Most of this one is traditional except for the beginning, which uses a whole tone scale to try to create an "other-worldly" feel. A whole tone scale is just a scale that does not have any half steps (on a piano roll each note is two steps from each other). The whole tone scale's tonic center is transient based on where you decide to resolve (the last note played in a phrase).
I wrote this with two ideas in mind. First was to utilize the C7 b9 as a basis for melodies and arpeggios. The C7 b9 is a soul stealing chord that has just the right dissonance to it. The other idea in mind was to simulate some of the techniques used by Liszt as a way to embellish the presentation of the chords.
This track was made after reading about bi-tonality. I created a few phrases that emphasized two tonal centers at the same time in order to create dissonance and tension. The tension then resolves as the tonal center is reached again. It was impossible for me to handle doing total chromatic harmony or full bi-tonality, but this was a fun romp into the concept.
So now please feel free to link to your experimental tracks and let me know what you did whether with sound design or otherwise. It's always fun to explore new options and sometimes the results are better than we expect.
- Upcoming Project
About a year ago, I had plans to work on getting enough fans to try to do a charity drive. It seems I have not been able to get there yet. But that will not stop me from continuing to try. It just means I will be trying with smaller more incremental goals.
To begin, I will start another project to produce an album. The first part of this will be to find some new inspiration and revisit old influences. I also will be spending time practicing and learning to produce the best product I can.
I am going to research best options for releasing the album so that the majority of the proceeds will go to charity. Fandistro.com is a site I am looking into currently as it seems to have a nice model that can not only help with a charity drive, but also allow others who share my music to get a piece of each sale. Additionally I may be able to get metrics that could allow me to give a prize to the one who gets the most distributions/sales (a special t-shirt for example).
So please get the word out that arche3.0 is about charitable music. I have already given more than half of my current sales to charity even before recouping my own expenses. This time I want to do a more directed charity drive as well as spread the word about my music.