Thanks. I know I’ve still got a fair way to go with my production finish, but I think this one mostly hangs on the musical ideas, rather than the quality of the finish.
Either way, glad people seem to appreciate it.
I started, but then realised the only reason to bring it all back into Auxy, when it’s effectively ‘finished’, would be to be able to submit to TotW, so decided against it.
(of course, with ‘midi in’, I might have done it directly into Auxy, but hey…
Only got as far as the first long keyboard run before bailing. It would have taken a fair chunk of time and effort to get it all in — especially as I wanted to keep it unquantized, so would need to do it in Free mode — plus I no doubt would have kept changing it.
I thought about chunking it as samples, but again, didn’t make sense to put the effort it simply to get it back into Auxy. That’s not my current direction of travel, as I’m transitioning away from Auxy, at least, partially.
Besides, if I did bring it back into Auxy, I knew I’d continue editing the other Auxy parts ad infinitum — and I just wanted to draw a line under it and move on to developing the next Black Node piece that I’ve already started.
My keys playing is far from competent, so it really was a case of playing around, then cleaning up and editing the midi. Happy(-ish) with where it ended up, give or take adding a couple of bigger ‘moments’ as mentioned. There are some nice flourishes in there, considering my (low) playing abilities.
I make music in different genres, and none of them are really pure genres. Always a bit of fusion going on. Jazz/y seems to be in there somewhere most of the time. The Black Node material seems to be heading towards tracks that, imo, could work well live, with live instruments.
(I’d love the replace the drums in Rolling with live drumming. I could probably sequence it to sound closer to live playing, but to get the real feel, variation and flourishes, it’s just better to get a real drummer.)
I’m endlessly inspired by the contemporary jazz scene, Yussef Dayes, Kamaal Williams (Henry Wu), Kamasi Washington, Alfa Mist, Robert Glasper (natch), Keifer, … but also YouTube-based artists like Binkbeats, whose Little Nerves track perfectly captures the energy, feel and spirit that I hope to be creating as the Black Node project develops.
I think my Black Node material is the most interesting stuff I’m currently creating.
I still over-produce. Too many layers and musical fills, etc…
If I come back to this track, it’ll be to strip it right back to something more raw and essential. Still me, but something a bit less ‘luxe’ and a bit more authentic to the spirit that I’m trying to carve out of the pieces I’m creating.
If Cid Rim can perfectly capture the feel with some keys, a lead and drums, surely I can get a little closer without repeatedly maxing out the 20 instrument slots in Auxy.
Fewer instruments. More music.
Wondering whether to push it up to Spotify, etc…
(Looking for an excuse to try out Amuse, Level, etc…)