Week 1: Experimenting With Tidal

Going into this assignment I was really thrilled because the concept of live coding music was so new to me and making my own music was something i’ve been wanting to do for such a long time.

I first started out by exploring the library of sounds on my laptop, noting down sounds that I liked, even though at the end I ended up picking random sounds that sounded right in the moment. I was specifically intrigued by the speech sounds because they reminded me a lot of the music i’m used to listening to. At first the process was a bit frustrating because I couldn’t really replicate the sounds I had in mind, and I was not enjoying what I was making. Once I let go of the visions I had and the need for perfection I started having a lot more fun. Layering sound after sound, playing around with different values and really listening to what I was making.

I think what I enjoyed the most was playing around with the pitch of voices. In the first one I play around with the a distorted voice saying “how does it feel?”. I added natural bird sounds then made very electronic high pitched squeaks that kind of complimented them. In the second experiment I played around with the sounds of letters with varying pitches to create sounds, starting with “M”s in a high pitch and “Y”s and “Z”s in a low pitch then switched to “O”s in a high pitch and “L”s and “V”s in a low pitch.

My video is longer than a minute because I included two experiments, I liked different things about each one and couldn’t choose.

I really enjoyed this assignment and I actually can’t wait to delve deeper into tidal and make some more noise!

2 thoughts on “Week 1: Experimenting With Tidal”

  1. Omar, I love your use of spoken words in this assignment. Taking something organic as human language and appropriating it with the tools of of these programs creates a cool effect, especially when the voice is overlaying itself.

  2. I agree with Susanne. Maybe try exploring chaning the speed of th vocals over longer periods of time that might be fun. You can do something like: # slow 4 (speed (range “-1” 8 saw)) Going in reverse will be intersting (that’s what -1 does, it has to be in quotes since it is a negative number). Also, nice job with two sketches, I didn’t realize in class the other day!

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