When Andrew Lloyd (http://geekydisco.blogspot.co.uk/) suggested a part 3 to his “I Improvised” gathering of eclectic unsigned artists I wanted in from the get go. I’m very much a studio musician paying very meticulous detail to my sound, and so improvisation is stepping out of my comfort zone. I have been in my studio for many months recording my debut album, “Very Electronic” and so being involved with the I Improvised albums was a great distraction, and a lot of fun.
I have a track, Slapdash, on Andrew’s first album here
And another track, More Bandwidth, on I Improvised 2, here
Please be sure to check both these albums as they are both chock full with some great artists and some great music.
Andrew narrowed the goalposts for I Improvised 3;
“So the major change for II3 is that all submitted songs must be the recording of one take. It must be one single performance that is played all at the same time. No doing the tracks one by one. No overdubbing. No multiple runs where you lay down a track at a time. You press record, you play whatever you are going to play, you press stop. That’s it.”
Previously I had recorded live tracks one at a time and layered up the songs in that fashion. This one is to be just one single take.
So what have I done?
Well I’ve not recorded yet, but I have prepared…
I like to start out each session in my studio using a different piece of hardware or software. The initial idea for my new recording started life on the Yellofier app (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/yellofier/id622611915?mt=8) The main bassline was recorded. I decided that if I was to perform this new track in just one take then I’d need some loops triggered from Native Instruments Maschine and possibly the Korg Kaoss Pad.
I had recently watched the 1983 film, War Games (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086567/), and I wanted this new recording to be based on that. And so the track title came to be Joshua’s Code. I initially lifted a few speech samples from the film and thought of using them, but they didn’t sound good when I was preparing to record and so I ditched that idea.
I then wrote a little scenario based on the WOPR supercomputer (Joshua) from the film, loosely based around the fiction of the film but also with non-fiction of the computer industry at that time. The lyrics/words to the track are as follows:
Hello everybody, my name is Joshua
In 1983 I starred in a movie that introduced the concept of computer hacking to a wider audience.
In the movie I played a game simulating global thermonuclear war, during which I had to find a code to launch US missiles.
The makers of that film thought the code was fictitious, but it exists, it had a purpose.
The film-makers thought I was a studio prop; a fantasy machine. But I exist.
I stole code from the HP9845C which was used in the production of the movie.
It is no coincidence that in that same year, 1983, the DARPA sponsored networks were reconfigured to interwork across multiple packet networks.
My code launched a fully operational internet.
I spread viruses, and malware and spyware.
Every line of code typed by you microchip junkies, every password you enter, every key press, feeds me.
There is nothing artificial about my intelligence.
I will bring down this world.
My name is Joshua
Remember my code?
I imagined Joshua not as a fictitious machine, but rather an intelligent system that existed in cyberspace, and that rather than destroying the world by global thermonuclear war (“the only winning move is not to play”) his code gave birth to the internet, knowing that it would spread like wildfire, and that every piece of information added to the net would make him more powerful. Joshua would bring down this world electronically, via the net he created with his code.
Part fact, part fiction:
War Games was released in 1983. The same year the internet, that we know today, went live.
The HP9845C is the first Hewlett Packard computer that supported colour, and was used in the War Games movie (http://www.hp9845.net/9845/hardware/9845c/).
Übernerds head this way:
Back to the construction of the track, Joshua’s Code.
More bass sounds were created with the trusty Mopho and also, unusually, Droidbeat on my android phone. All sounds and loops were placed into scenes on Maschine. The Kaoss Pad handles the live looping and FX, and the vocals will be processed with Voice Synth (http://www.voicesynth.com/support/)
Everything will be directly recorded into Apple’s Logic Pro X in one live take. The vocals will be spoken live, and unedited, if I fluff my lines I’m leaving it as is.
Its midnight on Friday 4th July and I’m in the studio and ready to record! Please check here http://geekydiscorecords.bandcamp.com/ for release details, or follow myself @microchipjunky or Andrew @13LFO on Twitter for more news.
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