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June 15, 2013 11:20 PM

Sounds of the circus

Two times through a work-in-progress. I changed systems after getting this far, so to finish it off I'd have to rebuild it from the ground up. I never put a proper ending or beginning on this. Some day, some day.

posted by under_petticoat_rule (4 comments total)

You know, I read the title and thought "Sounds of the circus? I wonder if that's a metaphor?" This is remarkably circus-y. What was the inspiration?
posted by dubold at 1:38 AM on June 17, 2013

A friend was in a band and they wanted some circus-y music to play on the sound system while they set up. They didn't stay together long enough to use it!
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 5:02 PM on June 17, 2013

Makes sense!

When you say "changed systems", do you mean changed computers or changed DAWs? I guess what I'm asking is, "How'd you make this track?"
posted by dubold at 3:51 AM on June 18, 2013

I built it in Cakewalk's Project5 using Garritan Personal Orchestra and Jazz and Big Band sample libraries on a WinXP machine. When I upgraded to Win7 for some reason Project5 wouldn't work properly. Cakewalk dropped support for Project5 I never bothered to delve more deeply into the problem. I can import the midi patterns into Sonar and work with them there, it just hasn't been a priority.

(Project5 is a midi and audio loop-based software that has some similarities to Ableton Live and FruityLoops).

I didn't quantize anything and deliberately tried to make the timing seem imperfect. I wanted it to sound like it was being played by people and not a machine, and that some of the players might be having a little trouble keeping up with the tempo.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 7:11 AM on June 18, 2013

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