I have been really concentrating on the JX-305 project, in between artistic endeavors and it is coming along nicely in its DIY, lower-fi way. It is not lo-fi in the way things used to be lo-fi however, such as 4-track or even lower-low-fi. It is definitely a worthwhile sonic construction and I work out things day by day. It actually prepares me for the level of attention and devotion I am going to have to have for my planned show.
JX-305 ( shortcode) first started with my placing the archived files into the computer, this is all done, has been done. I, long ago, had saved each pattern I sequenced from 2 periods: 99-00 and 03-04. There were many other patterns, but these patterns were what survived and were salvaged.
I had HORRIBLE naming methods.
You see, I had to identify them initially in the keyboard, a method of turning the wheel and pressing a button akin to setting a video game high score, in the keyboard itself. This never sat well with me and had I more patient might have taken the time to actually lend a “title” to a pattern. Whatever….
Of course back when the files were in the keyboard memory and I was in touch with the energy of each, a name such a “mm0″ would immediately call up a pattern or melody in my mind, but certainly not now. I have had to investigate every file and do a kind of sonic triage. Good or not good? I am like a hunter with with a carcass, or a recycler: how can I get the most “value” out of these sounds.
** – From the time of its first purchase until my giving it away, I used the “beast” unconventionally. The underlying story lyrically ( when lyrics are employed ) deals with this.
So my first task was to group together the sounds that “go together” using clues of file name and bpm. The above image shows how the files were grouped by color and containing file. I made a booklet in which to contain any ideas.
If I haven’t said it before, this JX305 project is a result of a greater desire to identify what I have before me in my life, art or music. What is it? Is it finished? Should it be finished? How will I finish it? Should it be discarded?
I bought the damned keyboard and I saved the files. I would finish this chapter in my life, having recently given the keyboard to my girlfriend’s daughter.
So — with the transfer and organization done, I began to place the files into Ableton and save those as projects. After I “composed” them together basically, I rendered many of them and placed them into my iPod. I walked around work and let the music seep into my head hypnopaedically. I began to get an idea of what would be purely instrumental pieces flavored with samples plus other embellishments and what would be strictly vocal pieces. I placed these records into the book as well.
Everything has been “falling into place.” This process of mine of going through my possessions, again deciding what to keep or throw out comes into play. I have all these old cassettes that I would record sounds on. I digitized samples from those and then destroyed the tapes. Everything is being placed together in this sonic collage — as well as tale of this keyboard I had for so long.
I know — this smacks of obsession right? Fine. I think of it like some of those websites out there where people geek out on stuff. Boomboxes anyone?
Call it what you will. It is fun and will sound delightfully crazed in a good way. Things are becoming clearer and it DOES prepare me for my main project for 2014, so important.
Oh some jX-305 links!
I will post up links when appropriate — and I should make a page for this. I have a Soundcloud group for it, but for now there is only one piece up.