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Lazarus and the Gimp
19-01-2008, 15:10:59
I want to experiment with a highly-specific musical experiment I'm calling "Sculpted Noise". To achieve this, I need to achieve two stages.


I'm looking to use a "thieving magpie" approach by ripping short (around 1 second) fragments of sound from my CD collection- single notes and the like. Then I want to attack these tiny fragments of sound by stretching them or generally buggering around.
I plan on assembling a complete blizzard of these very brief sounds over a number of looping bars so you get a chaotic deluge of samples all happening at once.


Once this looping collage is set up, I'll start removing samples from it. It's a scultural approach- I'll chip away at it until a song emerges from it (whatever that might be).

As I know bugger all about music software, can anyone suggest what could achieve this?

19-01-2008, 16:33:06
do you want to layer more than one track at a time - ie have more than one clip playing at any one time?

Lazarus and the Gimp
19-01-2008, 16:45:15
Yes. That's essential.

Resource Consumer
19-01-2008, 17:28:37
I reckon most of the mainstream progs will do what you want. I am not so sure what the cost relativities are. I use Logic 8 these days and you can get Logic Express relatively cheaply these days. However, AFIK, this works only on a Mac (not entirely sure about that though) so that sort of pushes you towards using Reason for a PC (assuming you ain't going Pro Tools).

Scabrous Birdseed
19-01-2008, 18:52:39
I would dissuade you from using Reason because it has a cacky visual representation of sampled tracks. Am I guessing correctly that the composition will have a rather freeform structure and not consist of regular, repeating phrases?

19-01-2008, 18:53:51
i wouldn't use reason for that. reason lets you trigger samples but not in any easy visual way and mash them up in the way he wants.

i know people who use pro tools for that, i've met people who use logic too. i've recently moved from protools le to cubase because it's easier to use and more powerful on normal computers.

what are your views on piracy? you could download a fully working sequencer, synths, effects etc in no time.

Lazarus and the Gimp
19-01-2008, 19:58:14
I'd prefer to avoid pirated gear.

19-01-2008, 22:47:09
and what about if you were to try three different sequencers illegally and then buy the one you like? that's standard music industry stuff.