The Sublime Loop Obsessing over a 4-bar riff Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:54:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Downloadable Gruta Version Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:54:55 +0000 Here’s the nice downloadable mp3 version of that Gruta performance.

FYI, here’s the full set of tunes I presented.

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Sublime Loop – live at Gruta Creative Lab, May 30th, 2015 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:34:04 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This is actually the first time I’ve ever tried out a Sublime Loop in front of an audience.

If I’m going to make an idiot of myself in public and on the interwebs, and … er … twist my ankle, there’s no music more deserving than the Sublime Loop.

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Original BBC MUPROC Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:02:57 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Finally … this is the ORIGINAL!!!!

Made with the MUPROC (Music Processor) a simple 4 track sequencer (“DAW”) for the BBC Micro that just drove its internal soundchip (the TI SN76489) .

Probably sometime around 1986 / 1987.

(This video from a Linux machine using Wine to run a Windows emulator which runs the BeebEm emulator for the BBC Micro. BeebEm is running MUPROC. And simulating the sound hardware)

Other Links

Quora question : Who wrote the MUPROC?

Download the MUPROC disc-image (for the BeebEm)

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Fairground (Alternative Ending) Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:13:13 +0000 Another late 80s version of the tune. (BBC Micro, Music 5000, AMPLE programming language). More or less the same as the Fairground but with an alternative ending.

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I HATE Sublime Loop! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:01:34 +0000 I’ll never be free of it. Sometimes I just want to punch it!

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Lost in Wonder (Arpeggiated Mix) Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:57:13 +0000 Another find on an old tape. Nice return of the FM panpipe arpeggios.

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Dubbed in Wonder Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:57:31 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Wow! Didn’t remember this one at all. It’s a reggaefied Sublime Loop from the mid 90s. Possibly the original recording of that MIDI file I rendered earlier (on SoundCloud, now see end of this post).


Actually, here’s the MIDI rendered as plain piano / GM synth.

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World Flowers Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:57:46 +0000 Continue reading ]]> A dancier version of the loop from around 1993. I think I was trying to make this more of a piano-rave tune but somehow it spirals off into soaring melodic insanity. It was sequenced (and there’s a real drum machine involved) but another example of my fairly shambolic playing.

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WaveFlavours Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:57:36 +0000 Continue reading ]]> I’ve been playing with a new, simple form of synthesis that I call WaveFlavours. It basically involves starting with a couple of wave-tables and gradually swapping sample points between them, inverting and reversing the tables and other slow modifications.

I wanted to make a long drone showing how a sound evolved over time, but then realised that a sublime loop would be fun.

This is about as raw as it gets. Eight minutes of the basic pattern with no extra melodic decoration. The only thing that changes is the slow evolution of the lead sound as the simple sin / ramp pairing that I start with, gets more distorted and more harmonics appear.

The bass sound is evolving too, but with faster evolution and the built-in phaser effect it’s more immediately dynamic, but less obviously changing over the longer time-scale.

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Rockier Sublime Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:19:53 +0000 Continue reading ]]> I’m kind of embarrassed to put this one up. But I decided to be (fairly) completist about this project.

This is soon after I got my Kawai K1 and 4-track tape. It’s me playing and I’m excruciatingly out of time. I seem to be incapable of even a basic timekeeping by hand.

I guess because it’s … er … “live” it’s sort of rockier than the programmed tunes. Somehow I went for electric guitar and bass sounds and acoustic drums and toms.

A couple of nice touches. I like the intro, which made it into the repertoire and reappears in some other versions. I also like some of the cadences, and the high, pure plucked harp that plays bits of the Victoriana and a new counter-melody in the transposed section.

I’m intrigued as to whether a real band could play the loop. Is the riff in its pure form easy or hard on a guitar I wonder?

(BTW : I also like the fact that this version doesn’t have a Lost in Wonder. Shows that that isn’t, ultimately, an essential of what this loop is about.)

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