Without A Trace — mix 4 John Wiggins

I ALWAYS leave traces in my pieces, like clues or jokes. These are the sounds pretty much as I recorded them, then the trick is to mold them and make interesting objects to organize into a fascinating piece. I always thought the idea of music concrete was to leave a few of the sources in the clear somewhere. I thought, so making “Without A Trace” I decided to go as far away from the original sounds as I was technically capable of, leaving no trace, none — gone without a trace. I did it like this: field recordings out of the Zoom into a Serge analog modular, process, record and edit out sections, load these sections into Forester, mangle, record, and load that into Hour Glass for “granularization” — record, and edit out “samples” size sounds, load these samples into ProTools, every channel processing differently, chop up single samples across multiple channels and filters, etc. Make a piece. I got into this more than I thought, finding an enormous amount of sounds I never would have known were there if I hadn’t tried so hard to take them apart. As I erased more and more of the spectrum I accidently created a rhythm of timbral changes also — things emerged, are all these things there all the time?

  • Year of composition: 2020
  • Genre: Acousmatics
  • Hardware used: Protools, Serge Analog synth, Zoom
  • Software used: ProTools/Logic
  • Duration of the submitted work: 1:50

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