Today was Jenny’s birthday.  It was a beautiful day.  I took the day off from work and the rain had subsided.  We went out for a leisurely breakfast and then dropped off June and caught the film “True Grit”.   What a great film!  And it’s been so long since I’ve been to the theater.    It gave me one of those really great feelings of satisfaction that I so rarely get with films these days.



Todays post came quite late at the end of the night after Jenny was already in bed.  The latest Monome Community Remix Project is underway and I decided I might as well start early since my track record for completing songs on time hasn’t been so great lately.  The theme this time is movies so all of the samples come from movies.



I didn’t pull out the monome at all.  I spent most of the time just getting to know the samples and then experimenting with them a little bit in Ableton.  One of those experiments is today’s post.



The well-known clip from Close Encounters of the Third Kind where the humans communicate with the aliens with an ARP2600 synthesizer was included in the batch.  The most interesting idea that came to mind for this sample was to create a sort of fugue with it.



The analogy I have always used to describe what a fugue is, is the classic “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” one, where one person begins singing the song and then the next person begins singing at the second bar.  The next person a bar later and the next person a bar later until eventually all the parts are being sung at once by some person or another.



I took the close encounters sample and duplicated it eight times and then triggered them each in sequence.  It began to sound quite muddy so I changed it up a little by transposing some of the samples.  Instances 1 and 2 are original pitch, 3 & 4 are transposed up a 5th, 5 & 6 are original pitch and 7 & 8 are transposed up an octave.  I slowed the tempo down quite a bit and played around with the speed with which would I triggered them in sequence.



Once I found a consistency I liked I recorded it all down to a single track.  Then I duplicated that track and triggered the two of them in sequence.



The results were a never ending loop.  Although, the recording below is only about 2 1/2 minutes.



It’s still a little muddy at points but I think it ultimately sounded pretty cool.




Close Encounters Fugue

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