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RE: TheBrokenMusicBox: an online looping experiment
My daughter had a music box that was broken in a fascinating way: it played
the whole song in 1 second, like a "blipvert." Wish I could find that
Jack-in-the-boxes have a wonderful timbre, too, different from music boxes.
More like a kalimba.
Rick, I will check out your creation on Monday when I don't have to worry
about waking anybody up.
I have a feeling I'm in for a treat.
> [Original Message]
> From: loop.pool <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: LOOPERS DELIGHT (posting) <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> Date: 12/16/2005 6:48:58 AM
> Subject: TheBrokenMusicBox: an online looping experiment
> I discovered a very cool free sample site last night
> run coincidentally by my friend Bram who is one of the freeware plugin
> developers at the marvelous SmartElectronix.com collective.
> One of the interesting things about the site is that you can preview the
> free samples there by either triggering them as a one shot or
> by hitting a loop button and then triggering them as a continuous loop.
> I was searching for toy piano, music box, old wheezy organ and out of
> piano samples because, hey, I'm weird
> and so I found a sample pack of Toy Music Box samples.
> Much to my delight I discovered that I could improv on the site by
> the loops of the individual Music Box notes on and off.
> I also discovered that I could run as many loops as I felt like it in
> So the tune is in the spirit of the real time looping (in this case using
> mouse and my computer only)
> It's called "The Broken Music Box" and if you are curious, below is
> process I used to improvised the piece.
> It's free to download and hear at www.looppool.info/TheBrokenMusicBox/
> I hope you like it.
> Here's a description of my unconventional process:
> I used the preview looping capabilties of the FREESOUND site to do an
> with all of the toy music box samples...............looping and turning
> and off the various samples, running simultaneously............I
> this improv in real time into Sound Forge.
> Then I took that improv and played it back in real time as I used the
> grab the moving cursor and manipulate it in ways that screwed up the
> (I even crashed it with the blue screen of death once...........I'm
> even seen a blue
> screen as long as I've run Win XP.............lol).
> I love this technique for confusing the computer while playing back in
> all of this I recorded into Cool Edit Pro (because Sound Forge won't
> multiple instances
> to run simultaneously.
> I took the results and then basically just slashed sections out of it
> I like the final result..................then I threw it into Fruity
> and played with speed of play back and triggering heavily verbed
> of the tracks: sometimes synchonously, sometimes not.
> Next, I tried to think of what Ravel would do to the piece if he were
> today and I wrote the String parts in Fruity Loops.
> Everything I did with a mouse and the computer.
> It's sort of neo classical/glitch music and is pretty outside of the
> mainstream but I'm really happy with it.