I’m currently going through music that will be the 11th volume of my archives. The journey is interesting, personal and revealing… For most of the music (practically all of them) that I have released my friends have been the only audience.
It’s hard to fathom that sounds I’m going through now have been conceived 11 years ago. Here’s one track from the past – Solina. Solina is Finnish and means the sound which water makes when it flows around small pebbles and things. In this case the actual sound comes from the kitchen sink of the flat where I lived back then.
I had a microphone by the sink, let the water run and recorded the track live without much preparations. The basis of the piece is a 7/4 beat that probably took a some time to create. Back then if it took more than an hour to compose a piece I considered it too much.
The steady pulse that goes with the beat is DX-7, which is set to play one note only, and which takes the trigger from any midi input that comes from the drum machine. I used this method often, and all kinds of fruitful melodies revealed themselves now and then.
Over the beat Polysix goes through an arpeggio, which is not synced to anything. The few note melody comes from a Casio keyboard, which I intuitively played while mixing the track. The hardest to mix was usually the drum machine, DR-660, because I had to mix its sounds individually in and out, and the interface is not very intuitive.
All the mixing was done while performing the tracks – there wasn’t any automation or pre-recorded backgrounds.
This is the only take of the track. I usually had some plan in my mind how I would mix the sounds in but I never planned how to end the tracks. The latest element that is mixed in, the noisy choir, is something I grabbed from some passing TV-show of the moment.