Mark my words

January 3, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized 

This improvisation is heavily inspired by the track Floating of the Klaus Schulze album Moondawn. But then again, it also sounds nothing like it but you might recognize some elements. At least the tempo is the same. You hear 3 different sequences, two 8-step sequences from the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the self-built Modular and the Ian Fritz Through-Zero VCO together with the Blacet MiniWave and an 8-step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 manually alternated on row 1 and 2 with the Q962 sequential switch driving the Synthesizers.com Modular. I use the Q963 trigger bus to switch on and off individual steps of the Q960 sequencer and use the first four dials on row 3 of the MAQ16/3 to alternate the gates which are used to shift the Q960 sequencer. The notes of the sequences are as follows:

MAQ16/3: Tempo 128
MAQ16/3: Row 1: c4 e4 g3 a3 f4 a3 d4 d3
MAQ16/3: Row 2: a3 d4 d3 a3 d4 a3 e4 d3 (half time of the other sequences, so tempo is 64)
MAQ16/3: Row 3: x x x x (gate is shifting the Q960)

Q960 : Row 1: e3 f3 d3 a3 e3 g3 a3 d4
Q960 : Row 2: d3 e3 a3 e3 e3 a3 a3 c4

I use the grey MIDI keyboard to transpose the sequences. Preset A13 of NanoStudio on the iPad is used to do some tones and chords. The strings are performed on the Roland XP-80. The solo’s come from the Creamware MiniMax ASB together with the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and from the Waldorf Q Keyboard. Operating the camera, playing the keyboards and dialing the knobs is difficult so I hope you don’t mind that the action sometimes is just outside the viewing range of the camera.

This song is dedicated to my son Mark is going through some heavy times the last couple of months. Mark, please know that I love you and that you are beloved by many others.

You can download/see/hear the video and music from my website. I also provided a pre-recording made on the 23th of December.

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