I don't have a lot of time in February, but I have been through quite a dry spell. I think this is a perfect time to explore algorithmic music. I'll let the computer do the grunt work, and my "artistry" will be in finding the source data and algorithms, and some kind of unifying concept for the album.
I'm looking forward to the challenge this year. I've got a lot of great ideas that I have put on hold until Feb. 01, so I can't wait to get started!
I think this year will be a sacred work. I leaning toward a cycle of short pieces, each inspired by one of the 19 attributes of God that are used to name the Baha'i months. 2-3 minutes/attribute gives 19 songs and 38-57 minutes.
I've been totally fished in by the iPhone app Looptastic Producer. So this year, I'm going to do a live concert using Looptastic and several other iPhone music apps on several iPhones. The concert audio will make my RPM CD.
The concert will be at 8PM EST on Feb 20, and will be webcast at http://macidol.com/av.
**NOTE THE NEW DATE**
Most of my RPM time this year will be spent working with Tyranthropy. I can't bear not to do something in my own name, though, so I think I'll make an album called "Timeless". Beyond that, I have no idea as yet, except that it will probably be slapdash and suck mightily.
The last two years have been fun, but not as rewarding as I would like, since I really didn't put a lot of effort in. This year I'll be taking the challenge a lot more seriously again, and really challenging myself with full-on orchestral composition. I'm not quite sure where I'll go with it yet. I might do a straight up symphony, or I might do a multi-part composition combining classical and contemporary techniques and instrumentation. Or I might start one, find I'll never finish in time, and branch off in a completely new direction!
This year I'm simplifying, getting traditional and acoustic for the most part. I've picked up some very minor guitar skills, improved my piano playing, and have a much better sense of harmonies, so I plan go for the singer/songwriter thing this year - blues, light rock, some jazz.
This year was probably my low point. Three original songs, then rounded the album out with loop constructs. I've got a lot of experience making loop constructs, though, so they're actually the best songs on the album, though the least satisfying. Go figure.
I'm not sure. I might try tackling a full symphony. But I might now. Maybe I'll try to tackle innovative edge with AI, strange controllers, or whatnot. We'll see.
My tenth challenge. I'll probably do a lot of synth, possibly on mobile.
It's the Year of Chiptune for me. I've built an Arduino chiptune album player based off of someone else's chiptune program, modified to read the songs from an SD card and visualize the music on a 5x8 LED matrix on top.
Chris Cooke - producer, composer, audio performance, web production
Julie Cooke, Ella Cooke, Lydia Cooke
|10 years ago|
2017 Album Info
|0b100 On the Floor|
|4 - Digital Groove|
|uploaded via profile player|
|Original Chiptune on Custom Hardware|
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