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Intro 

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I'm a classically trained vocalist with a damaged voice, and have switched over to folk and industrial with some spoken word stuff in there, because if I just stopped making music, I'd go insane.

I have a general love for music, and sweet spots for W. C. Handy, Zappa, Sasha Siem's weirder bits, and Merzbow. Figure, if it's not straight 4/4 I'll at least give it a try - and even the 4/4 linear is good for when the brain's leaking.

You can find my work in my profile links, and I do my general laggy best to be friendly in interactions.

Album Drop 

Found sound eletro-industrial album In Running, recorded as Wetdryvac's Lair, now on

Bandcamp: wetdryvac.bandcamp.com/album/i
Itch Io: wetdryvac.itch.io/in-running
Gumroad: gum.co/in-running

Some Nights Just Gotta 

Jazz meets [REDACTED] meets stunt guitarist: mftj.bandcamp.com/album/my-mom

Yeah, I'm a happy vac tonight.

Very Minor Aliens Spoiler 

One of the things I really like in film is when music is used gently and from the character POV. When I can tell what a character is feeling, despite evidence onscreen showing that they haven't caught on to something yet.

Newt under the bed, Ripley not sure yet where she's got to, worried = minor tension music that resolves in, "Oh, there they are."

Little understated bits, especially in a genre where it's usually all orchestral spikes and grind? Those delicate touches make me happy.

And sometimes I just want the version of an opera that I heard first as a small thing back in '83, the first recording on this list: vondervotteimittiss.com/papage

If anyone has this performance in full, or knows where to get it, I've been looking for *years* now.

Very Minor Spoiler for A Certain Magical Index S1, E2) 

Seriously, I thought I'd written Episode 2, Season 1. Ah well. At least the link was right.

Show thread

Sometimes it's not the sound, it's the expected construction. or: I just crashed my brain by starting to listen to Die Zauberflöte in English. By people who didn't use the form of articulation I was expecting (a matter of style) in an opera where I fully expect not just the German language, but the 1980s meticulous precision of a certain Metropolitan Opera production. Which I thought I'd found.

A production I had a long, long time ago, back in the days when converting MP3 to WMA was something done to save space. So all I have left of said production is a low quality WMA file that drives me a touch lopsided.

This was not that production, and to such a degree that I think I've sprained an eyebrow.

Very Minor Spoiler for A Certain Magical Index S1, E2) 

There's a moment in A Certain Magical Index (Episode 1, Season 1) where one of the best music/foley/audio engineering things I've ever heard takes place, It's a running scene, there's fire - it's really hard to do the sound of fire right in balance with voice, music, and other things - and the character goes off the side of a flight of stairs, bounces off a metal roof, and vanishes out of sight.

The music is perfectly timed, the vocals are perfectly balanced, but what makes it is the instantly recognizable, not on screen sound of a bicycle bell ringing to a slightly quieter crash.

Typically, sounds are for on-screen events. ACMI does an insanely good job cuing for events, or sounding current events rather than showing them, and it does an amazing job of pulling the listener in.

So this is me all impressed and blithering about it, because it's been *ages* since sound is what invested me in... almost anything not specifically music, and this does it with position being sound defined - a step beyond, say, the amazing sound-work in Alien, where it's the ambient sometimes non-directional sound that drives things.

Episode in question, at about 12:15-12:25 crunchyroll.com/a-certain-magi

Discussion of Sound / Single Drop 

Every now and then a sound processing application or setup will fail in a really decorative manner. This, I hit some sounds that reminded me of Download (a project from members of Skinny Puppy) almost entirely by accident, and so while it clips like crazy, it's just about what I needed on the day.

So I stuffed it up for sale, as one does - but there's no need to buy it unless you super extra want to, as you can just play it for free.

This is what the inside of my head sounds like at 0300, in a good way. Some of the last scream-tears, stuff in the final 30 seconds on the track, just make me happy.

Single: wetdryvac.bandcamp.com/album/t

A Wee Bit of Audio Before The Engineering Happens 

Podcast: Recording of a woodcock, made on a Samsung S20. Original goal was to use the call as an instrument, but when I normalized it, I heard this little quiet whoop just before the call and wondered what it was. Happens every time, and I think it *might* just be the indrawing of breath. Which is super cool as far as I'm concerned, so I'm sharing it.

Seriously, creating a podcast was just so that there could be order-of-events in some of the music and sounds I worked with, so if you subscribe, expect random, and long delays between episodes. Or something.

Anyhow, here's the audio I was all excited about: anchor.fm/wetdryvac-net/episod

Key Sound Element Burbles 

I spend an awful lot of time thinking not about musical structure, but about the individual sounds involved - particularly background and drone sounds. This can range from multi-layer crowd/conversation backdrop to bands like The Blue Up, to that one Dutch children's song where the underlying rhythm and texture was entirely train-on-tracks recorded on site.

The same thing moves me in electronic sounds - the texture to the opening notes of Covenant's 2D, or of the voice manipulation in D Block and S-te-fan's Ghost Stories.

Not that I'm going anywhere with this. Just laying out pieces for maybe picking up later as I'm considering how to grind MIDI stuff through Fruity Loops and maybe one day afford Infected Mushroom's VST kit.

To maybe one day get that perfect sound, that one Met recording of Der Hölle Rache from Die Zauberflöte where it all comes together, or the bur in Cohen's voice from You Want It Darker.

Sometimes I feel like I might be in Mona Lisa Overdrive, looking for the shape, but as fractal subsets rather than a contiguous whole. And if I find one of those sounds, I guess I'll have to somehow make music with it.

Which is the hardest part. Performing other people's stuff - at least voice and electronic rebuilds - is easy. Doing up my own, not so much.

Intro 

No need to ask to follow, just go ahead and do it. Which said, I will check to see that I'm not getting followed by consent breaching horrors, so there's that.

I'm a classically trained vocalist with a damaged voice, and have switched over to folk and industrial with some spoken word stuff in there, because if I just stopped making music, I'd go insane.

I have a general love for music, and sweet spots for W. C. Handy, Zappa, Sasha Siem's weirder bits, and Merzbow. Figure, if it's not straight 4/4 I'll at least give it a try - and even the 4/4 linear is good for when the brain's leaking.

You can find my work in my profile links, and I do my general laggy best to be friendly in interactions.

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