Internal Weathers

by R. McLaughlin

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Dragon Drums 05:55
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Hum Hum 06:43
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Claude Dub 05:42
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R. McLaughlin "Internal Weathers"

I made this music in 2015 on a laptop, mostly using software synths and Max for Live plugins. There is also audible evidence of samples (the running water on "Dragon Drums," for instance), though I don't remember if I recorded them or found them online. I think at the time I'd become quite enamored with an Ableton plugin that allowed you to convert recorded sound into MIDI messages in real-time, that's probably what's going on with the chopstick drumming on "Bending Chopsticks." The vocals on "Dragon Drums" is a result of having a bot read back "Water Lily" by Rainer Maria Rilke and then chopping up the audio in a randomized arpeggiator. I was doing a lot of stuff like that. I used a "generative sampler" (granular synthesis matched with a randomized arpeggiator) on songs like "Hum Hum" to build bouncy, random choruses and rhythmic patterns.

Later that year I had the pleasure of reworking a lot of this material for a live set with Warm Dust on guitar and ms. magic on electronics / sampler, as part of Ryan Smith's Soundnest, a sound installation at Baltimore's Artscape festival. That was a lot of fun, I think there's a cell phone recording of that somewhere :)
I still like to make music this way, and I'm glad these early experiments hold up (to my ears at least!). I hope you enjoy...

<3 R.M. 10/7/2020, Glendale, CA

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released October 16, 2020

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