A few more notes for the balloon drums

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More notes for the balloon drums, including arpeggios instead of just repeating notes. I’m still trying to figure out how to have the 8 against 13 appear more rarely and not repeat so much. Indeterminate is not purely random, after all.

A bit more time

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Stay the same for a few bars, then change. The rhythm is 13 against 8. It doesn’t sound as different as you might expect.

Just the balloon drums and the dry spring

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I keep removing more and more of the sounds to get more clarity. I deleted the bent spring and the welded piano wire sounds for now. I’ll add them back. Or maybe piccolo?

Some Samples

Richard Boulanger is collecting samples to include with some Csound generating software. I volunteered to include the Finger Piano, Balloon Drum, and spring instruments I have been using, since I recorded them myself.

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Licensed under creative commons attribution 2.0.

Just a little more sparce

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I’ve reduced the frequency of the notes a bit. I also need to calm down the percussion. I need several different densities to be able to play with.

A bit more of the steel drum melody

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Each note has a small glissando applied to it now, either up by a 17:16 or down by a 15:16. Just enough to not notice too much.

Upsampling

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Upsampling is the deliberate munchinization of a sample. In this excerpt, I’ve upsampled the bent wire instrument and it sounds more like a steel drum.

Add the Balloon Drum Chorus

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This version adds the balloon drums and a very wet spring modified by a slow glissando, up or down or both. The drums are samples from a 4′ long 4″ sewer pipe with a balloon membrane. I take the sample up a few octaves, add five or six hits for every note at different octaves, separate the hits by a few milliseconds, and change the amplitude in different ways. The balloon drum is the only tuned instrument in the piece so far. I had to dump the oboe.

Oh boy the Oboe

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Need something very high for the melody. Not set on the Oboe, maybe a piccolo.