The Great Peppermint Cure

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The basis of this simple piece is a live-ish jam on an ethnic VST instrument along with a rudimentary beat structure. I fed everything through that most overused of electronic music plugins, dBlue Glitch. To avoid a predictable outcome (dBlue Glitch has only a very small number of tricks up its sleeve) I used randomisation envelopes on some of the key parameters; I then rendered many versions of the track, each slightly different, and selected what I considered the most aesthetically pleasing offspring. I toyed with the idea of breeding these repeatedly until I had distilled the essence of the piece (Renoise, my chosen sequencer, uses an XML-based file format, making the task easier than you might imagine) but I was so happy with the initial result that I quickly forgot all about such academic musings.


from The Great Peppermint Cure, released January 1, 2007




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Aragorn23 / Asqus is an experimental musician based in South Africa. His current work focuses on algorithmic and gestural composition as well as modular synthesis.

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