GTA

GTA was written while watching Grand Theft Auto being played with the sound turned down.

GTA

Trees

An uncharacteristically melodic piece!

Trees

Men in Sheds

Men in sheds is an homage to the old Delta Family recording studio. ‘The Shed’ was a converted concrete garage which served as a studio for many years. For this track we sampled just about anything that was lying around that made a noise!

Route 11

Route 11 is a Sustrans cycle route which will eventually link Harlow in Essex with Kings Lynn in Norfolk. The film was made as an entry to the Cambridge International Super 8 festival and it was shot around Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire. The film was shot on Kodak Tri-X black and white film during a couple of cold wet and windy weekends. The sound track was created by loading the film clips into Ableton live and writing the music to fit the visuals.

Thanks to Rob Stanley for lending his Super 8 Camera and sharing the film making.

Reverse Karaoke

Reverse Karaoke

We visited Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether Reverse Karaoke yurt at the ‘Be Glad for the song has no end’, the Wysing Arts music festival and recorded this:

Reverse Karaoke

The line up was Nick Evans on drums, Paul Herrington on guitar and Oscar Evans on bass. Art work by Jacob Evans.

Reworks Makers Fair

We thought the Makers Fair at Reworks would be a good place to place to show the Oscillators and do a short performance. The local paper ‘The Cambridge News’ reported that ‘Live Music was provided throughout the day by the Delta Family’ despite the fact that we only played for about 20 Minutes. Result!

The video was made by Rob Kemp. Cheers Rob. You can see a small part of our performance from about 4.30 mins.

SaxNOsc

Stan Getz

SaxNOsc started life as a live improvisation with saxophone and electronic oscillators. The final track is edited down from about 15 minutes playing.

The picture isn’t Paul, it’s Stan Getz playing on an old episode of Jazz 625

SaxNOsc

Oscillator

Oscillator was made using 3 old audio oscillators which were originally used as test equipment. The oscillators a all have modulation inputs. By feeding the output of one oscillator into the input of the next I was able to make a crude 3 oscillator FM synthesiser. This produced some interesting noises. Paul and I recorded some knob twiddling and then cut up and edited the resulting samples in Ableton Live. The video was created by writing a simple Processing sketch which takes the output from Live ( routed via Soundflower) and displays it as a waveform. The sketch samples every half a second which corresponds to one beat at 120 BPM ( actually the sampling rate is slightly less than half a second to make the frames of the video slightly out of synch to create a blurring effect). Each frame is blurred after it is rendered to create so that the waveforms gradually fade into the background. Finally the video was imported into imovie and synced up to the original audio.

Book Club

Having been evicted from my house to make way for the monthly book club I popped round to Paul’s flat for the evening. This is the result!

Book Club