July 18, 2016

Four Chords The Hard Way: Tech Talk No. 003...

by Chris Randall

Step 1: Plan out a cool video. Buy gear from eBay to shoot video about. Gear arrives broken.

Step 2: Plan out another cool video to replace it. Buy gear to shoot video about. Idea turns out to be stupid and not-working, and not in a cool way but in a stupid and not-working way.

Step 3: Look around office for _anything_ to shoot a video about. Shoot video about that.



Jul.18.2016 @ 2:31 PM
The obligatory post 90's missing cassette door.

Miss those days.. But a 3 pack of the good cassettes. Those recordings sounded so good.

Jul.19.2016 @ 7:39 AM
dj empirical
Totally dug this vid.

Jul.19.2016 @ 1:59 PM
Another cool video of this technique but the complete opposite end of the cool gear spectrum:

link [youtu.be]

Jul.21.2016 @ 9:23 PM
Which monome euro module do you like using the most these days?

Jul.22.2016 @ 11:40 AM
A bit of a tangent, but the comment you made towards the end regarding playing the same thing every time you sit at a keyboard struck me. I find I have the same problem - I always go to the same chords and rhythm patterns. Aside from arcane analog alchemy, what else do you do to break out of those habitual modes?

Jul.22.2016 @ 7:58 PM
Chris Randall
@xmodz: I use White Whale and Teletype in virtually every patch. I've written a bunch of White Whale control scripts on Teletype that make it much more versatile than the stock module. I have an Earthsea, but I hardly ever use it.

@lockan: One thing I did was start to play parts on the Push 2 instead of a keyboard. I actually don't have a controller keyboard hooked up at all any more. But learning chord shapes and stuff on the Push 2 really changed the way I approach chord progressions and melodies. The other thing I do is manually entering the notes on the piano roll instead of playing anything. There's a third trick that I may or may not give up in a future video, but which produces the best results. If I mentioned it here, some other chucklehead would put it on YouTube in about 10 minutes, and I'd be out the views.




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