Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sunday Free Noodle 16: The Big Calm

This week’s noodle is:

Matt Stevens (Acoustic Guitars/programing) - Big Calm

This week’s noodle is my contribution to the Cafe Noodle community project Big Calm. To quote my friend Tom Slatter’s blog this is what its all about:

“The Brief:

Compose a piece of music using/inspired by the title ‘Big Calm’. The piece must be in D minor

-(How exactly you interpret the term ‘In D Minor’ is up to you. If you want to modulate at some point do, but it will probably be necessary to end in a definite D Minor)

The piece must be in 75 BPM (if it has a pulse).

We’re going to join them all together in one ultra long piece of music.

Deadline - Sort of the end of the month.

Open to everyone - I’m happy to do the technical stuff of creating our huge track - you can email me at tomslattermusic AT with mp3s or links to them.”

We got the BPM and they key by crowd sourcing them from the Twitter. Would be great to see you getting involved - everyones welcome.

I wrote this by playing the guitar for around 30 minutes at a time - as long as I can before the back pain kicks in then editing the bits together using garageband on my macbook lying down with the macbook on my chest. I did a couple of sessions like this then spent the rest of the time editing the drums - its a cut up electronic beat and an old 808 sample.

Originally i had a piano part on it that was crap - there is a fine line between minimal and rubbish.

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Please let me know what you think of this and if you would like to do a remix or collaborate give me a shout.

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About The Sunday Free Noodle

The Sunday Free Noodle project is a free MP3 ever week - remixes, collaborations, live stuff, spoken word stuff and other odd things - for the next year. 52 MP3’s (thats alot). I think it will be a challenge to keep this going and I’m really looking forward to doing it - please subscribe to the podcast feed on itunes to get it free every week and tell me what you think(yes you can say if you think if its crap). I hope you enjoy it.

This project has only really come about because i have injured my back and have had a chance to go through my hard drives whilst lying on the floor with the laptop on my chest. Odd how things happen.

I really it want to be a collaborative process. Let me know - if you are a remixer, cellist, vocalist, percussionist, film maker,trumpet player or visual artist or anything else let me know(although I draw the line at juggling) . Perhaps i could send you some stuff(loops and noodles) to add something to?

Speak soon

Speak Soon


Unknown said...

That's an awesome little piece you got there, Matt! It will be a great addition to the project - hopefully mine will live up to the amazingly high standards already set. I'll be working on it this week...



Unknown said...

Awesome - thanks very much Pierre - looking forward to hearing you piece for the noodle

Dick said...

I'm glad you stayed the right side of minimal and lost the piano. This is gorgeous just as it is.

Unknown said...

Thanks Dick - I learned a valuable lesson.

I am a rubbish piano player :)


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