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New TRIOS album for Bandcamp Friday
(which is today)
Hello! On Friday, April 2 music is not content, it’s connection.
I’m so pleased that so many of you took the time to write me such nice notes about the podcast, and to show your support for my taking a hiatus from the show to dig back into the music. This journey is getting deeper all the time and I’m so glad to share this work with you as it goes along.
I have a lot of creative work in the pipeline: the new Unaccompanied cello suite is moving forward behind the scenes, as is a new record of songs with a great production team and collaborators on board. I’m doing some session work and some production work… when it rains it certainly pours.
Today is Bandcamp Friday, and I’m glad to be back in here with the third (and final) installment of my TRIOS series.
If you’re wondering what Bandcamp Friday is, it’s this:
“On the first Friday of every month since March of 2020, we’ve waived our revenue share to help support the many artists who have seen their livelihoods disrupted by the pandemic.” - Ethan Diamond, bandcamp.com
Which means that Today is a great day to throw in a few chips to support independent music.
Thanks for all your support for this project, it's been fun and tremendously rewarding.
Have a listen:
TRIOS 03: custom funk is me composing with custom functions in the TidalCycles pattern generator.
What that means for you humans is that the drums, bass and keyboard parts are all created using formulas rather than playing the actual notes.
The result is that "weird" rhythmic ideas are a snap to execute, free from the limitations of normal drum machines and grid layouts. So you’ll hear beats in 3, 7, 12, 15 etc… with a couple of cello parts laid on top so that it doesn't all sound like robots.
As before, "Trio" in this context means that there are three passes: once with the computer and then two live takes followed by minimal editing and a mix.
Upcoming: new songwriting and instrumental work.
Meanwhile, enjoy this and have a great spring.
Big love to your ears.
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