hi all. so i told myself that i wouldn’t get any new gear until i learned my current gear to a much higher level. well, that hasn’t been easy with the recent release of the mutable instruments elements and clouds, which have me jonesing for a modular quite a bit. luckily, those modules aren’t readily available. so i swallowed my gear lust and fired up the octatrack with a loose goal of making some sort of evolving, granular piece while i played my guitar. sort of a la frippertronics, but not going for the exact looping technique.
it turns out that the octatrack can be very granular with the live recording and sampling plus the effect sections. here’s an example i came up with this sunday evening:
full link: https://soundcloud.com/nikofeyn/rough-sketch-7-canyon-a-granular-guitar-piece
this is a guitar into an octatrack, and that’s it really, save for a simple arpeggio from the analog four into a thru machine. the octatrack is recording and playing back the guitar in two different ways, live i might add, with one track playing back a recorded, and of course, mangled guitar sample. there’s also one more thru machine passing the guitar straight through into an effects chain.