Springtime has certainly stretched stretched her elegant sea legs this morning! The sun is shimmering, blossoms abounding and birds weave recklessly among the trees….my coffee smells wonderful combined with the fresh air swooping sweetly in through the kitchen and the turn of a new season brings warmth and sweet sounds. Here, in this beautiful city, my mind uncoils, ready to switch on the machines and call my songwriting soldiers out to play. And make lots of noise!
On a recent springtime morning, Michelle Moog – Koussa of the Bob Moog Foundation contacted me to see if I may be interested in contributing a sound or two to the Bob Moog Tribute Library, for the Spectrasonics’ widely beloved soft synth, Omniphere. I indeed agreed, as my admiration for Bob’s work and wonderful, futurist legacy is no secret. The library is brimming with contributions from wonderful artists such as Vince Clarke, The Crystal Method, Danny Elfman, Richard Devine, Brian Kehew, Jean Michel Jarre, Money Mark & Dave Spiers, creator of the fabulous M-tron Pro, Minimonsta & Oddity.
For my sounds, I wanted to involve a source unique to me – my voice! Here are 5 descriptions of the 12 sounds I contributed, ranging from “Auntie Dalek” to “Brain Blood”. I used mainly Moog gear in the recipes…my setup:
Below are descriptions of my sounds, as well as ones that Maf lent a hand on:
–Frequed Out Girl: Me singing through the MF107, MF 102 & MF 104Z while tweaking the frequencies on the 102 & 104 to create a disorientating little monster!
–Auntie Dalek: My voice running into the MF 102 and 104Z on the classic “Dalek” setting – I had the frequency higher to create a more “feminine” version…I tweaked the frequency even higher towards the end.
-Brain Blood: Sample & Hold from the MiniMoog Voyager into MF 107, MF 102 & MF 104Z with extra goofiness from Output 1 of the CP251. That one sort of created itself!
-104Z on Rollerskates: Minimoog Voyager on a simple patch running into MF 102, CP251 and 104Z; the droopy pitch effect was created by controlling the time of the 104-Z with the S&H Output 2 from the CP-251 while the 102 clangs in the background on a square wave setting.
-Ghost Geek Choir: Maf & I collaborated on this vocoder/choir idea…using the EVOC 20 in Logic 9, I recorded a 6 part harmony that we then pushed through the EVOC 20 with creepy, sweet results. Added a drop of Space Designer on top
Much fun was had!
Keep in mind that 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation, so this is a very important cause – one that I am gracious to be a part of. I for one would love to see their goals realized, from the wonderful & astounding Moogseum to bringing science through synthesis & electronic music to classrooms across the United States (and hopefully the world).
And last but not least, those that purchase the library will also be able to participate in this contest, where the grand prize is the utterly succulent OMG – 1 , the gorgeous spaceship of a machine created by Eric Persing of Spectrasonics:
Anyway – have a good look at the collection, I hope you enjoy it and it stirs your creative components to joy ! It’s quite a pleasure being included among such great artists and being asked to be involved and associated with a cause that I hold so dear. Spring has indeed sprung, so get tweaking!