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 thing! 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. ~Tim > [Original Message] > From: loop.pool <email@example.com> > 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 > http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/ > 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 tune > 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 turning > 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 real > time. > > So the tune is in the spirit of the real time looping (in this case using my > mouse and my computer only) > > It's called "The Broken Music Box" and if you are curious, below is >the > 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 improv > with all of the toy music box samples...............looping and turning on > and off the various samples, running simultaneously............I >recorded > this improv in real time into Sound Forge. > > Then I took that improv and played it back in real time as I used the mouse > to > grab the moving cursor and manipulate it in ways that screwed up the > computer > (I even crashed it with the blue screen of death once...........I'm >never > 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 Sound > Forge. > > all of this I recorded into Cool Edit Pro (because Sound Forge won't allow > multiple instances > to run simultaneously. > > I took the results and then basically just slashed sections out of it until > I like the final result..................then I threw it into Fruity Loops > and played with speed of play back and triggering heavily verbed instances > of the tracks: sometimes synchonously, sometimes not. > > Next, I tried to think of what Ravel would do to the piece if he were alive > 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.