In this episode, I talk about what it feels like to play my piano after it has been regulated...'regulation' is a two day process where each component of the action is taken out and recalibrate. Thus the title, because isn't that what it is to take acid?
I can rack up with synth gear but I'm still a pianist at heart. The Korg SQ-1 sequencer has a number of different modes, influencing the order and values passed. But what I've realized is that at any point, I can play a key and adjust the sequence....it will start up again at the immediate next step as soon as I release the key. I also realized that if I don't have the sequence playing at all, but the sequencer turned on, I can 'play' any of the sequenced steps in whatever pattern I choose....kind of like a button accordion at that point.
I'm also enjoying being really conscious of the monophonic nature of these synths, and working with that to create sets.
Honestly the reason I made this video is because it has been a month since I got out on a Sunday morning to record around town and I knew we'd be traveling again this weekend. But necessity is the mother of good stuff and once I decided to set up and record, I knew it would be an interesting episode.
I'm always surprised when I notice some sound that is really compelling, but that I was totally ignoring. There's a vent behind my desk at work that periodically starts to self-resonate. I can go days without noticing, but listen to it....I'd be hard-pressed to create a rhythm that was this absorbing even with my stack of electronic gear.
("no mod" refers to "no modification"....I have a series of field recordings on the 'video' link that start with a short recording of a day to day scene and then I gradually introduce modified sounds to the mix. This is pure Heater Vent.)