Posted by & filed under Sound Design.

Various metal objects arranged on a tableInspired by my research into horror movie sound fx and DIY instruments I decided to gather up an assortment of metal objects and start recording.

Scrounging around the house I had no trouble quickly locating several candidates for my ‘metal session’ \m/ (ascii devil horns are optional).

The metal sound makers would be a soup can, beer can, metal ruler, knife, and two pot lids of different size. I also fashioned a homemade violin bow but to compare it to the real thing would be an insult.

The homemade bow was made using a metal yardstick, masking tape, and heavy cotton thread/twine like that which you might use to tie up a turkey before roasting. Tying a string to two ends of of some sort of stick so that there is a bow in the stick is so basic I won’t bother explaining how I did that.

With everything prepared I began recording and discovered some truly horrific sounds: the squeals and screeching of tortured metal.

The pieces of thin beer can aluminum dragging across stainless steel pot lids proved to be a notable combination.  Sadly, the bow was a little disappointing but I believe my choice in thread and lack of rosin was to blame.

All in all my Metal On Metal experiment was a success. I will likely be revisiting this again in the future so don’t be surprised if you see a Metal On Metal II.

SndBnk_Metal-On-Metal_Sampler

The samples have been consolidated in a .ZIP file for your use. There are 72 recordings in two folders (straight & percussive) in .WAV format recorded at 44.1KHz/16bit.

Download Sound Bank – Metal On Metal [.zip]

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Back in March of 2009 I was invited to perform at one of the Twin Cities so-called “difficult listening sessions.” The Thinktank collective encourages: “… awareness and activity for the harder, darker, stranger sounds of the underground.”

Lacking very little new music to perform I endeavored to develop some new tracks after a long hiatus from music production. Inspiration struck and I began working on a conceptual album based on the retelling of an old black and white suspense story.

The performance went well (ignoring a false start error) and the results were recorded for posterity.  Sadly I was unable to complete all five intended tracks of my new album before the performance and was forced to make due with only three. Shortly thereafter a computer problem derailed the completion of the album and I still have yet to finish it.

For now, this live performance is all that exists of the new tracks. It’s a jungle break fueled ride through some dark and disturbing landscapes. Enjoy.

Year: 2009

Epilektric-Live@ThinkTank_Vol.4

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This collection of techno tracks was constructed entirely on a Yamaha RM1X. Clips were constructed ahead of time but the arrangement was improvised. User Projects was mostly an experiment in creating tracks for live performance utilizing the Yamaha hardware.

Influenced by Detroit and Midwest techno and artists like Plastikman, Joey Beltram, DJ T-1000, Paul Birken, and the Drop Bass Network, these are straight-up techno tracks with a hard and dark bent.

These tracks are a little raw and unfinished with the occasional technical error. Being the unpolished experiments that they are I still feel they stand pretty well on their own despite their flaws.

Year: 2002

Download User Projects [.zip]

01-Epilektric-User Projects-U01

02-Epilektric-User Projects-U02

03-Epilektric-User Projects-U03

04-Epilektric-User Projects-U04

05-Epilektric-User Projects-U05