March 22, 2007 6:45 AM

A quick-and-dirty first attempt at combining circuit bent instruments with acoustic guitar. I know some people frown at the idea of forcing bent instruments into measure and meter but there's a 24% chance that those people are no fun. Did it work? I dig it. Any suggestions?
posted by RobertFrost (7 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: server crash deleted song, please re-up.

The levels are a little off because I'm restricted to a laptop at the moment but if you can look past that, any help would rock (perhaps from a gentle soul that has experience recording bent toys).
posted by RobertFrost at 6:48 AM on March 22, 2007

Circuit bending was a practice I knew nothing about 'til you posted this so cheers for that. The track itself is great, I love it! (Particularly the break about halfway with the whistle-like sounds!) It all blends very nicely indeed!
posted by TwoWordReview at 7:15 AM on March 22, 2007

I really like this and the other one you posted, I don't know why I missed it when you first posted that one.

Lovely sounds. How well do you sing? I think with some lyrics and a warm voice these would make for great songs.

Keep 'em coming, yeah?
posted by micayetoca at 8:20 AM on March 22, 2007

The levels are a little off because I'm restricted to a laptop at the moment

By "levels off" do you mean some sounds are too loud and others too low-volume? Well, working with just a laptop shouldn't be an obstacle to getting levels matched and where you want them. Are you using recording software that's multitrack, like Logic or Digital Performer? Do you have any onboard compression and limiting? If so, you should have no problems in the area of relative levels. All the songs I've posted to MeFiMusic have been recorded using only a computer (usually a laptop), with the exception of a tune called Flat Fix, which was recorded to ADAT back in the ADAT days. As to whether you'll like the music, I don't know, but I think you'll find that relative levels aren't a problem. I'd wager that just about everyone posting music here at MeFi is using a computer or laptop exclusively for their recordings.

By the way, I see from your profile that you're way up there in sunny Hokkaido! I'm in Tokyo, myself. Howdy neighbor!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:36 PM on March 22, 2007

flapjax, I'm using Logic 7 at the moment. Really my issue is a lack of decent speakers. I've always had a problem mixing with headphones and my MBP's tinny speakers don't really get the job done. Should I just buck it up and buy some cheap monitors?

Are the cherry blossoms out yet? I'll actually be heading down there for a couple days next week. Man, am I ever excited to get out of the snow and cold.
posted by RobertFrost at 6:21 PM on March 22, 2007

Should I just buck it up and buy some cheap monitors?

Well... My best advice is to buck it up and by some not-so-cheap speakers, if you possible can. Remember, your speakers are the only thing you've got to go by, and if you're using cheap speakers... you get the idea. But I know what you mean with headphones: they can be good to work with, but not if that's all you have to work with. With phones only it can be really difficult to gauge all sorts of parameters: not just levels but also reverb, panning...

And some sakura have started to bloom, just here and there, but not yet full-on or anything. BTW, will you have any free time in Tokyo? If you want, drop me a line (e-mail on my MeFi profile), maybe there's a chance to grab a beer or some noodles somewhere...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:12 PM on March 22, 2007

This was really cool; never heard anything like it. And thanks guys for the tech info. I really need it.
posted by sluglicker at 9:25 AM on March 23, 2007

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