Monday, 11 July 2011

Experimental Music

I have been looking into experimental recording, sampling and audio manipulation. Below are a collection of pieces that i have been working on.

Moving Parts. by Eplusmusic

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Glitch Shizzle

While procrastinating, i have managed to actually do something with my time.


Glitch Fun by Eplusmusic

Glitch Shizzle

While procrastinating, i have managed to actually do something with my time.


Glitch Fun by Eplusmusic

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Great samples

I finally got round to getting Eastwest Quantmn Loop's Composer's Collection, and it's great!

Heres just a short example that i composed using the Symphony Orchestra and Choir. The footage is from the BBC's Planet Earth series.


Sunday, 26 September 2010

Remix and other things

Apart from doing pointless physical labor in a theme park, i fortunately had a bit of time during the summer to record the ridiculously talented singer/songwriter Rachel Boucher-

My friend and I (Nick Hill) recorded three of her original songs, 'Flower', 'You said' and 'The only place' and have each spent a bit of time producing and arranging versions to get experience and practice.

Nick produced 'The only place'

The Only Place by Nickos

and I produced a bit of a dubstep(y) remix of 'Flower' which employed the use of alternating time signatures.

Flower (Remix) by Rachel Boucher by Eplusmusic

I am currently in the process of producing Rachel's 'You said' in a more conventional arrangement.

You can find out more about Rachel Boucher at

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Stravinsky and Doctor Who

As i listen through the Doctor Who soundtracks for the last seasons, one piece in particular drew my attention -a piece that would be at home in a horror movie called Smith's Choice (From Season 3 is you're wondering). I thought it sounded alot like the sounds of 20th and 21st Century classical composers, namely Igor Stravinsky and a certain passage he wrote in the ballet, The Rite of Spring.

Compared to this:

I also think that the works of Stravinsky and other 20th Century classical composers have played quite a dominant role in most of orchestral film music, for instance John Williams's score for the Star Wars films and Jerry Goldsmith's score for the original Planet of the Apes. The 20th Century had alot of creepy errie music, so why not utilise that style for film?

So as you might have guessed, i had a go at writing my own tense jaggered music, below is the first draft. Turn your speakers up for this, it's a tad quiet, my sound card isn't great.

I won't leave it there though, there are many parts to the modern Doctor Who sound another being simple subtle music like this, please turn your speakers down a bit now!

Anyway, Jaggered music combined with soft, gentle music turns out like this. I hope you enjoy it.

Igor Stravinsky and Murray Gold Music by Eplusmusic

Oh, and if you happen to want to know the chords for the last section, they are below.

More to come!


Friday, 25 June 2010

Torchwood Style

The soundtrack to BBC's Torchwood series in essence is a string orchestra with occasional electronic sounds, yet Ben Foster and Murray Gold manage it to sound amazing each time. As I try to recreate the style, i realise that although they have the option of using a real ensemble, the compositional values remain consistant. The writing style is genrally a melody closely followed by the accompaniment and makes use with alot of part writing and voice leading techniques creating a very expressive sound which is very difficult to create when working with synthesized instruments.

When playing sampled strings, the sound is limited to long pads as opposed to leading lines making it sound 'unreal'.I propose that the most effective method of making the sound sound authentic is to painstakingly sequence each voice and altering dynamics, frequencies (slightyly, enough to make it sound like 2 voices as opposed to just 1) all the while editing the tempo to allow it to sound free and more expressive. This issue is basically brought up due to the lack of a conductor and actual performers who individually produce sounds with different timbres and vibrato.

Below is my first attempt at composing and sequencing in a similar style. In this track, I simply added a strings sound to my piano and recording the actual audio of the piano. I also automated volume swells to give the effect of an actual string ensemble.

For the next attempt, I have thought about voice leading. New music is written out in notation below.

And here's the sampled version using Vienna instruments. Here I have sorted out each of the piano parts into separate tracks and edited each line carefully so there are no gaps where i have used the pedal in my playing. I think the effect is very effective compared to the previous track.

Next, here's the same track as above, but with the autofilter's wet/dry signal automated to increase expressivity. A small change, but it can make all the difference.

And finally, here's the same track but with a small level of pitch shift (a few cents on low volume) on each of the tracks as well as alot of reverb. This is to make the ensemble sound larger - Un-fretted string instruments are often slightly out of tune with one another, I am exploiting this to create a larger sound.

Thanks for reading my post, more stuff to come.