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Here’s about half of what I recorded tonight. I began the evening’s experiment by trying out different effects that I hadn’t really tried on the pedal and wasn’t really happy with the results so I switched back to the ‘analog delay.’

On the other hand, there were some interesting occurrences. I got some ear smashing lower frequency difference tones” and some mean upper frequency beating happening.  The amp started doing this purring thing–making me imagine that maybe something was loose inside, rattling around. That’s certainly what it sounds like.

You may hear Doughnut and  the fridge because both of them started up partway through.

EAE.3

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Tonight’s session was good but I had some problems with balance as far as the recording was concerned, the sound of the accordion blasted far louder than the sounds from the amplifier. Basically, the amp was feeding back from the effects unit (or perhaps the opposite) and I had to angle the amp slightly away from the unit and the recorder. In the future I think I’ll do a little sound check with the recorder (I’m not currently using the computer to record but an H2 Zoom. The sound quality coming out of that little baby is pretty good).

Siamese Connection made a good suggestion as far as running the feed from the effects unit straight into a preamp and then into the computer. The problem therein lies that either one or both of our preamps are now dead and/or not compatible with my newish computer so I’ve got to piece the whole thing together. For now, the recordings are off the floor.

In any case, this particular recording, which is a rather smallish segment, is taken in one of the more balanced (less obnoxious, believe it or not) sections. There are still some peaks that I’m not entirely happy with, but that’s fine. The point here was to document a process rather than record something absolutely perfect.

So here is Amplified Accordion Experiment 2.1. I’ll render another sample tomorrow from today’s session.

accordion experiment 2.1

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Nothing like uploading some ancient music to the blog. Well, actually it’s not that old. This is music from Simple Partial’s album “New Age Western.” The album is actually quite rare. Only three copies or so were pressed–that’s how authentic this stuff is. This ain’t no back-bin find from some moldy thrift shop. We’re talking Authenticity.

Track 2 from New Age Western

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Odometer is an ambient video collaboration between myself (images) and Siamese Connection (music). Siamese Connection (aka Rich B.), also runs a WordPress blog, Optimal Character Recognition.

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