April 29, 2007 7:56 AM

Inspired by this post about playing pi to 1,000 places on the piano, I thought I'd print out the notes and see if I could improvise something a bit more musical (if cheesy).

posted by chrismear (12 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

(This was recorded on my laptop mic, which is why it sounds shit.)
posted by chrismear at 8:17 AM on April 29, 2007

posted by phrontist at 9:46 AM on April 29, 2007

Excellent, Chris. You're quite good.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:11 AM on April 30, 2007

Doesn't sound like shit nor is it cheesy. Actually, this is really good!
posted by snsranch at 5:21 PM on April 30, 2007

chrismear -

The sounds wonderful. Could I persuade you to re-record it with a better mic, or on a keyboard straight into a board or computer?
posted by Pastabagel at 6:00 PM on April 30, 2007

Cheers for the kind words, guys.

Pastabagel, I'll give it a shot, but it'd have to wait until I've got some time with my friend who does recording stuff. (I've got an OK mic myself, but recordings I've made with it still sound pretty crap, so I clearly just don't know what I'm doing.) I'd also have to find time to write out what I played in this recording so that I can give a repeat performance, otherwise you'll get a completely different piece.

Basically what I'm saying is, I'm up for re-recording it, but don't expect anything super soon!
posted by chrismear at 10:07 AM on May 1, 2007

If this is what shit sounds like, I'm going to buy some bags of manure and hook them up to my stereo.
posted by ORthey at 11:30 AM on May 1, 2007

That's terrific!
posted by treepour at 1:04 PM on May 3, 2007

this is really super, chrismear - you are very good!

I was feeling a tad badly about that post because so many people seemed irritated by it, but you have more than redeemed it. This is very cool - thanks!
posted by madamjujujive at 6:27 PM on May 3, 2007

Perfect example of how adding dynamics, familiar timbre, mellower tempo (with changes), & more makes "random" more "musical". Good one, Chris!
posted by Twang at 1:58 PM on May 4, 2007

As a side note, some readers might be interested in hearing Acoustica's "Alarm Will Sound", a re-rendering of Aphex Twin works by a large group using only acoustic instruments (some very exotic).

It's not just an academic exercise, but stands on its own as an enjoyable experince for imaginative listeners.

It's one of my favorite CDs of the past couple years because, like what Chris has done here, it brings AT into the "more familiar sound" arena and how acoustic treatment recasts what he was doing.

(Amazon link)
posted by Twang at 2:07 PM on May 4, 2007

Wow, that was unutterably beautiful.
posted by Eideteker at 8:00 AM on May 10, 2007

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