I was playing around this morning with Wordle’s word cloud generator. Cool little app, thought it would be fun to run this blog through it.

Something tells me I’ve been obsessing lately, but I can’t quite put my finger on what. Click on the image to see it full size

Chris at Analog Industries has put out a challenge to the loyal to write a song in ten minutes flat, from pre-setup to finish. Fun exercise. Here’s my entry:

SIGHUP – 10min

I did this in just under ten minutes, from opening Audiomulch to running some quick final touches on it in Sound Forge. I chose to go with something more musical than my usual drone/ambient/noise thing, since the audience at AD is likely to be less in to that sort of thing. Played MrRay73 (an e-piano VSTi plugin) into Loopyllama, recorded a quick 8 bar loop and one overdub, stopped, added effects, moved the e-piano over to a second mixer channel, added some more effects, hit record, played along with loop, saved, added a fade and some compression in Sound Forge, and saved. All done rather stream-of-consciousness stylee, as I had no preconceptions or specific ideas as I went in. There’s some flubs in there, it’s mostly plunky aimless stuff (although I think it turned out pleasantly entertaining), and the fade isn’t quite right, but then, it was all done in under ten minutes after all.

Hop on over here to Chris’s blog to check out what others have done and to post your own. Chris will pick his favourites from the bunch and give them a free copy of the forthcoming Audio Damage Automaton effect plugin. I already have Automaton, so I’m not in the running for the prize.

One last entry on my stereo fuzz obsession.

Tom at EFM (Electronics for Music–maker of synth DIY kits for a decade or so) has offered to do inexpensive short run pedal effects of varying types if enough folk show interest (at least five per pedal). So, broken record that I am, I put forth the idea of doing a stereo fuzz box. I’ve suggested a Roland Beebaa clone circuit without the boost (to simplify doubling the circuit for stereo), but that may not prove to be efficient for a stereo enclosure, and so might require an alternative circuit to be suggested. So far there’s three or four of us who have shown interest, and Tom has said he’d be game.

So if anyone happens by this blog and would really like to get in on a low cost stereo fuzz effect, now is the time to step up. Click here to go to the original thread at KVR.

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