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laptop trumpet all on Ableton

Post by RJ » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:38 am

pay what you want mp3's, FLAC, etc... Stream the whole album for free

http://igniteanoise.bandcamp.com/album/ ... turret-mil

http://www.igniteanoise.com/

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Re: laptop trumpet all on Ableton

Post by Jarvisimon » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:54 am

Like it. Will hold off downloading it for a while though until I have some money in the bank as I think it's worth a few pennies at the very least.

take a listen to some of my music, not quite along the same lines but just as experimental http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default ... did=944007

tell you what, i'm very much liking your stuff indeed. my kind of music for sure.

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Re: laptop trumpet all on Ableton

Post by tlennon » Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:58 am

Nothing but a lot of random static and noise and not worth anything to me. Good luck with selling that crap.
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Re: laptop trumpet all on Ableton

Post by RJ » Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:40 am

Jarvisimon, cool stuff I'm enjoying it.

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Re: laptop trumpet all on Ableton

Post by darkvortex » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:48 am

Thanks for sharing. I listened to the whole album. It seems to be more towards the experimental genre so it's not the sort of thing I'd usually be listening too. However I did enjoy it all the same. I particularly like "Following" and "I Trap Totem Pulp" as they seemed to appeal my ambient side.

Can you tell us a little bit more about how you put this together with Ableton? For example did you record audio from your instruments into clips and process them? Or perhaps used Sampler?

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Re: laptop trumpet all on Ableton

Post by Jarvisimon » Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:02 pm

RJ wrote:Jarvisimon, cool stuff I'm enjoying it.
Good. I thought you may enjoy it as there's a slight cross over in our styles.

More power to experimental music.

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Re: laptop trumpet all on Ableton

Post by RJ » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:23 am

darkvortex wrote:Can you tell us a little bit more about how you put this together with Ableton? For example did you record audio from your instruments into clips and process them? Or perhaps used Sampler?.
I didn't have Sampler at the time I made the record. Many of the songs began as experiments with laptop and electronic-acoustic treatments on the trumpet. A vast majority of the sounds throughout the recording are sculpted out of my sampled trumpet playing. I also experimented with taking single MIDI notes or short melodic samples, putting them into Simpler and creating a MIDI rack with MIDI effects "chord/random/scale" then create a track in 4/4 with a single "note" on beat 1. Do the same but make the next track 5/4, add another that's 7/4. These will create a long overlapping rhythm that can be given as much or as little "random-ness" as you would like.

Another thing I was interested in was processing the sounds of acoustic instruments to create sounds and textures that were electronic on the surface but would have that feeling of physical space and human breathe that are hard to get out of pure electronic sounds. I created all the samples out of acoustic instruments - trumpet, piano, acoustic guitar and some orchestral percussion (marimbas and chimes, etc...) One of the goals of my work is to find new ways these two sonic worlds can coexist and I'm really interested in the live performance approach to this. Making it an ensemble sound and not just acoustic instruments playing with what too often sounds like a prerecorded playback. I should add here that I consider electric guitars, keyboards, etc.. "acoustic instruments" for the purpose of this explanation, maybe because they're being physically played in a very accepted traditional way, thus giving them that feeling of physical space and breath..

Anyway, if you're interested in the motives behind specific songs I pasted part of the records bio below...
thanks for checking it out..

RJ

Starting quietly, the album smolders over the opening two tracks. The title of the first track is taken from a line in Joanna Newsome’s album “Ys” and tries to capture the feeling of “Squinting Skyward”. Johnson lays down simple samples of saxophonist Jason Rigby, keyboard and bass and mixes them with slow building glitched-out trumpet. One of Johnson’s favorite writers, Jack London’s book “Star Rover” was the inspiration for the second track. Its story of entering trance states to “walk among the stars and experience portions of past lives” is the inspiration behind the mix of laptop manipulated trumpet wails and simple melodies. “Ignite a Noise” does just that, with trumpet and skittish electronic rhythms colliding in a stuttering happiness. The album continues with pieces ranging in influence from slow core, jazz, folk, experimental ambient and musique concrète.

Johnson has already started to receive critical praise for Up the Turret Mil. Dave Douglas, John McNeil, and Taylor Ho Bynum invited Johnson to be part of the 2008 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) after hearing the record. On his Greenleaf Music Blog Dave Douglas wrote, "Here's a great sample of new music made from trumpet." Themilkfactory.co.uk added, “Rich Johnson’s debut album is a vastly eclectic and thrilling collection which never quite settles for one genre or another, yet manages to remain fluid and consistent all the way through. Johnson has created with Up The Turret Mil a pretty impressive and unique record and positioned himself alongside some of the most exciting contemporary jazz musicians around in the process.” Peter Ekman of adequacy.net said, “Up the Turret Mil dodges the mega-crescendo format that underwrites so much noise, ambient and harsh alike. Rich Johnson has built an appealing, occasionally beautiful theater for the micro dramas of our quantum age.” Terrascope.co.uk said, “Although the music is strange and experimental, it never becomes harsh or discordant, maintaining an inner harmony and a fragile surrealism, vibrant yet controlled. Definitely a grower “Up the Turret Mil” is an album that can surprise every time it is heard, the lightness of touch just one of its many wonders.”

Beyond his work with Up the Turret Mil, Johnson has contributed as a sideman to a number of projects including Jason Rigby’s critically acclaimed 2006 Fresh Sounds New Talent recording “Translucent Space” and Opsvik & Jennings’ “A Dream I Used to Remember” (Loyal Label) and “Commuter Anthems” on the Rune Grammofon label. He also curates a music series at the Brooklyn performance space IBeam.

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