January 22, 2015 5:37 PM

Electronic instrumentals for the 10 second challenge.

The 10-second sample is just me walking over to my thermostat and turning on the fan. All sounds sources in this track are from parts of this sample, mostly heavily manipulated; the sample never appears anywhere close to whole.

There wasn't much pitched content in the sample which meant I had to rely on extreme sampling techniques and especially physically modeled resonators (via Ableton's Corpus). This limitation was by design as I wanted to motivate myself to break out of my usual synthesizers, though I didn't really expect this sample in particular to be as viable as it was (the strategy of making a song from just whatever in this way turns out to be way more practical than I thought). The original sample can be heard here if you're curious.

posted by advil (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

This is amazing. If Beethoven had had this technology, he could have created the Ninth Symphony from a sneeze.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:46 PM on January 22, 2015

Wow, yeah this IS amazing. Such a range of sounds from one sample. Must've been so much fun hearing them all take shape. The track is so fun to listen to as well.
posted by greenish at 7:00 AM on January 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

Thanks for the compliments! It was definitely fun to make; in a way corpus was so easy to get something usable out of I felt like it's almost cheating. I will add that if anyone is interested in trying this kind of stuff, don't forget to hi-pass filter the hell out of everything that isn't supposed to be bass, I did forget to in the uploaded version and there's all sorts of mess in the mix as a consequence (discovered a couple hours after uploading).

Also, I would do a one-sneeze challenge.
posted by advil at 7:06 AM on January 24, 2015

Man, this is way cooler than the one I did lol. This just vibes so well. Too cool.
posted by TheNegativeInfluence at 11:48 PM on February 5, 2015

Thanks! but not sure I agree with that, I liked yours quite a bit (I still haven't figured out how you got that really clean-sounding wobble bass, am I missing something obvious?).
posted by advil at 5:58 AM on February 6, 2015

It's the same tuned sample as the main melody thing with a compressor to smooth out some of the scratchy bits, and a tremolo. I'm too lazy to manually wobble anything.
posted by TheNegativeInfluence at 2:59 PM on February 6, 2015

This is great. You got loads from that sample. Well done!
I never really used Corpus all that much. I'm missing out!
posted by we are the music makers at 4:42 AM on February 7, 2015

I never really used Corpus all that much. I'm missing out!

Corpus is great -- the main trick (which may not be immediately obvious from the UI) is to enable midi sidechaining. Its one downside is that it is monophonic; collision, which has a version of corpus as its resonator stage, is polyphonic, but doesn't take audio input. I found that the cpu load from having a bunch of instances of corpus was negligible, so I got polyphony that way when needed.
posted by advil at 10:28 AM on February 9, 2015

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