OK so i’ve decided I will do the RPM Challenge again this year.
Last time I produced a draft version of The Drowned City
At the time the idea was to make it entirely on the iPad but I ended up feeling too limited.
This time I don’t have a devastating flood to inspire me. I also have a 2 yr old, bills to pay and subjects to prep for so i’m scoping it for simplicity.
For a while now i’ve been using Numerology and the Nord Modular to make abstract rhythmical music. I’m not sure this narrow focus is a place I want to stay but I figured here is the opportunity to explore it.
This year my goal is an album for Makrotulpa with the working title “Exorcise the Need”. I like that the title has a late ’80s industrial dance vibe – in fact I was sure someone like Nitzer Ebb or Clock DVA had a track titled similarly however a discogs.com search came up empty.
It will be primarily rhythmical in focus.
It will consist of sound made exclusively with the SKONLab setup (Nord Modular / Numerology / Launchpad / MPX8). Obviously there will be some percussive samples on the MPX8 that will be outsourced but aside from that it will be entirely hermetic. I will also be running some sounds through the NM Vocoder as this is an area I need to explore.
Tracks will be primarily live takes with minimal post production editing and mixing in Reaper.
I’ll try to make at least weekly progress reports on this blog.