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RCFA update 1: Turning mediocre images into ugly music via pretty colors

Posted by r on February 28, 2014

Much as I may believe in leaving room for some cough musical intuition, I like coming up with and using compositional processes of all kinds too. They can speed things up– although they invariably slow other things down at the same time. Mostly, though, they do accelerate decision-making for the horrifically-indecisive likes of me, and keep one from getting constantly lost in an infinite field of options (even as possibly narrowed down in scope by one’s cough musical intuition).

I’ve occasionally liked playing with ye olde serialized-pitch constructs, the kind you’d instantly think about whenever you see a picture of Arnold “Fun Machine Arnie” Schoenberg (provided you’ve ever been through any kind of formal concert-music study). Every couple of years I seem to do something old-school-serial in nature; it’s a fun system that’s ready to go off the shelf.

I thought heavily about using serialized pitch for my RPM now-part-of-my RCFA Challenge project, as I did want some kind of system to steer pitch elements somewhat out of my control. At the same time, though, I also wanted to be able to use a bit more arbitrary / systematically-unchecked personal choice than serialization in its usual form would really allow.

Besides, another thing I often dig is finding some way to incorporate “personal message encryption” into music – giving the finished product a “deeper” dumb meaning for me while totally obscuring that “meaning” for anyone else dumb enough to listen to the finished thing. I thought it might be fun to come up with a way to “encrypt” images into my pitch selection process for this project. Here’s what I’ve decided to go with.
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Boopaleep my McNothing

Posted by admin on June 27, 2012

What does this dumb little ambient instrumental, from the recently “reissued” Aprosody full-length of 2000, have in common with U2’s billions and billions of dollars?

No, the answer is not “insider trading before the Facebook IPO.” The answer is the Korg SDD3000. It’s a simple little rack delay (more broadly, an effects processor) which, at least in terms of its specs and original purpose, would be considered hopelessly basic and outdated by any modern standard of effects processing.

(more on the joys of exploring abusing vintage effects vs. the current Preset Culture after the break)
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Re-release notes: Aprosody’s Ignition Etudes (and beyond)

Posted by r on February 21, 2012

“Chafing may result from extended exposure. This is intentional.”
– From the original liner notes, Aprosody – Ignition Etudes, 2000

(edit cleanup 3.19.13: This post is a Behind the Music post all about a relatively unforgiving ambient-drone-metal album I recorded in 2000 under the fake band name Aprosody and “reissued” in 2012 on my main music-releasin’ website, As usual, I have a lot more to say about it than most people will probably want to read.)
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