Between the Years – What´s going on?

Time between Christmas and New Years Eve became rather silent here at my studio excepting some jams with Chris and visits from my family. School is in holidays and they were pretty needed by me for relaxing, regeneration and new thoughts.

New instruments like Microfreak from Arturia and Digitakt from Elektron were my Christmas goodies for this year and i am using the cocooned winter time for welcoming them in a stately way.

It will need some time to get fully inside this mighty instruments which brings a lot of fun, spice and joy into the studio workflow.

Also we are planning and sketching up the upcoming Art´s Birthday in January 2022, celebrated by Pomodoro Bolzano as every year since a long time now.

This shows our invitation card for the voice calls. And here comes the original invitation from Max´s official art-mail:

art.birthday 1.000.059

YOUR VOICE – YOUR WORD 

Dear artlovers,

Pomodoro Bolzano is happy to invite you to be part of art.birthday one million and fifty-nine.

This year it’s about a choice of words

Send us your word with your voice as a present for a piece of music 

which will be created on january 17th, 2022.

Procedure:

To take part is as easy as it can get.

Please send us your word recorded with your own voice.

If you can’t decide on only one word you may send up to three words 

in different soundfiles (one word per file).

Send us your single word(s) as a speech message via SMS to +49 160 8445253

or send us an email and attach your soundfile(s) to voice@artbirthday.com.

Thank you for your voice!

And of course, Chris and me recorded a set of ambient and downbeat tracks during December.

Get in touch with all new released tracks here below.

Next week, on January 3, we will further prepare our Art´s Birthday celebration schedules and do more experiments on sounds and instruments. Creativity and art is continuous in flow here and we will see more of all that in 2022. Now i am wishing you all a great new years eve and floating smoothly into the next year of wonders and experiences.

End of Summer 2021 – Some Conclusion

During this high temperatured and almost cocooned summer i found time to explore and study a lot of my collected and new bought sound-gear. There were so many gaps to close and learning curves to rise – time ran away fast and without any boredom.

With Chris i met weekly and we were able to record a lot of jams and project-sparks for our planned two albums, which will be released soon.

Also a few times the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse rehearsed in a very minimal summer edition – not many of us had time to meet. The few who arrived virtual had great moments together and Björn´s screenshot shows that in a wonderful way.

Max came back from his summer travelling and we met as soon as possible to talk about more virtual and cyberspace related art projects in the near future.

For Max´s and Frieda´s POZOR UTOPIA finissage we had to plan realtime visuals on the virtual building and performance space into Second Life.

One variation of my Novae performance seemed to fit well for that project and i had a nice virtual simulation meeting with Max.

And as a final summer activity i produced with Max and Chris an synthesizer based experimental new track with vocals from Max – completely live performed and recorded on this moment. So this summer is now successfully and officially finished for me.

In this music-video all latest impressions and emotions are weaved together – nothing more to say at the moment.

Working with Field Kit Recordings

During the last days we did experiments and research on sounds we field-recorded with KOMA Elektronik´s neat little box of wonders named „Field Kit“ and their expansion pack with motors, solenoids, contact microphones, marbles, springs and electromagnetic sensors.

My students had a lot of fun by testing the possibilities of sound-creation with different sources as singing bowls, toys, water bottles, bento boxes and other pieces of our school environment.

We recorded a lot of interesting sounds by experimenting around with the very sensible contact microphones and routed the results into Ableton Live to modify them again with creative delays and reverbs of all kinds.

To create some pulsing beats we used a little motor element, placed on a plastic socket between glass marbles. The motor got its impulse by a low-frequency-oscillator signal via VC on the Field Kit.

With all that different sounds we got, it was on us to produce a freaky noisy piece of sound-art with.
Noisy Radio Signals were also added to our collection of sounds and with the little help of granular synthesis, an ambient texture got layered into our cute sound-setup.

And so it came that the next hours we spent again on Ableton Live to arrange our set of audible happiness and mixed a nice mysterious work out of all our collected sound snippets.

With the Field Kit and our ideas we were able to get such a nice enriched horn of plenty. I am thrilled in expectations which will be the next sound project we approach.