Finally, one morning in April 2015, it hit me again... I was out on my terrace having a coffee, it was still quite dark, but the birds had started to sing. On the rooftop, just above my head, sat a blackbird and did his morning singing. It was lovely, loud and clear. I decided to record some of it and use it for a new track, wrapping the lovely singing of the blackbird in a nice envelope of synth patterns to go with it. I decided to go on with the ideas put forward in the preceding Five and Three tracks: synth patterns that go with different metrics on the /8 grid and nice dubby synth pads or stabs. basic grid is 4/4, but here's a 3/16 line, combining with a 5/16 line (repeating 10/4) for the bass, a 16/8 line, a dubby pad that repeats 5/1, filtered effect lines that repeat 3/1 and 10/4, and 5/8 stabs repeating 5/1 ...was quite a challenge to set the changes (adding or subtracting an element) at the right points where things meet up...but in the end it all fit together forming a nice chilled tune at 131 bpm.
With blackbird i decided to continue the series that started with Five and Three, and let it grow to an E.P. or even an album.
The next one followed end of July 2015, when i had the spontaneous idea of doing something similar as with blackbird: using a sampled sound line to accompany with music. But this time it wasn't a bird singing. It was the sound of two 'Hilti' chipping hammers i had recorded in autumn 2014 when they insulated my terrace and had to chip off the old asphalt covering. This time i went with rather conventional patterns going to 4/4. Tied to go with a tribalistic powerful rhythm and adding some nice slightly funky synthlines that give it a deep but yet bright mood that fits summer parties :-) First i thought about "deconstruction" as track title but as it is rather a good mood track and, with it's lush funkyness, has some influence of detroit techno in it too, i finally called it D-construction.
One month later End of July 2015, i felt like doing something inspired by detroit techno again, something that would melt my style and the style of the preceding tracks of the series with the funkyness of good old detroit techno. And so, this track Winterthur-Detroit has connections to blackbird - there's a pitched down sample of a nightingale in it, to D-construction - slightly funky beat and same percussion element slightly tweaked, and the Five/Three concept - here it is the bassline that goes to Seven/16, and that dubby synth once again...
In the months to come, the creativity with making music faded... Whenever i had the time and sat on the computer playing around with sounds and beats, no ideas for a track really hit me, and i stared at the screen... So i decided to take a break. Then suddenly, it was already summer 2016, i got inspired when i was listening to the German audio book of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. There's this scene where the Guide describes the features of our universe and as i always found that was brilliant i thought hey let's try and use this for a spacey track. Just use a sound sample and go from there, like i did with the singing blackbird and the chipping hammers... I put the sample on an empty sheet and fitted the BPM to the tempo of the repeated synth sounds in the background of the spoken words. I cut out the word Universum, slowed it down an put a lot of effects on it to create some kind of backbone loop. Then i added beats, synth pads and patterns one by one, trying to give it some kind of 'lost in space' mood.
Again it took a long time until i was in the mood to work on a track. One day i was playing around with the sound sample of the blackbird singing just for fun, i remembered i saw a docu once about humpback whales and it was mentioned that if you would speed up their singing it would resemble singing birds. So i wondered if i slowed down the singing of the blackbird, would that resemble a singing whale? I found that when i slowed it and reversed it it sounded strange at least - dark and spooky. Quite cool. So i decided to use it for another track. I went with powerful beats and some percussive elements, a bassline and some dubby pads - the spooky background sample does the rest. I called it darkbird, and for the video i created some kind of dark version of the blackbird clip.
Click to listen and download "blackbird" on Soundcloud
Click to listen and download "D-Construction" on Soundcloud
Click to listen and download "Winterthur-Detroit" on Soundcloud
Click to listen and download "Universum" on Soundcloud
Click to listen and download "darkbird" on Soundcloud
Watch and Listen