A few days ago I started learning the visual programming language known as Pure Data. I’ve never programmed anything before (though I have done a lot of html coding in my day), so starting from square one was a bit of a daunting prospect, but it turned out to be really enthralling. My experience as an audio engineer really helps, since it has given me a solid understanding of signal flow.
This is the first patch I have made that I would consider a satisfactory v1.0. It was incredibly fun to design this system and my mind is really reeling with the possibilities of what else can be done with this software. It really makes me want to learn how to program commercial music apps.
The patch first generates a one-measure riff (reminiscent, to me, of 80’s-era King Crimson) in a random time signature which plays for 8 repeats. Then it plays another newly generated riff in the same time signature. This process repeats 6 more times, for a total of 8 riffs in a given time signature. At that point, it switches to a new time signature and starts the process again. The result of all the riffs together reminds me a lot of some Philip Glass compositions. Not every riff is outstanding, but there are plenty of more-than-usable musical ideas in there!
In this version the non-drum instruments are just sine waves generated by PD, but I am currently modifying it so that they generate MIDI events that can be sent out to a DAW. My larger vision involves incorporating this patch’s functionality into a much larger music generation program. More to come later…
My newest solo album. 6 tracks (36 minutes) of impressionist piano. Tracked, edited, mixed, and mastered at Big Name. The album was recorded and mixed entirely analog on the Tascam 388 and TEAC A-1200U tape machines.
CDs and cassettes made in the print shop. The cassette version was mastered straight to tape and has never entered the digital domain.
3 tracks (17 minutes) of black metal/hardcore and 6 tracks (17 minutes) of grindcore. All of A God or an Other’s side was tracked, edited, mixed at Big Name. The Vatican instrumentals were recorded at Big Name. Both sides were mastered together at Big Name.
Tapes and CDs manufactured at Big Name in the print shop and available through Bandcamp.
Been hard at work on construction of the new space, but had plenty of off hours to use making this album. Math rock, indie, screamo bits… for fans of Piglet, earlier Tera Melos, Don Caballero, American Football, etc
12 tracks, 45 minutes, recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered at Big Name.
Physical copies made in the Big Name print shop and available at Bandcamp.
I wrote these songs in 2010 for a performance piece that I was a part of in my first class at The Evergreen State College. For an entire school year our group of 70 something students examined consciousness, myth, neuroscience, quantum mechanics, dream science and psychology, Asian wisdom traditions, and much more.
Now I have revived those compositions, originally performed live with a loop station, in properly recorded form with new spoken word provided by a good friend of mine who I originally met in that class, Noble Russell. His poetry throughout the EP is a singular narrative. His words are an artistic rendering of our studies at that time.
Ah! I forgot about the blog! It makes it look like nothing has been happening at Big Name. That is definitely not true. I’m going to quickly run through a few of the projects that have been in the works here in reverse chronological order:
Firstly, I released this solo LP yesterday, 3/12/13, under the name Yoga Fire!
In late February Big Name saw a session with the very talented Mythologies. It quickly became one of my favorite pieces that I have worked on. Really looking forward to the release of the single and also looking forward to working with them on a full length in May.
Kevin of Mythologies practicing the song before tracking began.
Seattle’s A God or an Other has been recording a full length black metal/post rock crossover album here. It has just entered the mixing phase. This is epic music.
The band listening back to a take.
Lastly, Thompson. No link for this one yet, as it is a debut release, but it’s an awesome full length featuring guest performances by many Olympia locals. It’s currently on hold (tracking is incomplete at the moment) until Mike moves to Olympia in the beginning of April.
I don’t have a picture of this one, but my ancient project 55YT MQRT has been slowly reviving itself within the walls of Big Name. We played one show in the summer and I definitely felt bit by the live performance bug once again. Soon…