Saltines Assemble!

October 27, 2008 2:18 AM

"You may control Nilla wafers, but my saltines are safe." "Counterfactual. To wit: SALTINES ASSEMBLE!"

I just finished mastering my new album (under the nom de disque Shalmaneser) tonight, and this is the first track.

posted by doubtfulpalace (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

That is cool! I dig the detail and constant motion.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:17 AM on October 27, 2008

Thanks! That's exactly what I was shooting for, so it's great to hear you say that.
posted by doubtfulpalace at 3:07 PM on October 27, 2008

Nice use of stereo!

Sometimes I can't tell what's strings and what's synth -- are there any acoustic intrumentsw at work here, or no?

Some really cool sounds, either way.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 1:54 AM on October 31, 2008

Other than the (electric) bass guitar, everything was done in SuperCollider, an open-source audio application/programming language. I use it to do algorithmic slicing, and to build synths that I can sequence or play on the keyboard. The song got started when I was messing around with chopping up live radio--that's where the vocal snippets came from, and the plinky little two-chord riff. I just built on it from there.

The melody sound did end up having a cello-like quality; it's based on a tuned delay line, with lots of modulation. The big low sound at the beginning and end is the same patch.
posted by doubtfulpalace at 7:12 PM on October 31, 2008

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