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NEMO 032
year: 2009

project coordinator:Nick Robinson
mastering: Nick Robinson
artwork:Nick Robinson

The inspiration for this project was to place some restraints on composition 4 tracks, 4 instruments from a related musical family, 4 minutes long. I wanted to encourage music with perhaps a stronger emphasis on melody and harmony than on the textural approach of some CT projects.

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1 Stephen Scott's Ukulele Quartet the dolphin bridge
  Each part recorded onto one track of my Boss microBR recorder using the inbuilt microphone. 4 parts downloaded into 'Reaper' DAW, where editing was carried out, including correction of some timing mistakes, and creatively changing the timing of certain parts. Some simple effects were applied across the master buss (noise reduction, touch of EQ to remove some midrange, a hint of reverb and the meerest sniff of compression).

I found this project really liberating, it was actually great having to be restricted to 4 parts, and not having to succumb to the usual temptations of adding 'just a little bit more tambourine in section b of the chorus' syndrome.
comment May 14, 2009: Michael Peters (www.michaelpeters.de)
  what a lovely tune !! I love it
comment May 15, 2009: Stephen Scott
  Thanks Michael, you're very kind.
comment Jun 1, 2009: Erixoff (https://www.youtube.com/user/erixoff)
  Sweet pretty tune :-) The sound is very good for a live recording with buil-in mics. I wasn't expected the MicroBR could do this.
comment Jun 18, 2009: Fabio (www.eterogeneo.com)
  Very, very nice track !
2 Tim Nelson The Four Stags of Yggdrasil
  The Grímnismál, a Norse mythological poem from the 13th-century Codex Regius manuscript, describes the four red deer (Dain, Dvalin, Duneyr and Durathror) that nibble at the branches of the Tree of Life, Yggdrasil. The Scandinavian archaeologist Finnur Magnussen interpreted these harts to be representative of the North, South, East and West winds; here the deer are
assigned to flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, a wind quartet manifested mellotronically using a double harmonic Byzantine/Charhargah mode that is also believed to have been used in ancient Icelandic music.
3 Nick Robinson Fourplay
  I had a piece half-way complete, but abandoned it and started again. I found an old midi snippet from an exercise in whole tones from many years ago and decided to do the whole piece through midi. I did a crash course in Ableton midi and put the notes and arrangement together fairly rapdily. What took ages was choosing the sound to be used! In the end, I settled on one called "piano for airports"! Don't ask me how the melody and timing came about, I just moved notes around until it sounded right.
comment Jun 1, 2009: Erixoff (https://www.youtube.com/user/erixoff)
Simple but great tune Nick !
I love the strangeness that comes sweetly and then sits down quietly.
4 David Cooper Orton Look You See You 1-5
  dco - guitars (electric, semi-acoustic and electrocoustic) variously strummed, plucked, picked, e-bowed and Jellyfished). Constructed in Acid Pro 6; edited and recombinated in AudioStudio 8.

The piece was inspired by last year's 125th anniversary celebrations of the august academic organisation which permits me gainful employment in one of it's libraries.
125 is used for notation and tempo. Also notes derived from the letters of the geographic location - C A D E F - inform other tonal information. Chord structures were derived from these notes and numbers, hence a melodic structure CDG DEA GAD, a 7/4 pattern CA/D/FF
(transposed a 5th at one point for reasons of lax information management but retained for musicality), and amongst others, a chord sequence incorporating minor and major relative tones:

C Dm G - Am F Em - D Em A - Bm G F#m - G Am D - Em C Bm

And a finale in 9/8 based once more on the upward spiral of CDG DEA GAD speeded-up with a touch of time compression to achieve the 4 minute time frame.
comment May 15, 2009: nick robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  thoughtful, inventive, typical DCO!
5 Ben Powell Music For 4 Pianos
  4 Piano tracks panned out in a wide space, inspired by the album "Music For 3 Pianos" by Harold Budd
6 Steven Moyes Four Grand Eight Hand Crash Land
comment May 14, 2009: Michael Peters (www.michaelpeters.de)
  wonderful !! how did you do that?
comment May 15, 2009: Steve Moyes (www.stevemoyes.org.uk)
  Thanks Michael. It's four different sets of grand piano samples played by midi keyboard and quantised (I'm no pianist). 1st half is composed, 2nd half improvised.
comment May 23, 2009: Perendia
  I always greatly enjoyed your inspirative and inventiv works, those I heard long before and the two that are available on Internet.
comment Jun 1, 2009: Erixoff (https://www.youtube.com/user/erixoff)
  "Funny" tune. Sounds like the perfect follow-up of the "Anti-Accord Absolu" played by Antoine in Les Tontons Flingueurs.
7 Tony K Quadrangle
comment May 15, 2009: Tony K (http://bigtony.blogspot.com)
  A little more info about this track.
Bass and 3 guitars. Guitars were tracked through a VG88 into several delays. Bass is DI through a TubeMP into a DL4 & DD20. All recorded into Sonar. I started the project with very written out structured parts, but as I got into recording, I liked the little motif and played it off of the delayed parts.
comment Jun 1, 2009: Erixoff (https://www.youtube.com/user/erixoff)
  I like very much; kind of aerial cristal tune.
Though some false notes and unwanted noises (in my opinion) should have been removed, and the bass less trebly sounding.
8 Jeff Letterly The Secret Waltz
  A quartet for four sets of high bells. It is based on the pitch class [0,1,3] and its inversion [0,2,3]. Though the piece starts in the middle of a strict canon, it quickly breaks down in terms of complexity and tempo.
9 Mark Christensen (a.k.a. murkie) Output: a Quartet for 4 NST Guitars
10 Raul Bonell Recontracollons
  it's a kind of jazz quartet with guitar (nylon acoustic), piano, drums & double bass. of course all of them virtual instruments. another frankenstein baby totally improvised, with each part played without listening to the other backing tracks and then pasted on top, with tiny edits (ending). for the input i used a 25 keys midi keyboard as sole instrument. first takes only! ..

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