My Name is Harry Palmer
Okay I need to say a few things. Please read before listening!
I did not do the 24 hour challenge but I did try and hang around in the chatroom as much as possible with Glu, SisterS, and ChrisM while they battled through it.
At about midnight I wondered “Can I make 24 minutes of music in 24 minutes?” The short answer is “No absolutely not.” But, probably due to the hour, it seemed an interesting experiment to try and go on to make a “24 minute long track”.
Again, totally wrong and I should have stopped right there. But I am not that sensible.
I would not describe this as music so much as rhythmic noise and if you make it through more than 60s of this I salute you. If you hate it in the first 30 seconds then I implore you not to listen further because nothing about the remaining 24m is going to change your mind.
Most of the sounds you can hear are the result of taking the underlying kick drum track, mangling it with various effects, then layering the result back down. Somewhat embarrassingly I didn’t notice until I came to upload it that I actually half-inched the kick drum from a previous track of mine!
My favourite aspect is the rather spacey, echo-ey, and gurgly element that runs through the centre of the track.
I built that by:
- mangling the kick drum in two different ways and bouncing a full 24 minutes of each into separate audio tracks.
- building a cross-fader in Logics environment and imported a MIDI LFO object and used it to rhythmically cross fade between these two parts.
This is a trick I aim to try and develop as my experience with Logic’s environment grows.
Finally I used Peter Dines ParamDrumTR to create another beat that was, mangled with effects, and then layered down. There are no conventional synth parts used at all.
The final stage was layering everything together. I spent some time automating filters and delays in an effort to make it sit together comfortably. That succeeds and fails at various points but I am quite happy with some bits (e.g. the part around 10:00-11:40 where the track rhythmically bleeds through the kick).
- Stylus RMX
- AudioDamage: DubStation, Replicant, & BigSeq 2
- PSP: Nitro
- FabFilter: Timeless 2 & Volcano 2
- Logic: AutoFilter, Multiband Compressor, Adaptive Limiter, Noise Gate, & Gain
- Camel Audio: Camel Crusher
- Artificial Audio: Obelisk
- SmartElectronix: SupaTrigga
I also used a couple of Logic audio loops as sidechain sources for the Noise Gate.
So, why is the track called “My Name is Harry Palmer”?
Well if you’ve seen the film ‘The Ipcress File’ you’ll know about ‘The Ipcress sound’ which is a disorienting wash of sound that is used to break down personality and brainwash people. As he’s being subjected to it the eponymous Harry tries to assert his identity and save himself. That noise is what this track reminds me of. It’s a good film, go see it!
I’m uploading this track in a spirit of experimentation rather than as a product that I think stands on it’s own merits.