FREE Remote Recording Workshops

REMOTE RECORDING WORKSHOPS

Opt. 1: Thursday nights, February 11, 18, 25 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST

Opt. 2: Sunday afternoons, February 14, 21, 28 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

These will be conducted over Zoom – Details TBA.

To apply please fill out the Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/y5f2alvg 

These winter courses are for new participants who did not attend last Fall’s workshops.

These courses are free to accepted participants. Fees are funded by the generous supporters of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. The courses are given by me, Patrick Grant, a composer, performer, music educator, and creator of Tilted Axes.

Remote recording, online sessions, file sharing – while the things these terms describe are nothing new, there are many musicians and songwriters that don’t understand them. Like many developments on the internet, there isn’t a universal nomenclature, and terms are used loosely. Which is why we thought it was worth taking the time to offer some clarity, and shed light on the opportunities that are available to people involved in every level of the music production process.

This is a great time for music and a great time to make music together. Collaborating remotely is not going away, so best to learn and sharpen those skills and be heard in every way possible.

The course is designed for Mac and PC users, laptops or desktops. Sorry, no tablets or smart phones. You must have a working audio interface to participate. This should be set up and running before we begin. If you require help, you should ask for assistance, but there’s plenty of resources out there for you.

You will need an audio interface. If you need to purchase a good audio interface, we recommend the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, but there many you can chose from. if you already use one, great. For this course you can use an electric guitar, electric bass, electronic keyboard, or a good microphone and/or an acoustic instrument of your choice to participate. We just want you to use something that will make recording fun for you.

Ableton LIVE will be our default software. If you already use, or are more comfortable with something else, that’s OK, but in these workshops we will begin with Ableton so we have a common reference and since it is common to both the Mac and PC platform. If you need a copy of Ableton, you can download and use a functioning trial version for 90 days at https://www.ableton.com/. The version that you will use depends on the computer you current own. If you cannot use Ableton, it is acceptable to use Garageband (sorry, Mac users only). We will also be using Audacity (which is free to download) in a few instances.

While this is not an Ableton Live or garageband course, we will use this programs to varying degrees in the service of learning good recording technique, how to share files in a collaborative way, and how to use any kind of software as a generative musical composition tool no matter your level of previous experience.

The proposed course syllabus is:

Session 1 – The Physics of Sound Pt. 1, checking your interface, setting levels, creating and using a template for Tilted Axes (and other projects), initial recording, multiple takes, bouncing out your audio, Assignment A.

Session 2 – The Physics of Sound Pt. 2, microphone techniques, creating a multitrack recording, editing, panning, bouncing out your audio, Assignment B.

Session 3 – Acoustics: The Behavior of Sound in a Room, FX = Frequency, Dynamics, and Time, Post-Production, extended editing techniques, bouncing out your audio, the completion of the course Assignment.

Space is limited so apply as soon as possible. I will be getting back to everybody to finalize your participant.

Again, to apply please fill out the Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/y5f2alvg 

Looking forward to making more music with friends old and new.

Thank you all,

Patrick Grant &

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Ten Mixes to Countdown the New Year

Tilted Axes Web Page

Ten Mixes to Countdown the New Year

every mix is a new composition

1. “Staring” 64 BPM
2. “Looking” 96 BPM
3. “Watching” 144 BPM
4. “Observing” 96 BPM
5. “Seeing” 64/128 BPM

Announcing Tilted Axes’ “20/20 Soundscape” as part of our “Points of Seeing” virtual event on December 21, 2020.

What is it? It’s 20 musicians bringing 20 musical cells each into a protean structure created and produced for the winter solstice.

Musicians participating are
: Aileen Bunch, Alex Durante, Amy Denio, Angela Babin, Chad Ossman, Christoph Götzen, Dan Cooper, Elisa Corona Aguilar, Gene Ardor, Gerard Smith, Howie Kenty, Jane Mabrysmith, Jason Goldstein, Jeremy Nesse, John Ferrari, Leslie Stevens, Michael Fisher, Michelle Zulli, Steve Ball, and Tony Geballe.

Letter of Invitation Sent to Musicians

This new music and event are made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Tilted Axes is powered by Vox Amps USA. This event is part of Make Music Winter NYC and produced by Peppergreen Media.

Ten Mixes to Countdown the New Year

every mix is a new composition

The Process: Unedited drafts of each mix will be posted here as they are created. When the set of ten is complete the process of editing will begin. Each mix will be edited for its structure, balance, and duration. Expect the results of each track to be be 1/2 to 2/3 the length of the original. In this way, it is much like editing a film: only the good bits need remain. From these transcriptions for live performance could be made.

LISTEN: December 22, 2020

Proof of Concept  (11:06 unedited)

The first of the first. Raw. This is an entirely intuitive and random AF “proof of concept” mix. The only effects used in this fairly clean initial mix is an overall reverb for room ambiance. Future mixes will incorporate more effects. It is a slight modification of the mix that was used as occasional background during the Points of Seeing live stream. The clip array was played entirely with single mouse clicks and drags (for now) as opposed to using an external controller. The clips are played in concept order of Staring (64 BPM), Looking (96 BPM), Watching (144 BPM), Observing (96 BPM) and Seeing (64/128 BPM). Some sections work well and others could be better, but this is a great sound to arrange structurally to develop as a composition. Thanks to all the players for putting your soul into this.

LISTEN: December 23, 2020

Any Given Moment  (12:10 unedited)

This is quieter. It concentrates on a clarinet quartet with percussion, all three bassists, with guitars and Stick supplying patterns as connective tissue. The clarinet quartet was created artificially by multiplying Amy Denio 4x and playing her parts in canon for unintentionally-intentional polyphony. The sense of quiet comes from staying within the 96 BPM of the “Looking” section and allowing only a handful of instruments at any given time. The sense here is Stravinskian in that an orchestral sized group is only deployed in smaller subsets at any given moment. The structure is approximately ABA with the woodwinds appearing only in the outer sections.

LISTEN: December 24, 2020

Stereo Crunch  (15:54 unedited)

Fretted strings and indefinite percussion only. There is no winds, vibes or xylophone in this mix. This involved rebalancing all of the parts. It’s a different approach. Guitars were divided left and right into stereo pairs that shared a similar soft-amp plug-in. This mix works through the sections “Seeing” to “Observing” and ending on “Watching” (543 in terms of the original 12345 order). It’s interesting to hear accompaniment parts become the focus while “lead” parts fade into the middleground. This is a quality that will be refined in future mixes.

LISTEN: December 25, 2020

Mallet Canons Bright and Light  (14:03 unedited)

The mallet tracks are triplicated for random canon polyphony. The size of the guitar ensemble is reduced by half. The saxophone makes a number of middleground entrances. The piece grooves within a solid 64bpm (or subdivided as 128bpm) by staying within the “Staring” section for the first half and the “Seeing” section for the second half. Out of all the mixes so far, this one avoids any section where all instruments play at the same time. They don’t. They are always small, transparent textures. If one gets too big, it changes to a smaller group immediately or gets stripped down instrument by instrument before building a new section.

LISTEN: December 26, 2020

Scherzophrenia  (13:59 unedited)

Multiple personalities exist within this single organism. There’s also lots of effects on the guitars here. The material stays brisk throughout drawing from the 144 BPM phrases of the central “Watching” section. There’s many different combinations of smaller groups, every player’s contribution gets heard within this mix. There’s a big buildup in the middle and one near the end. Skronky guitars play against long tones in the background in sections where the rhythm section drops out entirely only to quickly return with a vengeance. This mix represents the end of the first half of these 10 countdown mixes. There is a great difference between where they have came from and where they have ending up here. All in all, the larger piece, the total of all soundscapes, has been revealing possibilities along the way. The intuitive combining of elements heard so far has given many clues to what lies ahead in its further evolution.

LISTEN: December 27, 2020

Half the Truth Makes a Great Lie  (21:42 unedited)

This mix and the next one are experiments in texture. The group was divided (approximately) in half and a recording was made using only these musicians. The mix follows the complete Staring – Looking – Watching – Observing – Seeing (ABCDE) structure in that order. The musicians on this mix are: Christoph Götzen, Steve Ball, Michael Fisher, Elisa Corona Aguilar, Aileen Bunch, Angela Babin, Chad Ossman, Alex Durante, Dan Cooper, and John Ferrari (vibes, xylophone, and hand percussion).

LISTEN: December 28, 2020

How the Other Half Tilts  (16:09 unedited)

This mix and the previous one are experiments in texture. The group was divided (approximately) in half and a recording was made using only these musicians. The mix follows the complete Staring – Looking – Watching – Observing – Seeing (ABCD) structure in that order. The musicians on this mix are: Gerard Smith, Howie Kenty, Gene Ardor, Leslie Stevens, Tony Geballe, Michelle Zulli, Jason Goldstein, Amy Denio, Jeremy Nesse (stick, bass, touch guitar), Jane Mabrysmith, and John Ferrari (drums and hand percussion).

LISTEN: December 29, 2020

It’s a Clean Machine  (13:05 unedited)

This mix goes back to the full ensemble. A significant difference is soft amp plug-ins on all guitars (Waves CLA mono amps) set to various “clean” settings, as a way to get away from the overdriven sounds of the last few mixes. It is similar in sound and form to the very first mix, but with the added benefit of experience. Different combinations of instruments were tried, but some it it feels kind of lazy. After this mix it’s time to shake things up. Even so, there are many good moments here that make the effort unique and worthwhile. Look forward to some change in the penultimate and final mixes coming up.

LISTEN: December 30, 2020

A Mix of a Mix of a MMXX  (16:42 unedited)

This mix aims to break off from the grid (the session array) that has been used up to this point. For this mix the structure consists of the clips from “Looking” and “Observing” (both 96 BPM) being combined into each other with the clips being interlaced. This section then moves into the clips from “Staring” and “Seeing” (64/128 BPM) which have been similarly combined and interlaced. This makes any familiarity with the patterns triggered or memorized up to this point useless. In a sense, it is brand new in this way. As a result, some of the transitions are smoother than in previous mixes, but there are also many that are more jarring than found in previous ones. Any seeming disadvantage was used as an advantage wherever possible. Every strange jump was repeated to become integral to the evolving structure. How could this not be seen as a metaphor for the year MMXX itself?

LISTEN: December 31, 2020

Scenes of Pointing  (21:43 unedited)

Music writer Kyle Gann tells of composer Morton Feldman describing one of his string quartets: ’’It’s like a jigsaw puzzle that every piece you put in fits,” he says, ”and then when you finish it, you see that it’s not the picture. That was the idea. The jigsaw puzzle, everything finishes, and it’s not the picture. Then you do another version, and it’s not the picture. Finally you realize that you are not going to get a picture.” While listening through these mixes, that’s the effect I experienced. It’s like being like a tour of a very large and grand mansion, entering the hallway, going up and down the big staircase, seeing variations of the architecture along the way. Sometimes you can see rooms far away down the hall that you’ll get to later in the tour and then can look back at those rooms across the expanse to which you’ve been. I’d like this experience to feel like that to the listener at the very least. At the very most, this experience was a great proving ground toward future group collaborations. It works on a number of levels and can be adapted and refined. This is was a point of seeing, this was the finger pointing at the moon. Thank you everybody who contributed to this project, thank you to the sponsors who provided the means to make it happen, and thank you, yes, thank you to the Year 2020 that gave us the opportunity to grow under incredibly difficult circumstances. Let’s take what’s useful to us into 2021 and leave everything else that is not far behind, but to never forget.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Please Join Us for Our 2021 Projects!

Donation link: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tilted-axes-music-for-mobile-electric-guitars
. By supporting our work with your tax deductible donation, we’ve been able to keep works like this free to the public. 

If you’ve been a part of our team in the past, now is a good time upgrade your status and renew your membership!

THANK YOU EVERYONE Who has given so generously. We are honored by your support! #TiltedAxes

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Ten Mixes to Countdown the New Year #1

Ten Mixes to Countdown the New Year
beginning tomorrow, Tue., Dec. 22nd
tiltedaxes.com/points2020.html
every mix is a new composition

What is it? It’s 20 musicians bringing 20 musical cells each into a protean structure created and produced for the winter solstice as part of our Tilted Axes‘ “Points of Seeing” solstice event.

Musicians participating are: Aileen Bunch, Alex Durante, Amy Denio, Angela Babin, Chad Ossman, Christoph Götzen, Dan Cooper, Elisa Corona Aguilar, Gene Ardor, Gerard Smith, Howie Kenty, Jane Mabrysmith, Jason Goldstein, Jeremy Nesse, John Ferrari, Leslie Stevens, Michael Fisher, Michelle Zulli, Steve Ball, and Tony Geballe.

This new music and event are made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Tilted Axes is powered by Vox Amps USA. This event is part of Make Music Winter NYC and produced by Peppergreen Media.

More info: http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

Tilted Axes’ 20/20 Soundscape

Announcing Tilted Axes’ “20/20 Soundscape” as part of our “Points of Seeing” virtual event on Dec. 21.

To attend this event, sign up here: http://bit.ly/points-of-seeing.

What is this? It’s 20 musicians bringing 20 musical cells each into a protean structure created and produced for the winter solstice. Musicians participating are Aileen Bunch, Alex Durante, Amy Denio, Angela Babin, Chad Ossman, Christoph Götzen, Dan Cooper, Elisa Corona Aguilar, Gene Ardor, Gerard Smith, Howie Kenty, Jane Mabrysmith, Jason Goldstein, Jeremy Nesse, John Ferrari, Leslie Stevens, Michael Fisher, Michelle Zulli, Steve Ball, and Tony Geballe.

This new music and event are brought to you in part by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council‘s 2020 Creative Engagement Award.

http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

“A Tilt for Our Time” Postponed Until 2021

We held out for as long as we could, but due to increasing COVID concerns in New York City, we have regrettably made the decision to POSTPONE our live performance. It will be rescheduled ASAP in the new year.

However, our originally scheduled virtual presentation “Points of Seeing” will go ahead as planned on December 21, the Winter Solstice, at 7PM EST.

To join “Points of Seeing” please register at this link: http://bit.ly/points-of-seeing.

Interview, Events, and Gratitude from Tilted Axes

We wanted to let you know about a new interview that came out today on the Fractured Atlas blog and about December events that are currently scheduled. All information is below and you can click on the links to find out more.

We are grateful to all of our supporters and co-producers. With your support we just finished giving our fall series of Remote Recording Workshops, free of cost to interested participants. That means we’ll have much more music for all of you to listen to in the near future. 

Wishing you and yours a healthy and safe rest of November!

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Member Spotlight: Tilted Axes PG Interview

https://blog.fracturedatlas.org/member-spotlight-tilted-axes

UPCOMING DECEMBER EVENTS

Monday, December 21, 7pm ESTTilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars presents Points of Seeing, an online presentation of recent work with live performance and a Q&A with the public. Tilted Axes artistic director Patrick Grant hosts an event where he and members of the ensemble discuss their past, present, and future work through music, visual art, and interaction with a live audience. The presentation will focus on how Tilted Axes has adapted its creative process in the past year, what was learned, and a look ahead. Links to view or participate in the presentation will be announced in December. 

The afternoon before, there is a live performance scheduled in New York City, that is, should conditions remain to be safe…

Sunday, December 20, 12 noon to 3pm ESTTilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars performs A Tilt for Our Time, a new music procession and socially distanced public action through Lower Manhattan. Post-rock composer Patrick Grant will lead the group in a “tilt” from Greenwich Village to the East Village and back again with a ceremonial stop at the Astor Place Cube (The Alamo). Tilted Axes will present a program of new pieces created for the event along with classics from their catalog. Procession route and performance details TBA. 

NOTICE: Due to the ongoing nature of necessary public health concerns, PGM/Tilted Axes is continually monitoring the situation. If A Tilt for Our Time needs to be rescheduled, we will let you know ASAP.

Points of Seeing and A Tilt for Our Time are made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Tilted Axes is powered by Vox Amps USA. Rehearsal space support provided by Alchemical Studios. These events are part of Make Music Winter NYC and are produced by Peppergreen Media

ALL info TBAhttp://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

A Tilt for Our Time performers and participants

Meet the Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars performers and participants for “A Tilt for Our Time” on 12/20 in NYC… 

FIRST ROW: Angela Babin, John Halo, Paul de Konkoly Thege, Geoff Gersh, Gene Ardor

SECOND ROW: Sean Satin, Patrick Grant, Jaxie Binder, Steve Bloom, Anthony Mullin

THIRD ROW: Chad Ossman, Alex Durante, Jeremy Nesse, Jason Napier, Dave Fabris

FOURTH ROW: John Ferrari, Kevin Pfeiffer, Tamika Gorski, Dan Cooper, Jon Clancy

Sunday, December 20, 12 noon to 3pm EST: Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars performs ‘A Tilt for Our Time‘, a new music procession and socially distanced public action through Lower Manhattan. Post-rock composer Patrick Grant will lead the group in a “tilt” from Greenwich Village to the East Village and back again with a ceremonial stop at the Astor Place Cube (The Alamo). Tilted Axes will present a program of new pieces created for the event along with classics from their catalog. Procession route and performance details TBA. ‘A Tilt for Our Time’ is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Tilted Axes is powered by VOX Amps USA. Rehearsal space support by Alchemical Studios. This event is part of Make Music Winter NYC and is produced by Peppergreen Media.

More iNFO at http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

OCTOBER SURPRISE! A New Track from Tilted Axes!

OCTOBER SURPRISE! A Devil’s Night treat from Tilted Axes for Halloween 2020!

LISTEN: https://tiltedaxes.bandcamp.com/track/satans-little-circus

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/patrick-grant-9/tilted-axes-satans-little-circus-devils-night-mix-2020

Dear fiends,

Please enjoy this new music from Tilted Axes. You can listen for free on our Bandcamp page or our Soundcloud page. Our work is supported by the public and is made available to you free of charge. However, if you do wish to contribute, Satan’s Little Circus is downloadable for $1 on Bandcamp.

Happy Halloween!
Patrick Grant & Tilted Axes

SATAN’S LITTLE CIRCUS
Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

featured musicians on this recording:
Electric Guitar: Steve Ball, Daniel Reyes Llinas, Patrick Grant
Electric Bass: Dan Cooper, Patrick Grant
Drums & Percussion: John Ferrari

Produced by Patrick Grant/PGM
Recorded at The Whammy Bar (NYC)
and The Ferrari Factory (NJ)
Mastered by Sheldon Steiger
Composer: Patrick Grant
Publisher: Peppergreen Media (ASCAP)

This release is made possible through the vision and generosity of our Past-Present-Future Fall 2020 Co-Producers and Tilted Team members: Aaron Alter, Adam Levin, Aileen Bunch, Alex Durante, Amy Sue Quinn, Andrew Marks, Anthony Garone, Bob Kaufman, Chad Ossman, Chris Simpson, Christoph Goetzen, Christopher Gibbons, Courtney Gowan, Dan Gentges, Daniel Rothbart, Dave Grieg, DB Cooper, Deb Calvert, Detroit Guitar, Eleonor Sandresky, Eric and Tracey Wolfe, Eric Anderson, Erik Grant, Erin Leen, Erin Victoria Wigger, Gael Grant, Garry Rindfuss, Greg Meredith, Gwen Deely, Henry Lowman, Jason Goldstein, Jeff Georgas, Jeffrey Adams, Jim Schaeffer, Joel Blumsack, Jon Diaz, Jude Traxler, Julia Knevels, Jürgen Mühle, Kathy Starkey, Keith Vanden Eynden, Lynn Bechtold, Manfred Kohl, Marc Mellits, Maria Tegzes, Matthias Neumann, Michael Fisher, Mike McKenna, Milica Paranosic, Peter Kaufman, Pietro Russino, Ralph Valdez, Sandra Prow, Saori Tsukada, Sean and Laura Biggs, Steve Ball, Susan Montgomery, Teresa Peacock, Tom Peyton, Tony Weitner, Zero Boy, and anonymous individuals and organizations.

http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/

© 2020 all rights reserved

Howl ~ O ~ Grimm Vol. 2 by Various Ghouls and Goblins

Bongo Boy Records‘ Monique Grimme is chuffed to announce that Tilted Axes & Patrick Grant Group will be featured on this year’s Halloween album “Howl ~ O ~ Grimm Vol. 2 by Various Ghouls and Goblins” with the instrumental composition titled: “Imaginary Horror Film – Part 2

This featured track is a musical love letter to the horror films of the 70s the composer grew up watching on B&W television late at night. It’s a strange combination of rock guitars and classical instrumentation with bits of Ed Wood Jr. and Erik Satie thrown into a Postmodern mix.

Website: https://bongoboyrecords.com/howlogrimmvol2/
Release Date: 10.7.20
UPC 687051870648
Release Date: 10.7.20
ISRC USPXQ2010701-2010710

10 Weeks Away

Sunday, December 20, 12 noon to 3pm ESTTilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars presents “A Tilt for Our Time”, a new music procession and socially distanced public action through Lower Manhattan. Post-rock composer Patrick Grant will lead the group in a “tilt” from Greenwich Village to the East Village and back again with a ceremonial stop at the Astor Place Cube (The Alamo). Tilted Axes will present a program of new pieces created for the event along with classics from their catalog. Procession route and performance details TBA. “A Tilt for Our Time” is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. This event is part of Make Music Winter NYC. Tilted Axes is powered by Vox Amplification.