No Listening Project

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  • @gubna Feb 10

    I’m going to try this. It may not work but I’m going to do it anyway.

    Create some blind recording tracks at different time over the next week, and mix them in as best I can without listening
    ... then export and upload without listening to it until people comment. Nuts?

    I’ll keep one element in mind, perhaps key or tempo, while making whatever track.

    I’ll do:


    Electric Bass

    A drum track on modular or in Patterning iOs app.

    Some synth


    And a chorus vocal

    The idea here is to see what insanity may ensue from this. While I record, I will choose sounds in the DAW which I’ve never used. The point is to NOT listen to them until it’s done.

    Tag it #nolisteningproject if you want to try it too!

  • @ustaknow Feb 10

    So, this is for the EDM crowd, not the live instrument folks, - just guessing? 😉 hahhh..., kinda stupid question, but maybe I'm not clear on it. It does sound interesting and do want to see these results. (I'll point some folks here.)

  • @gubna Feb 10

    I just recorded the drum patch. A bunch of eurorack modules: braids and plaits on drum sounds, plonk, a bass drum and qbit wave which is a sample player. I’m not even sure what sounds it was playing. They were all controlled by clock dividers, and random modules like the make noise Turing machine. Nothing went thru a filter. Just a mixer then into my daw where I used a preamp I don’t use. Everything was clocked by a EMW beat generator at 108.

  • @gubna Feb 10

    Oh, I’m going to use live instruments. But since I only have a tempo, I could just stay in one key. Obviously chord progressions could be done with only one instrument and “soloing” with others, or keeping it sparse playing the root.

    I’m going to let long periods of time go in between the things I record with instruments so I kinda forget.

    I will employ an old school analog metronome and I expect there will be drift between things .

    It’s an experiment.

  • @ustaknow Feb 10

    - Hahhh... great stuff; can't wait 😀

  • @yam655  Feb 10

    It reminds me a little of a "folded song" I did a few years back.

    I recorded three 3 minute acappella tracks back-to-back. I cut them apart, then flipped the middle one so it was backwards, and layered them on top of each other. The idea was that it's one continuous stream that's been folded twice. I didn't use a metronome. IIRC, I did allow myself some effects on the tracks.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 10

    Hah! this could be fun, and will at least be interesting. Yeah I'll try to wait a day in between each track to so I don't have any clue what I even was doing.

  • @gubna Feb 11

    I’ve decided to finish this track by the end of the month but currently am recording a whole bunch of these today using only samples. (I.E. 2nd album). No idea what the outcome will be but I’m sure it will be weird. Not sure if I will upload here.

    I realize this isn’t exactly songwriting so I’ll just keep it to the one track here.

  • @gubna Feb 11

    I worked on this today, and then it morphed into me making an entire album which I have almost finished uploading to bandcamp. But I still haven't listened to ANY OF IT!! HA!!

    I'm going to go take a walk, then come back, record the guitar part for the main track I first started yesterday. I think I'm going to record a bunch of very heavy ambient guitar, recorded to tape cassette - then drop it into the DAW, finish the track, then I'll upload and post it here.

    The album is here (currently less the first song I haven't finished) if anyone is interested:

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 11

    Interesting idea. I've thrown apple loops together before while knowing the key and tempo and that turned out well, but I think you're idea is to be a bit more experimental.

  • @gubna Feb 12 Here is my song.

    Yes, @helenseviltwin it's a totally experimental idea, but that was the point. I love all the challenges on FAWM and what initially brought me here in 2018 was a link or mention of the site after reading a blog post by Tom Whitwell (he did the Music Thing Turing Machine eurorack module) - where he had recorded an album in an evening using a small modular and a script and then put the album up.

    I came up with the idea yesterday, not so much as that I was going to make a whole album of it, but as I kept compiling the pieces I just went with it.

  • @cherok40 Feb 12

    I think it is an interesting and doable idea... especially if you are good at music theory and if you have some good mixing tools (like the Izotope stuff or like wise).

  • @gubna Feb 12

    @cherok40 I have Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 from 2010? heheh! I don't know. I just mixed it by dropping levels on somethings and panning. It's probably complete noise in some areas. If I do ever listen to it...

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 13

    I'll listen later, I'm scared 😉

  • @ustaknow Feb 13


    And then when, - looked what I did, learned something, so gud'nuff 😀 yeehaw:

  • @petemurphy  Feb 14

    I just made one, after hearing what @helenseviltwin did.

    It's highly possible that it's really reeeeeally terrible 😄

  • @elesimo  Feb 15

    I just did one, inspired by @petemurphy:

  • @reklov  Feb 15

    Couldn't resist - I must be crazy!

  • @wazylizard  Feb 16

    This is such a brilliant idea!

    I went for something stupidly complex with the support of a metronome; while I had fun, I can't say anything about the coherence of the output:

  • @thedutchwidows  Feb 16

    Had a crack at one, while I listened to a work presentation over Zoom. Figured my ears weren't needed to listen to the music, so I could do the work thing at the same time.

  • @andygetch  Feb 16

    Mine seemed to be more of an exercise in avant garde cacophony, employing then ignoring a metronome LOL

  • @gubna Feb 20

    I made another one. It's too early to make any noise right now.

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