My kids have been playing A LOT of OG Zelda. Got rid of this earworm the only way I know how, by leaning in.
Midtempo bleeps and squarewave ditty
Loud, obnoxious, a bit chiptune-y. A fun palate cleanser in preparation for the upcoming challenge.
Slowly mutating melody with some clicks, bass, and wobbly lead.
Chiptune fun, dressed up with a vocal sample
Heavy and overdriven
I think I'm getting the hang of this thing. I got most of the way through comping this out and writing a melody when I realized I liked this better. There's singing eventually. [more inside]
A quick sketch 2-bar sample + noodling + multitracking [more inside]
I've had this descending chord progression stuck in my head for a few weeks so I decided to record it and cut it up. Another OP-1 jam. [more inside]
A chill beat made with the op-1. [more inside]
Put together with my niece on a family reunion trip to Mission Bay. Lots of handclaps and arpeggiator (too many handclaps?) Another mostly op-1 track.
Another OP-1 track, this time with a teeny bit of analog lead from my minilogue. [more inside]
Another all op-1 track, wanted to try creating a custom drum kit from the built in FM radio. Quickly escaped my normal musical comfort zone but pretty fun nonetheless.
Recently got a Teenage Engineering OP-1 and this is a first attempt to put the 4-track through it's paces. It's a noisy little thing, extremely digital. In addition decided to put this together without any sequencers so the rhythms are... inconsistent. This is straight out of the device, no additional processing.
This gloomy synth jam was made on an airplane and finished late at night in my parents' home during an emotionally complicated visit. [more inside]
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. [more inside]
Games with arpeggiators. Would probably make a good background bit for a podcast about mysterious goings on in an abandoned synthesizer factory.
A very brief (50s) sketch I worked up on the train the other day. Crunchy synth bass drone in conversation with a ringing guitar (also synthesized).
Kinda of a bleepy-bloopy little instrumental jam. I'm really kind of fond of this one. [more inside]
A cover of Magnetic Fields' "You're My Only Home," recorded entirely on a Teenage Engineering OP-1. [more inside]
This is a cover of Bishop Allen's "Butterfly Nets." While the song is a favorite of teenage girls on with ukeleles on Youtube, I am instead a 34-year-old baritone with Garageband and an OP-1.