Saturday, December 02, 2006

Subjects for painting

A second IY session
Another 40 minutes of music to finish first DAT we started with Mondays session
then we got another 20 minutes or so into a second tape.
We expanded on the set up and sonic of the first session
jumped right back into some new bts and music from Kenneth.
Michael by now had set up Arp so he was playing two kyboards ,
Kenneth on Jambox bass and acoustic guitar miked,vocal
We had arrived at this basic set up on was working again ,
and so we got another quite good - great mix , lots of energy working off those first pieces ...
Bts and music of 'Ike Yard 3' got compared (to the last Mon.version),
explored a few times finding and cueing sounds working it out .
One version had interupt when the UPS man buzzed - we all stopped dead in our tracks
Worked also on MD's 'insectoid' bt and music second time these sessions getting used to it, refining it nicely along

As the afternoon session went long we tried different set ups
On one piece i tried to make bts on Reason on the fly to cross with the Jambox
Set tempo and it in and out of synch , but in an Ike yardian way we can roll with
Kenneth's bts had a quiet part and a bigboom pounding drum part too , so I hand synched in some new kicks and industrial noise metal sheety type thing to bounce off what he had. Hit it nice a couple times and so we rode that couple times ,
getting into details , refining , clicked in
And we set up MD's electric guitar and fx and I set up small hand perc mic and had this Japanese wood box on a stand to play by hand , that stuff was sounding good too and did some pieces in this formation until we wrapped it

Evening incoming storm that had dumped 6 inches of snow on Chicago was imminent
and between 7:30-8 PM it broke from the West in gusts and bursts of drivin rain
Afterwards the large clouds of the front large hulked up blue and gray knotted shoulders over Brooklyn and Greenpoint as high winds blew it straight through
into clear blue black night
with big moon shine clear over the city

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Musik like painting

Last night was the first time most of Ike Yard got together and it was great ...
Everything plugged in, sound checks , trying some beats Close the windows and set some levels then sliding right into one improvisation after another
we would start recording upon hearing that we were into something good.
We now have 7 pieces over 52 minutes of DAT recording and the
great fresh memory of just doing it.
With us three all playing kyboards and bts coming from all
Kenneth's Jambox, Michael's programmed bts and music trks and my own Reason 2 beats & music, crossplay engaged in all directions as the music flowed from fingers to out the speakers SubBass sweeps , subBass kicks tonk piano castles parade
variations played through metallic strikes
while in the background a slower musik layer is going as well-
A seemingly 'instant' "NCR" feeling piece quickly turned into song from simply some bts & kys ('Ike Yard 3')
as Kenneth began to sing over what we were jamming on top of the new bts made the other night
Another one as remember as blossoming florid synth cloud -like formations
high in the sky, orchestral sounds plastic semi soft shapes peaking 'crescendoing'
in last night's version of Michael's 'insectoid' bed track
Smoother and calmer approach = deeper, sweeping "Traffikers" too.
Kenneth played some guitar and that nicely added another human element to what otherwise had become a smoother pulsing kyboard sound suggesting to me some
dramatic large scale outdoors city with myriad things going on within it sized piece not a song
One sound i programmed has something Central Asian suggested in it that led to looking more closely at locations such as Makhachkala Astrakhan Russia Baku Azerbaijan Odessa Plato Ustyurt so that as you first hear the music call ...
you can sense approaching something unseen up ahead above the river
The kick bts come in hi hat change and grow
Then you come around the bend and see suddenly there's this city in gold late afternoon light , little lights twinkling
Grooving towards the end of some pieces we ran through programs in the sound modules
the musik became a more auto - controlled mechanism feeling of 'casting' almost flicking trough many voices all the best ones mapped onto the main music being played in the moment
Sequences sometimes had music and fx in it or voices, we skip through them fast,
there was a whole extended quarter of one piece we ran it into a calm but frenetic in other ways stream of 'info musiks' the machines going back and forth between them
Each sound patch suggesting another tangent to go onto , a room to look out of in to

* To note: DCC's High Priest, Stuart Argabright & Michael Diekmann from DCC & Ike Yard will be at Apt. on the West side on next Tue's night (Dec.5)
with OtherMusic's Scott Mou and others for a 'Mudd Club' New York Noise'
inspired set after 11:30PM . Come on out, you'll hear something fresh