I mistakenly call everything I write in this category Haiku, because it follows the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, and because I’m an uncultured slob.
In truth, it’s all Senryu. Please don’t throw rocks at me.
These are largely reposts from my twitter feed, @greaterthanzero, but I'll try to collect the most visual/evocative/usable stuff for you here, and try to structure a collab around it when I figure out how that all works. =)
Almost two years later, it's time to acknowledge I am never going to finish this. I'm proud of what I've recorded, and I do feel like I've done the first half justice, but that's all I've got. Maybe the community can salvage it?
I built a synth yesterday. It's not terribly musical, but it does make fun noises, reminiscent of walking through a video arcade in the early 80s. To someone who grew up in that environment, it's a pleasant cacophony.
Anyway, here's a bed of sound that feels like classic arcade games, without actually using the trademarked sounds of those games. It's quite long, evolving over time to provide some variety.
Note, this is really emulating the sound of several arcade machines in close proximity. I could imagine it being one frenetic multiplayer game, but I don't think it feels authentic as a single player sitting on their couch at home.
If anyone needs isolated sounds in that style (laser fire, explosions, etc), let me know. They shouldn't be hard to produce; I just need to hold back do less.
It gets pretty dull at the airport, so I decided to liven things up a bit.
This would have sounded a lot better if I weren't also holding the camera.
I asked my computer to spit out some music, based on a handful of simple rules. Use a pentatonic scale. Pick between this handful of rhythmic patterns, this selection of instruments. The results are soulless and mechanical, but not unpleasant. I'd like to think the same can be said about me.
There were some very wrong notes here, but the lights are pretty and that seems to make up for a lot. =)
This was one of my first videos. I made a few followups, trying to explain the theory and practice behind what you're actually seeing here, but at the end of the day, everyone likes this one better 'cause the music was more important.