As promised, here’s the second ‘How I composed my song’ post from Cafe Noodle.
It isn’t for a song, so much as a half improvised 12-note improvisation, and it inspired Papercut from the previous post.
Papercut – A Sunday Soundscape by Tom Slatter
What I did to make my composition
By Tom Slatter aged 27 and a Half
First I decided on my note row:
D F# G# C D# B E A# F G C# A
I deliberately started off with a few major third pairings to give hints of niceness, then quickly ended up shoving notes in at random to complete the 12.
Then I recorded two bars of each note using an electric piano sound from the soft synth that came with my Emu Audio Interface.
Then I copied and pasted those notes in various different orders and tempo – mostly I stuck things togther at random then pruned them down and layered them up. Then I tossed in some delays and reverbs and a stepfilter – all either freeware or stuff that comes with Cubase LE.
To finish off I copied and pasted some of the sounds from the end into the beginning to give the illusion of having thought about structure.