Here’s a bit of Dyskinetik stuff I’ve been working on today. It’s dark, cute, minimal tech. It’s a remix of sorts; Einaudi’s Melodia Africana. This is just one piece of a larger puzzle, I think. If clicky, twisted beats in 9/8 sound like your sort of thing, you may well enjoy it 🙂
So, I’m pretty new to Ableton Live. I’m going to be using it almost exclusively this year (another long story coming soon), so doing a lot of homework.
If you know Live, you’ll probably know an effect called Beat Repeat. Here’s a little thing of me using it to glitch the hell out of a simple DM1 drum loop. The beat never changes; any changes in sound are the effect which I’m manipulating live using the excellent TouchAble iPad interface.
Again, just a sound test; two minutes of improvisational tweaking. I’m guessing this is quite Route One if you’re a seasoned Ableton Live user, but I’ve still got a lot to learn… 😉
And… I’m back! Had a week off from everything, including blogging. I’ve missed stay been sat on the floor playing with Drav. Did a bit of DIY. All that good normal stuff. Blissful, actually. I used to think I was way too complex and intelligent to be a family man. What a cunt.
I’ve had time to reflect on a lot of my work/life balance issues too. I’ve been making a right fucking mess of it all, is the abridged conclusion. I’ve managed to succeed at not being present at home, and phoning it in at studio.
I have a monkey mind, to use the Buddhist analogy. Their nihilistic bipolar monkeys, too. Very noisy, I’ve been studying (and trying to practice) more mindfulness. The main thing to take from this is that I am light years away from enlightenment. I’m so horribly distracted all the time. I’ve got to reprogram this buggy brain software.
The need for a more spiritual level has been on my mind a lot lately, I’m making a little progress. At least I’m finally confronting the noise for what it is. I’m surprised and a bit horrified about how hard I find this. I’m quite embarrassed to realise how detached from the music making process I am too. I’ve found everything in the studio a real slog lately. It’s not so surprising, now I realise I’ve not even fully been there. My body turned up on time, my mind never even clocked in.
I’ve come back to it all today a lot clearer. I’ve got a huge new project on the way; I was hoping to announce it today, but there’s still a couple of bits I’m waiting on. It’s a biggie, though.
And I’m trying harder in myself. Lots of reading, lots of healthy thinking. Not lost in thought thinking, but actual rewiring of brain issues. I get a sense that mindfulness, true mindfulness, could unlock a kind of superpower. I’ve seen the clues. I’m getting better.