Mentioned before that there is some people pushing Caustic hard since the last year and this is one of them.
The most musically active developer/programmer have now released a new album.
I think he does about one a year. Using his own software of course!
This one a combination of SunVox and Virtual ANS.
The creator was tired of not ever finishing music and decided to an album using just Yellofier.
It sounds cool and it is pretty amazing how far you go using just Yellofier with no added apps/software!
Here is what he said about the album:
I've always enjoyed playing around with samples and I find the limiting nature of Yellofier ideal for me to get creative quickly and get a simple song idea down. The main thing though is that it is brilliant fun which is the whole point for me.
My influences for the album is early 90's rave, techno and acid as I grew up listening to and attending various raves in the UK.
Feel a little bit bad that this did not get posted earlier as I meant to post it many weeks ago but being a mentally challenged person and a good procrastinator...
Transient always on the mobile devices making excellent music! This last offering made with SunVox the one before on Caustic. Like that he always leaves comments how he made everything on beaches and forests by some stream. Guess that is what mobile devices are for!
The artist waki from Japan have released this little gem called "russian love" using SunVox. It is quite minimal, intimate and slightly experimental. It also have the SunVox footprint all over it in the sense that it colors everything slightly dark.
(At least so it seems to me and my own relation with SunVox).
The album have been one of the few records the last year or so that scratch my ear in the right way and it is inspiring me even though I can not put the finger on exactly what is so good about it. Slightly short but better than being long and over-fluffed...
The album is an interesting project and this is what is said on the Bandcamp site:
Originally recorded and produced in 2012/13, this album is the product of experimentation with a software synthesizer know as "Virtual ANS" - a simulation of the ANS Synthesizer created by the Russian audio engineer and inventor Yevgeny Murzin in 1958. The software simulation was created by Alexander Zolotov, and has - since its original iteration coded for PC - more recently been made available as an Android/iOS app.
This album was inspired by the preparatory sketches by and ideas of architect Lebbeus Woods for an installation exhibit. Using these sketches, and guided by the ideas detailed in his essay on the installation, I used the Virtual ANS to transform the sketches into sound, and then combined multiple layers of differently processed copies of each image to create these soundscapes. My goal is to create in the listener a deep, visceral, non- or pre-verbal experience of the ideas, as I understand them, conveyed in the earlier work by Woods.
As Woods has written elsewhere:
"If ideas were immortal, we wouldn't have anything to do. Because we die, and because knowledge can't be transferred directly, each person has to reinvent the form of ideas all over again. Our social existence is about helping each other to do just that."
Lebbeus Woods died on October 30, 2012. He was 72.
released December 29, 2015
James J Pyke - all programming, arrangement and production
This is the second album by Bojan Krhlanko. It is eclectic and not what you would expect from music that used a lot of Android apps in its making. When he released the first album I thought it was so interesting that an interview got made that can be read here:
Here is what Rok Deželak says about the album on the Bandcamp page:
Pocket Music – World in Chaos
Bojan Krhlanko takes us to a new musical utopia with his new album Pocket Music – World in Chaos. He picks up right where he left off when he laid the foundations for alternative, open-source creativity with his debut album, Pocket Music – Rise of the Androids.
In this perfect synthesis of acoustic and electronic music, Krhlanko takes his creativity to a whole new level by masterfully blending a variety of genres, from free jazz to electronic music. The composition is a perfect balance of contrasts, which set a unique mood. In addition to his smartphone, he also used a Kaoss Pad and a Kaossilator this time around to add an entirely new dimension to his musical expression.
World in Chaos is a musical utopia which embodies a reflection of our time. With it, Krhlanko breaks the mould and puts his ideals into practice in the digital world of today. Free and unencumbered, he offers an alternative to the creative conventions while portraying his perception of the world around him. His World in Chaos lays the foundation for a vision open to further creation and enthusiastic exploration in mobile music.
The album features world-renowned musicians and composers such as Igor Matković, Samo Šalamon, Vid Drašler, Grgur Savić and Matjaž Skaza, each of them a master of his instrument blazing the trail in jazz and other genres. With the help of his band BiK3, Krhlanko interprets the musical ideas developed in both editions of Pocket Music, reinventing and reshaping them in a unique form of musical expression.
Suggest a listening for anyone that wants to take their Android music making out of the box!
Thaddeus Grim have done some excellent tracks before but this is his first full album.
This is great and it is made using Caustic 3.
Here is his description of the album on the bandcamp page:
welcome to a world of desperation and neon lights, mankind struggles to hold its place on our ruined planet, cowering under the great dome above the neon city. the streets are flooded with corruption and depraved crime. those who stand against it are sure to fail, but nothing is ever as it seems.
welcome to 2188
This is a serious guitar album made on a Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition.
The apps used is Audio Evolution Mobile and USB soundcard plus a little bit of Virtual ANS and some SunVox for a couple of samples.
So settle in for some finger picking with spanish flavours!
So this is one of my favorite dark ambient musicians and he is a big time user of Android.
Was going to report on this way earlier but being in and out of faster internet connection it somehow got side tracked inside the mess of my head...
This one made entirely in Virtual ANS and as such it is interesting but in my opinion Virtual ANS comes into it's full glory as an addition to compositions or as an effect treatment of sounds...
It is not bad by any means and it has got some nice mini reviews plus that it is pay what you wish on Bandcamp. And the most important thing is to hear how an album using only Virtual ANS would sound like.
He wrote a article about using Caustic 3 for the album he made before this (the album is really good and is available for free, check the article for link) and you can read it here:
This have been in the vaults for about two weeks or so as I wanted it to be posted unblemished by other news etc and hang out on the opening page for some days as it is an album that to my ears is very good. Wrote about the release before and asked the artist to write some words about it as it was made entirely in Caustic 3.
It is a dark and ambient work but in difference to much other similar fare it does not get on my nerves with endless meanderings into meaningless sound excercises or self important bombastic reflections on the dark side of existence.
In either case it is for free and can be downloaded from the Internet Archive (which is a good idea for anyone that do not want to compromise their releases with the stigma of supporting commercial enterprises and all it curtails...) it comes in all formats that you could desire and is for free.
Here is the article as written by D.N.P:
I never was much one for complex melodies, it reminded me of bloated 1970s rock and the worst kind of prog. I always preferred atmospheres and repetition, why skim over notes when you can let them breathe. My first exposure to dark music outside of metal and its doomy subgenres came in the form of the album 'Nostromo' by Sleep Research Facility.
I've never heard anything quite like it and it really did trigger off something inside me.
On entering the world of Android, I stumbled upon 'Caustic 2' and immediately started to experiment. Since the huge improvements made in the Caustic 3 upgrade, creating ' dark ambient ' is clearly possible despite maybe it being more suited to dance/techno styles. By stretching the bars to 8x and turning the project tempo right down you can allow the desired sounds to develop.
The PCM Synth has terrific versatility and by downtuning samples and cranking the attack, sustain and release knobs you can create unexpected noises and form a seamless drone that can pulsate, flow and ebb. Also you have to love how complex the Subsynth is too. I'm particularly keen on very slow, very deep sine wave oscillations that the subsynth allows.
Taking full advantage of the automation facilities, tweaking the filters can add new dimensions to the overall piece.
The modular synth unit is a complete mixed box for me, always have a fumble through it and often end up with some very unexpected results. You have to have some suprises! The FM synth can be amazing, just by clicking a button or changing the sequence of the synths can change one sound into another. Again experimentation is key to success with this beauty.
You can create some very ethereal feels using the Organ unit although I'm yet to fully take advantage of this....and I've not even tried the KS synth yet.
There's so much that lends Caustic 3 to dark ambient noise music....even the C-SFXR 'Easter egg' can create an eerie dark sound when downtuned and fed through the numerous effects available.
As for sound packs, I own pretty much all of them and have recorded quite a few samples of my own. You can't have enough 'raw material' at your disposal and the Single Cell Software site is continually updated with new presets.
I believe it would be nigh on impossible to find a better app than Caustic 3 to create sounds to scare your neighbours and close family. Go on, go horror....
Here is a review published:
To download the album:
It is not so many people that do this type of dark music in general but think that this is the first Dark Ambient music that I heard using Caustic. It is a solid album and the creator is also using not only Caustic but many Android apps in his live set ups.
Have been in touch with D.N.P and he promised me to write a post regarding making the album in Caustic so that will be great for me and the other three cats that can get into the slow moving darkness!!!
It is interesting that the record company that released the album choose to do so at the Internet Archive and not the standard outlets. Which is a option to consider if you want to stay away from commercialism.
The album is for free and you can also listen to it before downloading and even if it is not your cup of tea please take a listen and expand your horizons!
To Download go here:
This album is wildly eclectic and he used a variety of apps in a variety of ways to make this album, just take a look at this list...
TTS (text to speach)
Common Analog synth
Piano For You
....and many others
Felt that an interview was in order so he obliged interrupting his musical duties touring in China taking time to answer my questions...
Can you tell us a little bit of your musical background?
I started playing drums at the age of 13 in local bands.
We played mostly alternative, original music: punk, metal, hardcore and rock.
These bands were my first musical experience. (I've learned about the drummer's role in a band, music, people...)
Years later i was called to join a famous Slovenian percussion group called The Stroj. We toured around Slovenija, Austria, Italy, England, Latvia, Slovakia, Singapore and elsewhere.
At the age of 18 I was introduced to jazz music by the drummer Zlatko KauÄiÄ.
I became very interested in improvised music. So I decided to study jazz drums (Carinthian State Conservatory). There I've learned the basics of music theory, how to read music and become a better drummer in general. While I was studying I was playing in a lot of jazz combo situations (from traditional jazz to free/improvised music). Some of my early jazz bands were: Footprints trio, Free Willys, Cromatik 5, and others. At the age of 26 I've graduated with honors.
Now I am freelance musician, currently working with bands: Strojmachine, LitoÅ¡t, Cromatik 5, MiNiMe, dB duo, Samo Å alamon trio, Mak, Peter Ugrin kvartet, Bug.
You mentioned going on tour, so can you tell us a little bit about the band / orchestra that you play with now?
The band is called Cromatik 5. Pavle JovanoviÄ‡ plays guitar, Grgur SaviÄ‡ plays saxophone, Hrvoje Galler piano, JoÅ¡t DraÅ¡ler bass, and I play drums.
We play modern original music. A lot of songs from our repertoire are my own compositions. They can sound like a pop song or a complicated odd meter jazz tune, but at times even like punk music.
Do you use any applications live with the band?
I use bunch of stuff, but not with this band, usually in free improvised situations. I sneak in some weird sounds or I record short samples and play them back.
How did you get started using Android for music making?
As a drummer without a car, I have a lot of spare time while traveling with a train to the gigs and rehearsals, so I started playing around with android apps.
I discovered a new world of endless possibilities stored in my pocket.
The idea was to be creative with little things and not to buy and use professional audio gear. Just to be in the moment and create something fresh.
Nowadays people think they need fancy equipment so they can be creative. I think it is the other way around.
Do you jam using with other people using Android?
I had a private session with friends. They were using ipads and other professional gear but not android. Latency is still a huge issue with android.
There is a lot of apps being used and was wondering which virtual instrument apps that you like the most?
Tough question. Probably Caustic or Spc.
And also which would be your favorite synthesizer?
My favorite is EerieSynth.
How did you use Audio Evolution Mobile?
I edited, mixed and recorded my album with Audio Evolution Mobile.
I Like its features like Pitch Shift, Time stretch and effects: Reverse Delay, Tremolo.
When recording how did latency affect you and how did you deal with it?
I recorded samples/grooves/sounds with a click track and then edited them in Audio Evolution. But I was mainly using sounds which were not tied to a specific tempo. When using the piano app (on tracks Ph4 and Rise Of The Androids) I first recorded piano parts and then added other sound effects. I didn't have problems with latency in Audio Evolution (the app measures and calculates latency when recording audio). When you try to play something in tempo with apps like virtual piano/drums and other instruments is when things can get problematic. So I tried to avoid that, and just make music with things that work.
How come that you wanted to make a whole album using Android?
It seemed like a good idea and a challenge. I like challenges, and being fresh and progressive.
What were the biggest stumbling blocks?
Latency, small screen, finding compatible apps, and running out of disk space.
How long time did you spend more or less on the album?
The Album was finished in 3 months. Sometimes I waited for inspiration or I had technical problems. Meanwhile I played drums with my bands, so it was a longer process that was planned.
What would be your advice for someone looking into doing a album similar to yours using a lot of live recording and many different apps?
Don't use an Android device! :) Buy an external audio card - things can be done much easier. But it depends on what you want to do. If you are into experimental/electronic music, you can do a lot of interesting things with Android. If you want to record a rock band, I wouldn't suggest using Android.
As the album are very eclectic I am curious if there is any style that you feel closer to and which songs you feel more happy with?
All of the songs are a part of me. I can be a very happy and funny person, but at the same time very dark - especially when I play. All of the experimental tunes have some humor inside. And all of the funky songs have some "dark forces" hidden somewhere in there.
What is your next musical project?
This year we are planning to release a new CD with my band LitoÅ¡t. It is an experimental/electronic/fusion trio. Here is our bandcamp link:
I am also becoming a father next month. So i am sure I will have a lot of new ideas and inspirations.
Maybe some music for children. (lullaby techno remix) :D Who knows...
If you were stranded with unlimited battery on your Android device and only could bring one app with you and no other instruments / technology which one would it be?
Probably Sunvox. It is the most professional app out there and one of the few apps that are compatible with PC versions. Also being able to make music in odd meters is a huge advantage of this app.
And if it were three apps?
Sunvox, Spc, Audio Evolution.
Any general music advice?
For non musicians: Take your time, go to live concerts, support Art!
For musicians: Respect other musicians and never forget to challenge yourself.
Any last words?
I would like to thank the people who helped me with this project: Jaka Berger, Vitja BalÅ¾alorsky, Domen Gnezda, BoÅ¡tjan Simon, Samo Pavlica, Rok DeÅ¾elak, Jaka Kumberger, UrÅ¡ka GradiÅ¡nik, Alen Gregorin.
So thanks a lot Bojan and may happiness shine on the reamining part of your Cinese tour!
If you happen to be living in China or visiting there is a possibility to see the band play live:
10.10 - Shanghai
12.10 - Guangzhou ( Fei Tv House)
14.10 - Zhongsha
15.10 - Shenzhen (4th OCT - LOFT jazz festival)
17.10 - Hong Kong
18.10 - Hong Kong
The album is for free so go download!!!
This is a soundtrack to a game called MEGABRICKS and is made entirely in Pixitracker 1 Bit.
It is truly gritty sounding of course but the music is not and it is interesting to hear how far a person can take the concept of such a sound that is almost the lowest digital audio quality you can get and make a whole album.
It would be fun to lower the HZ to the limit,
breaking the sound up even further and see what you can get away with!
In either case it is an impressive feat and specially as it is made without any effects or modulations just pure 1 Bit samples.
The soundtrack is for free and comes with the project files.
This album was made fully in SunVox on a Android tablet and just the
final mastering made with Izotope's Ozone.
Do like it a lot and did a interview with Jimsey that you can read here:
This is the second collaboration that D.N.P and the poet David Duell have made.
It is made with a heavy dose of Virtual ANS and if it is like some of the other releases there is some other Android apps involved to of course.
It may not be for everyone but I do like it.
It reminds me of experimental Derek Jarman movies that used to get ingested as a younger person, often sitting alone in the movie theatre.
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