Here's a quick 'n dirty Saturday morning jam, just practicing to get a grip on all the moving parts.

This track again uses randomness from multiple sources and squeezes it into more-or-less musical forms by various means.

Bug content: Cicada 

Just got given a private concert by this big boy sitting outside of my living room window. First time I got to see a live one up close. They are impressive, and very very loud.

I recorded some of his song, hope there's not too much background noise.

And I wouldn't mind if he moved on now. He's really quite loud. But I don't want to rush him, he's got a tough enough life already.

Wasn't feeling creative today, so I spent the morning rearranging modules and optimizing the cabling. Pretty happy with the result.

I love using right-angle-plugs for the mostly static cabling (clock, reset etc.), keeps everything more accessible.

Moonwalking and Karplus-Stronging the delay buffer.

The main melody is white noise run through a resonant filter into a stereo delay. Bringing the delay time down and feedback up creates the waveguide sounds of the second melody voice, played by modulating the delay time.

Sampler shenanigans: Recorded three simple guitar riffs, sliced them up in Sample Drum, then sequenced them tonally with Marbles and Pamela.

All sounds coming from the , so it's starting to be pretty self-contained. Only the bass sequencing is done by Ableton, still need a solution for that.

Fun with new tools. Here I'm sending a little sequence into Mimeophone, where it gets delayed, looped, reversed, washed and filtered and kept as background pad. New Pamela's New Workout does a little bit of bass sequencing and modulating, until Mimeophone does a gradual granular fadeout.

I have a house guest for a few days: A Tahitian . It's carved from a single piece of wood, and strung traditionally with nylon fishing line.

Sadly the bridge is glued on at the wrong position, so the intonation is way off beyond the 5th fret, but it works fine for simple chords.

My favorite feature is that covering the sound hole at the back can create a wha-wha effect. Just takes a third hand to do so.

Today's : I played around with 's beat slicing. The drum sounds come from a Mark Giuliana drum solo, sliced up in Ableton's Simpler, split out to separate MIDI notes and triggered to form new patterns.

Added some , , and a little line from the .

I built a track around today's patch, which plays with Plait's speech synthesis models. The track is called "Scraffur Araffur", for obvious reasons.

This is just a rough sketch again, it needs some cleanup in the sound design, some additional parts and so on. Knowing me I'll likely never touch it again, so I'm putting it out there in all it's raw beauty.

Loosely inspired by the Hang player in the park today, I started toying with a 11-notes-over-2-octaves scale that has a b2 in the lower and a 9 in the upper octave. This creates some nice dissonances and interesting chords.

Actually I had more plans for this (different sequence lengths, more harmonic shifting around), but man, have any of you ever noticed how short a day is? I guess this is all I'll manage for today.

Feeling a bit melancholic today, which seemed like the right mood to do a little recording of Someday my Prince will come. Enjoy if you like.

Today's patch: Generating some pseudo DnB beats. BD produced by Neutron, SD comes from Plaits, HH is Neutron noise into Veils with an envelope by Tides. Marbles comes up with the beats.

The base of the beat is locked in, but Marbles takes some random values to shift the bias from BD to SD, causing the seemingly random variations. This makes the beat sound a bit more cohesive than pure randomness.

Another short generative sequence, with Marbles, Tides and Plaits triggering and modulating each other.

Been sitting here all day, just patching and listening. So much fun.

Tokyo Jihen just released a few live videos from a show they recorded last year. It's a bit sad to see them perform in an empty hall, but at least it didn't stop them from going wild with the outfits again.

And you just gotta love Ringo-san's gesture of flicking her guitar pick into the empty auditorium at the end of the song.

Did some playing around with the REPL in a notebook, and it's as awesome as I had hoped. Great tool for documentation and debugging.

Here's a visualization of a bandlimited saw wave, with the unlimited version in the front, which gradually transforms into a pure sine wave at the back by reducing the number of harmonics.

I found time to do some UI polishing on Yazz, and merging some feature branches. Now I just need to tie up a few loose ends on the wavetable import, and the first major release is getting within reach.

I had a nice animated GIF of the UI, but Mastodon doesn't like it, so have some static pic instead.

The plum trees are blossoming in Tokyo, and nature treated us to sunshine and 16 degrees, perfect for some flower watching in the park.

We also came across a cafe with integrated recording studio. Now that's a business idea that I like.

Treated myself to a new Japanese textbook. This one deals with the phonetic reading of Kanji characters.

Only ten pages in, and already had some "Aha" moments. I agree with the cover quotes: Wish I already had this 10 years ago.

Got some vacation and am sitting in a park during beautiful warm fall weather. An old man on a bench nearby is practising some kind of Japanese flute, which makes for a really nice atmosphere. Glad I got here at the right time.

(And yes, that's a tiny dog (not mine) in a baby car (actually a tiny dog car). It's a thing here.)

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