Mr Sandbags

Mr Sandbags

Dr Sandbags Musical Remedy (2014)

8 tracks by Mr Sandbags

A dose of this will certainly clear you out!

34:33

Ghosts do not speak.
Made with the Boité Diabolique playing some piano and cello samples. I did a bit of hand editing in Live and then added some light compression, reverb, and limiting.
Once again the source material is a snippet of beautiful piano from [Sudara](http://alonetone.com/sudara) only this time I fed it to a new Reaktor instrument that I am working on call Tukuramu. Okay so tukuramu does not mean earth-quake but…read more
Another in my "music for drones" series. This one started life as an "off cut" piano phrase imported into my Tukuramu Reaktor instrument and "played live" as I altered the pattern, grain length & density, filter cutoff, and delay feedback & resonance…read more
Always on the threshold, always buzzing, get out of my head, get out get out
A micro-tonal piece made using one instance of the Novaphone 340 ("Imperial") playing 3 piano samples from SoundIron's "Emotional Piano 2.0". The samples were sequenced using a MIDI keyboard using the Novaphone Micro-8 scale (1/8 semitone per…read more
Being as I am in something of a musical trough of despair (it's not as much fun as it sounds) right now I thought I'd try messing with my TMA-2 Reaktor instrument and try and coax some better results from it. From a promising beginning TMA…read more
This is a track I've been working on for quite a while so I am glad to finally have it out of my head. I have a kind of love/hate relationship with time and its humble functionary, the clock. Ticking, in particular, is something I am ambivalent…read more

Captain Sandbags Proudly Presence (2013)

7 tracks by Mr Sandbags

<p>Those tracks of mine that I am most proud of. These mostly reflect my playing with Reaktor instruments that I have built over the years.<p> <p>Cover photo is <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterneck/8080345567/in/photolist-dj2TdT-dj2FKP-dj2EUH-dj2KPM-dj3b4Z-dj2XG8-dj311q-dj2E78-dj2Srg-dj3319-dj2Lfj-dj2YeL-dj2NEg-dj39Yw-dj2ESU-dj2Hon-dj3cHp-dj3685-dj2SeA-dj2BCf-dj2Mdp-dj2XoC-dj2W9t-dj2NeS-dj2T1o-dj2TEY-dj2Gtj-dj37ir-dj2Jyj-dj2CDn-dj31QW-dj32AS-dwUMPr-7FpkbE-8MfHia-8U2AoT-8P96z5-e1bMRr-e1hsW7-e1htcd-fjcCFb-9kRnRA-aSQNrR-cbKgby-cXJ2Tb-f9q1VY-bHTVga-8R7U2W-eEbtVd-8vhgxS-dsvbnT/">Djupavik - Tilvist fortìðarinnar - The Presence of the Past</a> by Wolfgang Sterneck (used under CC license) </p>

31:34

Once again the source material is a snippet of beautiful piano from [Sudara](http://alonetone.com/sudara) only this time I fed it to a new Reaktor instrument that I am working on call Tukuramu. Okay so tukuramu does not mean earth-quake but…read more
An arrangement of chords, arpeggiated, and lightly drizzled with effects.
Made with the Boité Diabolique playing some piano and cello samples. I did a bit of hand editing in Live and then added some light compression, reverb, and limiting.
A demo track for a new Reaktor instrument I'm building codename: Mimetron. Loop Guitar 1 is a long, flowing, ambient piece. Mellow with a few moments of grit. Mimetron…read more
Ghosts do not speak.
Always on the threshold, always buzzing, get out of my head, get out get out
A micro-tonal piece made using one instance of the Novaphone 340 ("Imperial") playing 3 piano samples from SoundIron's "Emotional Piano 2.0". The samples were sequenced using a MIDI keyboard using the Novaphone Micro-8 scale (1/8 semitone per…read more

A delightful Savaging (2011)

8 tracks by various alonetone artists

Tracks by me and <a href="http://alonetone.com/sistersavage/">Savage</a> (both as Elusive Gene & our early proto-EG collabs).

35:05

This track was created as part of the October 2010 Alonetone 24 hr challenge. The challenge is to make 24 minutes of original music in one 24 hour period. Featuring an except from "The Orton Diaries" edited by John Lahr.
This is the first demo [Sister Savage](http://alonetone.com/sistersavage) and I have made for our RPM 2011 album. Although I've uploaded a copy here we'd be really grateful if you would listen to the [version uploaded by Sister](http://alonetone…read more
This track was created as part of the October 2010 Alonetone 24 hr challenge. The challenge is to make 24 minutes of original music in one 24 hour period. he's not blown away like a stray star he's not stolen clean away by a fast car but…read more
This track was created as part of the October 2010 Alonetone 24 hr challenge. The challenge is to make 24 minutes of original music in one 24 hour period. Including the following samples from freesound.com: By Leady (http://www.freesound…read more
This track was created as part of the October 2010 Alonetone 24 hr challenge. The challenge is to make 24 minutes of original music in one 24 hour period.
This track was created as part of the October 2010 Alonetone 24 hr challenge. The challenge is to make 24 minutes of original music in one 24 hour period.
From Savage's 2010 RPM album 'Juped 2k10'.
I told the [good Sister](http://alonetone.com/sistersavage) that I wanted to try using vocals in a track and she offered to do me some abstract, stylized, vocals that I could play with and this little number is the result. Working with wet (pre…read more

Dissolving into Noise (2010)

8 tracks by Mr Sandbags

<p>A series of sonic experiments mostly involving samples I sourced and Reaktor instruments I built.</p> <p>Cover photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34123770@N05/sets/72157612511821277/">Visualogist</a></p>

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I elected to pursue my theme for RPM 2010 even though, ultimately, I decided not to take part. So I'm going at my own pace, not trying to produce "finished" works, or to be governed by anything except my experimental muse. The theme I chose…read more
When I uploaded this last night I thought it was a failure, this morning I am not so sure. I've just listened to it again and, while it fails to live up to my expectations when I started, there's something about it that I like. The initial…read more
I wanted to play more directly with noise of various kinds so this piece focuses less on techniques and fancy plugins and more on selection & arrangement of sounds. I spent many hours going through Reaktor ensembles I've downloaded searching…read more
The fourth piece in my 'Dissolving into Noise' collection IV was made entirely with my new Reaktor instrument "Yottskry" (see the [demo video](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEjtiTeR8w8) for more info on Yotskry). I used Yotskry standalone…read more
This was a piece I made with Reichatron back in January and, at the time, didn't upload. I had the odd experience of momentary unfamiliarity, enjoyment, and a sense of "Did I make this?" Listening to it again I enjoy the way it drifts in…read more
Just messing around with voices and Yottskry. Here I am using it in Live and feeding 3 different vocal clips at a time. It's pretty slow getting going but I think it rewards (for some value of 'reward') listening all the way through. I was…read more
I set myself the challenge of making a track this evening. I've uploaded it with 2 minutes to spare. I started out with a wind chime instrument in Kontakt. I sequenced it using the PX-18 sequencer and then fed three different version of it…read more
Another in my series of evolving sonic noise experiments. The source for this piece was a recording from my latest Reaktor instrument [TMA-2](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyEEW-tCNL4) with a sample map constructed from [Richard Devines](http…read more

Reichtastic (2010)

12 tracks by Mr Sandbags

<p>A honking great slice of Reich style phase-shifted looping topped with a big dollop of electronic weirdness!</p> <p>This playlist covers my experiments with Steve Reich style phase-shifted looping from the beginning of Nov 2009 to the beginning of Jan 2010 and, likewise, tracks the evolution of my Reichatron looper instrument from a simple dual-sample player to something that is on the verge of being a sophisticated sound processor.</p> <p>I think there's more to come.</p> <p>Cover image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/theowl84/2281254124">theowl84</a></p>

81:48

I read about the technique, used by Steve Reich, of playing multiple copies of the same audio at different speed to create phase differences. I decided to do a little experiment and built myself a Reaktor ensemble using 3 granular sampler units…read more
I've been listening to the output of my *Reichenbach* Reaktor ensemble all morning as it loops and phase shifts a recording of Erik Satie's solo piano piece Gnossiennes-1 I find it to be quite beautiful and entrancing and I decided to render…read more
This track is the result of putting Kavin's excellent track [Propitiation](http://alonetone.com/kavin/tracks/propitiation) through my Steve Reich style phased looper. It's a beautiful piece but also quite a sparse sound which lead me to think…read more
This track is the result of putting Kavin's latest, wonderful, guitar piece [Poor Boy](http://alonetone.com/kavin/tracks/poor-boy) through my Steve Reich style phase shifting looper. I used two loopers here. One playing at normal speed and…read more
This is a short experiment with Version 0.99.9 of my *Reichenbach* phase-shifted looping Reaktor ensemble (try saying that 3 times fast!) I took a 2 second long piano sample and fed it into the loopers which were running at 0.98x, 1.0x, and…read more
Another experiment with Reichenbach, my phase-shited looping ensemble for Reaktor 5. This time I fed it a sample from the [Rekkerd.org](http://rekkerd.org/downloads/) mixed bag selection #2 called `106_sandylines_01.wav`. I let the sample play…read more
Another of [Ronnie's Mixed Bag](http://rekkerd.org/) samples (this one called `120_hollow_01`) and another version of my Reichenbach ensemble for Reaktor. The major difference here is the addition of playback modes and, in this case, the *slicer…read more
A rather more fundamentally experimental piece with Reichenbach's new *drift* mode. In this mode a probability matrix controls periodic changes in the loop length and/or position. Once more I am using one of the awesome [Rekkerd mixed bag](http…read more
I think I may have gone too far! I've been working on the Reichenbach signal chain to include filtering, distortion, EQ, and a resonator. I've also switched out the delay and gone hog wild with modulation. This piece shows how way out the…read more
So... Reichenbach is now called **Reichatron**. I felt that the new sonic mangling possibilities of the ensemble were reminiscent of a Japanese monster movie than a composer of beautifully intricate harmonies. Here I am playing with a flute…read more
Another test of the Reichatron on a flute sample. The signal chain for version 1 of the ensemble is now completely worked out and only some details of the beat mode controls for navigating the loop around the sample remain. This time I employ…read more
I was trying to tune my radio into a station I picked up, just for an instant, but I found it hard to keep a lock on it, I kept getting strange interferences. From what I could hear it sounded like someone sent [MMI](http://alonetone.com/mmi…read more

Poor Mans Musica Box (2009)

9 tracks by Mr Sandbags

<p>These tracks reflect my first, admittedly faltering, efforts to give my tracks some character rather than just being experiments.</p> <p>The cover art is from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cane_rosso/2180666113/">Ludovica Sins</a> used under CC license.</p>

40:20

"So I imagine that the Theocrat of Pan Tang (after a hard day of summoning awesome horrors from other planes to do his bidding) drops in to the gardens of pain to catch some of the Hwamgaarl Cabaret." Tonight's performance features the Bechstein…read more
Space Trumpet was an excuse to try out my new plugin "Little Spacey" from Expert Sleepers and also to exercise the Kore sounds from Acoustic Refractions. MIDI was supplied via IAC from Reaktor using Lazyfish's Spiral sequencer. The project…read more
Honestly I have no idea where this came from or how. I was messing with Omnisphere patches and came across a lovely, flutey, breathy sound that put me in mind of the scenes inside the monolith at the end of 2001. I setup a Rytme pattern to…read more
I'm learning to play piano and my teacher has given me 'Old Joe Clarkes Boogie' to play. For 2 weeks it has kicked my ass. But I'm getting to grips with it now and this is my revenge! The musical parts were recording using my Kurzweil SP3X…read more
Increasingly I think the music I am making is less about sound design and more about expressing some of the things inside of me that want out. I guess I may be starting to know what I want. This one started with a beat (using Stylus RMX to…read more
This one almost got abandoned, I didn't seem to be getting anywhere with it. It started as I was looking for a sound for another track (which really isn't getting anywhere) and I came across a chime sound that I thought would be lovely with a…read more
So this track was purely for the fun of it. I was messing about in Omnisphere and came across this wonderful sound that reminded me of the guild highliners in Dune. I built a beat around in using Stylus, Ricochet, and Dubstation. Then added more…read more
This is quite an old track that got abandoned because I didn't feel it was right or going anywhere. But listening to it in iTunes this morning I thought it passed muster. I don't think it has enough variation to justify it's length but it's gently…read more
I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this one. I enjoyed making the beats and think that part came out pretty good but everything after that felt rather haphazard and didn't feel right to me. I was close to abandoning the track…read more

24 hours of staying foolish (2008)

8 tracks by Mr Sandbags

This is my effort for the 2008 Alonetone 24 hour album challenge. Most of the tracks were generated using the Elysium sequencer routed into Logic & a combination of Kore 2, Omnisphere, and UltraBeat. CC Image from http://is.gd/ayDW

23:50

The first track I built, back when I was still full of hope for this exercise. I'm not convinced the hope survived it :)
I liked the sound of this one but I don't know if it works as a track.
Everything was getting to complex and messy so I tried to go back to layering more simple patterns with this one.
A very dull title, I guess my hopes for this track are not high :)
Oh wait, I think this may be the crappy ambient track.
Was this the crappy, overlong, attempt at an ambient track that I did to try and fill time?
I needed 2m02 to finish the album. I was completely spent and without a drop of creative juice left. Just noodling with an Omnisphere patch when one of my cats, Mississippi, jumped on my keyboard and proceeded to walk up and down and sit on various…read more
This started from the idea of the sample which comes from a very old (deleted) audio book of the Wind in the Willows. The problem was that I had no idea what to do after laying down the beat, bass, and sample. I ended up dumping a crappy hand…read more

Glubotism (2009)

2 tracks by Mr Sandbags

Remixes of Glubotic beats! <br /> Cover art by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tyreseus">atp_tyreseus</a>

2:51

So, in http://alonetone.com/mmi/tracks/8853, MMI offers us his take on a Glubot beat. I gently seasoned it with Replicant and then added 6 whacking great slices of Stylus RMX to came up with this...
Okay so I enjoyed doing Glubotism1 enough that I thought I'd take a second crack at it. Same tools but took a different approach to how I used Stylus RMX and I introduced some of it's built-in effects on some of the parts. Also I bused RMX and…read more