A Small Grey Box Filled With Joy

June 10, 2017 5:44 PM

I made this upbeat, major-key, low-fi-sounding jam entirely on my OP-1, the same gizmo used in these videos. The transitions aren't as good as they could be, but they're definitely a level up for me. The whole thing falls apart at the end in a glorious heap. A good LET'S GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY instrumental.

Sequenced, recorded, and mixed entirely on the Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer. Additional grime/sparkle added after the fact in Ozone.
posted by Sokka shot first (3 comments total)

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Awesome! "Happy" tag is right.

Care to talk about your compositional process?
posted by mpark at 7:34 AM on June 18, 2017

I listened to this on repeat for about half an hour while I was trying to finish a rather mundane task at work, and it was great. The transitions worked fine to my ears - nothing sounded out of place and I liked that the varying sections kept things interesting. The section around 2 and a half minutes in, with the wavy-sounding background pitches, sounds like a conflict of the story that gets resolved.

I do not understand how this is lo-fi?

Agreeing with mpark -- would love to hear more about your process. Is this something you worked on little by little over a long period of time, or...?
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 12:04 AM on July 3, 2017

Really digging this one. I think this counts as lo-fi in this era, I had a four track in high school and this feels the same as playing with that. Lo-fi in spirit? Lo-tek?
posted by q*ben at 4:15 PM on April 21, 2018

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