Each week (mostly) I try and partake in the Disquiet Junto Project.
The basic idea is to create a new piece of music or sound by following a set of rules. It could be music based on a sound or on another pice of music or something experimental.
For this week’s task we were (that an online group of interested musicians and sound artists) were asked to produce a piece of music based on sight reading a late-1940s painting by Argentine artist Lidy Prati.
I decided to associate a note to each symbol – so the black horizontal block was E, two blocks G, the vertical block B and so on up the scale.
Then I translated the painting into these notes and keyed them into Ableton Live.
I played around a little finding the right instrument sounds – opting for some retro computer instruments. Then it was a matter of finding the right scale and effects.
Finally I over laid various scales and reversed some of the samples adding extra ‘hooks’ and a basic drum beat.
Playing the loops through several times and changing the pitch with some reverb and simple delay I work the piece up to something I was failry pleased with for the Project.
Titles are always difficult for me, but as I seemed to be surround by purple on such a sad news day, that’s what I went for!
This is my track for the Project and you can hear how other artists and composers have interpreted the same painting on Soundcloud.