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Who pulled the chameleon?

An enigmatic song, constantly changing

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For this FAWM I wanted to challenge myself to write 14 songs in one session, using a small portable musical instrument that I've been using more and more: the OP-Z. The OP-Z is a drum machine, sampler, sequencer and synthesizer the size of a TV remote control, and I love how it enables me to quickly sketch out song ideas and write full productions.

In addition to the OP-Z, I also used a Korg "mini kaoss pad 2S" to add some effects to the OP-Z, including reverb, filters, and distortion. During January I practiced with the OP-Z and the Korg, trying to make at least a song per day.

I used Titular (http://muse.fawm.org/titular) to generate the titles for the songs, and it really helped my creative process since I tried to interpret the seemingly random titles. For "Who pulled the chameleon?" I wanted to write an enigmatic song, constantly changing.

I livestreamed my session to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YnyxxMnXpA) in case anyone is interested in seeing the workflow with the OP-Z.




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mccannrs's avatar
mccannrs replied on FAWM on 2021-02-02:

One of the best things about instrumental music is that you can pretty much pick any title you want. This sounds great, and it's pretty sweet that you did it all on the OP-Z! I'm still trying to figure out my Micro Korg, lol.

aeye's avatar
aeye replied on FAWM on 2021-02-03:

oh man I love that choice of an arp in this. Constantly evolving like a chameleon's color change.

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elainedimasi replied on FAWM on 2021-02-03:

The bass entry at 0:20 is very nice and also welcome, but yeah the third voice at 0:34 really does exactly what's needed to glue the song together. I was hungry for more development again before 1:20 and that was satisfied around 1:34 when that third voice dropped out. As it comes back in at 1:56 I have just a few seconds to wonder what the next change will be, then the bass dropping out is the thing. Stripping a piece down to essentials like this does highlight what makes changes seem "inevitable" and carry a song forward, or not. I think if you had one more layer, a percussion layer that sent more signals about where we are in the work, this would sound quite complete. Nice job!