The Moth (M.C.)
Posted by danielstinton
The Moth (M.C.)
The idea for this track came after I recorded the sounds emerging from a building site around the corner from my flat (as you do). The first beat you hear is me hitting a shelf in an empty room in my house so it had a nice echo to it. I put those two parts together and hey presto, there is the start of the track. This has taken my computer to breaking point, mainly as there are three distinct sections; the intro section with organ and “old bar piano”, the techy middle section (causing much jumping around and even some “big-fish-little-fish-cardboard-box” type-dancing) and finally a few sinister hospital-type effects, dropping into some crunching rhythmical metal rhythms. Then end!
The vocals are a few short sentences from Lev Shestov’s Potestas Clavium (Metaphysical Consolation). I’ve just started reading this so am nowhere near understanding it. It appears to be a very religious theme, but I interpret the sentences I read out as the absolute opposite – science never believes it has understood everything, and is on a constant quest of learning and understanding. The use of this is completely inspired by the Secret Chiefs 3 song of the same name.
Tech specs – This track pretty much evolved and was written as I went along pulling in ideas that were influencing me at the time. I’ve used my full arsenal of equipment here, layers of EZDrummer programmed drums, techno beats from the Korg Volca beats and even the live recording of a shelf being hit. I’m exploring the Korg Kross’ potential so have used a variety of patches, from the organ, piano and music box in the first section, the electronic middle section (supplemented by Mininova arpeggiator – great when you can’t think of anything else to do!) through to the crunching guitar of the end section – its been great to layer the guitars to get such a big sound. Its also a challenge playing something on a keyboard that sounds like it could come from a guitar. I’ve tried my best.
For the first time I’ve also used some public domain samples including old army radio static, record slow down and a stolen (I like to say its me paying homage) sample from a classic rap album (answers on a postcard).
There is a potential for a re-mix too with a contribution from Mutate – moulding the soundscapes.
Posted on December 15, 2013, in Drums, Music, Piano, Pictures and tagged dance, drums, ezdrummer, korg, kross, lev shestov, manchester, metal, mininova, photography, photos, piano, potestas clavium, synth, tunnel, underground, volca. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.