@Eaves / Ivar Tryti’s Music

Thanks a lot @Unifono!


Digitakt Sketch #51 Five Four Rushed Out The Door (April 24th 2020)

Now that I’m back to work AND a parent, I have even less time for music. Most of my music time lately has been with the Digitakt or Digitone in my lap in the living room, or in bed before sleep. This video was recorded with the recently fed and new-diaper-wearing baby sleeping on that green baby-nest next to the Digitakt :smiley:

I rarely do anything in 5/4 time signature on the Digitakt, because it’s really hard. I thought I’d give it a try. I’m using two patterns that are 20 steps long, and used plenty of conditional trigs to make them effectively 40 steps long. The main reason I don’t just go 40 steps is because it’s hard to keep track of where the downbeats are. I’ve also been playing Doom Eternal lately, and Mick Gordon’s amazing music inspired me to play with harder drums and synth sounds.

All audio is coming from the Digitakt, with a preamp plugin Phoenix and a multiband expander Maximus added in post.

Thanks for listening!

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Digitakt Sketch #52 Can’t Fit Any More Projects On The Digitakt (April 30th 2020)


A year and a couple of months after buying my Digitakt, I’ve finally used up all 128 project slots. It’s time to take a backup of everything and make space for more music :slight_smile:

I’ve been squeezing music time into as many cracks in my schedule as possible. This beat was started in bed before sleep, then continued on the kitchen counter while boiling bottles and pacifiers, then finished up at my desk when I should have been sleeping, and finally filmed after feeding and putting my baby to bed. Next up: make dinner, hooray!

All audio is coming from the Digitakt, with a preamp plugin called Phoenix and multiband expander called Maximus added in post. Everything was done in one take.

Thanks for listening!

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Awesome, as always! Can’t wait for the next 128 tracks :wink:

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Hehe, I hope I get to fill it with another 128 projects one day. 74 of these projects were full tracks or loop collections, if we include the digitakt+digitone projects :smiley:

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Octatrack Sketch #1 Landscape

I received this Octatrack mk2 from one of my patrons. This is an insanely generous gift, and I can’t thank him enough! This is definitely A lot of people I’ve talked to about the Octatrack have said that it’s a weird machine, and I’m slowly starting to understand what they meant!

Man, the octatrack is so fun to explore. It feels like an open ended puzzle game with how the FX slots are limited and the different machines take up an entire track, but can be swapped out with parts and read “music sheet” from different patterns. All that without even mentioning the slider. This track is very minimalistic, using only one sample of a piano melody being played one note at a time. Two tracks are playing the same sample an octave apart, from different start points, in different directions, all while a third track resamples internally and plays an octave lower than that again. All I’m doing is reversing the play directions, changing what part of the sample is being looped, restarting the internal resampling and messing with a few FX parameters.

All audio is coming from the Octatrack, with a preamp plugin called Phoenix and multiband expander called Maximus added in post. Everything was done in one take.

Thanks for listening!

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Octatrack Sketch #2 Scenes Are Hard (May 13th 2020)


Digitakt muscle memory is working against me.

With even less uninterrupted time to sit with the Octatrack, I’m spending every little break reading the manual or tips and tricks threads. There’s so much to take in, and I spent this track trying to get more familiar with scenes. It feels very different from the Digitakt and Digitone’s control-all followed by pattern reload, especially since scene “presets” can be loaded up instantly. I’ve also watched a few Octatrack performances, and one trick I thought was really cool was switching the currently active scene with another to get this instant jump in FX, as opposed to fading smoothly to another scene with the fader. Trouble is, when I’m working with scenes, I can’t pay attention to track mutes as much as I would like!

All audio is coming from the Octatrack, with a preamp plugin called Phoenix and multiband expander called Maximus added in post. Everything was done in one take.

Thanks for listening!

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Your tunes are so hypnotic and catchy. Simple melodies over an industry of sounds. Never get bored of your music. Love it.

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Thank you very much @sabana! I’m glad you like my music :smiley:

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Is this your hobby or are you a fulltime musician / teacher?

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It’s been a hobby for over 20 years, but I only started really uploading videos early last year =)

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Great job on the octa! I bet you’re a quick learner, looking forward to take part of your journey, thanks for sharing, you’re a huge inspiration, obvious. :v:

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Thank you @SpaceTraffic! I really appreciate it =D


Octatrack Sketch #3 Chill Piano Trip Hop (May 17th 2020)


I couldn’t come up with a clever title for this track. It was originally a project I started working on on the Digitakt, but I received the Octatrack before I could finish it. Needless to say, I spent all my free time with the Octatrack instead of the work in progress :P.

For the piano in this track, I made a 36 second long meandering piano progression in FL Studio specifically to slice up and rearrange into something new on hardware. I rendered the left hand (chords) and right hand (lead melody) separately so I could mix and match and stumble into new and interesting progressions.

The drums were literally sampled from the old Digitakt project into the Octatrack. I thought I would rearrange the original drum loop from scratch on the Octatrack, but not being able to copy-paste or p-lock multiple trigs at the same time is such a huge quality of life upgrade on the Digitakt.

I had a LOT of fun playing around with scenes and the fader! Handling those, and track mutes is overwhelming but very satisfying :slight_smile:

All audio is coming from the Octatrack, with a preamp plugin called Phoenix and multiband expander called Maximus added in post. Everything was done in one take.

Thanks for listening!

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Love this, dude. So simple but beautiful. One of your best.
My girlfriend asked me to send her the link so she could listen to it on headphones

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It’s beautiful, blessed be the one who sent you such a present !

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Thank you @Unifono and @LyingDalai!


Octatrack Sketch #4 Increments (May 23rd 2020)


I’m having a hard time figuring out my favorite way to use the Octatrack. It can do so many different things, though only a few of them at a time. This time I tried creating a longer piano loop in FL Studio and then chopping it up on the Octatrack. It still feels like I’m underutilizing it! For the piano I’m using Akoustik Piano by Native Instruments, and the drums are made using drum loops I made on the Digitakt in the past year, and the horns are from East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra.

All audio is coming from the Octatrack, with a preamp plugin called Phoenix and multiband expander called Maximus added in post. Everything was done in one take.

Thanks for listening!

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You know you could use Cue sends to output e.g. bass and kick track separately, and ease post production, right?
Anyway, I do like what you’re doing to these old piano notes ^^

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just found someone who seems to share your emotions:

Maybe you like it, @Eaves

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I never tire of Satie interpretations!

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Thanks a lot! :smiley:


Octatrack Sketch #5 Fumble


The Octatrack is a weird puzzle. It sits somewhere between the speedy Digitakt and a comprehensive DAW. I’m very happy with the results I get out of it, but it takes a lot of time to get there. I haven’t figured out my favorite way of using it yet, and it’s such an odd problem to have!

This track started out as a Digitakt & Octatrack combo, but there was too much stuff for me to keep track of. I ended up sampling the drums into the Octatrack and rendered short piano snippets in FL Studio to arrange and mangle on the Octatrack.

Thanks for listening!

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HAHA! YES! You’re looking really comfortable here. It just keeps getting better!