Not as metal as the title might suggest… rather melodic, really…

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/BCLaTVNlbKU )

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Circuit Bent

Around ten or twelve years ago, back in the 20-oughts, I went through a brief period of acquiring and exploiting various “circuit bent” toys and devices I found on eBay. Their glitchy deconstruction of the original devices’ sounds was quite fun. This is not them, but something else. This is a fun little romp through all five Meeker FX “Circuit Bent” synths (CB1 thru CB-5) which are Rack Extensions for Propellerheads Reason 10.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/8b9cRkvNGg0

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Not Just The Same

Your free song for April. Uses an eclectic mix of vocal snippets here and there. Headphones would not be wasted. I just write these for my own sanity, so no ads, not trying to sell you anything. But hitting that like button would also not be wasted. You yourself may or may not be wasted, entirely up to you.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/RZ-NYQb9q8Y)

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Solar 5

Your free song of the month, for March 2018. This is another one of those songs where all sound sources are from a single device, in this case a rack extension for Propellerhead Reason 10 called Solar 5 (formerly Solaris) by Skrock Music.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/1mawP1O6EJI )

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Chambre Humana

New song for February, this is a choral/orchestral effort featuring the third of the three new sample-based virtual instruments in Reason 10, called “Humana”, as well as a variety of orchestral sources from a Refill called “Chambre”. Older hipsters may recognize the reference in the opening ostinato.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_grq76gPJsQ )

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In the Middle of Nowhere

Here’s a new song, first one started and finished in the new year. I will try to do one a month, the good lord willing and the creeks don’t rise, as they say.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Ik910RlX93A )

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Pangea is the second of three new sample-based virtual instruments in Propellerhead Reason 10. The other two are Klang (which I looked at previously) and Humana. This is a short study of several of the individual instrument patches within Pangea. In order of appearance they are: Saz, Angklung, Harp Guitar, Lakeside Pipe Organ, Little Wooden Flutes, and Struck Grand Piano.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/L7KIVe0ixgE )

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Here’s a bit of a tone poem (in a loose way) that I cobbled together somehow despite my cataract-filled eyeballs. Now that one of my eyeballs has been relieved of its cataracts, I was able to finish this song and get it published. All sounds are via the new “Klang” instrument in Reason 10, mostly in their natural mode, but one or two with significant effects applied.

(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/GA3qZlg9Amc )

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Some time back in September, my eyes had deteriorated to the point where I was unable to continue working on this song. So it’s kind of just a song starter at this point, just to play with the new (to me) Rack Extension for Reason 9.5, after which the song is named. The Chambertron was a forerunner to the Mellotron. By the time I get my eyes fixed (cataracts) I will be more interested in moving on to Reason 10 and its shiny new distractions, so I thought I’d just tie a ribbon around this one and call it done.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/p0DSAyVINyE

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Evil Eye Baby Doll

The forces of Light and Darkness square off in this sonic smackdown. Features the titular Evil Eye Baby Doll Optical Theremin in the role of “Darkness”.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Eg2Etxx0tLQ

Here’s the aforementioned doll theremin, a real find whilst looking on eBay for circuit bent toys a few years ago.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/C4TK5jH79iE

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