In 2004 I stopped trying to write songs and was more interested in instrumental pieces built around sounds. Over the next couple of years I began experimenting with electronic music and even building gear (circuit bending, synthesizers, pedals, etc.) A lot of things got recorded, but hardly anything got finished.
In the winter of 2008 I was determined to get a batch of tracks completed so I started using a process I called the "weekend album". The rules for this one were:
1. each track can only be made with sounds created from a single instrument
2. Only use the plugins, samplers, tools that come included with Ableton Live
These restrictions essentially forced me to actually play the instruments and create entire arrangements in my mind even before I recorded anything.
There are 5 tracks and they're named after the piece of gear they were made from;
1. ARP Odyssey
4. Alesis HR16 Drum Machine (circuit bent)
5. Alesis SR16 Drum Machine (circuit bent)
Each track is literally nothing but the sounds made from one piece of gear recorded, sampled and edited to cover each of the parts. Example: all of the drum sounds on "Bass" were made with the Bass and loaded into Impulse (Abletons drum machine at the time)
I've used some of the "protohio" rough mixes as soundtracks for some instagram shorts. Theyre on my instagram feed and posted in this blog if you want to check them out.
circa 2008 (cuyahoga falls oh)
*weekend album: setting a goal on Friday to be completed by Sunday night. Usually: "produce X number of tracks using a specific set of rules"