Today was the first day I felt well enough to get up and be productive, so naturally the first thing I did was pull out the looping equipment. I started off doing some simple percussion, tapping the harp on the mic, but processing it through a modulated delay, and looping it. Modulation is a wonderful thing and it can occupy one for quite a while. Especially if one is still not quite all there.
Eventually I stopped tapping the harp and started playing it. Jammed straight ahead for a while over the looped percussion. Looped that. Used a variety of other delays, turning the “do weird things” knob up to 11.OK, there is in fact no such knob. But the Timefactor does have a “Xnob.”
I played the percussion at double-speed against itself. I slowed it down. Layered loops and started letting them decay. Out this mess some kind of melody theme showed up. I looped it, double-timed the loop, then half-timed the loop, and let all of those go against each other. Finally remembered to fade down the double-time percussion loop I’d left running for the whole time.
Out of the resulting 38-minute recording, I excerpted about 15 minutes of interesting music, and the result is a little EP I’m calling Fever Dreams. It’s free, my New Year gift to you all. Perhaps it can add something special to your next hallucinatory day in bed.