After the nasty Crunch! sensation coming from my wrist at work on Tuesday announced the arrival of an attack of carpal tunnel syndrome, (effectively rendering me one-handed and no bloody use to anyone) I have been at home for the last few days and, lacking inspiration for something to write about, decided to try my (one) hand at another spot of animation.
Having created a modest forty second stop-motion clip, I searched for a suitably oddball soundtrack, eventually settling on a snatch of the eccentric and extraordinary Grandmaster Gareth, taken from an old cassette recording of a Peel Session.
But I like to put my own peculiar noises on these little experiments where I can, so it was fortunate that after a while I came across an app on my tablet that I’d downloaded a couple of weeks ago and not got round to fully investigating yet.
The app is called Oscilab and for under a fiver it gives you the most amazing sound and loop making abilities.
Even for a complete musical know-nothing like myself, a few hours playing around with all the parameters and settings on the various sequencers and oscillators can produce almost instantly (I think) impressive results.
My first attempt was more an exercise in trying to synchronise the images with the sound, so the “music” itself is pretty basic and you may want to lower the volume at the start, as the first note is a little piercing.
I called the animation Line and Plane.
So impressed was I with my new toy that I thought I’d have a go at composing something a little more, well, musical.
My first custom-made tune is a slightly leftfield piece of electronica which does however have a recognisable structure and rhythm.
I was rather pleased with it for a first try and I called it..
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I’m going to jump to my third attempt next, which is a more polished affair altogether, a rather more relaxed piece called…
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But it was the second of these chunks of electronic knob-twiddling and sonic experimentation that I was most pleased with, so I decided it needed a video of its very own.
The clip that goes with the tune I’m so proud of, and that you are about to watch (Yes, I’m talking to you. Just click on the screen and relax, it’ll only be a few minutes out of your day and you may even enjoy it) is called Junk Funk and the video was made using no digital manipulation or fancy apps whatsoever, it is all done optically.
I hope you got some enjoyment (or at the very least, entertainment) out of one or more of my audio-visual offerings, because you can rest assured that I shall continue to
inflict upon you present you with any further efforts as and when the muse takes me.