Transitions 4 EP

EP 4 in the series. All of the tracks transition into each other like a DJ set. So you could have a (short) party with this! The tracks are me having fun and geeking out with music technology. Getting various ideas,then painting it all together in Pro Tools. For this EP it was all about not judging too much, letting it flow and remembering the dance music of the late eighties and early nineties with the omnipresent 909 type kick beating the pulse. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did 🙂

  1. Sequencer Sanity: Experimenting with the step sequencer on a Casio CZ-5000 back in about 1992. Hypnotic patterns and rhythms in 4/4 time. This is the kind of thing that sometimes falls out of the pile of old ideas, and becomes fresh again with age.
  2. Dimple: The result of experimenting with turning up the quiet bits at the end of samples in the grungy 12 bit Yamaha TX16W. This is from a sample made by Paul Wiffen. Fun with the Kaoss pads and FM synthesis. April 2016.
  3. Snow White: Tuning experiments with the Monark MiniMoog, an un-predictable un-stable analogue beast. This is a preset, go find it and have fun with it yourself. A bit of Korg Wave sequencing and a keyboard electric guitar solo at the end, making a transition. December 2014.
  4. Epic: Weeks spent sampling orchestral chords on a Casio SK-5 instead of study for my Leaving Cert (the State Exam) in 1990. Beats made with a Roland drum pad plus a Roland drum machine triggering a Yamaha CS-5.
  5. Transition 4: Experiments with layering and modulation on a Casio CZ-1, with old tape machine noises. September 2008.

Equipment:
Here is the list of instruments and equipment I used on Transitions. Any hardware listed as software is stuff that is either sampled into or physically modelled in the computer.

HARDWARE
Akai MX-1000
Casio CZ-1
Casio CZ-5000 sequencer
Emu ESI4000
Focusrite Scarlett 6i6
Korg Kaoss Pad 1+2
Kawai K1, K4
Lentek S4
Novation KSR
Quad 405
Roland SPD-11
Roland TR-505
Sennheiser HD25II
Yamaha TX16W

SOFTWARE
Arturia ARP2600
Arturia ARP 1613 sequencer
Ensoniq SQ-80
Emu Emulator II
Fairlight CMI IIx+III
Korg Wavestation
Martin Luder PG8X
Monark MiniMoog
Native Instruments Battery
Native Instruments FM8
Native Instruments Guitar Rig
Native Instruments Kontakt
Native Instruments Reaktor
Oberheim DMX
Pianoteq
Roland TR-909
Roland TR-808
Sonic Charge Cyclone
SoundToys EchoBoy
Sunbird acoustic guitar
Waldorf Attack
Yamaha CP35 (Sample Katra)
Yamaha DX100
XPand!2

Recorded in 27″ iMac running Pro Tools 12.

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