April 24, 2017

Sunday. ‘Over all and through all and in all’:

Today. 8.15 am: ‘The Lord is my portion’. Enough. 9.00 am: Studiology. On the deck: The Book of Numbers. In the foreground, I reviewed Saturday’s work and converted the uncompressed version of the ‘end’ files to MP3 format. Then, it was back to the ‘blind’ sequence’ ‘stretch piece’, which is still the most (disconcertingly) complete rendering that I’ve achieved on this project to date. Around and about the studio and study, the sound of paint scrapers, sandpaper, workers’ banter, and Radio 2 could be heard, as a team of builders and decorators spruced-up the house’s exterior. ‘Did I make that sound, or did they?’

11.10 am: I was on the workers’ tea duty. I finalised the publicity material for ‘The Talking Bible’ event, next Monday, and began posting it out. At the mixing desk, I finalised the ‘stretch piece’. This’ll be a sample for me to work on further next week at the event. Over the next few days, I’ll need to generate more material to manipulate on this occasion. Structuring the work load for a 24-hour schedule will take some planning (as I recall).

1.40 pm: It rained:

2.00 pm: I reviewed the latest ‘end’ samples with the aim of discerning several that could serve as the percussive spine for other compositions. One was found, which had both an infectious beat and musicality. In the background, I created the mixdown for Leviticus. The surprising ‘end’ sample that arose after being dropped in pitch by 12 semitones on Saturday required reverse engineering in order to discern how I arrived at the sound. The poster and text for the event also needed translating into Welsh. Elen Rees, at the National Library of Wales, undertook a remarkably swift turnaround producing the Welsh text. (‘Diolch, Elen!’) Throughout the morning and afternoon, I fielded inquiries from students and provided email feedback on several works that a few had posted me.

Towards the end of the afternoon, I returned to my consideration of ‘The Talking Bible’ sound system (which had been radically changed some weeks back. In order to test its road-worthiness for the event, I needed to ensure that all the parts were operational and ‘hums’, debugged. Back to the drawing board; begin (again):

6.30 pm: Practise session 1. 7.30 pm: An implementation of the diagrammatisation:

‘Look mum! No “hum”!’ But why was the OtO Biscuit (bitcrusher) underperforming?

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