Recently, I've spent all my free time either riding a bike or writing music. The outdoor activity sometimes bleeds into my writing, and I think that is what happened with this piece. I extracted the chords from a longer progression I wrote for an in-progress ballad, and the melody just floated into my head while I was riding in the beautiful parks around my home. Upon listening to the final product, I think the ostinato between chords and bass, along with the floating melody are influenced by the music of Erik Satie.
I am using an Elektron Digitone for this piece, all performed in one take. Everything is from the Digitone, including effects. I used factory presets for the drums, and I created the bass, chords, and lead voice from scratch. I am playing the lead voice with the NuRAD midi/cv breath controller from Berglund Instruments. I've only been working on the Digitone for a couple weeks, but so far it feels like a very natural fit for the exceptional NuRAD.
I hope you enjoy this short, meditative piece, and the accompanying visualization I created in Kmachine on my iPad.
I play saxophone.*